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Aug 2014

  1. Jill Johnston won the “My First Quilt” category at this year’s Festival of Quilts!

    Jill Johnston won the “My First Quilt” category at this year’s Festival of Quilts in August 2014!

    After retiring it took me 5 years to make time for my sewing. I learnt to sew from my mother at an early age and over the years have done dress making, soft furnishings, embroidery and cross stitch but fancied trying patchwork and quilting after seeing friends work. I had a small Elna and made my first bag but decided I wanted a machine that did more so, using birthday & christmas money from Dad, I bought my first Janome, a DC3050, in John Lewis at Peterborough in April 2013 where I got talking to a fellow customer, Stuart Hillard!

    After several more bags and table runners, in June 2013 I embarked on my first quilt. I went to a series of workshops for a s12 block sampler quilt and also added more blocks from books and the internet. My fabric choices were automatically the autumn colours I favour and the flying geese borders came about because I had fabrics left and I like the challenge of accurate flying geese.

    I entered the Festival of Quilts with no expectation of being placed but in the hope of a favourable judges comment so was totally shocked to win. After a short while I knew what I would spend my unexpected windfall (the prize money) on – another Janome machine and chose the Horizon Memorycraft 8200QC and can’t wait to learn all about what it can do.

    Jill Johnston FOQ 2014

  2. Win 2 free Tickets to The Handmade Fair – NOW CLOSED

    This offer has now finished and the winner Mrs S C Hill has been notified…two VIP tickets on the way!

    1 pair of VIP tickets to The Handmade Fair, worth £95 per ticket or £190 per pair for Sunday 21st September 2014.

    Each ticket includes a Skill Workshop, Super Theatre talk and Grand Make.

    Tickets also include afternoon tea with Kirstie, a glass of Champagne, access to the VIP Lounge and a gift bag worth £40.


    Sunday 21st
    10:00-10:45am Super Theatre Etsy
    12:00-12:30pm Grand Make A #worldpomination
    2:00-2:30pm Skill Workshop – yarn & textiles Cross stitch


    Taking place in the beautiful historic park of Hampton Court Palace, craft enthusiast Kirstie Allsopp has gathered the best experts to create a unique learning experience for those passionate about creating bespoke craft products.  This fantastic day out will give every visitor the opportunity to try a hands on craft workshop, listen to the grand masters of handmade products in the demo theatre, enjoy great food in the palace gardens and buy beautiful products from the handpicked sellers.

    Skill Workshops are your chance to learn a completely new skill or refine one you already know and love.  Choose from textile and yarning, jewellery making, seasonal, papercraft, cake decoration or upcycling.

    The Super Theatre will be hosted by Kirstie and will bring together all of the amazing people she’s had a chance to work with over the years. Super Theatre sessions are your chance to hear the latest craft trends, find out insider secrets from top experts and see in the flesh how some gorgeous designer products are made. Our Super Theatre line-up includes sessions with Cath Kidston, Annie Sloan, Paul A. Young, Kaffe Fassett, Etsy, the V&A and the Crafts Council.

    In the Grand Make tents you will be inspired and taught how easy it is to craft something in a few minutes to create beautiful products to use in your home, at a party or as a gift.

    The Handmade Fair, 19th-21st September 2014, Hampton Court Palace

    How to enter:

    Answer the following question: Which TV personality is presenting The Handmade Fair?

    Send your answer by email to and include your phone and postal address.

    Closing date: 7th September 2014. Winners to be notified by the 12th September 2014.

    Conditions of Entry

    Skill Workshop, Super Theatre and Grand Make sessions are pre-selected for prize winners.
    No alternative cash prize will be offered. Travel & accommodation costs not included.
    Families of the event organisers or Janome are not eligible to enter.

  3. The Handmade Fair Masterclasses

    Janome will be hosting Sewing Masterclasses at this year’s Handmade Fair from 19th – 21st September at Hampton Court, London. You can pop along and learn how to use a sewing machine, absolutely free!

    Tilly Walnes and Lou Gardiner will be holding classes each day – simply turn up to the Janome Sewing Masterclasses area and take a seat! Places will operate on a first come, first served basis with 20 places available for each session.

    For further information or to book tickets for the Handmade Fair visit