Author: Helen Kent

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In Tales from the Shed part 1 I told you about my new workshop which is now under construction. I thought I’d let you know how things are going on. First things first – we’re now referring to it as ‘The Cabin’. We have a shed already in the garden which has caused some confusion…

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Make gorgeous tassels with your own thread or woollen yarns with a Tassel Maker from clover. They are very easy and fun to create and can be used for adding fun details to bags, scarves and other fashion accessories.  What about adding them to cushions, curtains, key fobs and other home decorating items. Available in…

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We’ve all done it, sewn a seam that turns out to be wrong and have to ‘deconstruct’ – frog the stitching (ribbit, ribbit), get Jack out (Jack the Ripper). There are many funny comments we use to try and make light of the fact that we are human and even the best of us resort…

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Do you have a sweet tooth? I know I do but these might help keep the calories at bay. Keeps needles sharp Newly added to the Clover range are these rather delicious looking macaron-shaped magnetic needle holders. Not only is the design very appealing, these holders are incredibly useful and also very versatile. These irresistible…

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Pins are often underestimated when we consider the equipment we use for sewing. How many of us have pins which we have had so long their origins are lost in the midst of time? I know I have some that were probably from my mum when she taught me dressmaking for my Cindy and Barbie…

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Do you ever get to that moment when you’ve finished piecing a quilt top and get a little bit daunted by the next stage – the quilting? When quilting, I sometimes quilt by domestic machine, using both the walking foot (which I think is very underestimated) and free motion options. I also love quilting by…

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Have you ever been struck with a quilt idea – a new layout you’d like to try? You doodle on a pad, then try and draft it out on some graph paper which is metric rather than Imperial. Get mixed up and confused and shove the project to one side. Perhaps you are only starting…

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The Dark Side – What is this mystical Dark Side and why do we want to go there? I’m sure you have heard of the particular space film legacy where the “Dark Side” is of such importance. At Strictly Quilting headquarters it is a well loved favourite and in patchwork and quilting we have the…

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I frequently get asked how to make rotary cutting easier for the beginner or for the experienced quilter who has joint issues. This can strike anyone at any age as someone who suffered RSI throughout my 30s and 40s quite severely, holding a quilters ruler steady whilst cutting can be difficult. My son’s girlfriend has…

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Welcome to my next instalment of the Sew a Fine Seam series of blogs. In my previous Sew a Fine Seam blog I mentioned the ‘scant’ seam. You will hear this quoted as the only way to get accurately pieced blocks but what exactly does it mean and why? When we see a block we…

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Why Imperial? Some of you may know me already but for those that don’t, I’m Helen from Strictly Quilting and am one of the bloggers for UKQU website and worked on British Patchwork and Quilting magazine for four years. We have had lots of beginners join recently so we’ve been asked to think about blogs…

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Like most this year my family had some celebrations planned. My son’s 18th in the first lockdown, our Silver Wedding anniversary in July and then, my own big 5 0 in the second lockdown. This time last year I would never have believed we would be putting off big celebrations until 2021. The advantage is…