Scrap 9 Patch and Snowball with Valerie Nesbitt

Adding Satin Stitch to your Tuck edges from Jennie Rayment

We get more helpful advice from Jennie, our expert Twiddler and Fiddler; this time she adds wonderful thread to the edges of her tucks, and Valerie gives advice on how to make this colourful scrap 9 patch and snowball quilt, as well as giving some helpful tips on how to sort, store, and accumulate scraps for this and other laundry basket quilts.

Block of the Month programmes

Rosebud Fayre Block of the Month

Rosebud Fayre, Your First Sampler Quilt, and Superstar Medallion are complete here on the site and ready for you to work on at your leisure and don’t forget our Midsummer Mystery, which originally had an hourly update!


Midsummer Mystery Quilt


Superstar - a Medallion Quilt from Jennie Rayment

First Sampler Quilt

But if you would like to have something through the post in pattern form which you can start in September, then Valerie picked up information at the Festival of Quilts from our contributors Village Fabrics, Mandy Shaw and Daisy Chain Designs and you can find more details in the Classified section: Just click on the BOM filter

August Membership – Special Offer

4 months for the price of 3 offer August 2015Don’t forget that you can watch the videos even if you are away from home and this month we have a special membership offer for you – 4 months for the price of 3.

TO CLAIM YOUR FREE MONTH all you have to do is click here to purchase a 3 month membership from the Shop by 31st August 2015. Then send an email, quoting the unique code EB02 to and we will add an extra month onto your viewing privileges.

A Christmas Story by Annie DownsBook of the Month

This month make an early start with Christmas with Annie Down’s lovely book – A Christmas Story. A mixture of applique and stitching combine in these lovely projects, which do include a quilt a well as lots of smaller ideas for gifts and use around the house


Subscriber Giveaway

CompetitionThe subscriber giveaway this month is from Villavin crafts and is a delightful little wallhanging kit, easy to make and finishes approx 8” square. To enter the competition as a subscribed member, all you need to do is send an email entitled Hearts to:
The competition will close 31st August 2015.


Product of the Month

AURIfil Lakes Thread packWe LOVE threads and this pack of 5 lovely threads -100% cotton:50w – have been put together exclusively for These 50w cotton threads have 200 (220yds) on each spool and we have chosen 4 plain colours and one variegated; perfect for quilting (and of course for piecing but why would you want to hide these lovely colours!).
As the product of the month they have free p&p in the UK in August 2015 PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription

Festival of Quilts

This event is now behind us but it was great to see so many of you and also our lucky Facebook ticket winners; dates for next year are 11-14th August 2016. As well as catching up with our contributors Valerie did LOTS of shopping (and not just for herself!) so keep an eye on the Shop for the new products.

New Video Layout

We have recently upgraded and improved our video system on the website, as some of the eagle eyed amongst you may have spotted. It will also help those of you who may have recently experienced difficulties seeing the videos, caused by browser updates.

For those of you unsure about the new controls, here’s a picture to help you, but if you still need help just click here to contact Juliet with your queries.

New Video Controls

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

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New this month

Paper Weaving with Mary Gamester
This is another very simple but effective technique that Mary demonstrates for us.

Japanese folded patchwork with Lee Brown
Lee shares her love of handwork with us for a lovely cushion which would make a perfect holiday project as it is so portable.

Tips and techniques
Removing English Paper Piecing Papers from Nancy Adamek
This very simple tip helps you quickly and easily remove the papers from your EPP project so that you can use them again!

Meet Linda Seward and The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting
This is Linda’s latest book and is an extremely comprehensive bible of all things pertinent to art quilting with over 1000 step-by-step instructions and illustrations for surface design. patchwork, applique, quilting, embellishing and finishing

Out and about
Stitch Bits – the new book from Jennie Rayment
See what Jennie has been up to as she shares the ideas contained in her latest book.

Simple Journal making with Kate Crossley
This is a delightful idea in which you can store your collection of inspiration and ideas.

Tips and techniques
Bright Hope idea for your Border with Valerie Nesbitt
Also known as Trip around the world border, this technique adds a visual twist to your quilt.

Stretched Churn Dash pattern with Valerie Nesbitt
Quick and easy this is a great idea which you will love to use again and again.

More Easy Stack Ideas from Paula Doyle
Building on her workshop of the same name Paula gives us more inspiration.

Out and about
London Quilters Patchwork Show 2014
This was a bi-ennial show from this group of quilters and it was entitled ‘Coming Home;.