Tag: Strictly Quilting

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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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Do you have a sweet tooth? I know I do but these might help keep the calories at bay. Keeps needles sharp Newly added to the Clover range are these rather delicious looking macaron-shaped magnetic needle holders. Not only is the design very appealing, these holders are incredibly useful and also very versatile. These irresistible…

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Do you ever get to that moment when you’ve finished piecing a quilt top and get a little bit daunted by the next stage – the quilting? When quilting, I sometimes quilt by domestic machine, using both the walking foot (which I think is very underestimated) and free motion options. I also love quilting by…

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The Dark Side – What is this mystical Dark Side and why do we want to go there? I’m sure you have heard of the particular space film legacy where the “Dark Side” is of such importance. At Strictly Quilting headquarters it is a well loved favourite and in patchwork and quilting we have the…

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Welcome to my next instalment of the Sew a Fine Seam series of blogs. In my previous Sew a Fine Seam blog I mentioned the ‘scant’ seam. You will hear this quoted as the only way to get accurately pieced blocks but what exactly does it mean and why? When we see a block we…

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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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Like most this year my family had some celebrations planned. My son’s 18th in the first lockdown, our Silver Wedding anniversary in July and then, my own big 5 0 in the second lockdown. This time last year I would never have believed we would be putting off big celebrations until 2021. The advantage is…

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I’ve heard it from all quarters “this year has been hard”, from the front line workers who have given their all (to them I say a huge thanks) to those of us who lost all jobs and incomes and we are the lucky ones. So many have lost loved ones that if we make it…

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Many of you will know or will have heard of, Abbieanne Patchwork and Design. She’s a wonderful character, full of exuberance and a joy to be around so when I happened to be on holiday in Cornwall this summer I thought I’d call in and see her famous ‘Therapy Cupboard’. Abbieanne’s Therapy Cupboard Abbie is oft…

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How small a scrap of fabric do you keep? The answer is different for everyone. Some scraps I have are tiny but I might just need that particular shade of blue for an appliquéd eye at some point. So during lockdown I have vowed to tackle my scraps and reduce the ever-expanding bags/boxes that grow…