Author: Nina

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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…

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The stories, yes stories, in my next suggested book, take place in September 1911 and September 2011, hence an ideal book for us to read in September. The book is called A Fall of Marigolds and is written by Susan Meissner. It is available as ebook, print and audio on Amazon and other good bookstores. Hundred…

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Our children seem to create artwork with the same regularity and frequency as breathing. Having recently moved to a new home, I needed to find a new way of displaying their artwork without destroying any walls. Ideally I wanted the art display to be  easy and accessible to hang and see for everyone in the family,…

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For August we are going to read How to make an American quilt by Whitney Otto.    The book was originally published back in 1991, but there are plenty of second-hand copies available on Amazon (some are sent from the United States, but they still cost under £10 including postage). Your local library may also have…

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The second book by and about UK Quilters United is very soon available to purchase on Amazon globally. The Kindle version went live on 27 June 2019 and the paperback should be available shortly too. The book is the result of the hard work carried out by 25 amazing volunteer writers during the last couple…

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The book for July is Fool’s Puzzle by Earlene Fowler. After her college sweetheart and later husband suddenly dies, Benni Harper is making a fresh start by moving to San Celina in California. Having previously lived on a ranch, she’s now the curator at the local folk-art museum. This is a mystery book, and as is usually the…

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During June we are going to read The dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Lemmon. This is a book about sewing (rather than quilting) and about creating a brighter future even when it seems impossible. This is a true story about Kamila from Kabul. When the Taliban take over control in 1996, she has just…

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During May we are going to read The Basement Quilt by Ann Hazlewood. In this book, we are getting to know Anne Brown as well as her family and friends. The story evolves around Anne, a charismatic and bubbly florist, whose daily ups and downs will be very familiar to many. Anne decides to learn…

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With the work on our second book by and about UK Quilters United well underway, it is time to come up with the name for it, and we are looking for your help! The first book Our first book was compiled and edited by Julie Passey in 2015-2016 and it was called “UK Quilters United…

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For the first month of the re-launched UKQU Book Club, I have selected The Flower Hunter’s Cottage by Dee-ann Black. It is a rather fast read with only 30,000 words and easy language. Notwithstanding this, it’s a book which hooks you in and the characters are sweet and easy to associate with. If you are…

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It is almost a year since I kicked off the UKQO Book Club with Tracy Chevalier’s The Runaway and arranged for us to work with British Patchwork and Quilting to announce the books. Arlene was kind enough to execute my late-night mad idea, but recently she’s had to focus on other things. The books selected…