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Sarah Boone – inventor of the modern day Ironing Board

Its been black history month this February .. and its only right that we mark this is some way.  Most people will have heard of the likes of Rosa Parkes and her stand against apartheid back in 1955 (she sat down on the bus on the day I was born – fancy that), but there…

Quilt Along with John – Becky Alexander-Frost

My Podcast series continues with my amazing interview with the fabulous Rebecca (Becky) Alexander-Frost.  Becky is an experienced quilter and bag maker who I utterly love and the contribution she brings to the sewing world is amazing. A more kind and lovely person you will struggle to find. and this is just a short chat with…

Hemline Luxury Sewing Gift Set

We are often looking for something different to say a thank you or for a friend’s birthday, aren’t we.  This is so pretty and I bet anyone who sews would love to receive it too. For those with a passion for decorative detail, this gorgeous new antique style sewing set from Hemline will add a…

Sew a Fine Seam – Beginner Piecing Part 3

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…

What do YOU do with those UFOs? 

Don’t deny it, we all have them, those unfinished quilt projects, those part made blocks, quilts and orphan blocks and what do we do with them? If you’re like me you just stick them in a box or bag and forget about them until, months, years later, you’re looking for that piece of fabric that…

A machine, scissors and a ruler and suddenly you have a quilt

You have been thinking about starting a hobby during lockdown maybe, searched through endless Facebook pages and suddenly you jump into UK Quilters United. WOW . what a different world to discover. What a plethora of new things to learn, words to understand, techniques to discover and more. It’s mind-blowing. But, remember, we all started…

Clover Fork Pin Review

I was delighted to be asked to test out and review some fork pins from Clover. They aren’t something I have heard of before, so I was intrigued as to what place they had in my craft room. We can never have too many gadgets, can we? And, it is always nice to have the…

The Kwik Klip

Oh My Gosh, how have I managed without this tool up till now and how did I not know about it?!?! Let me go back to the start of the story. Earlier this month I was scrolling through Facebook and someone had a photo of the Kwik Klip tool and they were saying how good…

Quilters Ruler Handle from Sew Easy

I frequently get asked how to make rotary cutting easier for the beginner or for the experienced quilter who has joint issues. This can strike anyone at any age as someone who suffered RSI throughout my 30s and 40s quite severely, holding a quilters ruler steady whilst cutting can be difficult. My son’s girlfriend has…

The Mystery of Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP)

If, like me, you are new to the wonderful world of quilting, you will no doubt be amazed at the amount of jargon used, FPP, EPP, Blocks, Echo Quilting, applique, to name but a few. I have mastered basic patchwork with squares, trying to align my half square triangles so as not to lose the…