Author: Christine Hutchins

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It’s been a funny old time…and it still is a little bit strange. I’m sure that there are some of you out there who have managed to significantly reduce your stash, sewing for a range of causes out there. I have been doing a little bit to help – masks for family, friends, neighbours –…

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May 20

Isolation

Picture the scene if you can: you are a child in care, and for whatever reason you cannot stay at the place you have called home for the past year (or two, or longer). You are meeting new people for maybe the first time, or perhaps the second or third. You don’t know what to…

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I’m not one to shy away from a challenge. Once I left teaching, my husband and I came to the decision that we would become foster carers. We approached a fostering agency, having been recommended by friends of ours. When fostering for an agency, the children we tend to look after are those who are…

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As I haven’t quite got to the making stage of my next challenge piece, I thought I’d write about a recent acquisition. I have a STABLE (Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy) that doesn’t appear to be decreasing in size. I have had a few months of tightening my belt, so fabric acquisition has not been…

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Like many quilters, I love fabric. I have enough to last me some years, so have made the decision to buy very little fabric this year. However, this resolution does not stop me from receiving fabric, and I was only to glad to be of service when the Bloggerati were asked if anyone wanted to…

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Friday 15th November – the date had been set for some months, and the day came and quilters made their way to the venue. However, in my mind, the retreat had started a few days before. This year I was ready for it: the day came when the iPad went into overdrive on the ‘pings’.…

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On the day I’m writing this blog, it is Project Linus day in North Devon. We meet on the first Thursday of the month. So how come I am writing a blog rather than being at Project Linus? Well, it came as a bit of a surprise to me last night when I wondered if…

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How’s your day been? On the day I wrote this, mine had been a touch frustrating, so I thought I’d write a blog. Not about my frustrating day, you understand, but about quilting. I suppose my day prompted me to write this blog, as part of my frustration stems from having a thread break on…

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Have you ever played the ‘What if….?’ game with fabric? You may well be asking yourself “What is the ‘What if…?’ game??”. Let me explain. You start by following a pattern, following instructions, and then having got quite familiar with the pattern, you start to wonder. You start to think ‘what if I do this?’,…

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What is an I Spy quilt and how do you make one? Well, this question has many answers – and I can provide you with my take on the I Spy quilt, as I have made a few. The feature that all I Spy quilts have in common is that they will contain ‘Conversational’ fabrics.…

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Have you ever had those times (quite possibly more than one) where you looked at a project, and thought ‘What On Earth Was I Thinking?’ (WOEWIT)? If you are anything like me, you will have numerous projects in various stages of finishing and starting, and every so often, you will pull out a project, have…