Classes with Valerie Nesbitt
Valerie has nearly 30 years of experience teaching patchwork and quilting classes so has a wide depth of patchwork knowledge. She also founded Creative Quilting, a quilt quilt shop in Hampton Court, where she still teaches to this day. She loves to work with quick and easy patterns particularly those linked to rotary cutting and the sewing machine. She is also able to guide those who like to create projects more slowly (even by hand!) to create an heirloom piece.
Valerie has recently become a YouTube celebrity with over 3 million views, from around the globe, of her “40 minute scrap quilt” tutorial. Click here to see this popular video.
To learn more about Valerie – – from using the first rotary cutters to running an online TV channel – – have a read of this article from Popular Patchwork where Valerie Nesbitt talks to Elizabeth Betts about her quilting career,
Using colour scraps to create a beautiful quilt…in as little as 40 minutes!
Valerie’s Top Tips:
- Use acrylic templates and the rotary cutter to cut quickly and accurately.
- Do whatever is necessary to achieve accurate 1/4 inch seams. You’ll have fewer headaches!
- Don’t make your project too big or too complicated so that you are daunted by it.
- Enjoy the process; it doesn’t have to be perfect. Indeed, finished is better than perfect.
Diamonds and Chains Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
This comprehensive workshop uses simple tips and techniques that result in a stunning quilt.
Valerie describes some of her favourite methods of constructing a block using half square triangles and four patches.
Talking through a strip pieced method of making half square triangles using Than...
4 Patch Diamond Scrap Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
This quilt is made entirely using fabrics from the stash but is also particularly good for busting your scrap pile.
Valerie shows us a beautiful quilt made from a basic four patch and stitch and flip squares. In addition the size of the quilt is flexible, dependant on the size of the four patc...
Fast Cushion Cover with Valerie Nesbitt
Using the fabric she created with Craig Joubert, Valerie first does some double needle quilting, and then shows you how to turn a Fat quarter of fabric, very quickly, into a cushion cover – just a couple of edges to neaten off and then sew up the sides.
This idea is just one of the 28 very clever...
Half Square Triangle Leaders and Enders with Valerie Nesbitt
Valerie loves a thread saver and is always thinking of efficient ways to use the scraps from her blocks.
So what do we do with those tiny half square triangles left over from stitch and flip blocks?
Basically make tiny blocks that once squared up produce a new quilt resource.
Sassaman Inspiration with Valerie Nesbitt
Fabric is everything for this simple quilt. Start with that large print piece of fabric that you ‘love’ but don’t know what to do with! – select a couple of colours to create the contrasting four patch and there you are!
The piecing of this quilt is really simple. Valerie shows you have to creat...
The Hannah Quilt from the Fat Quarter Baby Book
This sweet little quilt is easy to make but Valerie suggests you might like to think about adding sashing – and why – and also about changing the size of the half-square triangles, which is really easy to do if you are using Thangles.
You can also create these halfsquare triangle units with the E...
Flo`s Wild Flowers from Lewis & Irene
Valerie shows you how to make both the blocks of this lovely quilt designed for Lewis & Irene by Sally Ablett.
You will learn how to cut and sew the half-square triangles and the quarter-square triangles. And why they are different and why they matter! Don’t worry that there are 3/8th’s mentioned...
New Rotary Turntable Mat and Rulers
Rotary turntable cutting mat for Patchwork
Valerie doesn’t often purchase new tools. She likes the comfort factor of the familiar, but these two products do make her life easier.
The rotary turntable keeps you safe. It allows you to move the fabric into position easily and safely but without pick...
Stitch `n Flip Whole Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
A quick quilt
Another interesting idea, that is quick and great for a last minute quilt.
The ‘Stitch ‘n Flip’ method of construction takes on a whole new meaning with this style of quilt. You can make it in lickerty-split time and there’s no quilting needed either!
Try flannel or fleece
Hand Embellishing/Needlefelting with Jennie & Valerie
Simple and effective
Jennie demonstrates how simple and easy it is to use this little hand gadget to produce some really super results.
Embellish your wardrobe – one the children can do too
Another one of those techniques that the children can do using scraps of wool/fabric/threads. It is also a ...
How to Use the E-Z Leftie Rightie Ruler with Valerie
Valerie shows you how this square up ruler works – both for right handed and left handed cutting. Not all rotary equipment does that, so these squares (and they come in two sizes) are a really clever and thoughtful design. Rulers are available through us in the shop.
Squaring up your patchwork is...
Rotary Rulers and Cutting Equipment with Valerie
Rotary cutting has become an essential part of today’s patchwork and quilting as it means that you can cut several layers of fabric, quickly and accurately which in turn means that you can get to the fun bit of sewing so much faster!
There are many makes of ruler, square templates and other templ...
How to Use the E-Z Simply Crazy Template with Valerie Nesbitt
This E-Z Simply Crazy Template has been designed to be used with the rotary cutter and therefore to cut out several shapes at the same time, accurately and easily. The template is marked for several sizes and Valerie shows you how to use the equipment safely.
Valerie has used this template when m...
Extreme Knitting from Valerie Nesbitt
In this little workshop Valerie uses up thin strips of fabric to create a knitted rug; if you know how to crochet then this is also an option.
The trick is how to join the strips when they are so thin, and Valerie has a couple of suggestions
If cotton fabrics are used the finished project is quit...
Tilting Squares Patchwork with Valerie Nesbitt
Valerie demonstrates a great way to use up ready-to-sew 5″ square pre-cuts. The background element gives the tilt effect.
She uses a rotary cutter, ruler, and a template to cut the background pieces. Separating the background into left and right pieces enable the squares to tilt in opposite dire...
Crossing Sashing Idea for your Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Valerie explores this simple technique to produce a quilt that highlights a feature fabric with a two contrast fabric cross sashing.
simple fast cutting using a 6 1/2 ” ruler
stacking cut pieces to save counting twice
the importance of laying out your quilt
how to support chain pi...
Simple Wavy Backgrounds
Wavy background for patchwork: why have straight lines when wavy would be better?
This isn’t curved piecing; just gently wavy lines that fit together like a dream. And form a much more interesting backdrop for your picture.
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Block 7 of Rosebud Fayre
Block 7 of Rosebud Fayre Medallion Quilt
See how Jennie and Valerie change the square medallion quilt into one that is more bedshaped with the simple use of a triple rail border with 9 patch corners. This allows you to use up lots of the remaining fabrics and is always a good option for a quil...
Block 5 of Rosebud Fayre
Block 5 of Rosebud Fayre Medallion Quilt
In this section Valerie & Jennie make the Flying Geese units for the borders; design and make them into four borders for the medallion quilt. They give you an alternative setting, so that you could turn the quilt into a rectangular bed quilt.
Also, they ta...
Block 4 of Rosebud Fayre
Block 4 of Rosebud Fayre Medallion Quilt
The easy stars are really easy, and work on their own too. Then Jennie has set you a bit of a challenge – which is a stunner. Check the workshop notes, which are plenty.
Once you have made all the pieces, Valerie and Jennie talk you through how these get a...
Block 3 of Rosebud Fayre
Block 3 of Rosebud Fayre Medallion Quilt
Log Cabin is a very simple and versatile block, fast and easy to make. Valerie and Jennie chose to make the block more pink than sludgy green and therefore call the pink dark and the green light, but you can do it the other way round. They use up all the s...
Block 2 of Rosebud Fayre
Block 2 of Rosebud Fayre Medallion Quilt
Quilters use the Dresden Plate, a very traditional design, in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. For this project, Jennie and Valerie use the East Dresden template. Also, they show the option to use the Grandmother’s Fan design instead, and other optio...
Block 1 of Rosebud Fayre
Block 1 of Rosebud Fayre Medallion Quilt
In this video Jennie and Valerie discuss the fabrics they have chosen; talk about half square and quarter-square triangles and the way the grain of the fabric works with you and against you.
They construct the centre medallion from four half-square triangl...
Perfect Patchwork Piecing with Auto Repeat on your Machine
You can have perfect patchwork piecing, every time. In this video, Jayne and Valerie demonstrate how to sew the same length seam every time. You would do this using the Auto Repeat function. It’s particularly handy for inset seams.
This video is also part of the #IDidntLikeToAsk Video series host...