It’s the last few days to take advantage of the Early Bird booking price and save £25 for our popular Stitching Weekend retreat in April 2019.
So what’s included in the weekend:
2 full days of classes – one full day with Nancy Adamek working on a lovely EPP table runner, inspired by the famous quilt by Lucy Boston, and one full day with The Stitch Witch learning about the fascinating technique, Shadow Quilting
All patterns used in the classes
1 night accommodation at the luxurious Warbrook House Hotel
Double room with single occupancy, so no sharing, unless you want to.
En-suite bathrooms, LCD TV, telephone and a tea/coffee making facilities.
2 days hot and cold buffet lunch
Hot and cold buffet dinner on the Saturday night and buffet breakfast on Sunday
Tea, coffee and refreshments served throughout the 2 days
Free parking and WiFi
Come and Join us, bring a friend or just come and meet new people. The Grange at The Warbrook hotel is an ideal location for our retreats as the teaching, modern design accommodation and restaurant are all under one roof, providing an excellent and unique sewing space for the weekend. Indeed, it offers everything you need for the perfect stitching weekend retreat. Learn More +
So what do we know about Nancy?
Nancy Adamek has been a keen quilter for the last 20 years, specialising in English Paper Piecing. As she’s part of our retreats programme, we thought you might like to find out more about her, so do read about Nancy in our tutor feature. Read Now+
Spruce up your home
New this week, Valerie works with a simple design from Sally Ablett using the Water Meadow range of fabrics from Lewis & Irene. This little patchwork project is a perfect size for a small rectangular cushion. The cushion is made from simple squares and rectangles, and some sashing and while Valerie has used a variety of fabrics, since many of them can be fussy cut, you could get away with using a single fabric plus sashing. There is also a delightful picture panel in the range, which also works well as a cushion cover. Watch Now +
Also new this week, Jennie Rayment has a charming cat design which is simple to create to adorn a wide variety of projects. Use up your scraps and embellish the face to create your own individual moggy. Jennie uses the E-Z Fat Cat Template which gives directions for both applique and pieced cats in a wide variety of sizes, but obviously the idea can be adapted. There are also workshop notes available for paid subscribers. Watch Now+
Seams Common Sense
For our Throwback Thursday video this week, Jennie and Valerie discuss a real hot potato – the merits of pressing the seams open or leaving them closed when you work on your patchwork. Enjoy the merits and discussions by these two on their differing approach to sewing patchwork but on one thing they are agreed – the result is king and the choice is yours – and the quilt police do not check inside the quilt! Watch Now+
JANUARY’S SPECIAL OFFERS
Product of the Month
January’s Product of the Month gives you 2 fabric bundles to choose from. Each is a bundle of 5 fat 1/4’s of stripey and plaid style fabrics and this scrumptious range of cotton fabric give the appearance of being cuddly and warm like wool.
There are 10 small felt intrepid explorers and 30 little travel accessories to sew. With 127 pages, this enchanting book contains step by step instructions and diagrams for a delightful collection of animals and dolls made from 100% wool, hand dyed felt, complete with felt, linen and knitted accessories.
As it’s our Book of the Month it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in January 2019 More Info+
Brighten up your day
Last week, Helen Butcher was back with her modern improv quilt series – this time, the very striking Rattle Modern quilt. This is a super clever use of squares – perfect for layer cakes and/or stash. As you can see from these pictures, she also adapted the pattern and made this lovely looking table mat. Since it is a modern improv quilt, you don’t have to worry about seam allowance – so great for beginners – but Helen does give you some helpful sewing and pressing tips.
At the end all the blocks are squared up to be of equal size – so also great to use as a group quilt. and the free version of the pattern is available on the QGBI Modern Group’s website Watch Now+
Helen has used a delightful range of Oakshott fabrics called ‘Fruit Salad Selection’, a bundle of 8 fat quarters, to create this bright quilt and we have the bundle in our Shop. (Note: You will also need one metre of a contrasting batik fabric of your choice.) Buy Now+
What’s coming up in Janaury
Catch up with what’s new this month and watch our latest trailer Watch Now+
Don’t forget, we have new videos on justhands-on.tv every Friday and you can become a paid subscriber with full access from only £7 a month. Learn More +
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
Have you entered this month’s giveaway for paid subscribers for this Pack of 10 Aurifil Threads designed by Jennifer Paganelli. These threads are 40wt (so slightly thicker) and 100% cotton and would be wonderful for quilting.
Flurry 12 block Sampler Quilt kit ONLY £25.00 (last few remaining)
If you’re looking for a January bargain – here it is – originally £79.95 this Flurry 12 block Sampler Quit kit has been reduced to ONLY £25 plus p&p This ridiculously low price is to clear limited remaining stock – so snap it up quickly before it goes. The quilt finishes approx 53″x67″ and with on-point blocks is particularly attractive. A very simple 12 block sampler, where the design is set on point to create interest and there is also a double mitred corner –
The kit does not come pre-cut – but contains over 3m of fabric in total and comes complete with all the fabric needed to make the top and the binding, plus the pattern (obviously!) and the Thangles needed to create the blocks using their simple (and ingenious) one-strip method to create the half-square triangles from the same strip as the squares – all 2.5inch wide. BUY NOW+