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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…
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…
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.
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.
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…
This year we are doing something different for Christmas here at the website … something that will bring everyone a gift from us, but we want to make this work for everyone. And there’s a charity involved too.
Easy to use, iron-on volume fleeces from Vlieseline will keep your fabrics firmly in place while you stitch. Ideal for quilting as well as for other sewing projects. You can choose from a double-sided or a…
We have already given away two of these fantastic sewing machines.
The winner of the final Janome M100 QDC giveaway is ….
Congratulations Margaret Attfield
That’s it for…
Please enter my name for the December draw for a Janome sewing machine
What a wonderful Christmas present a new Janome would be.
Love to win this nice Janome
I could do with a lighter machine to take to groups/classes. Love Jamome machines.
What wonderful news today! I am beyond thrilled to win this! After what turned out to be a dismal year in health for our family, ( including a spell in A&E for me-and believe me I never want to see my heartbeat do that again-and a nasty accident for my SIL which impacted on their whole family, ) such great sewing news.
I shall really look forward to taking this to quilting every fortnight. It will be much lighter than the behemoth I drag at the moment. I haven’t had the energy to sew for so many months, but this gem will really encourage me.
Thank you UKQU. And thank you to your kind sponsors too!
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