Author: Ami Richards

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I was lucky enough to recently receive some Makower UK fabric to review and it was so cute with doggie prints and London scenes. I was given 12 squares that were just under 8 x 8” and there were 2 of each design. Four of the designs were directional, so I had to remember that…

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Oh My Gosh, how have I managed without this tool up till now and how did I not know about it?!?! Let me go back to the start of the story. Earlier this month I was scrolling through Facebook and someone had a photo of the Kwik Klip tool and they were saying how good…

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How to price a quilt is such a hot topic and does seem to get everyone very hyped up and of course everyone has an opinion on this. When I first begun my quilting journey 4 years ago, I was making quilts and just giving them to family and friends that had admired them when…

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I hate winter, I’m a winter baby but feel that I should live in a hot country. I have no oomph for anything in winter, I just want to curl up under a quilt and stay on the sofa in front of the tv. I felt the same way last year, but I put that…

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Recently I was contacted by someone who had gotten my details from a mutual friend. She had lost her husband this year and her daughters had lost their dad. She asked me if I would make a special quilt for each of her daughters as it was their first Christmas without their dad, and she…

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I know that we are all fed up of not being able to continue with our normal lives, but hasn’t it been great having extra time to work on projects that we didn’t have time to do before? Scrub bags for carer givers   Masks I had several weeks of making masks and scrub bags…

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Scraps, they are breeding in my sewing room and probably the sewing rooms of most people that sew. They seem to double as soon as you turn your back. When I began my quilting journey three and a half years ago, I finished my first quilt and looked at the pile of scraps and thought…

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Two questions that I often see on the UKQU Facebook page are “should I add a border to this quilt” or “which border should I add to this quilt?” I have asked myself this many times over the last 3 years when making a quilt. If I think the quilt needs a frame to emphasise…

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One of the questions that I see a lot on the UK Quilters site is “I’m looking to buy a new sewing machine, what should I buy?” And the replies just flood in……… Everyone has their own personal favourite brand and model of machine. They swear by their Bernina or Janome (and many other brands)…

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Recently, I have been thinking about my quilting journey over the last 3 years and how it all started for me. I have written a little bit about this in my first ever blog a couple of years ago, but I’m hoping that you’ve forgotten about that one, and I can expand a little in…

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I have been quilting for 3 years now and have ‘churned out’ lots of quilts in that time. Whenever I had completed a top, I always sandwiched it using safety pins and nothing else. Originally, I used to roll around on the floor pinning the three layers together, oh boy, my knees didn’t like that…

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Oh, what’s a girl to do when you’ve lost your sewing mojo……try and get it back of course! Let me start at the beginning. I store all of my fully made up quilts flat on the spare bed in the guest bedroom. It was my daughters 18th birthday in mid-December and she was going to…