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How do you do your borders?

As years go by, it is so easy to just do the things we always do.  During one of my community classes, one of my students asked me to show her how to do mitred corners on the borders of her quilt.  It made me realise how long ago it was since I did any…

Tonal Ditsy from Andover, designed by Lyn Goldsworthy

This lovely quilt could challenge you or your sewing group to a monthly block .. and it makes up into a fantastic quilt, 54″ x 54″.  Designed by Lyn Goldsworthy from Lilyquilts exclusively for Andower (the US counterpart for Makower UK).   There are 13 different blocks  and any one of them could create an amazing…

What is a scrappy quilt?

Scrappy Quilts I have been working on this “scrappy” quilt for about 2.5 years. I started it with a few scraps from another project, my intention was to was to make a couple of the blocks as a challenge. However, as you can see, I got carried away and have had to buy yardage as…

Gutermann Selection Boxes

Selection Boxes are not just for Christmas .. and apparently they are not always chocolates either!   Gutermann have a lovely selection of threads for you to enjoy though . with less fattening centres I am sure. Conjuring up the most beautiful quilts and the best patchwork ideas, these natural cotton threads are a joy to…

UKQU book club – The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan

The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan is a brand new book due to be published at the end of May (eBook and Audio versions) and the printed version a week or so later.    I was expecting this to be very much about the sewing circle members working on various projects and sharing their…

The Cheap Procrastinator: Mixed Media Queen Protea

Used under license from Adobe Stock Photos. Little did I know when, we, the bloggers of UKQU were set a task of doing a blog based on a flower and that a few weeks later the world would learn that the Sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, and their national colours are blue and…

English Rule – Rulers and Templates

I was asked to review some new quilting rulers which are now available, these are made by Mark Pickering at sewonsewforth.co.uk. Mark’s mother runs classes and was finding students were struggling with the use of rulers, having an engineering background Mark was able to produce rulers which were more suited to her needs. The rulers…

Bluebell Wood

I love this time of year.  Every morning on my way to work, I drive past a small wood.  Through the trees, as I go up the hill, I can spy the bluebells.  As I go up round the corner, the wood just opens up and there is a thick carpet of bluebells.  Every morning,…

Grenfell Memorial Quilt Hanging

Its been a long while since I updated UKQU on the progress of the Grenfell Memorial Quilt Hanging. Where do I begin. There has been a lot of development. Through the lockdown we were slowly able to continue as people had more time to create at home. People sent in their contributions from as far…

Tulip

Sylvia challenged us to make something based on a flower and I was given Tulips. Tulips are wonderfully cheerful flowers that put in an appearance in our gardens in springtime. Although they don’t have a scent their colours are clear and vibrant warm shades of red, pink, yellow and white but not blue. This year…