Author: giniscanlan

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I don’t know about you, but I am completely ‘Easter-ed’ out so I thought I would do something a little bit different for April’s blog/pattern. Our household was very lucky to have received a number of beautiful spring themed Easter cards, which prompted me to think about a fabric postcard. I belong to the UKQU…

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UKQU are doing a second mini quilt swap and I have been lucky enough to have been asked to be a Swap Mumma. This involves looking after a group of swappers, helping and guiding them and offering support and reassurance when they are unsure of how to proceed. During the course of both blogging and…

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Back in March an idea was floated within the UKQU bloggers community to put together a ‘sew-a-row’ quilt. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it is a quilt made up of different horizontal rows, usually with some kind if sashing and a border. This was a collaborative project between Sue Griffiths, myself, Corinne Curtis,…

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I was recently given the opportunity to review the Footloose Quilt pattern, by Jenny Haynes of PapperSaxSten. Curves are always something of a challenge, so I was really keen to give this new design a try. The pattern features the Footloose Blueberry Park kit in ‘Melon’, but I was working with a different colourway.   Jenny…

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I was totally overwhelmed by the number of people who liked the mini quilt I made for the UKQU Spring 2018 Mini Quilt Swap. I received dozens of comments and Facebook messages asking if I had bought the pattern or if I had designed it myself. It has been so popular that I have been…

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My great-niece recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Edward, so writing a blog featuring a hand sewn baby item was perfect timing for me. I found a wonderful free reversible bib pattern and tutorial by Amy Beckman at Simply Small Wonders. the pattern comes in three sizes, 0-6 months, 6-12 months and 2-3…

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Well, the waiting is over. They have arrived and the excitement of receiving our packages through the post for the UKQU Spring 2018 Mini Quilt Swap is spent. Now we are all sitting and lovingly stroking our perfectly thought out, beautifully made, handmade-with-love minis. The mini quilt swap is a bigger commitment than most. The…

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I had so much lovely feedback from last month’s post that I thought I would share another technique that I really enjoy: appliqué. I am the first to admit that I’m not a lover of hand applique but I’ve always enjoyed machine appliqué. I really like the way that you can make a word, image…

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Following on from last month’s blog post, I thought I’d talk about another of the UKQU Facebook page’s satellite pages for ‘swaps’. There is the postcard swap, a block swap, hexie flower swaps and the infamous mini quilt swap.  This is my second year in the mini quilt swap. The mini quilt swap is a…

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There’s nothing nicer on these cold, dark evenings than snuggling up on the sofa, under a quilt, in front of an open fire with a good book. Or in my case, Kindle. I struggle to hand sew in poor light, so this time of year I tend to either read or do other handicrafts in…

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So this month I’m sharing the first of my ‘Scrap-Buster’ patterns. I don’t know any sewist who can bear to throw away scraps of fabric… after all, you never know when it might come in handy! You might notice that I used the word ‘sewist’ instead of ‘sewer’ – I prefer the term for two…