Author: Sylvia Priest - webmaster and quilter

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This lovely quilt could challenge you or your sewing group to a monthly block .. and it makes up into a fantastic quilt, 54″ x 54″.  Designed by Lyn Goldsworthy from Lilyquilts exclusively for Andower (the US counterpart for Makower UK).   There are 13 different blocks  and any one of them could create an amazing…

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Selection Boxes are not just for Christmas .. and apparently they are not always chocolates either!   Gutermann have a lovely selection of threads for you to enjoy though . with less fattening centres I am sure. Conjuring up the most beautiful quilts and the best patchwork ideas, these natural cotton threads are a joy to…

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Hidden away behind fabulous fabrics and numerous projects is the secret ingredient for successful sewing. Vlieseline is that magic material, the key to quick and easy yet professional results! Several Vlieseline qualities come in pre-packs with full instructions. Handy to keep on standby in your workbasket! All are washable and dry cleanable. G405 Ultrasoft medium iron-on – for medium…

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Are you planning to visit the Festival of Quilts this year. Between the 18th until the 21st August the event of the year will be stretched across the Halls at the NEC, Birmingham, showing some of the best quilts from the UK and beyond.  Many of you will be exhibiting, and many of you will…

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Are you looking for a new challenge .. then this latest ruler from Sew Easy might just be what you have been looking for. Ideal for circular, semi-circular and star quilt designs as well as for making bunting. This Mini Patchwork Edge Ruler y is also great for sewing projects and general measurement work.  The…

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Denim fabrics are trendy and not just for jeans. Authentic, sturdy and cool, denim bags, backpacks, pillow cases or vase covers are just a few examples that make for great denim accessories. Denim 100m is the go-to jeans thread that lets you be as creative and stylish as the professionals. Whether creating something from new…

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Let’s talk wadding – one of the three elements that turn a beautiful patchwork into a quilt! The latest addition to the Vlieseline range is a medium-weight, very soft, sew-in wadding made from 50% Bamboo and 50% Cotton. Produced from rapidly renewable raw materials, it can be either hand or machine sewn making it ideal…

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  A bright and beautifully colour coordinated tool set that will spruce up your sewing basket instantly! A perfect starter set for new crafters too Containing sharp, clean-cutting scissors with comfort grip handles for dressmaking, this 21cm/8.6in pair glides through fabrics with ease and accuracy and the 11.5cm/4.5in embroidery scissors are just what’s needed for…

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  Miniking Thread from the Sew-All Gütermann creativ range is now made from 100% recycled bottles and comes in plastic-free packaging – great for the environmentally aware quilters amongst us. Miniking Thread is a universal sewing thread which can be used with all household, overlock and coverstitch sewing machines. Ideal for fine decorative stitching, flat…

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We often see requests for information from our members about which wadding is better, so when Vlieseline released details of their Soya and Cotton range we thought you would want to know about this. The luxury feel of this lightweight, needle punched wadding in a 50/50 blend of soya and cotton fibres is hard to…

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The one thing everyone wants are sharp points and an accurate quilt.   Even the most experienced amongst us strive to achieve this. We can have as many gadgets and gizmos as we like, but at the end of the day it’s attention to detail .. accuracy .. that counts.   Rushing things will not help at…

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The Festival of Quilts returns to the NEC from the 18th – 21st August! The organisers are urging you to register for tickets now and you’ll receive early notification and priority booking (with no obligation to purchase). This will give you a better chance of securing the date, entry time and workshops you want. Register here: https://bit.ly/321fyh6 Tickets…