Author: Sylvia Priest - webmaster and quilter

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A very delicately embroidered 19th Century Sampler sold for £6,000 plus buyer’s premium in Tennants Auctioneers’ Costume, Accessories and Textiles Sale on 7th May. The sampler is worked in red thread on white background in the style of the Ashley Down Orphanage, Bristol. Tiny stitches form the alphabet, numbers and numerous detailed motifs, executed using…

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  An exclusive new collection inspired by the rich history of the haberdashery industry; Hemline Gold is fused with sleek, modern finishes. Drawing its influence from traditional Victorian aesthetics and craftmanship, this collection includes innovative products that are manufactured with precision. The elegant, timeless designs are presented in a colour palette that is heavily focused…

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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 Sweet and Sharp Macarons come in a choice of Raspberry or Pistachio and they include both a sharpener and a magnet.…

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After spending more than a year of living mostly at home and or isolated, we are all hoping we can meet up with the people who matter to us, over the Christmas holiday. But we also know not everyone has that promise of joy if their family are away or they are on their own.…
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Yes – you read that right.  The organisers of the Festival of Quilts have given everyone, both here and at our sister Facebook Group an exclusive discount code to use when purchasing tickets for the 2021 Festival of Quilts.  This year’s dates are 29th July to 1st August. UKQU2021 The FOQ website is open for…

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No matter how good we are at sewing there comes a time when we reach for Jack.  Noooo – not to pour from the bottle (although now you mention this …), but the sharp little helper we keep to unpick the rogue seams when we are not happy with the line they are following, or…

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As the drama of the pandemic plays out there are glimmers of things happening that might just be a sign of better times for us all, especially for traders and visitors to the Festival of Quilts .. or FOQ as we fondly refer to this prestigious event in our usual annual calendar. We are rather…

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There’s often debate here and at the Facebook Group around which thread is better to use for the different techniques we use in patchwork and quilting, and there’s a wealth of information around to help people choose.  Suppliers take note of all the chat going on, and Gutermann have come up with a thread especially…

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  There are many positive reasons for reducing consumption of new and precious raw materials and Vlieseline are doing this without compromising the superior quality they are renowned for. Committed to reducing carbon footprint, offering products made from plastic bottles and optimizing environmentally friendly manufacturing processes alongside minimizing use of new raw materials are high…

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The news came out that Festival of Quilts, the lovely FOQ, is likely to be happening this year, and the drums started up and all sorts of rumours began.  Here at your website, we believe in speaking to the right people, and in this case we went right to the top and spoke with Anna…

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The people at the Bowes Museum in Durham are preparing for re-opening with a brand new exibition of quilts – but of course many of them will have needed the care and attention from the conservation team. They have created two videos showing some of the work by their textile conservator, Cecilia Oliver which goes…

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Its been black history month this February .. and its only right that we mark this is some way.  Most people will have heard of the likes of Rosa Parkes and her stand against apartheid back in 1955 (she sat down on the bus on the day I was born – fancy that), but there…