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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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Why Imperial? Some of you may know me already but for those that don’t, I’m Helen from Strictly Quilting and am one of the bloggers for UKQU website and worked on British Patchwork and Quilting magazine for four years. We have had lots of beginners join recently so we’ve been asked to think about blogs…

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Sick of Covid-19, I think we all are, I know I am too, time to look to the future and the pleasure of sewing. I have been asked to add a block to a blog hop. Not fully sure what it entails so I am for the most part winging it. The block size required…

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Jun 30

Be Lovely!!

So here I sit broken hearted, forgot my password and can’t get started!!!  😂 …….. Hi Everyone! I wasn’t at all sure what I would be wittering on about today other than the Mystery Quilt BOM’s, but I’ve just found an accidental topic! Older age and technical stuff during lockdown! Now, I thought I was…

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As a beginner in this wonderful world of patchwork and quilting, you can easily become a little confused with all the terminology and general guidelines that can apply to the many different sections of the craft. Should you wash new fabric? What fabrics can you use? What thread is best for each task? Well, for…

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Every so often a member of ‘Our Quilty Pleasures NL’ quilting group puts out a call to make a group quilt of a specific block and size. This time the traditional Log Cabin block was chosen, and, although I’ve been quilting for a few years now, I have never made one! I got so carried…

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You might think it’s too early to be using the word ‘Christmas’ in February but bear with me to the end and ll will be revealed …. It started with the UKQU.co.uk Bloggers Retreat, planned for December 2018, and an early request for blocks and ‘just an hour’ of our time to make up some…

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A common patchwork unit where getting a good line up can be tricky is the “Square-in-a-Square” unit. Four triangles are sewn around a central square. It should finish as shown in the photo above, with enough of the triangle fabric remaining all round to leave a quarter inch seam allowance beyond the points of the…

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Who doesn’t get excited at receiving some fabric to work with so I’m hugely thankful to UKQU.co.uk for kindly giving me the opportunity to write this product review for the Woodland Fabric pack generously provided by MAKOWER UK. Twenty beautiful designs in this magical WOODLAND themed fabric – all that’s missing is the unicorn! Hedgehogs,…

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So, you are starting out on your patchwork and quilting journey with a class or two, maybe a good instruction book or even YouTube and have heard about quilt shows but are a little too scared to go? What are they all about and why bother? Well, read on for a little introduction on what…

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Once you move on from simple squares to more interesting patchwork designs, you may run into a few problems when stitching smaller units together into a block. For example, have you ever joined a square to a Flying Geese unit, and wondered why the square is sticking out at the bottom…….? It’s tempting at this…

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Bradford and Watling’s BOM Alison Glass Double Cross Block 1 I’ve started – and I’ll definitely continue! The first thing having signed up to this BOM was I was asked which colourway I’d like to review. Initially there was a choice from two but I believe this is being extended. I chose the ‘Alison Glass…