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Valerie's Blog

Valerie's Crazy addiction

February 5th, 2016

I just don't seem to be able to help myself - the bundles of fabric just keep talking to me and the quilt is so quick!!

So here is another made with the new delivery of Michael Miller Fabrics 'Into the Deep'


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This quilt used 6 x Fat 1/'4s plus 1/2m for the border and can be found at Creative Quilting.

and one using a bundle of Free Spirit fabrics ( 6 x 1/4ms) from Lady Sew & Sew; used 4 of the blocks trimmed down to fit into the corners.


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(plus stash for the border!)


and did you see the ones in the Show & Tell? click here for more!!!!!



New Year - New Ideas

January 12th, 2016

Spent a great day yesterday down in Emsworth with Jennie Rayment catching up on what she's been up to (busy lady!) and planning some great projects for 2016 -including one that we will be rolling out over a series a weeks to keep you interested -  so keep watching.

Here are a few of the projects that I managed to finish over the holidays and which will be winging their way to Momentum - the charity that supports children  with life  limiting illnesses, and their families, and is based in Kingston-upon-Thames.

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Christmas Wreath idea from Paula Doyle

December 6th, 2015

Don't you just love it when a simple idea works - this wreath is so simple and easy,  and anyone can do it - so get the whole family involved!

It's a no-sew project which uses up lots of plain fabric, plus a pinking blade for the rotary cutter and some tacky glue.


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click here for the pdf instructions:

Thank you so much Paula for sharing

Happy Christmas

Busy filming week

November 27th, 2015

Well we were out and about this week to get some great stuff for you to view early in the 2016!

We started off at Henley on Thames filming the textile exhibition Structures which Kate Findlay organised, and which was sponsored by Lady Sew & Sew (who are also based in Henley).  Kate was our hostess for the day so we got some great insight into the pieces that were on display.  AND we got to see her Hadron Collider Quilts again - so that was a lovely bonus.


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Then later in the week we were joined by Kate Percival, who loves to work with felt and wool fabrics to create wonderful projects, including one for Christmas which will be on our site on Dec 11th



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and then Janet Clare dropped in to tell us about her new ranges of fabric - some of which are in the shops now and others on their way on 2016 - what a talented and busy girl she is. (we have interviewed Janet before - so you can click here to enjoy those!)



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So great stuff to keep you inspired - so keep watching!

Same pattern different quilts.

November 16th, 2015

One of the enduring joys of patchwork I think is that the same pattern, using different fabrics ends up creating such a different quilt and I wanted to share with you my latest favourite scrap quilt.

Here it is made up three times and just how different can they be!

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Their destination is the charity Momentum (based in Kingston upon Thames) who look after and suppport children with life limiting illnesses and their families, and also to St.George's children's ward (where one my students is the nurse in charge!)

My thanks to Lynne Goldsworthy for the original pattern which is featured in the Sept/Oct 2015 issue of Quilting for You  entitled Sherwood Forest - I did make one quilt using her instructions and then rescaled for the three above down to a 6" block.

How NOT to make half-square triangle units.

November 13th, 2015

As someone who thinks the rotary cutter is the best bit of kit ever invented for patchworkers, I am open to any idea that is quick and easy.  BUT that doesn't mean throwing caution to the wind and the current trend flooding the internet to completely ignore the grain of the fabric when making quilts, fills me with horror (and I know lots of quilts that will be horrific too!)

The current issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting shows a stunning quilt on the cover designed by Amanda Castor, but when looking at the making instructions all the half-square triangle are off-grain, and then the blocks are set on point, and then the edges are cut - for a beginner this is a nightmare scenario and if you haven't someone to ask, you will wonder why everything goes wobbly when you try to quilt it - and applying spray starch is not the answer.

The answer is to keep the grain in mind when you are making the quilt! - get it right at the start and you won't have to 'fix' it later!

Here is a link to an excellent piece on the subject for you to read:  How not to make Half-square triangles:

There are lots of ways of making half-square triangle units, which keep the grain in the right place and are quick and easy - especially when using the sewing machine and the rotary cutter - some of them take a little more thought and care in the making, but how much quicker that is and less tearful than getting it all wrong - which you can't mend!

If you want to check our some of Valeries' methods: click here:

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Product of the Month February 2016

Planets Applique Picture Kit by Janet Clare
Planets Applique Picture Kit by Janet Clare.

A sweet little applique wallhanging kit designed by Janet Clare. Free P&P in the UK in February 2016 PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription.

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Book of the Month

Quick Weekend Quilts by Debbie Mumm

Quick Weekend Quilts by Debbie Mumm

This is a delightful book with 128 pages, 45 projects and tips for planning your weekend of quilting Free P&P in the UK for February 2016

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