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3 July 2020

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Meet Jane Czaja

This week we meet a new Queen of Crochet, Jane Czaja. Valerie and Jane first met in one of Valerie’s quilting classes many years ago. But Jane’s passion, since a child, has always been crochet. Whilst it’s her hobby, she now teaches and works with Nicki Trench and Inside Crochet Magazine. In this video, Jane and Valerie chat about the upcoming workshops that Jane has for you  Watch Now+ 

Scrap 9 Patch quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Did you see last week, how Valerie was inspired by a picture of a traditional scrap nine-patch quilt on the front of a calendar. She realised that she could turn those little 2″ x 5″  braids and scrappy bits into this traditional 9-patch block and quilt. In the workshop  she suggests strip piecing and then sub-cutting as this gives a more precise set of 3 squares, which in turn gives you perfect piecing. Watch Now+ 

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Rowan Long Textured Cowl Kit

This Rowan Summerlite DK cowl is the perfect accessory for those cooler summer evenings.. It’s also perfect for the beginner knitter, as this understated cowl uses simple knit, purl and slip stitches to create areas of texture. The kit from Lady Sew and Sew contains 4 x 50g Rowan Summerlite DK and a printed pattern

The kit is available in 3 different colours this month. Just click on the colour you’d like:

Silvery Blue
Pink Powder

As our Product of the Month for July it comes with free shipping in the UK for the month of July. .Buy Now+ 

How to Make a Secret Pillow with Valerie Nesbitt

In this workshop, today, Valerie turns her Beginners Sampler Quilt into a Secret Cushion or Quillow  It’s where the quilt hides inside your pillow to create the pillow pad or stuffing. First she makes the cushion from the scraps/left overs of the quilt and then she attaches it to the quilt back, where it will be hidden.The lovely part of this is that when the secret cushion quilt is in use, the cushion becomes a perfect spot to slip your feet into!  Watch Now+ 

Spicy Shibori Dyeing with Angela Daymond

If you’ve spent the last few months tidying out cupboards in your kitchen then this might be a great project for you, Angela shows us a range of ways to create dyed fabric with that tied look. She does this with the help of some simple spices from your kitchen cupboard;. In this particular workshop Angela has used Turmeric and Paprika, plus some pegs and rubber bands;  there is advice on how to wrap the fabric and how to get the best results. Watch Now+ 

New in the Shop this week

This week have added some great EPP candle mat kits from Creative Quilting which will make perfect small projects for you  Learn More+

This week we are also delighted that Sylvia Cricther’s products are back in the Shop after lockdown. So if you have been missing your trapunto (she has new supplies of wool skeins), or feel now is the time to learn a new skill with one of her kits, then you will find it all in the Shop. Or why not take a read of her book, Raised Quilt and Stitch. This book contains 10 projects of various sizes together with full size templates.  Learn More+

BOOK OF THE MONTH:  Material Magic by Jennie Rayment

Jennie’s latest book, Material Magic, will provide hours of fun and inspiration for fabulous ingenious creations.

The book goes from Japanese Folded Patchwork to bowls, vases and re-usable Christmas Crackers with a spot of Interlocking Hexagons thrown in for good measure. Ponder over the pages and enjoy the creativity. Fold, twitch and tweak circles over a selection of geometric shapes for some fantastic effects. Just play … read the words and have a go. You will be amazed by
your own ingeniousness.

Its’ ideal for all ages and abilities. You can hand sew many of the designs although Jennie also encourages the use of a sewing machine. For accurate cutting of specific shapes and sizes, Jennie recommends a rotary cutter, cutting mat and also an acrylic ruler.

It’s 48 pages, A4. There are also full colour photographs of each stage plus samples of finished designs.

As it’s our Book of the Month it also comes with FREE P&P in the UK during July Buy Now+ 

Jewel Shaped box / cushion with Jennie Rayment

If you want to see Jennie in action, catch up with her recent workshop for a jewel shaped box.  Jennie takes you through the ‘how to’ of making your own template  and turns the design around a hexagon centre, into a cushion decoration.  Then without the centre, you could make a tablemat.  And by using just four of the shapes, you could also create a box. or just use the star shape decoration for a brooch or hair accessory.  Watch Now+ 

What’s coming up in July 

Longer days and a five Friday month means we have lots of opportunities to inspire you this July. Featured tutors this month include Jennie RaymentLorna BatemanMary GamesterValerie Nesbitt and new crochet tutor Jane Czaja.  Watch Now+

Don’t forget, we have new videos on every Friday and you can become a paid subscriber with full access from only £5 a month. Learn More +


Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

This month we are giving away this delightful little cushion pattern which would brighten up any home and could be converted into a small wallhanging. The front is embellished with 3D windmills also created out of fabric and the reverse of this little cushion is just as sweet.. The finished size approx is 17.5 ” square. Created in fused applique the cushion uses up lots of small pieces of fabric – so a great opportunity to raid your stash. As usual with Gail’s patterns, you get excellent instructions and full size templates, ready reversed for immediate
use. To enter the competition just send an email entitled SEASIDE MEMORIES to The competition will close 31 July 2020.

Happy sewing and stay safe

New videos this month

Scrap 9 Patch quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Scrap 9 Patch quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Valerie Nesbitt shows you how to turn those scrappy bits into this traditional 9-patch block and quilt. Watch Now+

Spicy Shibori Dyeing with Angela Daymond

Spicy Shibori Dyeing with Angela Daymond

See what even out-of-date spices can do for your fabric with guidance from Angela. Watch Now+

How to extend your quilt borders with Valerie Nesbitt

How to extend your quilt borders with Valerie Nesbitt

When the fabric just isn’t long enough to fit round the quilt , what do you do? Valerie Nesbitt  has some clever answers to help you . Watch Now+

No Y Seam Tumbling Blocks with Jennie Rayment

No Y Seam Tumbling Blocks with Jennie Rayment

Faux tumbling blocks from Jennie Rayment, created with simple strip piecing. Watch Now+

Wool Applique with Sallieann Harrison

Wool Applique with Sallieann Harrison

Sallieann Harrison shares with us her love of wool applique which can be done by hand or by machine.. Watch

Beaded Kilt Pin with Fran Rose

Beaded Kilt Pin with Fran Rose

Simple beading project from Fran with other ideas spinning from it.. Watch Now+

Piping a Cushion the Jennie Rayment way

Piping a Cushion the Jennie Rayment way

As usual Jennie Rayment has a clever way of putting piping (which doesn’t have to be bias) onto a cushion.Watch Now+

Sail Away Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Sail Away Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

This delightful ‘Sail Away’ range of fabrics is from Makower and  the quilt has been designed by Lynne Goldsworthy with great use of the coordinating  panels Watch Now+

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