Author: Sylvia Priest

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Friday dawned bright and beautiful, which was nice after all the rain and stuff we have been having.   Just as well since Carol was picking me up 8.30 for a trip to Harrogate Show Ground for Grosvenor Shows’ Spring Quilt Show! As local shows go this is one of the best!   When we arrived it…

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DAILY DEMOS ON THE STITCH STAGE https://www.thestitchfestival.co.uk/the-stitch-stage/ OVER 150 SPECIALIST CRAFT EXHIBITORS https://www.thestitchfestival.co.uk/exhibitors/ OVER 240 WORKSHOPS TO TAKE PART IN https://www.thestitchfestival.co.uk/textile-workshops/ A COLLECTION OF COSTUMES FROM POPULAR FILMS https://www.thestitchfestival.co.uk/esme-young/ INTERACTIVE TEXTILE DISPLAYS https://www.thestitchfestival.co.uk/curated-by-mollie-makes/ A DEDICATED DRESSMAKING STUDIO – https://www.thestitchfestival.co.uk/the-dressmaking-studio/ Shop for new craft supplies, be inspired, take part in workshops and watch demonstrations all under…

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Over the holidays and the last couple of weekends I had a bit of spare time, so went for a wander around a well known stuff shop.  In our home it’s actually known as Stuff Shop, even though it sells clothing too.  Mostly we shop for the stuff. It struck me as I was wandering…

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Vliseline plays a big part in quilting, but there’s lots of other products that homemakers, upholsterers and more that would be of interest. There are Vlieseline qualities to suit every home interior project, whether you’re quilting a cushion, reinforcing upholstery covers, interlining curtains, making tie backs and pelmets or coordinating kitchen and bathroom accessories. Here…

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I have always been a bit of a one for lovely fabric .. ok ok, so I admit I might have a couple of metres more than I am ever likely to use in my lifetime, but when Makower UK sent me the new Edyta Sitar range to review I decided I would take a…

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We are delighted to launch this competition … one lucky winner will enjoy a Tour to Holland to visit the Quilt Festival held annually at Noord Gronigen in Holland 11-14 June 2020 – arranged by courtesy of ECT Travel. Marjan and Rob Ruitenberg launched the Quilt festival Noord Groningen in 2010 out of their shared…

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Here at the website we are delighted to announce we are continuing our relationship with the lovely people at Janome throughout 2020. There's some exciting news to come later in the year, but first we can announce we will be giving away not one but two of the fabulous Janome Atelier 7 Sewing Machines ..…
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Sew Easy has added four new cutting mats to their ever popular range. Featuring a soft yet stable surface and clear metric and imperial measurements and grid markings, these mats are extremely durable and self-healing. Available in a lovely dove grey, they also have a hole in one corner so you can hang up your…

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[Author Unknown] Twas the night before Christmas, and, oh, I was weary. My stitching unfinished, my eyes getting bleary. The stockings weren’t finished, the chimney was bare. And I knew that morning soon would be there. My children and husband were tucked in their beds, But visions of backstitches ran through my head. I’d stitched…

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Ok, so its not for all of us patchworkers and quilters – I get that – but ever since I started quilting I have really enjoyed the piecing but not happy with my quilting efforts.  Tugging large quilts through a small throat didn’t do it for me.  SITD does not inspire me personally.  I put…

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We asked Margaret Attfield, who won the final Janome M100 QDC given away this year about her quilting journey .. in her own words: I think my quilting journey really began with fashion. From a very early age, I loved new dresses and watched my mum whip up clothes for all us kids on her…

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Many of you will recall the incredible events at Grenfell, and the quilts that were created in such a short time to help those who suffered.   But life and events continue and Tuesday and the community group she is working with are continuing the crafting .. with a purpose.   In her words:   💚THE QUILT…