Author: ChrisCross

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Woohoo, it’s August and that means Festival of Quilts. I think I first went to the show in 2015, when I got myself onto a coach trip run by a local(ish) quilt group.  The trips is well organised and goes on Thursday, coming back on the Friday night.  There’s one night in a hotel on…

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with boughs of Holly. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. And Yes, Deck the Halls is this stunning Christmas fabric range from Makower for Christmas 2019, and is available in retailers in the UK now. If you like traditional fabrics, then this is the range for you.  And if you like a bit of sparkle then this is it, every…

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It’s recycling week here at UKQU.  And that has forced me to finally do a project that has been in my head for a couple of years.  I knew one day I’d make it, i just hadn’t got around to it. I love to drink Tea, and of course it has to be Yorkshire Tea. …

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I was lucky to be sent two fat quarter packs by UKQU to review.  So a big thanks to The Craft Cotton Company for supplying UKQU with them. Miffy Bedtime   Miffy Spring   Who doesn’t love Miffy, and how appropriate that they have this fabric coming out just before Easter.  Who doesn’t love a…

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Do you have a sewing table? Do you have a cutting table? Does it suit you, or do you wish it was different?  Here is my solution. When I moved house I was able to have a sewing room.  I was lucky and got the biggest bedroom for my sewing room.  It has a built…

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The lovely people at Gütermann kindly sent me two of their ‘Bonus Pack’ of threads to review.  Thank You Gütermann.  Their website is here, and their Facebook page is here. Bonus boxes of Gütermann threads   These are sew pretty.  These really cheered me up the day they arrived as it was grey and miserable outside.  And…

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Now maybe you have lots of small scraps but have no idea what to do with them, or maybe you’re new to quilting and you bought scraps.  When I first decided I’d like to quilt, I was drawn to Jelly Rolls, it was all those fabrics that ‘go together’.  So here I’m going to tell…

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Have you ever been to the Knitting and Stitching Show?  If not, you’re missing a treat, and if you get the chance give it a try. The Knitting and Stitching is held every year, and I’ve been going to the Harrogate one for nearly 30 years.  I’m not sure what year it started.  The show…

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Have you been playing away at that sewing week/sewing retreat/workshop? What do you need to take? If you’ve never been to ‘play away’ then hopefully this will help, and even if you have this still might help you. You’ll need plenty of lead in your pencil, or maybe you have a propelling pencil or pen?…

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…………..that is the question. So, you’ve got your fabric and you’re ready to make your quilt. Are you in the ‘wash it first’ camp, or the ‘just get on with it’ camp? I would think of myself as the ‘Just get on with it’ camp. But, maybe not in all circumstances. This is what happened…

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May 16

UFO’s

Hi there, I want to talk about UFO’S or PHD’S! (UnFinished Object or Project Half Done) Do you have any? Do you have many? Are you a serial starter? Well I seem to have lots, and I’m going to ‘come out’ to you all here and now with photo’s. Now I possibly/probably have more than…

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June Tailor Press-Mate I recently bought the June Tailor Press-Mate, I thought it looked good for squaring up blocks when pressing. I bought it on Amazon and I didn’t read the reviews first! I always read the reviews but for some reason I read them after placing my order. Well the reviews weren’t good, had…