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Scandi by Makower

July 15th, 2018

This lovely Christmas range, designed by Makower, lends itself beautifully to be made up into Christmas Table Mats, and Valerie has taken a pack of preprinted Quilt-as-you-go placements designed by  June Tailor to make an early start. (click through to the shop to buy some for yourself!)

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These fabrics should be in your quilt shops now and there is also a delightful quilt designed by Lynne Goldsworthy, which is a free download from the Makower website - if you feel like making something bigger and more exotic.

Beachomber fabric range from Makower

July 11th, 2018

Valerie received another promo pack of 10inch squares from Makower covering this lovely range and  decided to use them to create this lovely quilt, inspired by a pattern from Stephanie Prescott called Plus and Minus; Valerie had to change the size of the pieces so that they could be cut from the layer cake, and because she had bits over, designed a pieced border to use them up - but is very pleased with the end result.


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If you would like your own pattern from Stephanie - visit


The quilt is destined for Momentum in Kingston.

Counting Sheep and Merryn - two new cot quilts from Valerie

July 1st, 2018

I was a lucky girl to receive promo 10 inch squares of these two fabric ranges from Makower Fabrics;  while the size of the squares were the same the number of them varied betyween the two designs,  but I was still able to produce two delightful little quilts (for my Momentum charity) with a quick and easy slash quilt idea. -


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They really are quick to make and  we have a workhop that you can enjoy if you click here

Both these fabric ranges should be in your local quilt shop or available from them on-line, and there are other free designs from Makower Fabrics that you can download from their website linked to these ranges.

Cathedral Windows

April 22nd, 2018

Susan dropped us a line recently with pictures of her latest project.

It is cathedral windows using her husband's old trousers, her 'no longer fit' jeans, Suffolk puffs and lots of fabric left overs. A really great recycling quilt - we're sure you'll agree.

If you fancy trying your hand at cathedral windows, check out Joanna Smith-Ryland's workshop, where she shares with us how to make a lovely folded patchwork cushion with her favourite fabrics - which are silk. Click here to view


Zig Zag Table runner

April 8th, 2018

You may have watched Anne Baxter's workshop for a Zig Zag Table runner, which Anne creates cleverly using rectangular blocks, and simple strip piecing and without using triangles.

This is Susanne's gorgeous version of the table runner. Susanne told us she wanted to use this lovely collection of batik strips she had in her stash for ages. But, she couldn't bear to cut off the points so she made a turn-through backing and top stitched all around.

If you have a stash of fabulous fabrics waiting to be used, check out Anne's workshop, which comes with workshop notes for subscribers, click here


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