Author: Nina

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The themes for my blogs this year have been stash busting and the UKQU bookclub, but recently I’ve been busy designing t-shirts for sale, yep, you read that correctly. A while back I was approved as a Merch by Amazon seller. This means I am able to design and sell t-shirts, sweaters, etc on Amazon (currently…

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Trying to bring structure to our garden toys and to ensure all sets are together, I decided to make some simple fabric bags to store everything in. As a result, here is another stash busting idea. A few of our garden toys Material Scrap fabric of suitable size for the contents Cotton ribbon / tape…

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I was hesitating before announcing our next quilting related novel as it has a reoccurring element of faith which may not be to everyone’s liking. However, it is a lovely, feel-good story, which many may find have similarities to parts of their own lives.  The book for August is called The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club…

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With lockdown easing more and more every week (unless you’re in Leicester) and many taking the opportunity to meet up outside to limit the risk of Covid 19 spreading, the sale of gazebos has reached an all-time high. To make the gazebos slightly more fun to be in when the rain is pelting down, and…

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Our July book is different to what we have been reading recently but I felt it was time for a more thought-provoking book, instead of yet another quilting mystery book. This is one voice from the horrors that ended 75 years ago with the liberation of one of the most well-known concentration camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau, The…

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As promised last month, the book for June has exactly the same title as the one we read during May; A Single Tread. The author for the June version is Tracy Chevalier. The book takes us to Southampton and Winchester in 1930s England where we get to know Violet Speedwell, who is a ‘surplus woman’.…

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So far this year all my blogs have been about stash busting or the UKQU Book Club. This time I am sharing another stash busting idea, and a timely one at that in this time of lockdown – face masks. The medical experts are not (yet) in agreement on how effective cotton face masks are,…

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It’s almost May and time to reveal our next book, or actually the next TWO books as last month I mentioned that the next two books have exactly the same title. The books are both called A Single Thread. Our book for May was written by Marie Bostwick back in 2008.  Bostwick’s version of A…

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I drink a lot of tea and always worry about leaving cup marks on tables and furniture. As a result I have quite a few coasters and mug rugs strategically placed throughout my home. With Easter around the corner, let’s make an easter egg mug rug, or two, or ten….. Materials Easter inspired or Spring…

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It is almost April and it is time to reveal the next book in the UKQU Book Club. I have selected a book which was suggested by one of our Facebook members (thanks SB!) and I hope that you’ll enjoy this read. It’s a similar theme as the book we read i March, but I…

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I originally made this at a Charity Sewing Day as a ‘personal effects purse’ for patients at the local hospice. The purse would also work great as a coin purse or to keep you credit cards and receipts in. Alternatively, you could use it to discreetly store some sanitary pads when you are out and…

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This time we are going to make a circle scarf with a hidden pocket*; great for when you don’t want to bring a handbag. The pocket is large enough to fit e.g. mobile phone, money, keys, cards or other personal essentials. To make a scarf, you need a larger piece of fabric, ideally 1.5m (59″) long…