Author: Ruth Garner

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Something good had to come out of the spring Lockdown and the UKQU 2020 Mini Swap was, for me, one of the good things! I think we have all found our inner resilience during this challenging time and it has grown stronger each day as we have looked for different ways of getting on with…

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Irving Berlin, 1926 I just love this song, written by Irving Berlin way back in 1926, and the line ‘Nothing but Blue Skies from now on‘ really heralds in Spring.  This April has been no exception; the skies have been beautifully blue helping, in part, to lesson the trials and tribulations foisted on us all…

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A packed Bliss cushion.  It all started at the Bloggeratti retreat in November.  I had the idea to make personalised reading cushions for my son, daughter and their partners for Christmas. I have blogged about the making of  ‘Bliss’ pillows before ( https://ukqu.co.uk/the-bliss-pillow/ ) and, in short, these are reading pillows but with the added bonus…

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During December the Bloggers who wanted to take part were issued with a challenge to interpret a song .. but this time the challenge has been Landmarks.  What better place to be – beside the seaside, beside the sea, at Blackpool, strolling along the prom, prom, prom .. oh yes, I am getting carried away…

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All of us rely on the best tools we can afford in order to achieve the best possible results in our patchwork and quilting. Cutting mats are no exception as they prevent our work surfaces getting damaged and ensure our cutting tools don’t get blunt. Recently I volunteered to review a cutting mat and was…

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  Beautiful Fat Quarters  During the recent UKQU Bloggerati retreat we were given a goodie bag and inside there was a lovely fat quarter pack donated by the wonderful Craft Cotton Co. These were in gorgeous purples and mauves with splashes of reds in some. In December my sisters grandchildren have birthdays and last year…

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“Dirty old river, must you keep rolling, rolling into the night. People so busy, making me dizzy, taxi light shines so bright. But I don’t need no friends. As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset, I am in paradise.“ The Kinks released this record in 1967 and it rose to number 2 in the…

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I am sure many of you have heard about Morsbags; some of you will be already making them and some of you may have received them.  As of the 27th of October 2019 there have been 350,987 Morsbags made  which will have replaced an estimated 182,513,240 plastic bags!  These have been created within 2,226 Pods…

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Makower UK have come out with another lovely range called Cool Cats and within the samples to  the left you will find Jumping Cats, Scatter, Parade and a Wavy Stripe.  They are in lovely hues and there are some great designs of our feline friends.  I don’t like animals in general but I can appreciate…

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I have joined a new steampunk group recently formed through Congleton U3A and I am really excited! We think we are the only steampunk group in the whole of the U3A organisation and we are truly having fun exploring ways to dress up and adorn ourselves in long skirts, boots, a variety of tops, hats,…

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Never before had I left it so late to start a mini quilt for the UK Quilters United Mini Swap organised through the UK Quilters United Mini Swap 2019 group. I had been so busy organising the Beartown Patchwork & Quilting exhibition and trying to get my own exhibit ready that I didn’t stop to…

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Mr and Mrs chair covers. This week I have been looking back over old photos and I found the ones I took of the things I made for my sons wedding and it made me think of the things we do for love.  We have all done them  haven’t we? Anything to do with crafts…