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Kimono by Makower

August 13th, 2018

This is a vibrant range of Japanese inspired fabrics printed with metallic gold detailing on a cream and dramatic black background.


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Valerie has used the range of 10" squares as they are - no additional cutting required - and then created this interesting (but simple) sashing from strips of black and gold with gold squares acting as cornerstones. 
If you like the sashing, then Valerie used in in her Modern Pieced Hearts quilt, so you can find the workshop notes there.

This Kimono  range should be in your quilt shop now; it comes with an co-ordinating panel and instructions for a reversible quilt, designed by Lynne Goldsworth of for Makower which you can find at

Little Sweethearts from Makower

August 12th, 2018

This delightful range of fabrics comes in pink (and blue) and is printed in soft tones of reds, pinks and  creams with pretty floral designs, perfect for quilts and handmade projects for the home.  Another super collection from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts


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- and the accompanying pattern called Dear One - is available as a free download from the Makower project page.

Valerie will also be featuring how to make this soon .

The Good Life from Makower

August 5th, 2018

This delightful range of fabrics has been inspired by the garden and vegetable patch, which seem fit to burst with prize specimens, while chickens roam freely on the luscioius grass.   Fruit trees are laden and golden sunflowers flourish in the breeze.....


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Valerie has combined simple large rectangles of the prints (some of which need to be the right way up!) with simple green and white check (also from Makower) plus a border from her stash.

This range should be in your quilt shop now and there is a delightful free bag pattern that is available to download from the Makower pattern page.


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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Tranquil summer days hunting for beach strewn treasures.These details coastal images are printed in a sophisticated modern palette and work well for home decor projects.

If you would like your own pattern from Stephanie - visit

and Makower also have project patterns in the form of easy to sew bunting and a tote bag - click here.


The quilt is destined for Momentum in Kingston.

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