Author: Sylvia Priest

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The lovely people at Patterntrace have launched a new, British made, product to make FPP (Foundation Paper Piecing) so much easier. If you have ever struggled with fussy cutting, or just working out the most economic way of using fabric then this will really help you. The paper is semi-transparent so you can easily see…
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During a time when we’re unable to come together for the annual celebration of The Festival of Quilts, the team at The Festival of Quilts have introduced a brand new online initiative “Beyond The Festival of Quilts’  which will bring the quilting community together for a host of activities and events until we can all…

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Every now and then something arrives in the shops that you really must have, and this might just be one of those times.   Whether you are treating yourself, or looking for something to treat a friend, these lovely tins of thread are so pretty.  Imagine how they will look sat on the shelves in your…

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Having the right marking tool to suit your project is essential and Clover provide an excellent range. It is advisable to test your chosen marker on a scrap of your fabric before using on the project itself. Water Soluble Pencils are suitable for precise marking on sewing, stitching and patchwork projects. Markings can be removed…

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What now seems like forever, several years since, I joined a weekend workshop with Sheena Roberts (Green Man Quilts) at the Jane White Sewing Studios.   These are at the Ropewalk in Barton on Humber, an arts and crafts hub with a very tasty deli-style cafe where an eclectic mix of crafters can be found.   …

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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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The lovely people who make the Quilters Workbook have five of these ingenious journals to giveaway. No catch, nothing to do – just click the box below and we will choose five lucky winners on 1st June, 2020. Anyone who likes to maintain a record of the quilts they make will just love these booklets. …

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As we all now know, The 2020 Festival of Quilts will switch to an online format to accommodate as many of the annual quilting events and competitions as possible.  To celebrate this event, Vlieseline has created a Quilt-along project to engage quilters and crafters in lockdown during the weeks leading up to FOQ. Vlieseline has…

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New from Clover is the Sliding Stitch Guide Foot, your go-to presser foot for parallel-line straight stitching and straight-line machine quilting. Recommended for machine quilters and home sewing fans, the Guide Foot* moves smoothly over the fabric and can measure as far apart as 7.6 cm between needle and alignment guide. Now you can sew…

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This beautiful quilt was created by Claudia Pfeil Calling all quilters – we have some good news! This year The Festival of Quilts annual quilting competition will be going ahead… virtually! There is something for every level and style of quilting, with 12 different categories to choose from including Modern, Contemporary, Pictorial and Novice. The…

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Here’s a great idea for those of us prefer to reuse and recycle, and the idea seems to resolve a is of issues we often experience with our sewing. 1,000m of Sew-all rPET thread from just one recycled plastic bottle! Gütermann creativ have added these colourful thread packs to the popular rPET range. Produced using…

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Vlieseline Style-Vil Fix is revolutionising the creative world! This new fusible foam interlining allows for easy bonding onto outer fabric to make 3D collage as well as for hand and machine sewn items such as iPad and phone covers, bags, hats and garment shaping including shoulder pads. Style-Vil Fix also introduces the concept of being…