From Nellie, with love

We’re really excited to be announcing our block of the month (BOM) programme, “From Nellie, with love”, a 12 month skill builder BOM, starting in January 2017.


Rather than committing to a 12 month programme in advance we have decided to make this a pay as you go programme, so that you can dip in and out to suit your needs, which will be especially useful if you are drawn to some of the techniques but don’t want to make the quilt. The patterns will become available in the first week of each month through our Payhip store but we will post details of where to find them here and on our website (possibly even a newsletter reminder) so you don’t miss out.

Each month will feature a detailed guide to a different technique and will include a small project idea that you can make with it if you decide not to make the quilt. If you get really stuck or have any questions as you go along you can email us for advice:

Here is the schedule of techniques:

January – Medallion centre – Curved piecing

February – Dresden fans – freezer paper templates

March – Vines and flowers – bias binding and needle turn appliqué

April – Scrappy trip block – Bargello technique

May – Scrappy hearts – crazy patchwork piecing

June – Flowers – reverse appliqué

July – Bows – Trapunto style technique

August – Geese – fast flying geese technique

September – Prairie points – folded patchwork

October – Hexagons – gathered patchwork

November – Dresden corners – English paper piecing

December – Yo-yos/Suffolk puffs

So, now you want to know how much it is going to cost? £2.00 a month! That’s a bargain, even if we do say so ourselves.

We are pretty giddy as we are also going to be offering a limited number of fabric kits on a monthly basis which will be £12.00 including postage and packing in the UK(international postage will be extra). Kits will be available from our webshop. If you are interested in the fabric kits we would really appreciate you taking the time to fill in this short survey.

Reene will be stitching along to create another version of this beautiful quilt using her favourite print from Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi and bright solids. We really hope you’ll consider sewing along with us or letting a friend know if you think they’d be interested, the more the merrier. Catch you soon x

Straw Poll

I’m planning ahead for my stand at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show and hoping that you’ll help me with a pattern dilemma. I have been contemplating writing up a comprehensive pattern for this technique sampler.

Finished technique sampler

Part of me is really keen to do it but the fatigued part of me is thinking is it worth the effort, would people actually be interested in buying a pattern for this? There are 12 techniques featured in this quilt so it would be a lengthy pattern, more like a short book really.

The techniques covered are: curved piecing, freezer paper pieced Dresden fans, bias tape vines and needle-turn applique, raw edge applique, Suffolk puffs (yo-yos), gathered patchwork hexagons, Bargello technique, reverse applique, EPP Dresdens, fast flying geese, Trapunto style bows and Crazy patchwork hearts.

So it’s over to you now, should I expend some precious energy on creating this pattern or not? Thank you in advance for your help. Catch you soon x