Author: Ruth Garner

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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…

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Clear  Flower Bag from M&S as a top layer. I do take out my own bags but sometimes I forget and need to pick one up while shopping.  Things also come through the post in unwanted plastic and friends give you things in plastic bags so it is hard to get away from it. Thus…

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Congleton Chronicle – a quilt made by 21 members in 1987, raffled for a local Hospice. 35 years ago (1984) a lady put an advert in a shop window in Congleton, Cheshire,  asking if anyone wanted to get together and form a patchwork and quilting group.  There were about five responses and so the group…

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The other night I lay in bed tossing and turning thinking about my upcoming holiday and how I was going to transport a mini quilt I was working on without folding it and messing it up (lots of little pieces arranged on it). At 2 am I decided to get up and tackle the problem…

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A good thing about belonging to a patchwork and quilting group, apart from the social element of spending time with like minded people, is that you end up doing things you wouldn’t otherwise do.  Of course it depends on the group.  I joined the Beartown Patchwork & Quilters group about three years ago and it…

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Vegans don’t usually buy leather products and so finding a nice phone case it sometimes difficult.  One day as I was, yet again, searching for a nice case to replace my old one (one of those you open up like a book with credit card holders on one side) I took out my phone to…

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The quilting bag which can be adapted for your needs . I so enjoyed the sew-a-row challenge last year (Fire & Ice) that I signed up again when the word was out that there was going to be another one.  I am one of those people who think things are ‘a good idea at the…

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I was one of the lucky Bloggeratti to go in the Quilting Retreat at the beginning of December and it was the best thing since sliced bread! Good company, great space, nice vegan food, good bar and a nice clean bedroom. I have never met any of the other bloggers before and it was so…