Meet Janet Clare

5_jh109-11-janet-clare-apron-sm Janet shares with us her secret of making sure that she stays focused on ‘working’ when at home;  this was one of a series of short interviews we made with Janet on the launch of her Hearty Good Wishes fabric range (which was inspired by her book of the same title)


5_jh115-01-bead-quilting-sm Paula Doyle is an award winning quilter and shares with us her simple tip for adding beads into her quilting stitch which adds even more texture than simple quilting alone (and don’t forget she is the mistress of Mini Mosaics too)

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2_website-gift-pack-ad-2014 - Juliet Coffer - julietIf you’re looking for a gift for a friend or relative, or something to hint to your other half about!, take a look at our gift pack offer – a fantastic discounted pack of sewing related goodies together with a 3 month or 1 year membership. The gift package contains:

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Valerie’s Blog:

Linda Seward Valerie NesbittWe spent yesterday with Linda Seward getting to know more about her, her new book – The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting (which is our current subscriber giveaway below) – and then on to the London Quilters Exhibition where we met Tracey Chevalier (quilter and author) who had kindly agreed to do the honours at the official opening ceremony (which as we were there we got to film and you will get to enjoy in December.)

The exhibition entitled ‘Coming Home’ is free and runs through until 4th Jan – you can find more information on the Events page (and for all you event organisers, don’t forget that it’s free to get a mention; just contact us)

Free Subscriber Giveaway

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Don’t forget that for this month’s giveaway we have three copies of the latest book from Linda Seward – The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting: Surface Design – Patchwork – Applique – Quilting – Embellishing – Finishing

For more information on the book, visit the Competition page of the website; but to enter all you need to do as a subscribed member is send an email, with the title ‘Art Quilt’, to the competition address:

Entries will close 30 Nov 2014

Book of the Month:

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The Gentle(ish) art of Gelliping is the latest book from Hilary Beattie (textile artist extraordinaire);

Or how to create unique and personal prints with your Gelli plate; 131 pages of illustations and inspiration for you textile addicts.

This has free p&p in the UK for Nov 2014.

(and if you love this sort of textile thing, do check out her other book: Make it Personal)


Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

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New this month

Out and about
Roses from the Heart with Christina Henri
A unique memorial to 25,566 convict women transported to Australia from Britain and Ireland from 1788-1853

Textile workshop with Hilary Beattie
Hilary shows us round the (rather messy in an artistic way) workshop she was holding at The Bramble Patch quilt shop.

Pieced Hearts with Valerie Nesbitt
For any of you who don’t like applique, this simple pieced block will get you very excited.

Patchwork Pizza Topping with Valerie Nesbitt
or how to use up those small and tiny bits to great effect that you might otherwise pop in the bin.

Out and about
coded:decoded – an exhibition by Prism – Part 2
More from this exhibition of textile inspired art – and what a talented group they are with members from across the globe.

Japanese Jelly Roll Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Raid your stash or use some pre-cuts to make this really simple quilt from 2 ½” strips

Out and about
Design & Inspiration from Barbara Weekes
Barbara talk to us about her work, the inspiration for it and also gives a short demonstration on how she colours silk fabric.

Making Diamonds with Christine Porter
Chris shares with us a section of her e-book Sensational Circle Quilts

Humbug bag with Valerie Nesbitt
This is such a great idea you will be making LOTS to give and to use yourself.