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Valerie's Blog

Filming with Sylvia Critcher

July 8th, 2016

What a great day we had with Sylvia learning about her new book and seeing all the wonderful samples she made for it.


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The book claims to have 10 projects in it, but the quilt alone has 9 patterns and then there is the winter table runner which I just fell in love with - full of snowflake patterns so great value for money - keep watching for the workshops!

Raised Quilt & Stitch by Sylvia Critcher


The Wordsmith by Janet Clare

July 5th, 2016

Follow-up hospital appointments mean lots of waiting around so this time I took something 'nice' along to read;  well how understated is that - this book is fabulous; Janet combines delightful little stories about her life and the inspiration for her memory quilt,  with her line-drawings which makes this book very readable and memorable; THEN you get projects too!

I've already mentioned the Memory quilt, but there is also the Alphabet quilt and then taking those letters there is the poetry quilt: her's  reads

Warm Sighing; quiet settled

but she gives you tips on how to translate your phrase into a quilt too - just brilliant!

thankyou Janet.

To purchase the book: The Wordsmith - click here and to see the video about it - click here.


National Patchwork Championship's - Sandown Catchup

June 27th, 2016

Took the opportunity to wander round the exhibition - see lovely quilts and catch up with lots of our contributors.

Gail Lawther had her own exhibition of work on display - what a talented girl she is - and she has designed a new range of patterns - Enchanted Garden - which are now in the shop

Nancy of Lina Patchwork was there too - and we picked up a new pattern from her - Daisy Chain tablerunner, which would make  a great little summer project.


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Daisy Chain Designs and The Stitch Witch were also there - trading furiously - and promised to let me have some of their new kits- selling so fast that I wasn't allowed to take one away! - so keep an eye on the shop for those.

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My lovely friends at Creative Quilting were dealing with the aftermath of a flood - restocking furiously - good job shop supplies were only down the road!


Cutwork Poppy Workshop

May 16th, 2016

Well I think I have found a new addiction thanks to Kathleen Laurel-Sage!   Look what I made with her on Saturday - it was so much fun and so easy:


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I have always loved cutwork but add this to my love of the sewing machine - well say no more....Have my very own soldering iron on it's way and more kits to make! - can't wait.

If this appeals to you,  here is the workshop on the site that first inspired me to invite her to teach the workshop at Creative Quilting.  Floral cutwork-

(and if you think you might like to join in a retreat weekend with her -make sure you get our newsletters!!!!)



Crazy quilt at Lady Sew & Sew

May 1st, 2016

I was thrilled to see that my quilt is on display at Lady Sew & Sew as part of their Henley Arts Trail participation - obviously fabrics used are from their shelves!


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We were there over the weekend and also got to see quilts by Linda Seward and to meet Nel Watmore, who had a special exhibition on too.

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with 100 quilts on display as well as some still from Fine Cell Work, well worth a visit.













Sewing Retreat at Denham Bucks

April 26th, 2016

A weekend away sewing with like minded people and no responsibilities - what a great idea that is!


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Pictures by Matt Bigwood

15 ladies joined Valerie and Maggie at the Denham De Vere Hotel and you can see they were hard at work.  They all worked on their own projects but there was inspiration in the form of quilts on the wall and a small shop of goodies provided by Creative Quilting.


Want to join in the next one? - click here for more details - same hotel  8-9 October and Valerie will be  joined by Sarah and Pauline from Pauline's Patchwork both offering classes - Sarah is the queen of using Jelly Rolls and Pauline will be sharing all things Christmassy.

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Product of the Month July 2016

Poppy Machine embroidery Kit from Kathleen Laurel Sage
Cutwork kit comes complete with Organza, beads, and dissolvable fabric ready for you to create your own lovely panel. Free p&p in the UK for the month of July 2016 PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription.

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Book of the Month


30 Minute Sewing by Heather M.Love

A great compendium of 60 different quick and easy projects to make in just 30 minutes! Free P&P in the UK for July 2016

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