Author: Juliet Nice

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One of the best things about UK Quilters United on Facebook, is how it brings quilters together in real life (the outernet!) instead of just the internet. Whether you are looking for a friend for  ‘cuppa and sew’, a local group to join, or to start up your own group, UKQU is there to help.…

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Tim Gunn would love me, I always make it work, even when I’m having a nightmare. Actually I’m happiest trying to find a fix or a shortcut to make life easier/simpler. I decided to make a wall hanging out of this panel for my Mum’s 70th birthday but my quilting skills are not great. So…

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Isn’t it what every quilter wants, their own longarm and frame? It’s mostly a question of money and space, and I have very little of either but I am a determined little bunny, so here goes… I was lucky enough to get this Grace Next Generation quilting frame at an absolute bargain price on our…

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How can you share your love of quilting with the rest of the world? Well you could get a quilty t-shirt – there are loads and the best way to find one is with a Google as there are so many different places you can get them from. If t-shirts aren’t your style, how about…

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I finally decided what to make my mum for her 70th birthday. I ran out of time to get a big quilt done (and I’m still working on Xander’s from 2 years ago…) but I found this gorgeous Bernatex orchid panel on our Facebook destash page. It’s a bit wonky but that happens sometimes, fabrics…

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Weighted blankets were invented by Keith Zivalich of California. According to Forbes “Zivalich came up with the idea 15 years ago when his daughter draped a Beanie Baby over his shoulder while he was driving. “It was a lizard that was long and hugged my shoulder, and felt pretty cool,” he says. “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it…

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by Obsessive Compulsive Crafting Disorder OOO look what I got to review! This is the new Counting Sheep collection from Makower UK. Gorgeous soft 100% quilting cotton. It has bunnies with balloons and flowers, sheep, baby chicks, rainbows and clouds, letters and some super cute blenders! Grey and white are predominant, with some red gingham being…

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To Wash or Not to Wash.. The Great Debate Arguably, pre-washing quilting fabrics is THE great quilter’s debate. Followed by “Polycotton or Cotton Thread?” and “To Tear or to Cut?” Such topics come up regularly in our Facebook group UK Quilters United and the responses are both well represented (topics for another day Oooo!) But…

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Last month I made these two mini quilts. They’re 20″ish square and made mostly of the same fabrics, but they look very different. For four years now, we have run an annual Mini Swap through our Facebook group, UK Quilters United. What is a mini swap? Well in very basic terms you’re secretly given a…

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Love a magazine now and again? Or fancy trying a new magazine with a different point of view? Well Spring is in the air and the sun is in the sky (as if you couldn’t tell) If nothing else, you could get a magazine to fan yourself with! Here are some current offers to get…

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I was sent some super cute mermaid fabric Merryn, designed by Diane Rooney for Makower UK to review. I got a layer cake square (i.e. 10″) of each of the nine fabrics in the range and some white blenders from the Makower UK Essentials Range to play with. There’s a large print, a smaller print,…

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I promised I would tell you about Laurel Burch. One of my favourite designers, probably my all time favourite, she passed away in 2007, and with her passing, all production of her fabric designs ceased. Finding her fabrics became a case of international ebay’ing, or spotting the odd leftover in local shops. In 2015 Laurel’s…