Author: Val Brooks

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Bradford and Watling BOM Port and Starboard Block 4 Although this package arrived in early December, Christmas and New Year delayed my review on this block but I’ve finally been able to complete it. Once again, when I opened the package, the pieces for Block 4 were neatly presented and labelled in packets.  I took…

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Bradford and Watling’s BOM Flock of HSTs Block 3 With lots of recent family commitments, I wasn’t able to get round to making this block until a couple of weeks after I received it but as before, I was eager to complete it to add to the two previous blocks. As with earlier blocks, the…

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Bradford and Watling’s BOM Flying Dutchman Block 2 When the second block popped through my letterbox, I was excited and keen to get started. As previously, each set of pieces was in a separate, labelled clear sleeve so I was able to identify the pieces easily. It’s so lovely to be provided with the cut…

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Bradford and Watling’s BOM Alison Glass Double Cross Block 1 I’ve started – and I’ll definitely continue! The first thing having signed up to this BOM was I was asked which colourway I’d like to review. Initially there was a choice from two but I believe this is being extended. I chose the ‘Alison Glass…

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Bradford and Watling’s new Block of the Month As one of UKQU’s bloggers, I’m absolutely thrilled to have been asked to make 6 blocks from a new Block of the Month pattern produced by Bradford and Watling and report back on it in my blogs. I’ve only been quilting just over 2 ½ years (although…

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Using rulers to help you with free motion quilting – it really IS still FMQ! After my start in free motion quilting (FMQ) (see my first blog on FMQ), while I was encouraged at what I’d done, I still felt very limited by my artistic skills to what I’d like to be able to do.…

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A Day Out – Whitby Queen Bee Quilters Quilt Trail When I started quilting, I did consider if it was for me as I felt sewing was a rather solitary hobby – until I realised there is a whole community of quilters out there which can, and have, provided inspiration. As I’ve mentioned before, my…

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Free Motion Quilting – NOT as daunting as I first thought I remember at the beginning of this passion, I asked the question ‘What’s the difference between Patchwork and Quilting?’ and I know it’s a question many ‘newbies’ ask too. The answer opened up a completely new, but initially terrifying, world to me. So what…

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Now be honest, after spending loads of time piecing fabric to make a quilt top, have you ever found matching your blocks difficult and you realise it is because your measurements were slightly out? It happens to all of us (tell me how I know!). Even if you have that ¼ inch foot so many…

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After my introduction to all the beautiful fabrics available (see my first blog if you haven’t read it already), I realised this passion for quilting was beginning to seriously develop and I started to think about how to extend my knowledge. Up to this point, I’d felt quilting was quite a solitary hobby – I…

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Dread having to bury all those threads after quilting? A self-threading needle will save you loads of time and it simply won’t be the chore it once was. A ‘self-threading needle’ has a cut made in the top of the eye that allows the thread to be easily pulled into the eye without having to…