Author: Vendulka Battais

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Have you ever heard of digitally printed fabrics?? The technology these days is moving forward in everything and the production of the fabrics is no exception. I had the opportunity to test a series of digitally printed fabrics called Living wild. It included a gorgeous panel with amazing paintings of animals bursting with colours. The…

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I guess you can never have enough Christmas Decorations, can you?? I have a lovely idea for you which have lots of variations. All you need are two fabrics, which contrast with one another and preferably have rather smaller pattern than larger. We will then cut and sew triangles out of them and twist and…

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The shops are full of Advent calendar panels these days –  they are easy to make once you know how so here is a couple of pictures and instructions to help you along the way … First, cut out the pockets from the panel – the key is to keep them as a strip to…

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Do you ever wonder how do people develop a body of work for an exhibition? How they come up with the idea in the first place?? I’m now working on a series of quilts for an exhibition which will travel with Grosvenor Shows in the second half of the next year. But let me tell…

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Did you ever wanted to stitch something onto your work, but needed the guidance of a drawn line and didn’t know how to get the lines onto a fabric? There are lots of tools and pens which you can use to mark your fabric, but sometimes it’s difficult to mark dark fabric or you may…

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Isn’t it interesting that some people work from a project to project, never starting something new until they finish the previous one, whereas others tend to have several projects on the go, jumping from one to another depending on their mood? There are even those who rarely finish anything, they just love the idea of…

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This is a wonderful project – following the same instructions you can make either a ball for a child or very pretty pincushion for your friend. The ball is wonderful for children from very early age, as it’s made of segments and those can be easily grabbed by very small hands. If you use a…

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Let’s hope the spring is finally here (no more snow please!) It’s so nice to open the doors and windows in the house for more than just 5 minutes to get some fresh air and new energy in. Before we dive into sorting out the garden I think it’s time to sort our workrooms! Get…

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Seven years of teaching, running my own patchwork shop and being daily surrounded by quilters of all abilities I have noticed many things about people’s attitude to sewing and one of them which is valid for most of us is our obsession with perfection! Don’t get me wrong, I understand the fact that we all…

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I think by now most of you have seen the novelty of clips to hold your fabric together instead of the pins. I have tried the ordinary clips and I guess it’s just a matter of a habit or preference. But then I was introduced to MAGIC CLIPS – and let’s be honest who doesn’t like…

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Length 120cm ( 47”) Width 44cm (17 1⁄2”) I love to start by choosing the central fabric which can showcase nice large patterned design as you will need 10″ square of it. You can then use the same fabric for the border and little squares in the middle or just leave it as the feature…

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I am so thrilled to be part of the UKQU website as a blogger. Juliet and her team have been working really hard and prepared for us wonderful source of inspiration, advice and resources and I’ll do my best to contribute some interesting articles. My name is Vendulka Battais and I started sewing as a young…