Author: Sylvia Priest - webmaster and quilter

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Sew Easy are well known within Quilting circles, but did you know they also make for dressmaking and other sewing hobbies.  (Did you actually realise there are other reasons to sew!)   These new Mini French Curves from Sew Easy are ideal for both drafting and altering garment patterns, especially necklines, armholes and sleeve caps…

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Each year, in ordinary times, the Bloggerati of this website gather in Birmingham for a weekend of quilting.  If you ever have the chance to attend a sew Retreat then do it.  It’s the perfect way to enjoy great company and spend your time doing what you enjoy the most .. sewing! Nicola’s just arrived,…

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Iron-on tapes help you achieve a smooth, crisp and professional finish to garments and home sewing projects. Whether your fabric is stretchy or firm, cut on the bias or straight grain, there will be a tape to suit your needs and most come in a choice of charcoal or white. Edge Tape T20 – cleverly…

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Let creativity abound with these heart and star template sets from Sew Easy. These shaped transparent templates have marking points for easy positioning and a ¼” seam allowance to make the task of drawing and cutting fast, accurate and easy. In a choice of hearts or stars, each set fits neatly together on a ring…

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Tilda Scrap Bundles Tilda fabric is known for quality fabric, soft to handle, and lovely to work with.  They have come up with a great stash builder in their pretty Ten FQ Scrap Bundles which they create from whatever they have left at the end of fulfilling retailers’ orders. It’s always going to be a…

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Having seen Sylvia Priest’s ‘Quilt of Memories’ on display at the Queen’s Centre Oncology Unit in Hull’s Castle Hill Hospital, Helen Dickinson was inspired to create a group quilt that captured people’s experiences of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. With the help of her quilting tutor, Linda Alexander, the idea was developed and together they…

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Wonder Clips from Clover are now available in multi-sizes within one pack! Already available in separate Regular, Mini and Jumbo sizes, they now also come in a variety pack. Wonder Clips provide a whole new way to hold project work in position while you sew and are an ideal alternative to pins. They are a…

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Something exciting is happening this Christmas at UKQU – for the whole 12 days! We will be releasing the full details shortly, but for now, we are calling out to all the quilting educators, designers and tutors amongst our members who would like to join in. For the first time, we are offering the chance…

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Quilting for charitable causes has become quite a thing these days .. the local sewing group I go to, Our Quilty Pleasures, has supported a number of charities over the years and we have recently been fortunate to receive a substantial amount of money to support our future efforts.  Generally, we sew for local causes…

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Do you applique?  From time to time we see people asking about the best way to secure their applique prior to stitching in place, so when Hemline popped up with this we wanted to let you all know about this new addition to their range. Heat ‘n’ Seal is the new permanent, double-sided iron-on adhesive.…

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The one thing we all love is a pretty new range of fabrics, and this new set of designs from Tilda will not disappoint. Inspired by autumn days when leaves twirl and the wind catches your umbrella. The figurative Windy Walks design comes in four colourways and the flowers in this collection are loosely inspired…

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    Its always good to see new, improved products arriving in our sector – like this new wadding from Vlieseline. We have asked two of our bloggerati to test drive this too so watch out for their reviews turning up shortly. Replacing the original 279, the luxuriously soft, 279 Soft Cotton Mix is a…