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Discovering the Quilting Community – A Newbie Quilters’ Experience

Entering the first large sized quilt I ever made into the Festival of Quilts 2019 was an experience. As a newbie quilter, I think if I had realised the grandeur and the prestige of the competition and the enormity of the event, I might have been too intimidated to enter it. Luckily, ignorance is bliss…

August 2021 UKQU Book Club

I’m writing this on my tablet as we’re away at the moment, so it’ll be a short post this time. The book for August is called Birds in the Air  and it is written by Frances O’Roark Dowell.  Emma has recently moved with her family to a small community and is trying to find her feet…

Hemline Match Mates

It has been a while since I’ve done a blog as I’ve been so busy moving all my stash, equipment and furniture into the new cabin at Strictly Quilting. One of the things I was determined to do was to keep the cabin tidy with everything in its proper place. My fabric stash has been…

Bobbin Match Mates 

It has been a while since I’ve done a blog as I’ve been so busy moving all my stash, equipment and furniture into the new cabin at Strictly Quilting. One of the things I was determined to do was to keep the cabin tidy with everything in its proper place. My fabric stash has been…

Sewing with a Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine … and more

Every so often we see something of real interest that we just have to share with you all.  This article is one of those times: Hi I’m Chrissie Menzies and I am a textile artist living and working in Mid Wales, I am also a director of Wonderwool Wales, the largest wool and fibre festival…

Puzzle Quilt Block 7

This is the penultimate block in the Puzzle Quilt series and is another nine-patch block. This one is called Rolling Stone and features strip-pieced units (we made similar units for Block 4, London Roads) and a new unit: – the Square-in-a-Square, sometimes called Diamond-in-a-Square. I will show you two methods for making these units. As…

UKQU Mini Swap – What’s your Swap Mumma up to? Part 1

Over in our Facebook group UK Quilters United, we’ve completed seven Mini Swaps since 2015. In the simplest explanation possible you are allocated a team and given the name of another team member to make a mini quilt for, and someone will make one for you, all in secret. It’s great fun. But each team…

Not the blog I intended to write

On Saturday evening I sat down to write the blog I was going to write, all went well until I tried to insert an image of a block  from EQ 8.  This is normally a simple procedure, open the file, click on the block, click on export/print, set printer to print to “print to Microsoft…

What is this . . . ?

A query that frequently crops up on UKQU Facebook posts is ‘What is this . . . block/quilt design called?’ and is usually followed by ‘Where can I find the pattern?’ or ‘How can I make it?’. Sometimes these queries are answered in the comments, sometimes not – or (occasionally) perhaps not as helpfully as…

North Country Quilts at the Bowes Part 3: Wholecloth quilts

Wholecloth quilts have no patchwork – they just rely on the beauty of their elaborate quilting patterns. There are several included in the current exhibition of North Country Quilts at the Bowes Museum in County Durham, which I would thoroughly recommend if you can arrange to go in the remaining months of 2021. The quilt…