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Rainbow Quilters 2021 Lockdown Quilt

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…

What is . . . . a block?

Those of us who have been patching (or quilting) for far too long blithely use all sorts of terms that may not be quite so obvious to those just discovering quilting. One of those is ‘block’. A related term is ‘unit’ which I explained in a previous post. I aim to explain what we mean…

Clover Wonder Clips now come in a multi-variety pack

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…

12 Days of Christmas – calling all Educators, Designers and Tutors

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…

Learning in Lockdown – a tale of how one tree skirt led to 36 quilts

18 months of shielding gives you plenty of time to learn and hone a new skill, I have what my husband describes as an unhealthy obsession with Disney and our Christmas tree is an eclectic mix of Disney decorations collected each year and marking many trips to the parks as well as discs that marked…

Mini Quilt Swap 2021

A few months ago a Mini Quilt Swap was organised. This is a fun event where the participants are put into groups and overlooked by their swap Mumma. Each person in the group are given a swappee but it is kept top secret. Then, over the following weeks you ‘stalk’ your swappee by putting questions…

Quilt for a Cause

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…

Clover “Quick Cut” Thread Cutter

Clover “Quick Cut” Thread Cutter When Sylvia asked me to review the thread cutter, I assumed it would be like many of the other cutters that are out there, you use them for a short while then forget about them.This one is definitely not going to fall into that category. Ready For Use It’s a…

Gift & Storage Boxes + S133 Balear Interlining Review courtesy of Vlieseline

Thank you to Vlieseline and UKQO.co.uk for giving me the opportunity to review this product. As a quilter and dressmaker, I’ve never considered making curtains or pelmets for myself or others so when Vlieseline sent me some of the S133 Balear interlining to review for them I didn’t know much about this product or how…

Heat & Bond Liquid Vinyl

Back in the summer, when I had time to play with fabric, I had the idea of making a small lunch bag using wipe clean fabric. I knew I could buy oilcloth to make one, but that would have been too easy.  I thought I’d try waterproofing my own fabric instead.    There are lots…