Author: Lyn Butler

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So…what is a block drive? A block drive is a brilliant idea for members to participate in making just one block (or as many as they like) and send it to a Block Host to assemble. This is usually done on a monthly change of hosts. This year (2022) I was privileged to be the…

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Mar 18

THE ROSE

The love of roses is universal not just with gardeners but in poetry, religion, art, literature, music, medicine, fashion design and home decor. So I was delighted to be given this subject to interpret into a quilt. I chose red and gold fabrics for the applique and mirrored the colours for the flange and binding……

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I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to review a pack of fat quarters from the new Tilda range called Cotton Beach. They arrived beautifully packed. A few close ups.. Limpet Shells… Sea Anemone… Coral Reef… Ocean Flower… These beautiful fresh fabrics are 100% cotton and come in several colourways.   I particularly…

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Here are the answers to the Christmas Quiz we posted yesterday …how many did you get right? 1.Needles & Pins 2.Cathedral Window 3.Scissor Sisters 4.Yoyos 5.Ohio Star 6.Rulers 7.Snail Trail 8.Jelly Roll 9.Dresden Plate. 10.Feed dogs 11.On point 12.Layer Cake 13.Singer 14.Card Trick 15.Bear’s Paw 16.Quilt As You Go 17.Bargello 18.Red Work 19.Trapunto 20.Log Cabin

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Every year, our most prolific pattern maker and blogger, the lovely Lyn Butler challenges us with her Christmas Quiz.   Whilst you are soaking up the leftover wine and nibbles from Christmas Day take a moment to yourself and join in .. just for fun!  Don’t tussle with them too long though – the answers will…

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Excitement was growing as the date for our ukqu retreat was drawing near.  It’s  a couple of years since we all met up and could hardly believe it was going to happen.I learnt of a spare ticket so offered it to a new friend who I got to know from the Mini Quilt Swap and…

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Binding is one of my favourite parts of making a quilt, when you get rid of all those untidy frayed edges and hide them away forever inside the binding. There are several ways to finish off your quilt but this is my favourite. For small quilts I like to use this size…cut 2 1/4″ strips…

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A few months ago a Mini Quilt Swap was organised. This is a fun event where the participants are put into groups and overlooked by their swap Mumma. Each person in the group are given a swappee but it is kept top secret. Then, over the following weeks you ‘stalk’ your swappee by putting questions…

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I am delighted to review these lovely new fabrics from Makower. This is their beautiful collection of nature inspired fabrics which are perfect, especially if you love to make pictorial quilts. The fabrics are 100% cotton and are perfect for patchwork and quilting. I particularly love the warm autumn colours of rusts and greens for…

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I am delighted to be able to review Makower’s Scandi 2021 Christmas fabrics. These xmas fabrics come in reds and greys and they are particularly gorgeous with a delicate touch of metallic detailing. Makower fabrics are great quality 100% cotton suitable for patchwork and many other projects. The scenic pair in red and grey…. The…

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I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to test these lovely sewing notions from Hemline Gold… The generous pack of sixty pins are plastic head pins and a nice long length for handling….   They are beautifully sharp and glide through the cotton fabrics neatly… The two delightful little flower needle threaders are the perfect…

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I am delighted to review these very pretty Tilda fabrics. This is the ‘Woodland’ range and Tilda haven’t disappointed with this delightfully fresh 100% cotton fabrics. The fabrics are a really good quality and a pleasure to work with. I particularly love the tree scene… And of course the cute animal scene is simply adorable……