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Crazy Stashbuster

June 26th, 2017

Margaret contacted us in May as she was trying to remember which video she needed for one of Valerie's stack and slash quilts, as she had made one a few years ago and wanted to make another.

It turned out she wanted to make Valerie's crazy patchwork quilt - which you can watch here.

Margaret has got back in touch just a few weeks later and has just completed her quilt in this lovely colourway, which she has hand quilted using perle thread. She used 6 fabrics instead of 5 (as Valerie had done in her video). She made 24 blocks for this quilt and added the sashing as well.

She is very happy with it but has a tip - some of the fabric she used was cotton poplin and that didn't work so well here for her, so she now knows not to buy it in future.



40 minute quilt - a variation

June 15th, 2017

Gayle contacted us as she wanted to make the 40 minute quilt but was a little unsure about winging it and asked Valerie for a little help as she had cut her strips to 4"

As Gayle's strips were wider, Valerie said that this just means that the quilt will get made faster! (Valerie's original quilt was made from 2.5"strips). The calculations are still the same though - Gayle's 4" strips sewn will become 3.5" wide (approx) so if Gayle wanted it to be 40" in the other direction then just divide the size by 3.5 - simple! (If you started with 2.5" strips, you would divide by 2 instead.). Valerie uses 40" as this is the typical length of a strip in a pre-cut jelly roll and also the width of most quilting fabrics.

So how did Gayle get on?  well she has finished her quilt which she made in the end with 5" strips and we think it looks brilliant. Gayle told us she was a little disappointed how some of the colors group together, but as Valerie says like many scrap quilts no amount of planing seems to avoid duplicates and is part of it's charm!

Gayle is very excited to start another one and is also going to take some 2.5" strips to her next meeting  with her quilting group and is going to show everyone how she made it.

Keep up the great work Gayle!!


And if you want to have a go at the quilt, why not watch Valerie's free video - click here

Lady Sew and Sew retreat - the fruits of your labour

June 11th, 2017

A few of you have been in touch to show us your work wih Valerie from our Lady Sew and Sew retreat back in April 2017.

Jennie contacted us to say she had a really good time at the retreat and learnt SO much! Here's a photo of the piece she made. Her youngest daughter fell in love with it so she has nearly finished it for her. Thanks for sharing Jenny - it's so pretty!


Janet and Jean - mother and daughter -  joined in all the fun at the weekend and enjoyed a really good catchup as they normally live half a world away from each other;  the chatting didn't stop them sewing however, and here is the proof - and all done by hand - not a sewing machine in sight! (Valerie adjusted the sewing/cutting instructions for them). Lovely job girls - thankyou for sharing and joining in the fun.

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If you want to have a go at Magic 4 patch, why not watch Anne Baxter's video  - click here

If you'd like to join us for one of our retreats, you'll find all the information in the Retreats section of the website

Fat Quarter Baby Quilt Gallery

June 2nd, 2017

Valerie has to thank Beatriz, one of her students,  for the introduction to It's So Emma's Fat Quarter Baby Book and now we love this – we think you will too

They have been busy making lots of the quilts and here are just a few.

The book has 20 little crib quilts to make, with great shopping information and excellent cutting and sewing instructions too.

The book is available in our Shop - click here and you can see Valerie's review of the book by clicking here




Retreat projects

May 19th, 2017

5_from-mar-1-7-retreat-300 -We had a fabulous time on our Stitching Getaway in March at Tortworth Court Hotel. Sylvia Critcher shared lots of new techniques, ideas and tips and sent everyone off inspired for their new projects.

One of our ladies has sent us her lovely finished Wild Rose cushion that she started at the weekend.

Why not check out our photo album from the weekend on Facebook and see what our ladies got up to.

If you'd like to join us for one of our retreats, you'll find all the information in the Retreats section of the website

If you'd like to learn more about Sylvia's signature corded technique, you can watch it here as she talks us through all the stages of making a different pattern - the Dog Rose cushion and she points out that these steps apply to all her patterns and projects.

Miniature joy

May 5th, 2017


One of our lovely members Viv had chatted to Valerie at the West Country Quilt show in Bristol last year about Julia Gahagan's Miniature quilts. She was busy making this lovely alpine village pattern and was learning how to do it from Julia's video on our site. She was determined to finish it by Christmas - and she did.  

She told us has really enjoyed making it and we agree with everyone who she has shown it to, that it is a very pretty piece of work - Very well done indeed Viv!!!

If you want to learn how to do this you can watch Julia's video - just click here and you can also buy the kit - click here.

We have a lot of different kits by Julia - just click here and scroll down to the Shop section to see what's available

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Book of the Month


Color Block Quilts by Judith McCabe

6 quick and easy designs - each made in two versions. Great for beginners. Free p&p in the UK for the month of October 2017

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Product of the Month - October 2017

Product of the Month Pyramid Advent Calendar PLUS numbered buttons from Creative Quilting
This is a lovely little advent calendar with a difference;  AND Creative Quilting have added a pack of buttons numbered 1-25. Product of the Month for October 2017 so free p&p in the UK for October PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription

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