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Valerie's Blog

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.

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 !)

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Product of the Month May 2016

Pastel Fabric Bundle by Kaffe Fassett
Pastel Fabric Bundle by Kaffe Fassett
Exclusive in the UK to Lady Sew & Sew - 10 fabrics selected from the 20th Anniversary collection and at a very special price. Free P&P in the UK in May 2016 PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription.

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Book of the Month

Kaffe Fassett's Brilliant Patchwork Cushions Book

Kaffe Fassett's Brilliant Patchwork Cushions Book

20 colourful patchwork cushions to make for yourself your friends or your home. Free P&P in the UK for May 2016

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