Author: Nina

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It is time again for another stash busting idea – a bag holder and this make will be perfect for Fat Quarters. As each bag only uses one FQ, you may need to make a few of these… The bag holders originally were a great way to gather all freebie plastic bags we got in…

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This is the third blog in my stash busting series and this time I’m looking at trying to use up some pre-cut and left over fabrics from other projects. Looking at my fabrics, I found some jelly roll strips and left over quilt binding which were collecting dust. The jelly rolls are (when cut correctly)…

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With one year coming to an end and another one starting, we tend to pause and take the opportunity to look back at the year that has been. Hence this may be a good time to do a recap of the books we have read so far in the UK Quilters United Book Club.  With…

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Rummaging through my boxes (as one does), I rather unexpectedly found a Christmas fabric panel with images showing the Twelve Days of Christmas. I have no idea where it came from or who the designer is. The pieces were sort of cut out by hand with a very scant 1/4″ around some of the rectangles…

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Have you got too many fat quarters gathering dust? Two of them can rather quickly be turned into a really useful little bag. For newborns, the bag is perfect for a few nappies, wet wipes, bottle, muslin, dummy, nappy creme and a spare baby grow. When the kids get older, they love to use them…

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When putting my hand up to be given a song title to interpret by making something quilty, I wasn’t at all sure I’d get a song title that I actually recognised; as I had never heard of some of the ones allocated early on! When Sylvia gave me the title, I was relieved; I recognised…

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For December I really wanted to find a Christmassy, feel-good book, something to take the stress out of the festive season. The first book I picked had Christmas in the title, so seemed promising. Having read the story, it didn’t provide the warm fuzzy feeling I was hoping for and the quilt theme wasn’t as…

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Sewing at home is usually done alone and I for one, prefer sewing in comfy clothes (think track suit bottoms or comfy leggings) and some cosy slippers. Admittedly, I take off the left slipper when using the pedal, so my slippers need to be the open-back type. Whilst at the Bloggerati retreat this last weekend,…

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When I was first exposed to quilting, it was because some mums in an online group were doing it. They were all amazingly excellent at it and I started by (very badly) copying what they were doing. With their enormous support, I slowly improved my skills and developed my own likes and dislikes. Sure, I…

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  For November we are going to read ‘Twelve Golden Threads: Lessons for successful living from Grama’s quilt‘ by Aliske Webb.  Using quilting as a metaphor, the book sets out twelve lessons for a successful and fulfilling life. The story is told by Angela, the mother of Jennifer and Susan. Jennifer and Susan are young…

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If any of your friends has any connections to or love of the Scandinavian countries, you can whip up some quick and easy, but still stunning gifts for them with simple appliqué. Technically, Scandinavia includes Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Add in Iceland and Finland, and you’ll have the Nordic countries. However, there is no need…

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For October we are going to read “Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty, a Slave, and Four Years in the White House”, which was written by Elizabeth Keckley. The book was originally written in 1868, yes, over 150 years ago! Keckley re-tells her life story from enslavement in Virginia and North Carolina to her time as…