Author: Helen Kent

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I love the Gower. The coastline is one of the best in the UK, sandy beaches that are quiet even at the peak of summer, blue seas and green lush countryside. On the western side, you can even catch some breakers and try surfing but my favourite beach is Oxwich Bay. You drive down from…

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Here at British Patchwork and Quilting magazine, we are always on the lookout for new talent. Joanna Kent, the editor, is in charge of all the projects that go into the magazine. She is the main point of contact when thinking about publishing and can answer any initial questions you may have. My first BP&Q…

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When issued the challenge to use a song title as inspiration for a quilt I thought that it sounded an interesting idea. I’d not done one before so popped my name into the mix. Then Sylvia gave me the title! I began to investigate the song and, although it’s one that everyone will have heard,…

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Product Review – Gütermann Creativ Bulky Lock 80 – Variegated purple (9944), 1000m (1094 yds) The package arrived, was it something else for the magazine? No, this one was for me to try out. I do a little dressmaking on the odd occasion so when UKQU asked for volunteers to try Gütermann Creativ Bulky Lock…

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So, you’ve chosen your retreat and now comes the decision of what to take. Of course, there is the term ‘usual sewing kit’ which is often quoted on workshop lists but if you’re a beginner then what does that ‘usual’ entail? As I’m off on a retreat myself soon then I thought I’d share my…

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UKQU has a fantastic range of quilting experts from around the country who, once a year, gather together for the ‘Bloggerati Retreat’. The one this year is due shortly in November and we are certainly looking forward to it. Which brings me onto my plan to write a few Blogs on retreats. (Sewing ones obviously,…

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Christmas in July? None of us like to think about Christmas this early but in British Patchwork and Quilting magazine I usually cover Christmas fabrics, or at least a couple, in the July issue, but why? We all know it takes time to make quilts so if you want a Christmas fabric for a gift…

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The dark nights are drawing in, with spring a distant memory. I often wonder how they managed in the past, sewing on an evening, but I suppose they would sew in the day more frequently rather than being chained to a desk. Getting the children to thread needles before they were sent to bed was…

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I spent a lovely Saturday earlier this month at a workshop held at an art centre in the Forest of Dean. Cinderford Artspace is situated in the centre of town with free parking. It offers many different courses, both regular and single days for all ages in various art disciplines. Performing arts, painting, pottery and…

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My mother always brought me up to be polite but on this occasion, I’m going to flash my drawers! You may well have heard of the young Japanese lady, Marie Kondo, who has developed a decluttering and tidying method – the KonMari system. Now, I’m not the tidiest of people, cleanish but not always tidy.…

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I was recently asked to review a pack of Gütermann threads that came with an assortment of Prym hand sewing needles and a set of Schmetz universal machine sewing needles. There were ten reels of 100 meters 100% polyester threads, a brand I regularly use for general sewing, in a range of popular colours. Due…

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When asked to review the Gutermann creativ Hand Quilting thread I needed to layer up a mini project as I hadn’t anything ready to quilt. I’ve not done a whole cloth quilt so why not? A small cushion front, wholecloth and inspired by traditional Welsh quilting designs. Rather than the usual plain fabric, I choose…