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Recycle curtains to bags

Quilts for Care Leavers needed some Morsbags to pop their quilts in to be gifted. So when I saw this huge pair of curtains in the local charity shop for £4, I couldn’t resist. I quickly checked on group info for size needed and did a quick reckie…yep..enough for eight bags. So after a quick…

Up-cycling Plastic into Practical Wallets

Clear  Flower Bag from M&S as a top layer. I do take out my own bags but sometimes I forget and need to pick one up while shopping.  Things also come through the post in unwanted plastic and friends give you things in plastic bags so it is hard to get away from it. Thus…

Re use that Yorkshire Tea bag

It’s recycling week here at UKQU.  And that has forced me to finally do a project that has been in my head for a couple of years.  I knew one day I’d make it, i just hadn’t got around to it. I love to drink Tea, and of course it has to be Yorkshire Tea. …

M387 & 14th June a day of Sorrow never to be forgotten

I woke on the morning of the 14th June to see a picture on a close friend’s timeline on FB at 7.18am just as she landed at Heathrow after returning from Africa. It showed the plane’s engine and a massive plume of smoke over West London. At that point I hadn’t seen the news &…

cut&alter :: Modern Quilts – Asymmetry and Alternate Gridwork

After a rather long break I am back today with the next instalment in my mini Modern Quilt Series. You can find the previous post by following these links: Modern Quilts – An Introduction, Modern Quilts – Fabric Part 1, Modern Quilts – Fabric Part 2 and Modern Quilts – Design Inspiration. This time I am going to…

From hand crank to long arm in 5 years.

This quilting addiction started in July 2014 when my husband asked if I would like to go with him on one of his flying events – they would be camping in a field. The only facility would be a portaloo! At first this did not seem very appealing and I thought I needed to take…

Lily Pad Collection by Debbie Shore for the Craft Cotton Company – UKQU

My fabric review for UKQU.co.uk this time is the delightful Lily Pad collection designed by Debbie Shore for The Craft Cotton Company. There are 9 designs included in this collection. I like that the design and colours really complement each other very well. The Lily Pad Collection is a printed, 100% cotton quilting fabric, sold…

Giftgiving!

I dare to bet you know the experience. Somebody you love dearly is getting married, having a baby, a birthday, retirement, and you are working on THE gift: a double weddingring for on their kingsize bed. Or a babyquilt in just the cutest colors. You looked for the pattern with joy in your heart, chose…

Design your own block. Part 1

The simplest way to design your own block is to take a traditional block and add or subtract a few lines. The Ohio Star block for instance can be changed into Swamp Angel by turning the corner squares into half-square triangles. But you could turn those triangles around. Or put a small simple block in…

WOEWIT…(What On Earth…)

Have you ever had those times (quite possibly more than one) where you looked at a project, and thought ‘What On Earth Was I Thinking?’ (WOEWIT)? If you are anything like me, you will have numerous projects in various stages of finishing and starting, and every so often, you will pull out a project, have…