Author: Christine Hutchins

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For some years I have been eyeing up longarm quilting machines, dreaming of having one. I bought a Gracie frame for my domestic sewing machine, with the intention of becoming fairly proficient on it, but the frame soon became buried under pieces of fabric, as I discovered the pitfalls of having a machine that fits…

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I love a Block of the Month – I mean, I REALLY love them. I will confess to having several on the go at the moment, and one of them is Girl’s Day Out. I saw this advertised on the Villavin Crafts Facebook page, and I knew at once that I wanted to do it.…

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I am a bit of a sucker for different gadgets and gizmos – anything to make life a little easier. As an example, I used to find joining the ends of binding a bit tricky – until I bought the binding tool. That certainly made life easier (although, truth be told, since then I’ve found…

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Last year I had a word of the year for the first time – my word last year was ‘FOCUS’. This year I’ve chosen ‘FINISH’ as my word for the year. It may seem strange to have such a word as my word for the year – a word that can seem rather negative, a…

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It is a chilly early October day – well, it feels chilly to me as I’m sat here on my chaise longue in my sewing room, surrounded by fabric. That sounds very exotic and posh doesn’t it? I’m going to let you carry on imagining it, rather than showing you a photo, as the photo…

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Running a 200 Club means advertising it – and so it needed a logo.  The whip has been cracked – and it does seem a while since I last wrote a blog. I’d love to say it is due to me doing so much sewing. However, that is not really the case. I have been…

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Search Press describe themselves as “The world’s finest art and craft books”, and Sarah Payne’s Quilt School certainly is deserving of this description. This is an ideal book for those starting out on their quilting journey. For someone like me (I consider myself to be an experienced quilter – I’ve been quilting for over 20…

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We’re a month into the year already – well, we will be by the time you read this, it will be a month. Did you see posts about people trying to decide what their word for the year was going to be? Well, this year I decided to join the bandwagon. I thought that perhaps…

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Celebrations blog hop When it was suggested that the Bloggerati might like to take part in another blog hop, I thought I was prepared. I then saw what the topic was – Celebrations, and in looking at the list of suggested elements we might like to tackle, I knew immediately what I was going to…

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Okay, maybe not cutting edge, but the topic definitely is cutting. A week or two ago there was a question on the social group of Facebook, asking about who likes cutting fabric. I answered it, and I thought I’d share some further thoughts on it here. I quite like cutting fabric. Currently, my back and…

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I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, and so I jumped at the chance to be part of the UKQU blog hop – especially when the theme was flowers. I instantly knew what flowers I would choose – tulips. The inspiration for my flowers and leaves came from bobbin lace making. Back in…