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Valerie's Blog

Fun at the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton, Hants

April 9th, 2018

Brilliant day filming - despite the damp English weather;  we got to see the Jane Austen Coverlet which was sewn by Jane and her mother and sister and they used the EPP method;



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the Community sewing Project organised by Lucy Bailey, (that Valerie and she are standing in front of)  reimagines the Jane Austen quilt and commemorates her life and legacy,  and the Admiral's Quilt was created with the EPP blocks left over and is on the approppriate bed in the house, is quite stunning.

Keep an eye open for the release date!

Dave, Matt and Valerie enjoy a bit of light relief at the end of the day with the help of the dressing up box that's in the kitchen of the house/museum

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To learn more about the Jane Austen House - click here - and check out the Quilt Blog to learn more about why we were prompted to visit.


More Fruity Friends from Valerie

April 6th, 2018

I just loved this range of fabrics - they are so jolly - and in both colourways;  so  inspired by the cushion pattern from Lynne Goldsworthy - click here for the workshop - I worked on creating a fun quilt (wip)


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With my leftovers I quickly took my 40minute quilt idea to create this little charity quilt for a youngster (still to be quilted but now layered!)


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There is a bigger pink version too! (ready to go)

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Sewing Weekend in Cirencester

March 29th, 2018


With Gail Penberthy at the helm, our group of ladies enjoyed two days of sewing in first class surroundings (and the snow didn't bother us a bit!);   firstly coming to grips with the Table centre, and then moving on to creating Hedgepigs with folded fabrics.

There was shopping too from Gail, from the box of supplies and fabric and other essentials supplied by Creative Quilting.


They also got to have the first look at the Janome MC9400QCP machine that Val was putting through its (early) paces.


Don't forget that you too can have a go when it makes it's next outing, which will be in May at the De Vere Beaumont Hotel retreat weekend.

Win a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400QCP Sewing Machine

March 27th, 2018


Retails for £2,199! and Janome offer you the chance to win the popular Janome MC9400QCP.

The MC9400QCP is the latest longarm model providing both speed ( up to 1,060 spm ) and precision ( 91 needle positions ) for perfect sewing results. It’s also the biggest longarm model Janome has ever produced.  Click here for more details. It’s worth £2,199 and could be yours - - for FREE.

It’s easy to enter.  Just send an email entitled “Janome Prize Draw” to . Please include your address and contact number, so should you be lucky enough to win, we’ll know where to send the machine - UK addresses only.

The competition will close on 31 December 2018 Midnight GMT.

To be eligible for the Prize Draw, you need to be:

  • a paid subscriber to at the time of entering
  • a delegate at a sewing retreat in 2018
  • or, an attendee at a FREE demonstration of the Janome MC9400QCP taking place at a sewing retreat in 2018 (details on demonstrations available on

The good news is that you will have a very good chance of winning this prize because the numbers of those eligible is limited.  So if you’ve been thinking about a quilting retreat, becoming a paid subscriber or having a closer look at the MC9400QCP, the time is now.

Prize draw entry runs the whole of 2018.  Every paid attendance at a sewing retreat can be entered into the draw.  All other eligible entries are limited to 1 per person.

The winner will be picked at random and announced in January 2019 and will receive the machine ready to enjoy an amazing 2019 and beyond.

For more information on retreats click here
For more information on a subscription to click here
For more information on Prize Draw terms and conditions click here


Valerie gives you a quick guided tour of the machine in the video below :

Filming day with Sarah Hatton

March 22nd, 2018

We had a lovely day meeting up with Sarah, who is a knitter who also loves to crochet, but as she is left handed has had to teach herself.  Well, if you are left handed, you are in for a treat, as Sarah shares her crochet knowledge with you .



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We also got a quick peak at the new Janome MC9400QCP (well Val turned the lights on for you and shows you what a big throat it has!)

and we filmed some new workshops too from Valerie with lovely Alison Glass fabrics - so keep watching.

Janome Competition machine

March 12th, 2018

Dining room takeover by the loan machine!



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Very exciting - will be taking it with us to the Cotswold Water Park event at the weekend i.e. 17/18th March - so if you want to come along and have a play, which will entitle you to enter to win one of your own here is the address:

De Vere Cotswold Water Park, Lake 6, Spine Road East, South Cerney, GL7 5FP

just along the M4 close to Swindon.

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