Author: Juliet Nice

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Recently I was exited to be able to join what was the second (somewhat delayed) annual retreat for an intrepid group of quilters collectively known as ‘Lady Chattey’s Quilt Lovers’. Thirteen ladies travelled to Denham Grove hotel in Uxbridge, a popular choice for quilting retreats; to chat, relax and sew. Running from 1pm Friday to…

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I was sent a sample pack of Around The World by Makower UK. Sample packs usually have 10″ squares but this one was a bit different- they included a full panel! It had the panel of a world map, and nine 10″ squares of the coordinating fabrics. It’s a lovely children’s design – the map…

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I was sent this gorgeous pack of Güttermann 100% cotton 30 weight thread to review. This thread is slightly thicker than the thread you would use for quilt piecing, making it perfect for hand or machine quilting, as it will show up rather than sink into the fabric. . This was a great chance to…

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So I had this crazy idea at 3am, mid April 2021. A rainbow plague mask to send to the Festival of Quilts. I nearly didn’t sleep at all thinking about it. Thankfully I did sleep, so I was alert enough the next day to get started… I made a mock up of a paper plague…

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Over in our Facebook group UK Quilters United, we’ve completed seven Mini Swaps since 2015. In the simplest explanation possible you are allocated a team and given the name of another team member to make a mini quilt for, and someone will make one for you, all in secret. It’s great fun. But each team…

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Yes it’s that time again, the UK Quilters United Mini Swap is up and running. This is the 8th Mini Swap, which started in 2015 , but we did two during 2018, just for fun! The ‘You know what’ is (touch wood) winding down and lockdowns are ending, so it seemed the right time to…

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Dresden Plate is a traditional quilt pattern from the 1920s, using the appliqué technique.  Dresden Plates can be flat, point, rounded, fancy or arty! Made for me by Annetta Cossey This review is for  a Sew Easy acrylic template for a 45 degree dresden. This needs 8 wedges to complete the circle. Dresden templates come…

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There are many methods for making flying geese, but the most common mistake is in the working out the sizes of the blocks to use. At first glance you would use corner blocks half the size of the main block, but as you can see this ends up with the point at the top, and…

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For the last few years. members of our Facebook group have been making A4 mini quilts which went on display at shows in South West. Since 2020 has turned out to be so… complicated, there are no shows on this year, and the group has been suspended indefinitely. We are hoping to come back to…

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I used the same pattern I drew for my Painted Lupin blog to make a second Lupin for the Garden Flowers Blog Hop 2020. Yes, I am that lazy;) The pattern includes lupin stalks going right and left, one bigger than the other, plus two different sized leaves. You can change the size in your…

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I love lupins. They grew in our garden when I was little and I would pick the petals off and manipulate then like they were little mouths. I don’t think I’d seen one in years until a recent chance sighting at a B&M garden centre. They’re so impressive; you can’t miss them in a garden.…

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Welcome to crazy town! Well, more like crazy world right now eh? But all is not lost, you now have 12 weeks to get up to date on all those UFO’s, WIP’s and all the niggling little jobs around the house that you keep putting off. For those not in the know, a UFO in…