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Houses of Parliament

Challenge accepted and I get given the landmark, Houses of Parliament. Thinking cap on and I was certain that what I make I would use and not put to the back of a cupboard or in a drawer never to be seen again. The decision to make a clock was a very quick one and…

Needles and Pins

As you know I work for British Patchwork and Quilting magazine and we are running a series of features by Chris Hammacott on ‘Sustainability in a P&Q World’. The first was on needles and pins which got me thinking. For the full feature, you will have to get the March 2020 (issue 314) but I…

Clover Pom Pom Maker Set

If you are looking for something to keep you busy during the next few weeks you might fancy making your own embellishments, or simply having a bit of fun. Just bear in mind there might be a delay in delivery, so check with your supplier for despatch dates. Clover Pom-Pom Makers have never been easier…

Face Mask Pattern .. thanks Paula Doyle

As the crisis we are facing deepens there’s an ongoing debate about whether the wearing of masks is effective against Covid-19. We are not advocating the wearing of masks either way, nor are we endorsing this as the definitive pattern for making them either, but the lovely Paula Doyle, who many of you will know…

FREE MOTION QUITING WITH SANDRA – BORDERS 1

FEATHERS Who doesn’t love feather so this video show you how to put one in your border of any size. Firstly we put in the spine, the on to the left hand side with basic hump back feathers. Then we add some details to make them more interesting. Continue up the right hand side with…

Misadventures with a 505 spray

I have been quilting for 3 years now and have ‘churned out’ lots of quilts in that time. Whenever I had completed a top, I always sandwiched it using safety pins and nothing else. Originally, I used to roll around on the floor pinning the three layers together, oh boy, my knees didn’t like that…

Now’s the time to Get It Finished!

Welcome to crazy town! Well, more like crazy world right now eh? But all is not lost, you now have 12 weeks to get up to date on all those UFO’s, WIP’s and all the niggling little jobs around the house that you keep putting off. For those not in the know, a UFO in…

The Wonder of Wonder Clips

Early one morning as I was cleaning my teeth and after replacing my tube of toothpaste onto the sink, the wonder clip shouted ‘blog’! What got this blog off the ground! I have these little clips, in various colours dotted all around the house and used in all manner of locations. Once I had a…

Don’t try this at home!

      Yesterday ( Friday 27th March 2020..3rd week of self isolating) it could just well have been Friday 13th! Nearly 3 weeks of self isolation…unable to get a supermarket delivery slot…my thoughts turned to my mum and how she coped during the war with rationing etc. Being Welsh she would make a big batch…

Excellence in Leiden

The first time I laid eyes on coats made by Marijke van Welzen I was blown away. It was my first quilt show ever since I just started quilting. Those coats were PRESENT. When I developed myself as a quilter I noticed I was drawn to art quilting, so I followed art quilt classes. I…