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Valerie's Blog

OMG! We hit 2 million views

January 18th, 2019

It seems like only yesterday that we were telling you that Valerie's 40 minute quilt video had taken the internet by storm and has been viewed over ONE MILLION times on You Tube.

Well would you believe it, our very own Queen of Scrap has only gone and topped the TWO MILLION mark recently!! She is now truly an internet sensation.

If you've watched the video, it's an amazingly quick and easy quilt that's great for anyone to make.

And if you haven't watched it yet - what's keeping you - just click here


We still have so many people sending us in their versions of the quilt including this lovely one from Faith, who loves making scrap quilts and made her version of this for her husband totally out of scrap.


And we have another from Roni out in Texas who told us that although it took her more like a day and a half she's  pleased with the results as she's a beginner and needs all the help she can get.


If you want to share the #quilting #love with someone - just copy and paste and send them this link



Quilting Retreat weekend Nov 2018 at the Warbrook Hotel, Eversley

November 26th, 2018

A really fun time was had by these lovely ladies working with Jennie Rayment and Paula Doyle -

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Some of Jennie's class projects can be seen in the foreground fiddled and twiddled -

and Paula's group worked on Easy Stack -here are some of the results and if you'd like to see more pictures, click her to see them in our Show and Tell section:


Now if you feel you missed out - you can find Paula's book Easy Stack Quilts for sale in the shop

AND you can enjoy workshops here, as a subscribed member;

Easy Stack Quilts with Paula

More Easy Stack Ideas with Paula

Easy Stack Quilt Preparation with Paula

If you give it a go, we promise the results will be amazing!

Jennie and Paula are scheduled to be with us again Nov 2019 working on scrap busting and a Lone Star medallion quilt - click here for details

The Wotton Poppies - a final update

November 10th, 2018

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For those of you who have been following or joining in with the poppy project in Wotton, the knitted and crocheted poppies were put in place on St Mary's Church this week - in torrential rain!!

Do watch this video to see how the endeavours of those in their community and from round the world have helped to create over 10,000 poppies to commemorate the lives of the 114 Wotton men who didn't return from the First World War.

Kate Cropper updates you on this extraordinary feat and the amazing contributions of all involved.


Postcards from the front - a quilt that Valerie made

November 2nd, 2018

A friend found this amazing fabric which she kindly gave me and this was the first of a whole range of postcard quilts that I have been inspired to make.


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This particular quilt was donated to the Star and Garter Home, Richmond and was raffled at their summer fete.

The Royal Star & Garter Charity have provided an outstanding quality of nursing and therapeutic care to ex-Service men and women. Promoting independence and enjoyment of an active lifestyle had always been a priority for the Charity.

You can make your own with Valerie's help by clicking here for the workshop.


October Sewing retreat with Sarah, and Pauline (and Valerie was there too)

October 15th, 2018

The weekend of 13-14 October these three joined forces to teach at the retreat at Denham Grove.  30 ladies spent two days sewing - jelly rolls with Sarah; Layer cake quilts with Pauline and Valerie's class worked on projects of their own choosing;

They all had so much fun that a repeat event has been  planned for 2019!

There is a choice of sewing one of these two wonderful jelly roll quilts with Sarah - skill level challenging

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or one of these two with Pauline - skill level beginner - again from jelly rolls.

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and Valerie is again offering the oportunity to come along with your own WIP, UFO, PhD or start a new project.

The venue has changed to The Grange, Warbrook House Hotel, Eversley, Hants.

more information, dates and a booking form can be found by clicking here:

But don't delay - spaces are limited and going fast as lots of this year's delegates are signing up to come again.


Kate Percival - will be much missed

September 27th, 2018


It is with sadness that we share the news that Kate Percival, one of our delightful quilting friends and contributors lost her battle with life at the end of August. Rest in Peace.

Her workshops and quilts live on as a legacy to her craftmanship, and expertise.


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Book of the Month - January 2019


Little Traveller by Simone Gooding

10 small felt intrepid explorers and 30 little travel accessories to sew.Free p&p in the UK for the month of January 2019

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Product of the Month - January 2019

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