Author: Helen Kent

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Some shapes can be really tricky to draw and, when designing projects, a little help can be invaluable. I have several sets of these wonderful template sets from Sew Easy and Groves very kindly sent me the mini Star and mini Heart sets to trial for them. Sew Easy Mini Hearts Set These are sets…

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Plastic clips have been around for some years now. I find them particularly useful for holding my binding over when sewing it down by hand so when Clover were kind enough to send me a set of their Wonder Clips to try out, I was keen to have a play with them. Clover Wonder Clips…

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Do you chain piece? What is chain piecing I hear some ask? This is where we have numerous units to join and piece them one after the other without breaking the thread between each. It is a method which speeds up the piecing and also has the advantage of using less thread as you don’t…

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Recently I was sent a pack of quilting needles from Clover – Black and Gold Needles. On opening they are certainly great to look at. The black colour comes from the special plating which allows the needle to pierce the fabric smoothy, reducing drag. The gold, from the top eye of the needle. Black and…

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In the next (long awaited) instalment of the ‘Sew a Fine Seam’ series from Strictly Quilting, I thought we would look at one of the basic pieces of equipment we need – the humble scissor. It is believed that scissors probably originated in ancient Egypt. Earliest examples in existence come from Mesopotamia and date from…

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We all have our favourite threads depending on what you are using them for. I love pure cotton for patchwork and quilting, a little ‘old school’ but hey… If (and when) I eventually invest in a long arm at Strictly Quilting I may end up going for poly cottons but until then, I tend to…

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I need to confess that Modern quilts don’t normally do it for me. I’m a traditional girl really but I think, if a quilt sparks an inspiration, an idea that you need to start or leaves you feeling that you might be wrong in your understanding of a quilting discipline, then it must be special.…

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Wow….. wow…..and again, wow. Some quilts just grab your attention when you first see them and you can’t help saying wow. The Best in Show at the Festival of Quilts should be one that does this and this year, it certainly did. ‘Our Ladies’, Oliver and Vendulka Battis Vendulka Battais and her husband Oliver set…

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It has been a while since I’ve done a blog as I’ve been so busy moving all my stash, equipment and furniture into the new cabin at Strictly Quilting. One of the things I was determined to do was to keep the cabin tidy with everything in its proper place. My fabric stash has been…

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It has been a while since I’ve done a blog as I’ve been so busy moving all my stash, equipment and furniture into the new cabin at Strictly Quilting. One of the things I was determined to do was to keep the cabin tidy with everything in its proper place. My fabric stash has been…

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Do you have trouble with holding a ruler steady whilst cutting?  Make short, accurate work of placing, marking,  cutting,  lifting and moving templates with this new Ruler Grip from Sew Easy!  The two strong suction caps are easily secured thanks to the levers that give extra stability.  With one hand elevated on the grip there…

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Well,  at last the Big Build Strictly Quilting HQ is complete.  My new workshop from Dunster House is up and running.  The furniture is in,  the lights and electrics are on and,  other than those little jobs which always need finishing up, I’m in… <img class=”ui-sortable-handle” src=”https://ukqu.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/IMG_8708.jpeg” alt=”” data-eio=”l” />Moving in It has certainly been…