Out and About

Grosvenor Quilt ShowsEncore! – today we get to enjoy quilts by Roy Dickinson and Pat Deacon that were on display back in 2010 at the Westpoint Quilt Show, in Exeter. Both these quilters are graduates of the City & Guilds programme and you can’t fail to be inspired by their work.  This annual show  is organised by Grosvenor and the dates for this year are  27-29th March – you’ll find more details by clicking here.

For details of other shows that maybe in your neighbourhood run by Grosvenor visit Grosvenor Shows: http://www.grosvenorshows.co.uk/

Don’t forget to check out the Community area of the website and have a look in the Events section for details of the shows and exhibitions that are on near you.

Dyeing anyone?

Spicy Shibori Dyeing with Angela DaymondHave to be careful with the spelling on this one(!) – Angela Daymond joins us again today with some great ideas on spicy shibori with the use of turmeric and/or paprika.   Some great results, as you would expect from the lady who does wonderful things with tulip petals.

(For a more comprehensive listing on the subject throughout the website – use the quick link dyeing on the left hand side of the website page)

Subscription Reminder

As we mentioned in the last newsletter, the monthly subscription will soon be going up slightly, but ONLY for all NEW monthly subscriptions taken out after the 23rd February. If you already have an existing monthly subscription, the price will remain unchanged. So subscribe now and save!

SubscribeAND, we are keeping the fixed price memberships at the same price – so, they will represent even better value!

If you have any questions about your existing subscription, then do contact our Membership Fairy through the Contact Us page on the website.

Giveaway for Subscribers

A Field Guide by Janet ClareBy being a subscriber you still have time to enter into the prize giveaway for this month, which is a layer cake of the latest designs from Janet Clare – A Field Guide – and you can, of course, get a copy of her book of the same name in the shop, which was the inspiration for the fabrics.

All you have to do as a subscribed member is send us an email to our competition address – justhandsontvcomp@gmail.com – with the title A Field Guide and we will do the rest. Entries must be in by 28th February 2015.

Book of the Month

Hexagon Happenings by Carolyn ForsterHexagon Happenings (and the accompanying templates) from Carolyn Forster – shows you how to use large hexagons to showcase your fabric and they are quick and easy to use – no paper piecing involved!

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie


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New this month

Easy Stack Quilts from Paula Doyle
This workshop is FULL of tips and ideas to create stunning quilts from just 4 repeats – instead of the usual 8 – from large print fabrics.

Tips and techniques
Safely Snipping from Fran Rose
You need to keep safety in mind when using wire and snips and this tip from Fran does just that.

Meet Kate Crossley – Textile Artist
In this interview we get to enjoy more of the detail and inspiration behind the making of the wonderful grandfather clock that was the winner of the Quilt Creations section of the Festival of Quilts 2014.

Take 5 with Valerie Nesbitt
This is a simple quilt that uses just 5 fabrics – uneven quantities so a good chance to raid your stash.

Tips and techniques
Folded Freezer Paper foundation piecing with Paula Doyle
Do you hate having to tear the papers off the back of your work? well with this clever technique you have none!

Traditional Scrap Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Learn more about how to select your fabrics on tone rather than colour when making a traditional laundry basket scrap quilt.

Magma with Dawn Cameron-Dick
A very stunning quilt made of strips the Dawn Cameron-Dick way.

Out and about
Longarm Quilting at The Bramble Patch
a quilt shop in Weedon, Northants – not far off Junction 16 of the M1 and easily found from the M40.