Author: Amy Watson

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Once or twice a year, in the school holidays I take my two children into London. A big day out on the train into the big city. Living in Essex means it’s less than an hour to get in to Central London via Fenchurch Street station. Right across the road is The Tower of London…

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One of the first things I really liked to make was a little drawstring bag. Once you get into sewing bags, there really is no way to stop. From simple gift bags to cosmetic pouches, to kids backpacks and even sturdy travel bags there really is a bag project for every sewer and every level…

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I’m always delighted when the Elves at UKQU HQ ask if I wouldn’t mind taking a look at a new fabric range and writing up a little review. And when I received a bundle of 10′ squares from Lynne Goldsworthy’s new range I was thrilled. Available in two colour ways the Ellie range is perfect…

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This time last year, we had just about finished sorting all the quilts that had been donated for the Grenfell Tower appeal and they were about ready to go out. Many of the people in the Facebook Group asked if the group would remain or expressed sadness that it might come to an end so…

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One thing that stood out from the Grenfell Towers Quilt appeal was the generosity of the sewing and quilting community. People gave fabric, wadding, blocks, whole quilts and even money to help us achieve our goal of offering a quilt to every family living in the flats on that tragic night in June 2017. Late…

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Who doesn’t love a new toy? Especially a sewing one! I was thrilled to be asked to test and review the June Tailor Inc Twist ’n Stitch Pinwheel Ruler. I’ll admit when looking at the pictures I didn’t recognise the pattern as a pinwheel as I usually found pinwheels to use half square triangles so…

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Fabric – we all love it and thankfully there are so many ranges and design houses there is always enough to please everyone. Whether you are a person that buys by the metre, the yard or fat quarter there really is oodles of choice. And on top of that there are pre-cuts a plenty –…

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Every now and then we all find ourselves in the middle of a project and realise that there might not be enough fabric to get to the finish line. That one specific fabric, or maybe one small piece to fussy cut and you search and search but struggle to find it. Well there may be…

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The lovely people at UKQU HQ very kindly asked if I’d like to review some fabric and I jumped in the air! I’m more than happy to admit to being a fabric addict. The fabrics were from Makower UK and I joyfully received 4 pieces from the Essentials range and a few layer cake squares…

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Thank you to all those who had a read of my pattern review for the Inside Outside Pouch by Aneela Hoey. I enjoyed making the pouch and reviewing it and hope to bring you more reviews in the future. Now for the all important winners! Winners were chosen by Random Number Generator. On the blog…

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I treated myself to this pattern after managing to offload a bit of my stash on the UKQU Facebook Classifieds page. Santa kindly brought me Aneela’s book for Christmas and I love the patterns in it so this added very nicely to my collection. I have tried a couple of the patterns already, the zip…

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With the quilt appeal for the Grenfell Tower tragedy coming to a close, it’s given me time to think about what being charitable means within the quilting community and the good it can bring. Certainly sewing for a good cause is not something new. While many feel sewing is good for the soul, it also…