Author: Maggie Attfield

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So, what goes on in the Mini Swap? It is a closed group,so once you miss the sign up,which is usually a week or so, you won’t see anything until the end. Here, I will reveal all. I think the first UKQU Mini Swap was about 6 or 7 years ago. Someone ( Juliet Nice…

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I chose this iconic building for my blog because its chequered history is symbolic of the city it represents, a city I lived in, York. In its time it has been the Exchequer, a prison, a Mint, a refuge (not for long tragically) and is named after a Constable of the city, Henry Clifford. His…

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I don’t suppose I am alone. I get the impression that there are lots of folk like me. We don’t talk about it because it is embarrassing. Some maybe have even more claim to the name than me. If you are a quilter who starts a project, continues through the highs and lows and finishes…

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Part 1 The UKQU Blog Artist Challenge sounded like fun, so I said, “yes”. I waited eagerly to hear who I would be  given.My nominated artist was Picasso. Picasso (1881-1973) spans the era of Monet, Manet, Degas, Pisarro, Gustave Dore, Munsch, Kandinsky, OKeeffe, Hopper…oops, maybe more of a challenge than I thought! How do you…

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Recently an ex-colleague asked me what she needed to start making quilts. An idea, a rotary cutter and a ruler, was my first reply. But of course, which ruler? Some of us use a 6×24” to cut bolt widths and strips. Others may only use shapes. Some use their mat as a starting point: others…

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Once bitten, twice shy, they say…. That doesn’t seem to apply to me! I never know when I am beaten. After the success of the GF2020 Bloghop, I thought I might as well have a go at this too. Had I ever stitched a stained-glass Block before the GFBloghop, never mind designed one? Had I…

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<img src=”https://ukqu.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/54D23881-40AA-4AAF-B5AB-CCFF1459602D.jpeg” alt=”” class=”ui-sortable-handle” data-eio=”l”> Jane woke suddenly, alert and awake. She opened her eyes. Damn, it was still pitch black. She lay there, thinking.  The quilt had slipped. She pulled it up around her, remember making it so long ago. Should she try to sleep again? Or should she give up, get up and…

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So, I had this idea back in 2015 when I was still quite new to quilting, though not new to sewing. It seemed great at the time; love letter blocks done in triangles: the “envelopes” in Christmas fabrics and the “space” in white. The key factor was to write our family sayings coming out of…

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Simple Stylised Roses For the Garden Flowers 2020 blocks, I had intended to create a Bindweed block. After all, we do have it in our gardens …if we are not vigilant! But they have a pentagonal structure, and sadly, I am Mathematically challenged. They just don’t tesselate. So I went for simple and foolproof. Circles…

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Blog Hop Garden Flowers August 2020 #BHGF2020 When Sylvia Priest announced a “blog hop” in which the bloggers would all design an individual 12.5” unfinished block on the theme “garden flowers” with only a linking theme of “green “, I hesitated. I have written a few blogs but have no website. I design my own…

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*Spoonflower fabric: too nice to cut. Like many quilters, I love fabric. And like many quilters, colour attracts me like shiny things do a magpie. After my love affair with fabric (see my Golden Thread blog post), I found myself wondering about the names of colours-often outdated now, but so very evocative! Modern classifications just…

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(NB The illustrations are taken from my own clothes, to avoid copyright infringement. A linen hat, greatly magnified, an embroidered silk robe, a Harris tweed jacket and a modern, non-iron, crease free dress shown at several times enlargement) I enjoyed this book so much, I wanted to share it. So……. The Golden Thread by Kassia…