Author: Helen Kent

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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…

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P&Q is the original ‘re-use’ craft. Take items, usually clothing, that have fulfilled their natural life span and transform into something else, just as useful. I do keep clothing that isn’t good enough to go to the charity shop just for this purpose and, with the emphasis on us reducing our carbon footprints these days,…

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When I first started to learn P&Q my teacher at the time, who was not the ‘usual’ P&Q teacher I now realise, did recommend labelling your quilts and I have to say I agree with her. (Thanks, Barbara for getting me started!) ‘Why?’ You may ask. Firstly, it records who made the quilt. ‘But I…

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This one is a little long, for that I apologise but felt I wanted to share the following. I work two days a week in a very high pressured business, on top of my editor work for British Patchwork and Quilting. They have been trying an idea to see if it helps with managing the…

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Quick free pattern finds. Who else has got to February and not thought about Valentine’s Day? We’re approaching our 25th wedding anniversary (think it’s next year?!) but we do still try and do something around Valentine’s – even if it is just a takeaway! But have I thought about making anything, been out shopping for…

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The first day back of the New Year at the quilt group I’m a member of is an exciting time! The Christmas Challenge reveal has become a definite date on the calendar. The previous year’s winner sets the challenge which has been in many different formats from a ‘star’ block including a particular fabric, a…