Top Tip about English Paper Piecing

5_jh100-14-cutting-hexagons-sm - Juliet Coffer - julietFor those of you who love this form of hand patchwork we have a top tip from Carolyn Forster;  she shows you how to multi cut your fabric even with scissors;

And we now have some wonderful new hexagon and diamond papers for sale in the shop,  accurately die-cut from Lina Patchwork who are based in Kent – click here for details. Nancy joined us recently for a filming day, so we have some wonderful workshops coming your way on this.

Is your New Year’s resolution to get more of your quilts finished and quilted?

Long Arm QuiltingWell have you considered handing it over to one of the Long Arm Quilting girls to finish?   We visited the Bramble Patch a while ago and you can enjoy meeting Beryl and Bertha (their machines!) as well as learning just what a great service this is;  AND if you want to quilt the quilt yourself, they offer a  basting up service too – so no more scrambling about on the floor!!! – sound appealing?


Jennie Rayment Textured WaistcoatWe have a very comprehensive workshop from Jennie (as always) in which she shows us all how to make a textured waistcoat;  now patchwork clothing may not be your thing(!) but in this video Jennie shows you how to make Folded and decorated bias strips as well as Trumpets with pokey bits (very technical term!) so if you like twiddling and fiddling take a look.

Paula Doyle Shape Cut rulersPaula Doyle shows us how to use one of her favourite tools – the Shape Cut Ruler;  this comes with pre-cut slots for the rotary cutter and is particularly good for those who need to sit down to rotary cut.

Gift Packs

We have just 3 left – so first come; first served;  great membership deal as well as goodies to use and sew. Click here for more details

Book of the Month

Quilters Desk DiaryAnd the Book of the Month is the Quilters Diary 2015 is full of inspiration at a great price and free p&p in the UK for the rest of the month.


Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

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Tips and techniques
Cutting Fabric Hexagons with Carolyn Forster
This is a great tip from Carolyn on how to cut out several hexagons quickly and easily, even with scissors.

Textured Waistcoat with Jennie Rayment
Jennie shows you how you can take a simple waistcoat pattern and customize it by adding texture with her twidding and fiddling.

Meet Linda Seward – Textile Author and Quilter
Enjoy seeing some of her work and wandering round her workspace (which used to be the kitchen!)

Tips and techniques
How to use Shape Cut Rulers with Paula Doyle
These are a series of very cleverly designed rulers that allow you to put the rotary cutter through them in pre-cut slots.

Tips and techniques
Easy Fabric Sudoku tip from Jennie Rayment
Great little tip from Jennie and you don’t even have to work out the puzzle!

Out and about
A visit to the Welsh Quilt shop of Jen Jones in Ceredigion
where she keeps her wonderful collection of over 1000 old welsh quilts and blankets.

Tips and techniques
Helpful tips when using template plastic from Jennie Rayment
Templates are very useful when creating patchwork by hand and Jennie helps you avoid some of the pitfalls.

Tips and techniques
Make bias seams really easily with no gadgets
a great idea from Jennie which could also be used for your celtic designs.

Really Fast and simple bag with Jennie
A very fast and simple Hand Bag with Jennie with a flat bottom – great for kids too.