Author: Carol Lightburn

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Don’t deny it, we all have them, those unfinished quilt projects, those part made blocks, quilts and orphan blocks and what do we do with them? If you’re like me you just stick them in a box or bag and forget about them until, months, years later, you’re looking for that piece of fabric that…

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Art is not my strong point but give me a pile of orphan blocks and I find that creative streak just trying to get out. My first foray into making a quilt top out of random orphan blocks was at the first ever Bloggerati retreat in November 2018. All my plans for the weekend were…

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There are thousands upon thousands of envelopes used every day, for business and personal use and a vast array of envelopes of every colour and size.  They’ve certainly come a long way since they were first used as earliest records say that the Ancient Chinese and the Babylonian’s used clay to protect messages. Around 2,000…

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Ribbons and Bows have been in use for centuries and have truly evolved over time. Who could believe that, back in the sixteenth century, the English Parliament attempted to pass a law stating that ribbons could only be worn by the nobility! It was common for both men and women to pin ribbons and bows…

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I don’t know about you but I usually have lighted, scented candle glowing on the mantlepiece, and putting this CELEBRATIONS BLOG HOP together, made me think about when I actually started to see this as an everyday thing rather than just at Christmas or on birthday cakes! It probably started with Christmas presents from my…

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Christmas always makes me think of snow even though we don’t usually get snow for Christmas! So, when your mind starts to think of decorating the house for the festive season, your ‘quilting’ mind starts to think, ‘What can I make this year?’ Last year I made a candle wreath (shown below) so staying with…

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Love them or hate them a Christmas Candle Wreath is so easy to make and, with Christmas just around the corner once again, I wanted to show you how I made mine last Christmas. There are lots of examples on a range of internet sites so I thought I’d have a go at writing some…

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Visiting a fabric store is just what the doctor should order every quilting and sewing enthusiast to do, especially when you haven’t been able to get out and visit one recently. PANICO’s, my favourite fabric store is 100 miles away in Stockton-on-Tees. I visit it every time I go to the North East to my…

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With the Picket/Garden Fence border blocks made I thought about how I could bring the blog hop Flower theme into the border. After much deliberation I finally decided on this delightful mini Tulip block. It’s so easy to make and can easily be made from your ‘scrap stash’ and you can choose to have each corner…

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In my last blog I mentioned that, as I got the end of making and writing up the Picket Fence, I thought of a different way to create a fence panel …. So here goes, a Garden Fence to grace any flower garden. The beauty of both of these ‘fences’ is that you can make…

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UKQU.co.uk put a call out to its members to participate in the 2020 Blog Hop with the theme of Garden Flowers but, as I’m not really a flowery person, I wondered what I could do to support this great idea. Many of the bloggers who had joined the group were well on with their ‘block’ and, as…

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Every so often a member of ‘Our Quilty Pleasures NL’ quilting group puts out a call to make a group quilt of a specific block and size. This time the traditional Log Cabin block was chosen, and, although I’ve been quilting for a few years now, I have never made one! I got so carried…