Abigail Sheridan de Graaff
Abigail Sheridan de Graaff
We are delighted to launch this competition … one lucky winner will enjoy a Tour to Holland to visit the Quilt Festival held annually at Noord Gronigen in Holland 11-14 June 2020 – arranged by courtesy of ECT Tra…
This is the third blog in my stash busting series and this time I’m looking at trying to use up some pre-cut and left over fabrics from other projects.
Looking at my fabrics, I found some jelly roll strips and…
Here at the website we are delighted to announce we are continuing our relationship with the lovely people at Janome throughout 2020.
There’s some exciting news to come…
Got any plans for the year ?
How about a free BOM (Block of the Month) to mark the months off?
Since starting the UK Quilters United group on Facebook, one of the things I’ve enjoyed is starting to design q…
With one year coming to an end and another one starting, we tend to pause and take the opportunity to look back at the year that has been. Hence this may be a good time to do a recap of the books we have read so far…
Twas the night before Christmas, and, oh, I was weary.
My stitching unfinished, my eyes getting bleary.
The stockings weren’t finished, the chimney was bare.
And I knew that morning s…
Ok, so its not for all of us patchworkers and quilters – I get that – but ever since I started quilting I have really enjoyed the piecing but not happy with my quilting efforts. Tugging large quilts through a smal…
We asked Margaret Attfield, who won the final Janome M100 QDC given away this year about her quilting journey .. in her own words:
I think my quilting journey really began with fashion. From a very early age, I…
Lovely memories and story and you were not the only baby to be left outside a shop in their pram. I was left outside the International Food Store in Horley in a brand new Silver Cross pram one afternoon. She only remembered when my father came home from work in the evening & they both walked a mile into town to hopefully retrieve me. In my mother’s defence I had only been adopted a few days before so having a new baby could easily be forgotten, unlike a birth mother who had carried and given birth to a child. I was still there in my pram luckily, but crying with gusto because I was hungry. I learnt to sew with my mother on a Singer Treadle machine and then in the late 1960’s she got a green Bernina. I had a Sindy and a Tressy doll so every time she made me a new dress they got one too from the off cuts. I did not get my own sewing machine until the 1970’s when I left home and used it to make curtains, cushions & clothes.
That is a lovely story. I take my hat off to your mum; those dolls are so fiddly!
Great blog Margaret…first of many!
Gosh, your Blog brings back memories! I was, obviously, not the only one to leave a new baby outside the shops!! -only be to safely ‘rescued’ half an hour later. Your account of learning to sew at your Mum’s side was like me too but it was my Nan and not my Mum. Thank you for sharing Margaret. xx
Thank you Sue.
Have you got too many fat quarters gathering dust? Two of them can rather quickly be turned into a really useful little bag.
For newborns, the bag is perfect for a few nappies, wet wipes, bottle, muslin,…
Christmas is traditionally red and green, I’m sure we all remember having a green tree and the tree lights with flower covers that had to be checked every year for that one bulb that died and stopped the whole t…
Many of you will recall the incredible events at Grenfell, and the quilts that were created in such a short time to help those who suffered. But life and events continue and Tuesday and the community group she is w…
What a very poignant and sensitive piece about a tragedy we all felt and a community we all belong to. And when people feel unheard, as so many do,, a really powerful reminder that we are stronger when we are together.
Maggie – this is true and is wonderful the way quilting reaches out and engages with so many. I hope we can show the completed project when it reaches that stage too.
When putting my hand up to be given a song title to interpret by making something quilty, I wasn’t at all sure I’d get a song title that I actually recognised; as I had never heard of some of the ones allocated ear…
I didn’t get it-too busy to keep up when Prince was in his heyday-but I love it! What a super quilt! So clever, too.
I didn’t guess it until the end! Great quilt Nina and great interpretation!!
Fantastic Nina! I love it – especially the face, and the clues. I think I got it from clue 2 – that was when I started thinking of songs that I knew with those words!
Very clever, but had no clue, still don’t. I have heard of him though.
I didn’t get it, I could on think of “send all your kisses to me”. I’m not good with lyrics or Prince . It’s beautifully executed
That is a lovely Blog Nina. Such a good interpretation, lots more kisses to you. Xxx
Loving how you have made this quilt, bet you were singing the song as you stitched along!
Gingham! What does this fabric sum up for you. The people at EQS have sent the full range of Michael Miller Gingham Fabric for our November Quilt Competition pri…
Well done Chris! I remember fondly the sewing pinny we made with gingham back in Year 7 at school! And I have some lovely big red check ready to back my infinite Christmas quilt. Infinite because I started it 3 years ago, made the top, tried stitching words on it, hated it, put it away, got it out, unpicked it, realised it was badly made and cut it up back into blocks.
Maybe next Christmas…
Not sure if the fabrics are available in the UK that are used in this pattern from FreeSpirit, but it would make a great quilt whatever fabrics you choose. It’s not as difficult as it might at first seem – break i…
Nina wrote a new post, Bloggerati retreat – foot wear… (and a game of sort) 2 months ago
Sewing at home is usually done alone and I for one, prefer sewing in comfy clothes (think track suit bottoms or comfy leggings) and some cosy slippers. Admittedly, I take off the left slipper when using the pedal, so…
Haha! I saw some of these! Left footed? Are you left handed too Nina?
Right handed and right footed (!!!), but rather ambidextrous, so prefer using left foot for the pedal.
Love it! I think I have tried sewing left footed, but like everything, it takes practise! I suppose as well that it seems more natural to use the right foot, due to the lead being on the right hand side of the machine, and also as the foot pedal is akin to the accelerator pedal in a car.
As for the footwear – I may or may not be able to identify a pair or two!!
I definitely know no 9. I just wore my flip flops (And odd socks) to dinner. #noshame
I know who wore 5 and 3, and mine were on my feet at dinner, but off whilst I was sewing, I’m a barefoot sewer!!
Love the pixie boots! I sew with my right foot. Is that unusual?
Maggie, I believe right foot is the usual!
I was there and I can’t guess any of them! I’m sure I did see numbers 3 and 9, but can’t remember whose feet they were on.
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