Classes with Valerie Nesbitt

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,

Signature Technique:

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.

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Classes with Valerie Nesbitt
  • Table Runner with Valerie Nesbitt

    This delightful table runner uses very modern style fabrics, which need no additional enhancement with quilting. So it’s made with the stitch and flip method of construction, both sides at once and then bind!
    Valerie talks you through things to think about when sewing a project of this size in th...

  • The Makers Studio with Claire Campion, Quilter

    In this episode of The Makers Studio, we meet Claire Campion. She is an incredibly talented quilter and winner of The Big Janome Skillshare.
    Claire will inspire you as she shares her walking foot quilting techniques.
    You’ll learn how to use the walking foot to create a range of patterns and textu...

  • Pinwheels in Pieces with Valerie Nesbitt

    Based on a Big Pinwheel as a focal point. Valerie Nesbitt shows how to make a stack of pinwheels for use in this versatile quilt.

    There are tips on pairing fabrics, spinning the fabrics 2 ways, pressing the seams and notching together for accurate points. Creating a large pinwheel block which ...

  • Crazy 8 and 6 with Anita Birtles & Valerie Nesbitt

    Anita and Valerie show how easy it is to use up scraps with Creative Grids Crazy temples.

    Whilst Anita prefers the Crazy 6 for totally scrappy blocks. Valerie chiefly goes for coordinating fabrics with Crazy 8 to produce a beautiful star pattern.

    Using these versatile templates, it's easy t...

  • 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.

    She suggest...

  • 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
    Think abo...

  • 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...

  • 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

    Using cotton fabrics means that the finished proj...

  • 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.
    She discusses:

    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.

    Click here for Workshop Notes

    Click here to wa...

  • Block 7 of Rosebud Fayre

    Block 7 of Rosebud Fayre Medallion Quilt

    Jennie and Valerie demonstrate how to change the square medallion quilt into a bed shaped rectangle. Utilising a simple 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 qu...

  • Block 5 of Rosebud Fayre

    Block 5 of Rosebud Fayre Medallion Quilt

    In this section Valerie demonstrates how to make the Flying Geese blocks used for the border. There are tips on how to place fabrics around the medallion to make a square quilt. As well as suggestions on leaving the side borders off to make a rectangula...

  • Block 4 of Rosebud Fayre

    Block 4 of Rosebud Fayre Medallion Quilt

    The easy stars are really simple, 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.

    Valerie and Jennie talk you through adding these pieces to the medallion centr...