Author: Sue Burford

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Although most of the Members of the UKQU, there are a few Newbies who may not have made a Fabric Postcard. So, I thought I would share my Birthday Card Postcard which I have made for my No 1 Grandson! What you need: A design – this could be a Theme determined by the Admin…

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When I was asked by Sylvia to write about Bluebells, I was intrigued and so set about finding as much information as I could. As most people in the UK who are Gardeners will tell you – the UK has been inundated with Spanish Bluebells, sometimes to the detriment of the traditional English Bluebell!  Whilst…

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The new Library of Birmingham replaced the Central Library and was opened in September 2013. Situated on the west side of the city centre at Centenary Square, beside the Birmingham Rep and Baskerville House. There was an international competition announced to design the New Library and early August 2008, Mecanoo, and multi-discipline engineers, Buro Happold,…

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Twelve Days of Christmas [and yes we know its Christmas Eve, but we like to get things off to a fun start. Merry Christmas all our members .. from now until 6th January we are running the Twelve Days of Christmas Feature, with masses of fun, articles, makes and much much more.   Enjoy  this story…

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1969 was ‘My’ year. ‘Lay Lady Lay’ was written by Bob Dylan and recorded on Valentines Day, 14th February 1969. It hit the Charts in the July and reached No 5 in the UK. In the September I was 21 and a couple of weeks later I married my first husband and left my family…

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SANTA CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS Here in Spain the Spanish do not celebrate Christmas in the same way as we do in the UK. Christmas Eve is their main event and the Family gets together to have a celebration meal and they generally eat the shops out of Prawns and other seafood!!! Although they DO have…

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Well, before starting to write a Blog on Flange Binding, I did a search and found two Blogs that contained the word ‘Flange’. One was by Ruth Garner for her beautiful Northern Lights Mini Quilt that she made for this years’ UKQU Swap and the other was by our Founder of UKQU, Juliet Nice. From…

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I have been fascinated by the story of the American Underground Railway since reading Colson Whitehead’s book ‘The Underground Railway’, in which he tells of a young slave, Cora, and her treacherous journey North to freedom. Whilst fiction, Whitehead gives us lots of information about the ‘safe’ houses used by the herioine, and the roads…

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PART TWO – ASSEMBLY…..  SEWING CAN BEGIN…. The lid brim is covered on the outside with the 28inch x 2inch strip set aside earlier. Fold in half inch turnings on one long side and press with an iron. Once ironed, stitch the folded side in place along the Hexagon lid, starting with one end overlapping…

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Expanding Sewing Workbox (Etui) This is the second Workbox I have made and, boy, do I wish I had taken photos and made a record of what did last time! The Workbox will take you several hours to make, cutting out the various components, sticking the bits together and then both hand and machine sewing.…

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I have made several Thread Catchers over the past years and non of them have been that successful. When I saw this idea on the main Facebook page, I just had to make one….. it is really cheap, and easy to make and it works!   I asked Yvonne Kearton if I could ‘steal’ her…

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Well, following a suggestion from Sue Griffiths, from Australia, the call went out for volunteers from the Bloggerati who would be interested in taking part in a Sew-a-Row Quilt. I have never done this sort of thing before and thought it would be fun to take part, so up went my hand!!!! Due to the…