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Valerie's Blog

Chris Porter and Mary Gamester join Valerie in the studio.

February 23rd, 2015

We had a great day as always and some great workshops were filmed;  Chris shared with us her love of Flying Geese and Dresden Plates, for which she has designed her own templates, as well as showing us how to put a sleeve on the back of a quilt, which she personalises with text and lovely pics too.

Valerie gets ready to sew some Yo-Yo's


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and Mary reminded us how great she is at transfer printing with woven strips, printing blocks and lace (all of which are in her book - Transfer Painting)


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so keep watching!

STOP PRESS: Mary will be at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia 5-8th March - so stopby and say hi!!!

Hexagons, the Magna Carta and The Stitch Witch

January 15th, 2015

what brings them all together?  well a filming day with of course.

We were joined at the Legacy Hotel Hogs Back by Nancy from Lina Patchwork;  Nancy is passionate about English Paper Piecing and she cuts out thousands of accurate paper pieces for us to purchase and use!  She did a series of very comprehensive workshops for us - so keep an eye out for those.

picture taken by Matt Bigwood

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The Magna Carta Quilters Association is in full swing making a wonderful double sided quilt in celebration of the 800 years since the document was signed at Runnymede;  Alison Garner joined us and showed us how the quilt is progressing together with a great little workshop on how they are transferring the designs.    Alison also has a business called Vision Textiles which makes embroidered stoles and scarves for the clergy - and we learnt more about that too.

and finally Lynette Harris in her guise as The Stitch Witch to give us more wonderful short workshops using perle thread - her new love  (her original one having been with her now for 37 years!) - to create sashiko projects.   Watch out for the one using graded fabric, shadow applique and sashiko later in February to create a stunning Dahlia project.

Both Nancy and Lynette will be at various shows around the country - so keep an eye out for them.

The Most Watched for 2014

January 9th, 2015

Top 15 films in 2014

Midsummer Mystery Quilt

Miniature Quilts with Julia Gahagan

Hexagons with Carolyn Forster

Owl Bunting with Jennie Rayment

Courthouse Steps Scrap Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Quick-Strip Childrens Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Lily Block with Jennie Rayment

Wrist Pincushion with Jennie Rayment

Chicken Pincushion with Jennie Rayment

Strip Pieced Diamond Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

40 Minute Scrap Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Hexagon Tree Decorations from Jennie Rayment

Tucked Up band with Jennie Rayment

How to Make  Secret Pillow with Valerie Nesbitt

Your First Sampler Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt


Did you miss?

Naive Applique with Anne Baxter

Interview with Tracey Chevalier

Folded Potholder with Valerie Nesbitt

Recycling Mens Ties with Valerie Nesbitt

How to Bind your Quilt by The Bramble Patch

Leaders and Enders with Valerie Nesbitt

Rosebud Fayre Series - this is a great medallion quilt suitable for all sewing levels.

Yo-Yo Santa with Valerie Nesbitt

Japanese Folded with Lesley Brankin

Threadsaver with Valerie Nesbitt



And of course you can always enjoy the whole section of Out & About where we visit the shows, exhibitions and  quilt shops.


Happy New Year

January 1st, 2015


My wish for 2015 is that all our viewers remain happy and healthy and have lots of time to sit back and enjoy our workshops and videos.

Pause for that coffee or glass of wine and be inspired;  we have lots of new contributors organised to be filmed  - so here's to a great sewing year ahead for all of us.

(and don't forget to share your pics for our Show & Tell page;  the mystery is still there too for you to have a go at!)

British Sewing Awards 2014.

December 8th, 2014

Linda Seward's new book, The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting (Sixth & Spring) has been nominated in the Best Sewing Book Category of the British Sewing Awards 2014.

If you click on the link below, you will get to the website with the shortlist of nominees (click on the red button again at the top of the website to vote). Her  book is listed under number 20, however you do need to vote for every category. If you don't know who to vote for in the other categories, you can just click "Other" and write in N/A. The voting period for the British Sewing Awards has started online at:

You can only vote once, which is why they ask for personal details at the end. However, you don't need to worry about being put on loads of email lists as you can opt out of all of those by clicking the boxes at the bottom. They just want to make sure that the same person doesn't vote a million times....

Linda says:

It would be wonderful to win this accolade! Please do share this information to spread the word. Anyone can vote on the online form, even non-Brits!

Thanks so much for your help.


Voting closes on Sunday 11th January 2015 at midnight

Out & About on the Site

December 5th, 2014

Today we join the London Quilters at the opening ceremony of their biennial exhibition called ‘Coming Home’;  the exhibition runs through until 4th January at the Swiss Cottage Library in London NW3.   You will see that Tracy Chevalier (author and quilter) was there to do the official speech and we were excited to be able to interview her about her own very first quilt – which is also on display at the exhibition.


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There is also a quilt on display entitled Making Time Fly that was pieced by Pauline Macaulay and quilted by Sylvester who was in HMP Brixton.  Pauline  commissioned him to quilt the double bed quilt as part of the Fine Cell Work project and if you missed it there was a feature on this yesterday on Radio 2 on the Jeremy Vine show.  Pauline had interviewed Sylvester a while back for the Talking Quilts: Saving Quilters' Stories oral history project which she is heading.  This is an exciting national project of The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles which is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

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