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Valerie's Blog

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.

Fine Cell Work exhibition

April 15th, 2016

We spent a whole day filming this small but great exhibition that is being hosted by Lady Sew & Sew at Henley on Thames.

Founded by Lady Anne Tree in 1997, Fine Cell Work trains men and women in prison to do high-quality, paid needlework in the long hours spent in their cells.

Last night we were fortunate enough to meet up with and interview Tracy Chevalier who is a leading author and patron of Fine Cell work - indeed she commissioned a quilt entitled the Sleep Quilt which was made by 60 men and women from 9 different prisons - and this is on display in the exhibition.

There was standing room only at the talk - so well done Lady Sew & Sew.

The other highlight of the exhibition is the Cell Quilt - which is a life-size representation of a real cell for two men.

As well as quilts on display there is a small pop-up shop of items made by the prison stitchers.

The exhibition runs until 27th April.

For more information visit: Lady Sew & Sew.


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Picture of Val & Tracy in a corner of the warehouse prior to the talk- picture taken by Matt Bigwood

A note from Juliet about Apple iPads and phones

April 1st, 2016

Do you use an iPad or iPhone? Have you installed the latest update in the last few weeks of March? Well iOS 9.3.has a bug in it which has affected not only our website, but many other video websites too.

When you try and watch a video, it may tell you that your privacy settings are stopping you from viewing the video. Apple know about the problem and are working on a fix - you'll get a new Apple update to your device soon.

If you do experience this difficulty, we recommend that if you have another device eg a computer or other phone / tablet please use this to view our videos until the Apple update comes through. You may also want to try and see if a different browser eg Firefox or Chrome will work on the iPad.

Simply E-Z wth Jennie Rayment

March 17th, 2016

Spent the day working with Jennie  - I was the quilt slave! - and she the presenter working on a series of 'how to use' videos for the E-Z company/Simplicity.


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Had a very full and productive day and if you want to learn more about why we are  looking through the cut-out heart - you'll need to keep watching!

(spoiler alert - we used the E-Z Heart Template !)

Terial Magic Spray

March 15th, 2016

So what's all the magic about?   This product has been flying off our  shelves so I decided to have a look and see why.

Terial Magic is a spray on fabric stabilizer that washes out of your garment, quilt or art after it's finished;

- it stablizes the fabric so that you can use it a little bit like paper - so cutting out shapes such as feathers or petals to create designs with your fabric scraps becomes very easy - how about giving this idea a try (pic taken from issue 41 of Homemaker);


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Terial Magic Spray:

- has been created to prevent the fabric from fraying for 3D textile art

- Stabilizes fabric ready for embroidery - even stretchy fabrics and then just washes out.

- it also pre-treats the fabric to allow it to go throughinkjet printers

- And that means you can also put it through an  electronic cutter and all those other cutters like AccuQuilt, Sissix etc.

- it's brilliant for use on stretchy fabrics such as t-shirts– and kids babygrows – allows you to mix fabrics and make sewing easier

- Paula Doyle has done a wonderful workshop for us on Thread Painting - where  the fabric is pre-stablized with Terial Magic  - click here to enjoy.

and you can enjoy more information on it on YouTube - by clicking here.

You can purchase the product through our shop - just click here.

Stripey with Jennie Rayment

February 29th, 2016

Another fantastic filming day with Jennie;

Here is the delightful quilt that she is going to share with us and which will be run as a series - probably two rows a month (still to work out the details!) .


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The quilt is made from a selection of 36 x Fat 1/4m's which we will be able to offer you AND there is enough fabric left over to create the backing and do the binding - so excellent value;

PLUS we will be offering you the opportunity of trying a new 80/20 wadding (well new to us and we love it!)


We hope to have the Promo film up soon so keep watching!!


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Product of the Month April 2016

Metro Fat eighth pack
Metro Fat 1/8th Bundle from Oakshott Fabrics.
8 lovely colours; Suitable for quilting and general sewing 100% mercerised shot cottons. Free P&P in the UK in April 2016 PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription.

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Book of the Month

The Wordsmith by Janet Clare

The Wordsmith by Janet Clare

Janet invites you to gather your letters and your threads and be a wordsmith with her and make beautiful quilts too. Free P&P in the UK for April 2016

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