Author: Lyn Butler

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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……

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In January I volunteered to be the monthly block host for Q4CL (Quilts for Care Leavers).  This Charity Group creates quilts to donate to the Gold from the Stone Foundation set up by Lemn Sissay to offer Christmas Dinners to young people about to leave the care system and transition to adulthood.  It’s been operating…

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A Clapper or Tailor’s Clapper is basically a piece of hard wood which you  place on steam pressed seams. As the wood absorbs the steam when left for about 10 seconds, you will have a crisp fresh seam. I thought I would give this a try so googled some facts on which wood to use…

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I was fortunate to receive the Clover Bias Ruler and Clover Rotary Cutter to review.   Both came neatly packaged so after reading through the instructions I tested them out. The main idea is to line up the ruler with the edge of your fabric at the required width. Slot the rotary cutter into the…

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This my entry for CBH2021, Celebrations Blog Hop. My initial thought was a heart and this gradually morphed into a celebration box of chocolates. As Forest Gump said ‘Life is like a box of chocolates’ and how true this is…especially in these strange times. These are the following you’ll need to make this 50th Golden…

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Did you play this year’s Boxing Day quiz?.   In case you didn’t get them all here’s the answers for you to check. 1.CAROL 2.XMAS DINNER 3.MISTLETOE 4.STABLE 5.MINCE PIES 6.HOLLY 7.SCROOGE 8.BETHLEHEM 9.CANDLE 10.CHARADES 11.ST. NICHOLAS 12.NOEL 13.CRACKERS 14.PRESENT 15.MULLED WINE 16.THREE WISE MEN 17.SILENT NIGHT 18.SLED 19 HOLLY AND IVY 20.ANGEL