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Clover Fabric Tube Maker

Spend more time creating and less time making with this ingenious new tool from Clover. Designed to help you produce a whole wealth of exciting projects including rugs, bags, mats and other fashion and home accessories, the Fabric Tube Maker comes in four parts so you can double-fold fabric strips in one easy operation. Simply get…

Using Heat and Bond Liquid Vinyl 

It’s taken a while after moving to get back into a routine for making.  The bonus is that I have a sewing room at home as well as the studio.  It’s a great distraction from other things I should be doing.  Getting unpacked, got me in the mood for tidying and organising.  The studio was…

British Waterway’s Fabric Collection courtesy of Craft Cotton Co.

Eek, I’m in heaven! I’ve been asked to review designer Sarah Payne’s British Waterways Fabric Collection courtesy of Craft Cotton Co. Two fat quarter packs and some yardage found it’s way to me via UKQU.co.uk and it got my head in spin as to what to make with it! Just look how lovely these designs…

Mini Circle Templates from Sew Easy 

I don’t know about you but I find working with circles hard. Getting a perfect circle can be tricky and take a while but this is where these laser cut acrylic templates are fantastic. Sew Easy Mini Circles There are four perfectly circular templates at sizes 1”, 1 1/2”, 2” and 3” and they have…

Tilda Chic Escape

I love a bit of Tilda. The fabrics are good quality with beautiful, pretty designs but this collection – the Chic Escape – has taken top spot on my favourites list. It has an oriental flavour with Chinese vases, peacocks and florals in a rich palette of colour. It is so luscious that when I…

Vlieseline Soya Mix Wadding Review 

When it comes to wadding we all have a favourite and everyone has an opinion as to why theirs is the best, for some it’s the price, for others the brand or company that makes it, some go solely on the fibre mix – so many things to think about and consider. For me personally…

Oliso TG1600 ProPlus™ Iron Review

An iron is an essential tool when making quilts and for general sewing. I’ve got several which I keep in my wonderful cabin at Strictly HQ but when I was offered the chance to test out the new Oliso SmartIron Pro Plus, I couldn’t wait. Oliso TG1600 ProPlus 3 Step to Start The box arrived…

Hemline Seam Fix Dual Tip

We all need a seam unpick at some point. Usually a few as I find they go walkabout quit regularly. I was recently sent the Hemline Seam Fix Dual Tip to try and, as you can never have too many, I gave it a go.   As the name suggests its dual ended. A larger…

V268 Bamboo 50/50 Wadding Review courtesy of Vlieseline

A huge thank you to Vlieseline for sending me one metre, 97” (244 cm) wide V268 Bamboo wadding to review and to UKQU.co.uk too. I’ve never used Bamboo 50/50 wadding before, so I’m interested to see how it compares with the 80/20 I usually use. Manufacturers Information Vlieseline Bamboo Wadding is a medium weight 50/50…

Jubilee Runner

This year has been one full of events from the end of Covid restrictions to the beginning of the Ukraine conflict. Both of these have had an impact on my life, meaning I haven’t done as much blogging as I’d have liked. I am in need of a celebration and the Queens Platinum Jubilee is…

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…

Vlieseline 278 soya mix wadding – product review

Composition: 50% soyabean/50% cotton The Vlieseline web site quotes “ Softer and smoother than traditional waddings/battings. For quilts, wall hangings and clothing etc.” https://www.vlieseline.com/Products/Battings/278-Soya-Mix So what did I think? The wadding is unbleached and quite patchy colour wise however it is very soft and a nice smooth regular thickness. It does drape nicely. The website…

Clover Quick Thread Cutter 

Although it is small (only 3″ high) it is mighty! I now have this guy permanently set up next to my machine, I do a lot of chain piecing and this cuts down the time (pun intended!) quite a lot. It’s very user friendly and easy to use, it has a standard 45mm rotary cutter…

Sew Easy Patchwork Triangle Ruler 

HSTs are one of the most common units used to make quilt blocks or even whole quilts – like the one I’m currently pattern testing that has quite a lot of HSTs to make, so I though it an ideal opportunity to put the new Patchwork Triangle Ruler by Sew Easy through it’s paces. My…

Girl’s Day Out

I love a Block of the Month – I mean, I REALLY love them. I will confess to having several on the go at the moment, and one of them is Girl’s Day Out. I saw this advertised on the Villavin Crafts Facebook page, and I knew at once that I wanted to do it.…

India Fabric review courtesy of Sew On with English Rule

It’s always a privilege to be offered fabric to review and to have your interest piqued by giving you a description of fabric from India, you do wonder what’s going to drop through the letterbox and who from! Firstly, thank you to UKQU.co.uk for asking me to review the fabric and to Sew On with…

Tilda Cotton Beach

I was lucky enough to be sent a F8th bundle from Groves of these gorgeous new fabrics, they have been giving me all the summer vibes with the rich and vibrant colours, they feel amazing and were a joy to work with. This collection is available in precuts as well as by the metre from…

Tilda  Cotton Beach

I was lucky enough to be able to review some of these beautiful fabrics. They not only look good, they are lovely to work with. They are part of a much wider range and if you shop around you can get them for £18.50 for 5 FQ. The range is also available as a Charm…

TILDA COTTON BEACH

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to review a pack of fat quarters from the new Tilda range called Cotton Beach. They arrived beautifully packed. A few close ups.. Limpet Shells… Sea Anemone… Coral Reef… Ocean Flower… These beautiful fresh fabrics are 100% cotton and come in several colourways.   I particularly…

Sew Easy Triangle Ruler 

The Pinwheel block is one of the most common and is ideal for many different projects, from samplers to baby quilts. It’s this last option which I decided to make for a newborn, a little girl. I chose some lovely ombré pink fabric patterned with a little grey backed up with a self patterned white.…

The Cheap Procrastinator: Clover Stitch Guide

Okay, after the excitement, stress and rush of the winter season, time to get back to some sort of normal. Well for me anyway. I have been chosen to do a project review for the new Clover Stitch Guide. This has taken some time to complete, plagued with computer issues. Drove me batty, however, testing…

Vlieseline H640 Fusible Wadding Review

This H640 Fusible Wadding review is courtesy of Vlieseline and to show it off I will be making a Tote Bag from the fabric producer, Riley Blake.  H640 is Vlieseline’s medium loft, fusible, soft wadding and made of synthetic fibres and is about 4mm/ ⅜ inch thick. It great for use with light to medium…

Clover Stitch Guide

Sewing, whether it is patchwork piecing or garment sewing, is all about the accuracy. The more accurate you can be, the more professional the finish. When starting out,  this can be the most difficult thing to grasp. Clover Stitch Guide Quick recap on the 1/4″ seam allowance – by sewing a ‘scant’ 1/4” seam, a…

Quilts for Refugees Charity Sew Day

Quilters are generous people, making many quilts for various charities throughout the world. In the UK there are many charities which you can make quilts for, some more well known than others. Linus is an obvious one, making quilts for children of all ages. Another I was privileged to be involved with is Quilts for…

N.S.F.W (No Sewing For Weeks) – Too Hot to Handle – Bosal Oven Mitt Product Review

Guess who’s back, and found her sewing mojo !! MEEEE! I recently attended the long awaited Annual Blogger retreat where we were treated to a number of free gifts to use and review. The first of these was a super cute fat quarter pack called Cherries Jubilee from the CRAFT COTTON COMPANY We were also given…

A Tale of Two Circles. And Lemons.

Someone Bosal HQ is really into circles. Bosal have been selling continuous inch-wide strips for rugs and bag for ages (it’s on the list) but lately they’ve been churning out circles with the intention of using them for things like placemats and bowls. I was given these Bosal circles to try – it’s thee soft…

Vlieseline Soft Cotton Mix 279 80 20

When choosing wadding or batting we all have our favourites. One of mine was the 279 80/20 from Vlieseline, a well established, reliable company which has been around for years producing many different products. For those who are perhaps newer to quilting, the 80 20 stands for the mix of fibres used in production –…

           vlieseline review

  I was recently asked if I would like to do a product review for Vlieseline by UKQU.  Obviously I was grateful to be given the chance and It was perfect timing as The UKQU Bloggers Retreat was booked for November and I had planned for the retreat to involve some Festive Sewing for my…

Sew Easy Hearts and Stars Templates

Some shapes can be really tricky to draw and, when designing projects, a little help can be invaluable. I have several sets of these wonderful template sets from Sew Easy and Groves very kindly sent me the mini Star and mini Heart sets to trial for them. Sew Easy Mini Hearts Set These are sets…

Key Fobs using S520 fusible pelmet interlining courtesy of Vlieseline

It’s always great to try a new product, especially when you haven’t used it inside your normal ‘sewing zone’, but when UKQU.co.uk linked me up with Vlieseline and they sent me 5 products to review, I must admit I was a little stumped as to what I would be able to make with them. With…

Wonder Clips from Clover

Plastic clips have been around for some years now. I find them particularly useful for holding my binding over when sewing it down by hand so when Clover were kind enough to send me a set of their Wonder Clips to try out, I was keen to have a play with them. Clover Wonder Clips…

Bottle Bag using Style-Vil Fix: Courtesy of Vlieseline

This is another first for me. I have not used any fusible interlining before and it’s always nice to try something new, so thank you to Vlieseline for giving me this opportunity to review their Style-Vil Fix fusible foam interlining and to UKQU.co.uk for making it happen. This one-sided, fusible foam interlining sews and quilts…

Clover “Quick Cut” Thread Cutter

Clover “Quick Cut” Thread Cutter When Sylvia asked me to review the thread cutter, I assumed it would be like many of the other cutters that are out there, you use them for a short while then forget about them.This one is definitely not going to fall into that category. Ready For Use It’s a…

Gift & Storage Boxes + S133 Balear Interlining Review courtesy of Vlieseline

Thank you to Vlieseline and UKQO.co.uk for giving me the opportunity to review this product. As a quilter and dressmaker, I’ve never considered making curtains or pelmets for myself or others so when Vlieseline sent me some of the S133 Balear interlining to review for them I didn’t know much about this product or how…

Heat & Bond Liquid Vinyl

Back in the summer, when I had time to play with fabric, I had the idea of making a small lunch bag using wipe clean fabric. I knew I could buy oilcloth to make one, but that would have been too easy.  I thought I’d try waterproofing my own fabric instead.    There are lots…

Clover Quick Cut Thread Cutter

Do you chain piece? What is chain piecing I hear some ask? This is where we have numerous units to join and piece them one after the other without breaking the thread between each. It is a method which speeds up the piecing and also has the advantage of using less thread as you don’t…

Adventures of an Inexperienced Quilter – Aren’t I Lucky?

I was lucky enough to be given a part layer cake, asked to make use of it and tell you what I think. But I had never used a layer cake before – so what to do? The fabric was Tranquility by Makower UK. The part layer cake I received – 18 10 inch squares…

Fabric Review – Around the World by Makower UK

I was sent a sample pack of Around The World by Makower UK. Sample packs usually have 10″ squares but this one was a bit different- they included a full panel! It had the panel of a world map, and nine 10″ squares of the coordinating fabrics. It’s a lovely children’s design – the map…

MAKOWER LANDSCAPES

I am delighted to review these lovely new fabrics from Makower. This is their beautiful collection of nature inspired fabrics which are perfect, especially if you love to make pictorial quilts. The fabrics are 100% cotton and are perfect for patchwork and quilting. I particularly love the warm autumn colours of rusts and greens for…

Black Gold Needles from Clover – Product Review

Recently I was sent a pack of quilting needles from Clover – Black and Gold Needles. On opening they are certainly great to look at. The black colour comes from the special plating which allows the needle to pierce the fabric smoothy, reducing drag. The gold, from the top eye of the needle. Black and…

ECO 150 WADDING REVIEW courtesy of Vlieseline

There are so many different waddings out there it’s no wonder we get confused about what is best to use. So many choices, personal preferences, cost, best for the planet. Well, good news this Vlieseline ECO 150 Wadding is the first 100% biodegradable wadding on the market, and I’m delighted to be reviewing it courtesy…

Gütermann Thread Packs

We all have our favourite threads depending on what you are using them for. I love pure cotton for patchwork and quilting, a little ‘old school’ but hey… If (and when) I eventually invest in a long arm at Strictly Quilting I may end up going for poly cottons but until then, I tend to…

Gütermann creativ 100% Cotton 30wt Thread pack review

Thank you to Gütermann for the opportunity to review this beautiful set of creativ (variegated) threads and to ukqu.co.uk too. I have been sewing over a long period of time, starting in my school days and, although the thread choices back then were quite limited, Gütermann thread was the one always available for us to…

Hemline Match Mates

It has been a while since I’ve done a blog as I’ve been so busy moving all my stash, equipment and furniture into the new cabin at Strictly Quilting. One of the things I was determined to do was to keep the cabin tidy with everything in its proper place. My fabric stash has been…

Bobbin Match Mates 

It has been a while since I’ve done a blog as I’ve been so busy moving all my stash, equipment and furniture into the new cabin at Strictly Quilting. One of the things I was determined to do was to keep the cabin tidy with everything in its proper place. My fabric stash has been…

New – Sew Easy Ruler Grip

Do you have trouble with holding a ruler steady whilst cutting?  Make short, accurate work of placing, marking,  cutting,  lifting and moving templates with this new Ruler Grip from Sew Easy!  The two strong suction caps are easily secured thanks to the levers that give extra stability.  With one hand elevated on the grip there…

Review of Makower UK’s ‘Classic Christmas’

I was really pleased to receive sample squares of this traditional Christmas fabric – ‘traditional’ is not my usual thing so I was looking forward to a challenge and being able to make whatever I liked with it. Classic Christmas is made up of 10 different prints in green, red, cream and gold in a…

Jomil Junior Strips courtesy of PANICO’s

My trip to the North East always means I visit PANICO’s in Stockton-on-Tees so I can top up my fabric stash. They always have an excellent range of reasonably priced fabric to suit all pockets whether you are a quilter or dress maker. Like all fabric retailers PANICO’s have been keeping their customers going via…

Clover Wonder Pins 

I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to test this clever hybrid of two products I already love to use – what do you get when you cross Wonder Clips and quilters safety pins? Clover Wonder Pins of course!   A new concept from Clover that offers the benefit of both straight pins and safety pins,…

Review of Makower Uk’s ‘Santa Express’

I was delighted to receive 20 x 8″ squares of this beautiful Christmas fabric to make whatever I liked with and to give a review of it. Santa Express is a bright, colourful Christmas fabric range by Makower Uk.  I am already a fan of Makower, so was really looking forward to it.  I was…

MAKOWER UK SCANDI 2021

I am delighted to be able to review Makower’s Scandi 2021 Christmas fabrics. These xmas fabrics come in reds and greys and they are particularly gorgeous with a delicate touch of metallic detailing. Makower fabrics are great quality 100% cotton suitable for patchwork and many other projects. The scenic pair in red and grey…. The…

Tassel Maker from Clover

Make gorgeous tassels with your own thread or woollen yarns with a Tassel Maker from clover. They are very easy and fun to create and can be used for adding fun details to bags, scarves and other fashion accessories.  What about adding them to cushions, curtains, key fobs and other home decorating items. Available in…

June 2021 UKQU Book Club

Spring is almost over and for June we’re turning to some Amish romance with the first book in the Quilter’s Son series by Samantha Bayarr. The book is called Liam’s choice. Liam has secretly attended school outside of the Amish community, to allow him a chance to set up his own company. Just before Liam is…

HEMLINE GOLD

I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to test these lovely sewing notions from Hemline Gold… The generous pack of sixty pins are plastic head pins and a nice long length for handling….   They are beautifully sharp and glide through the cotton fabrics neatly… The two delightful little flower needle threaders are the perfect…

Hemline Gold – 5 Sewing Essentials 

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity by UKQU.co.uk to write a review for a range of products courtesy of Hemline Gold. Eagerly awaiting the arrival of the post to see what the package would bring I decided to search the internet to have a look and try and guess what it might…

Fiskars Tabletop Seam Ripper

We’ve all done it, sewn a seam that turns out to be wrong and have to ‘deconstruct’ – frog the stitching (ribbit, ribbit), get Jack out (Jack the Ripper). There are many funny comments we use to try and make light of the fact that we are human and even the best of us resort…

TILDA WOODLAND

I am delighted to review these very pretty Tilda fabrics. This is the ‘Woodland’ range and Tilda haven’t disappointed with this delightfully fresh 100% cotton fabrics. The fabrics are a really good quality and a pleasure to work with. I particularly love the tree scene… And of course the cute animal scene is simply adorable……

Hemline Easy Grip Pins

Pins are often underestimated when we consider the equipment we use for sewing. How many of us have pins which we have had so long their origins are lost in the midst of time? I know I have some that were probably from my mum when she taught me dressmaking for my Cindy and Barbie…

Designing a quilt with Quilt-Pro 6

Quilt-Pro is a quilt design program for your computer. It works in similar way to EQ8 but there are a few differences particularly in the drawing functions. Both have pre-loaded blocks and fabrics and both offer further blocks and fabrics via their websites or blogs. Both have excellent technical support – you can email them…

Book Review – Sarah Payne’s Quilt School

Search Press describe themselves as “The world’s finest art and craft books”, and Sarah Payne’s Quilt School certainly is deserving of this description. This is an ideal book for those starting out on their quilting journey. For someone like me (I consider myself to be an experienced quilter – I’ve been quilting for over 20…

April 2021 UKQU Book Club

Our book for April 2021 is called Assault and Batting and it was written by Tess Rothery.   When her mother Laura dies, Taylor Quinn returns to the family home to step into her shoes including running a quilt shop and look after her teenage sister. The police have written off Laura’s death as an accident…

Crease Marker from Sew Easy

Do you ever get to that moment when you’ve finished piecing a quilt top and get a little bit daunted by the next stage – the quilting? When quilting, I sometimes quilt by domestic machine, using both the walking foot (which I think is very underestimated) and free motion options. I also love quilting by…

Quilt-Pro 6 – what is it?

Quilt-Pro 6 is a Windows-based quilt design program for your computer (for Mac users it is version 5). It does much the same as Electric Quilt (EQ) but does it slightly differently. They both have their good points and their drawbacks and I have owned both for a very long time although it is EQ…

Bias Ruler and Rotary Cutter courtesy of CLOVER

When you are asked by UKQU.co.uk if you would like to write a review for CLOVER’s BIAS RULER and 45mm ROTARY CUTTER, well yes, I jumped at the chance. Intrigued by the bias ruler and really in need of a new rotary cutter this couldn’t have come at a better time. That pile of quilts…

Clover Bias Ruler & Rotary Cutter

I was fortunate to receive the Clover Bias Ruler and Clover Rotary Cutter to review.   Both came neatly packaged so after reading through the instructions I tested them out. The main idea is to line up the ruler with the edge of your fabric at the required width. Slot the rotary cutter into the…

Graph Paper for Quilters and Papercraft from Sew Easy

Have you ever been struck with a quilt idea – a new layout you’d like to try? You doodle on a pad, then try and draft it out on some graph paper which is metric rather than Imperial. Get mixed up and confused and shove the project to one side. Perhaps you are only starting…

March 2021 UKQU Book Club

“The journey to college is a rite of passage we mark as a joyous occasion, one we celebrate by buying luggage and books on how to build a fulfilling life. But really, if you ask any mother, she’ll tell you that deep down, we want to mark it as a loss, a funeral of sorts”…

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…

Dresden Plate Ruler Review

Dresden Plate is a traditional quilt pattern from the 1920s, using the appliqué technique.  Dresden Plates can be flat, point, rounded, fancy or arty! Made for me by Annetta Cossey This review is for  a Sew Easy acrylic template for a 45 degree dresden. This needs 8 wedges to complete the circle. Dresden templates come…

Flying Geese Ruler Review

There are many methods for making flying geese, but the most common mistake is in the working out the sizes of the blocks to use. At first glance you would use corner blocks half the size of the main block, but as you can see this ends up with the point at the top, and…

Celebrations gift block

Designing a block on EQ8 For the celebrations blog hop I chose to do the gift block and to use EQ8 to design it. EQ8 is software specially aimed at quilters. You can design quilts from scratch or open and work with a pre-designed project. You can design your own blocks from scratch, but it…

January 2021 UKQU Book Club

With the recent changes announced by the government due to the spread of Covid, not many of us were able to meet up with family and friends over the Christmas period. Instead, I have found eight ladies and their families for you to socialise with – meet The Bunco Club.  Karen DeWitt has created a…

UKQU Book Club 2020 – December

For December, what better than a Christmas and winter story? When searching on Amazon this summer I came across The Christmas Wedding Quilt. It had three authors and three, what looked like, sub-titles listed. Intrigued, I decided to buy the book and see if it would be suitable for the book club. It was.  It…

Are the new Clover Wonder Pins really Wonder-ful ?!

We all have our favourite parts of quilting; some love the rhythm of repeated cutting ready for piecing. Others love the puzzle-like piecing together and lots love the actual quilting bit. I’ve yet to meet anyone who has basting as their favourite aspect and yet, we all have to do it. Anyone who can make…

CLOVER  WONDER  PINS

I was given the opportunity to review these lovely Clover Pins for quilting. As you can see they are a little chunkier than the usual pins so this makes handling much easier. I also liked the fact they are lovely pink & yellow which show up easier when quilting. They are much easier to use…

UKQU Book Club 2020 – November

“You are Wardrobe, aren’t you?”. It may not get down in history as the best pick-up line ever, but it was the first line spoken by Alfie to Gwen. Nonetheless, it started their friendship which soon also involved some flirting, touching and kissing when they could find some privacy. The book for November is House…

My Redwork Garden by Moda courtesy of Panico’s

Visiting a fabric store is just what the doctor should order every quilting and sewing enthusiast to do, especially when you haven’t been able to get out and visit one recently. PANICO’s, my favourite fabric store is 100 miles away in Stockton-on-Tees. I visit it every time I go to the North East to my…

UKQU Book Club 2020 – October 

It may be getting chillier and soon we’ll see the leaves turn golden and red, but the book for October takes us back to summer time and we get to know one fiercely independent older lady, an incredibly busy socialite and a grieving young mother. Three generations of the same family, but they have never…

Vintage Treasures

Jo Hendy has a treat (or several) in store for quilters once again. I have tried hard to limit my Block of the Month (BOM) subscriptions, and I am a little ashamed to admit that I have some still waiting for me to start them (exactly how many is too many?) – and others that…

A Pressing Question..

Hello! I’m new here, so I guess I should introduce myself. I’m Keren Baker, based in Liverpool and I work freelance in the craft industry. I work for companies including one known for their famous orange handled scissors! More on that in another post. I wanted to ask you a question; what pressing tools do…

UKQU Book Club 2020 – September

With summer almost over and people returning to work and school in earnest again, I have selected a feel-good story for us to read during September. We’ll get to know master quilter Grace and her granddaughter Audrey, as Grace is sharing her skills (quilting as well as life related). The book is called Our Family…

Abbieanne Patchwork and Design – a trip to the Therapy Cupboard

Many of you will know or will have heard of, Abbieanne Patchwork and Design. She’s a wonderful character, full of exuberance and a joy to be around so when I happened to be on holiday in Cornwall this summer I thought I’d call in and see her famous ‘Therapy Cupboard’. Abbieanne’s Therapy Cupboard Abbie is oft…

UKQU Book Club 2020 – August 

I was hesitating before announcing our next quilting related novel as it has a reoccurring element of faith which may not be to everyone’s liking. However, it is a lovely, feel-good story, which many may find have similarities to parts of their own lives.  The book for August is called The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club…

UKQU Book Club 2020 – July

Our July book is different to what we have been reading recently but I felt it was time for a more thought-provoking book, instead of yet another quilting mystery book. This is one voice from the horrors that ended 75 years ago with the liberation of one of the most well-known concentration camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau, The…

UKQU Book Club 2020 – June 

As promised last month, the book for June has exactly the same title as the one we read during May; A Single Tread. The author for the June version is Tracy Chevalier. The book takes us to Southampton and Winchester in 1930s England where we get to know Violet Speedwell, who is a ‘surplus woman’.…

Planning a Sampler Quilt: Part 1 – fabrics

A “Sampler Quilt” is one which has many different blocks, usually separated by sashing strips. They are very popular with those who like to experiment (or get bored easily), as you only do each block once, and can have a lot of fun trying out something new. Often, they are provided in a “Block of…

Maker’s Workbook ~ Quilting

Reviewing notions, fabrics or even thread is one of the happiest elements of my role as a Blogger for this website.  So when a package arrived in the post I was intrigued.    This fabulous Maker’s Workbook – Quilting popped out of the package courtesy of www.patterntrace.com . It was certainly more exciting than the 10…

UKQU Book Club 2020 – May

It’s almost May and time to reveal our next book, or actually the next TWO books as last month I mentioned that the next two books have exactly the same title. The books are both called A Single Thread. Our book for May was written by Marie Bostwick back in 2008.  Bostwick’s version of A…

Ombre Bloom – Moda by courtesy of PANICO’S

I had seen the OMBRE BLOOM collection whilst on a previous visit to PANICO’s but, it wasn’t on my radar as one to choose and make something with. I loved the idea of the gradients, but I personally tend to stay away from anything ‘flowery’. So, when I visited Carl at the PANICO’S stand at…

UKQU Book Club 2020 – April

It is almost April and it is time to reveal the next book in the UKQU Book Club. I have selected a book which was suggested by one of our Facebook members (thanks SB!) and I hope that you’ll enjoy this read. It’s a similar theme as the book we read i March, but I…

UKQU Book Club 2020 – March

The UKQU Book Club is back by popular demand! Our book for March 2020 is For the Love of Quilts, the first in the relatively new series called Wine County Quilts written by Ann Hazelwood. The book is available in paper back as well as Kindle version. Join Lily Rosenthal as she quits her editing job…

Sweet Shoppe Too

“Bright, summer fabric packs to review .. I have two to send out. Who is interested please!” said Sylvia.  “Me”, I said and then the wait began.  Actually, I’d forgotten about it  until I came home from a stressful day at work to find a small packet posted through the door.  It wasn’t until I…

Sarah’s Story – Moda by courtesy of PANICO’S

How many game shows have you heard the phrase, ‘Open the Box?’ Well, on my visit to PANICO’S I got to Open the Box …. Two boxes of beautiful fabric. Thank you PANICO’S for this amazing opportunity to write for you and to UKQU.co.uk for setting this up. Like many of us ‘quilter’s’ we take…

Clover Tassel Maker: Product Review by Denise Inkson Aka The Cheap Procrastinator

First and foremost, I would like to thank Clover and the United Kingdom Quilters United – https://ukqu.co.uk/- website for allowing me the honor of product testing the Clover Tassel Maker, small size. I am not normally a tassel person so anything with tassels would normally be a no go for me. However, just before Christmas…

Sun print 2020

SUNPRINTS 2020 BY ALISON GLASS Just look at what dropped in to my letterbox Bright, vibrant, delicious fabric. By Makeover UK the designer Alison Glass. Not a designer I was familiar with so took myself off to Makeover site to see how as a designer she was inspired. She is inspired by and I quote…

Product Review – Sunny Bee by Makower

I was very lucky to be asked to review a new range by Makower, called Sunny Bee. I am a total sucker for dots, bees, daisies and sunflowers.  This range features all of these elements, so frankly I’m in heaven. Sunny Bee by Makower, is a gorgeous range due to hit stores in February. It’s…

Clover Tassle Maker

The advantage of making your own tassles is that you will always have them to match the item you are making.  You can match colour, materials and size.  I’ve always made them before using cardboard so I was quick to jump at the chance to try out the Clover Tassle Maker. I was sent the…

Super Bloom .. by Edyta Sitar for Makower UK

I have always been a bit of a one for lovely fabric .. ok ok, so I admit I might have a couple of metres more than I am ever likely to use in my lifetime, but when Makower UK sent me the new Edyta Sitar range to review I decided I would take a…

Jungle Friends – fabric review

Like many quilters, I love fabric. I have enough to last me some years, so have made the decision to buy very little fabric this year. However, this resolution does not stop me from receiving fabric, and I was only to glad to be of service when the Bloggerati were asked if anyone wanted to…

The Perfect HST Ruler – No Trimming!

I made a thing! The most used method of making HSTs or Half-Square-Triangles is to use two squares cut 7/8″ larger than you want the finished square to be. The simplest way to achieve this is to round up to the next inch and then trim the result, rather than measure up to the 7/8″…

Sew Easy Cutting Mat

All of us rely on the best tools we can afford in order to achieve the best possible results in our patchwork and quilting. Cutting mats are no exception as they prevent our work surfaces getting damaged and ensure our cutting tools don’t get blunt. Recently I volunteered to review a cutting mat and was…

SewEasy A3 Cutting Mat Review

This A3 cutting mat was sent to me for reviewing. It has a pale grey background with imperial measures on one side and a black background with metric measurements on the other. It arrived beautifully packed in cardboard and sticky tape, so well packed that it took a few minutes to get into! However, it…

Spring is in the Air

Makower have launched yet another fantastic fabric range called Spring. Makower were good enough to send samples of this latest fabric range to UKQU, and the wonderful people at UKQU sent some to me to review. One of their latest ranges called Spring, consists of 20 fabrics plus a panel.  I received a sample of…

Adventures of an Inexperienced Quilter – HST Rulers

I had a grand idea – I decided I was going to make a HST (half square triangle) quilt. I knew I wanted to make it a blue and white quilt. I saw a stunning range of fabric (Shibori II by Moda). I knew this would be perfect for what I wanted. I immediately ordered…

Makower Sail Away

I’ve been sent a wonderful collection of fabrics from Makower called Sail Away. Consisting of 9 different designs in different colour ways. There is also a double edged scenic border and a panel 24×44 containing 6 different designs. On the reverse of the illustration is also 4 free patterns you can download. A picnic/lap quilt,…

Barnyarns Embroidery Thread Starter Set Box

The lovely people are Barnyarns sent UKQU this fabulous box of Madeira Embroidery threads for review.  I was lucky to be chosen to review these gorgeous threads.  Don’t they look sumptuous, I’ve tried to capture the sheen and glitz of these rayon and metallic threads. The box not only includes threads, it also contained a…

UKQU Book Club – the books so far

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 in the UK Quilters United Book Club.  With…

Book Review: Threads of Life by Clare Hunter (published by Sceptre)

“Would you be interested in doing a book review?” Sylvia said. “It will be fun” she said. Well ok – maybe she didn’t say that bit! I jumped at the chance. I have always been an avid reader of both fiction and non fiction (usually historical) so how difficult could it be? The book is “Threads of…

Gütermann Creativ Bulky Lock 80  

Product Review – Gütermann Creativ Bulky Lock 80 – Variegated purple (9944), 1000m (1094 yds) The package arrived, was it something else for the magazine? No, this one was for me to try out. I do a little dressmaking on the odd occasion so when UKQU asked for volunteers to try Gütermann Creativ Bulky Lock…

Gütermann Creativ Overlock Thread: Product Review by Denise Inkson Aka The Cheap Procrastinator

I would like to thank Gütermann and the UKQU website for asking me to test and review the Gütermann Creativ Overlock thread, Bulky – Lock 80 multicolour colour 9957. Information found here directly from their website; https://consumer.guetermann.com/en/product-finder/bulky-lock-80 . They are sold in plain or variegated multicoloured reels. Overlockers or sergers as known in the USA,…

Living Wild Quilt 

Have you ever heard of digitally printed fabrics?? The technology these days is moving forward in everything and the production of the fabrics is no exception. I had the opportunity to test a series of digitally printed fabrics called Living wild. It included a gorgeous panel with amazing paintings of animals bursting with colours. The…

Yummy Scrummy Fabrics

Ten days ago I received a real treat. It was a little package of fabric from the Makower “Indigo” range. This is a beautiful 100% cotton range of fabrics in prints encompassing koi carp imagery, chrysanthemum flowers, traditional Japanese scenes and even a hexagon print with some sashiko motifs. It has a lovely soft handle,…

Makower Cool Cats Product Review

Makower UK have come out with another lovely range called Cool Cats and within the samples to  the left you will find Jumping Cats, Scatter, Parade and a Wavy Stripe.  They are in lovely hues and there are some great designs of our feline friends.  I don’t like animals in general but I can appreciate…

‘Exploding Square Block’ featuring Rhapsody by Makower UK 

Yay, it’s fabric time! I’m hugely thankful to UKQU.co.uk for kindly giving me the opportunity to write this product review for the RHAPSODY fabric generously provided by MAKOWER UK. There are twenty-six amazing designs in this Klimt inspired Makower fabric and they truly epitomise the definition of Rhapsody by featuring two highly contrasted moods and…

Rubber Thimbles from Clover

New from Clover are these brightly coloured flexible thimbles. Made from rubber, they come with cooling vents for breathability and are designed for ultra-comfort whilst also providing an excellent grip. They can be used on the thumb and index fingers and are available in two sizes.  with two thimbles per pack, The pink is 16mm…

Merry Christmas from Makower

A beautiful set of fabrics from Makower has been sent for me to play with. What wonderful designs and a gentle soft hand to it. All the usual Christmas suspects are here, snowflakes, trees, reindeer etc, but in very different colour ways. Not the usual greens and reds, but a subtler collection including more unusual…

UKQU Book Club – October 2019

For October we are going to read “Behind the Scenes: Or, Thirty, a Slave, and Four Years in the White House”, which was written by Elizabeth Keckley. The book was originally written in 1868, yes, over 150 years ago! Keckley re-tells her life story from enslavement in Virginia and North Carolina to her time as…

Book review – Poetic Cloth by Hannah Lamb

The title is quite intriguing. I didn’t quite know what to expect. I am somebody who is inspired by fabrics, so I would love to know what this book is about When I received this lovely book for review, the first thing I noticed when I opened the package is the incredible soft velvety touch…

Book review –  Bojagi – Korean Textile Art

When a few books became available for review I jumped at the chance of reviewing this book. I am really inspired by textile techniques from the Far East (in particular Japan) as well as anything that recycles / upcycles /  reuses scrap fabric. After all, fabric is not cheap. As you can see by my…

Simple Shapes . . .

. . . . Stunning Quilts – the title of Stuart Hillards’s new book says it all. The five main chapters each take a simple shape (or combination of those shapes) to make twenty very different blocks and quilts. Whether you are a beginner or just looking for new ideas and inspiration you will find…

cut&alter :: Sew Easy Rulers – a review

I was lucky enough to be chosen to review a product recently and I duly received a package containing two rulers, Sew Easy 60 Degree Triangle and Sew Easy Half Diamond. Like most quilters I have more than one ruler but I have very few speciality rulers so was keen to see what I thought…

New eyes on a second thread.

I was thrilled to be asked to review UK Quilters united by a second thread, I read a sample of the first book on amazon and I was inspired, this just escalated the anticipation to read this book. When the book arrived I was shocked as to how vibrant the colours were on the Bargello…

Gütermann Creativ Bonus Pack – Product Review

I was recently asked to review a pack of Gütermann threads that came with an assortment of Prym hand sewing needles and a set of Schmetz universal machine sewing needles. There were ten reels of 100 meters 100% polyester threads, a brand I regularly use for general sewing, in a range of popular colours. Due…

UKQU Book Club – August 2019

For August we are going to read How to make an American quilt by Whitney Otto.    The book was originally published back in 1991, but there are plenty of second-hand copies available on Amazon (some are sent from the United States, but they still cost under £10 including postage). Your local library may also have…

Review – Gütermann Hand Quilting Threads

When asked to review the Gutermann creativ Hand Quilting thread I needed to layer up a mini project as I hadn’t anything ready to quilt. I’ve not done a whole cloth quilt so why not? A small cushion front, wholecloth and inspired by traditional Welsh quilting designs. Rather than the usual plain fabric, I choose…

UK Quilters United by a second thread – our second book

The second book by and about UK Quilters United is very soon available to purchase on Amazon globally. The Kindle version went live on 27 June 2019 and the paperback should be available shortly too. The book is the result of the hard work carried out by 25 amazing volunteer writers during the last couple…

Templates from Sew Easy

For a long time, I’ve wanted to do a triangle quilt so when the request went out to review some templates I was quick to volunteer.  I didn’t know what I was going to get but I was hopeful that there would be some triangles. The post arrived and I opened the envelope.  Inside were…

Deck The Halls

with boughs of Holly. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. And Yes, Deck the Halls is this stunning Christmas fabric range from Makower for Christmas 2019, and is available in retailers in the UK now. If you like traditional fabrics, then this is the range for you.  And if you like a bit of sparkle then this is it, every…

UKQU Book Club – July 2019

The book for July is Fool’s Puzzle by Earlene Fowler. After her college sweetheart and later husband suddenly dies, Benni Harper is making a fresh start by moving to San Celina in California. Having previously lived on a ranch, she’s now the curator at the local folk-art museum. This is a mystery book, and as is usually the…

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…

Lily Pad By Debbie Shore for The Craft Cotton Co

I think the Craft Cotton Co are quickly becoming one of my favourite fabric companies.  The quality of the fabric is superb and the latest batch of design are fantastic.  I have been given the privilege of reviewing the range called Lily Pad by Debbie Shore.  Even the name of it evokes happy pictures in…

I’d know that silhouette anywhere…!

I love fabric – I am a fabriholic, and the chance to review fabric is right up my street. I think that someone must have been thinking of me particularly when I was sent this fabric to review. I was sent some lovely fabric, Disney Stax by Eugene Textiles available from The Cotton Craft Co.…

UKQU Book Club – June 2019

During June we are going to read The dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Lemmon. This is a book about sewing (rather than quilting) and about creating a brighter future even when it seems impossible. This is a true story about Kamila from Kabul. When the Taliban take over control in 1996, she has just…

cut&alter :: Quilts UK 2019 :: A Review

Quilts UK has just finished and what a show it was. It is held over four days at the Three Counties Showground set at the foothills of the stunning Malvern Hills. People come from all over the country and quite often use it as a reason to meet up with friends from near and far…

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Makower have come up with this delightful new range called ‘Walk in the Park’. The colours are beautiful soft tones of turquoise/grey/orange/yellow. I particularly like the park scenes… The dogs are fun too… And paws and bones…     Not forgetting some cute hearts…     So, what to make up? I wanted to include…

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Makower have a new design out called ‘Stitch in Time’. This is a wonderful set of subtle colours of pink/ turquoise/ grey. If you are of a certain age, these retro designs may bring back some memories of the 50s. These are a taste of this nostalgic time… Remember these irons?… And wooden cotton reels……

London Town Continued

You might remember I said in my previous blog that I had more plans for the London Town Fat Quarters from the Cotton Craft Co.  As promised, I’ve come back to share my next make using the fabric. Continuing with the them of travel, I’ve created a passport wallet with lots of useful pockets.  On the…

UKQU Book Club – May 2019

During May we are going to read The Basement Quilt by Ann Hazlewood. In this book, we are getting to know Anne Brown as well as her family and friends. The story evolves around Anne, a charismatic and bubbly florist, whose daily ups and downs will be very familiar to many. Anne decides to learn…

MAKOWER SCANDI

Once again I had the privilege of reviewing some Makower fabrics. This is their new Scandi range and it has some very pretty designs in classic red and modern grey. There are also some lovely patterns, cute stockings and advents on the Makower website. I received some 10″ square samples to play with so decided…

Christmas in April Makower Style!

I was lucky enough to be sent the Makower UK Festive Range of fabric squares to review recently, can you imagine, Christmas fabric in April, what fun!!! Makower UK Festive Range The bundle of 14 squares arrived and they were so pretty with shiny gold in the print on some of them and I loved…

London Town

It’s always lovely to get fabric sent in the post to test and being a London girl, I suppose it was appropriate that the fabric I received were these London Town Fat Quarters from the Craft Cotton Co. These kind of designs aren’t really my cup of tea but, originating from London,  the motifs on…

Chucky Chickie

I was sent some lovely fabric to try by The Craft Cotton Co. It really is a pleasure to work with. Good quality, nice thickness of threads. Very nice to handle. I was sent the Chickie fat quarters. 5 complementary fabrics, A humorous range of quirky chickens in wellies. I love them and they remind…

Eastern Botanical Collection by Sarah Payne for the Craft Cotton Company

I’m very excited at being asked to review the beautiful ‘Eastern Botanicals’ fabric collection, designed by Sarah Payne for the Craft Cotton Company on behalf of UKQU.co.uk. This printed 100% cotton fabric features cranes, bunches of flowers, blossoms, seed heads and flower blenders and was inspired by Sarah Payne’s visit to India & Nepal. Influenced…

cut&alter :: Fabric Review – Rainbow Etchings by Stuart Hillard

I spied the new fabric collection by Stuart Hillard on the Craft Cotton Co stand at CHSI Stitches in February – oh it certainly caught my eye and so when it became available for review my hand shot up! Rainbow Etchings is now available and let me tell you, if you are a rainbow lover,…

Beautiful fat quarters.

I was thrilled when these fat quarters arrived, I have purchased fabric from this company in the past. The colours were vivid and printed in the correct areas of the patterns. The fat quarters all matched well and would have complimented each other in a quilt. The fabric was not see through and of good…

Here’s Miffy by The Craft Cotton Company

I was lucky to be sent two fat quarter packs by UKQU to review.  So a big thanks to The Craft Cotton Company for supplying UKQU with them. Miffy Bedtime   Miffy Spring   Who doesn’t love Miffy, and how appropriate that they have this fabric coming out just before Easter.  Who doesn’t love a…

Review of Makower UK Pinstripe

I was lucky enough to receive a bundle of Makower stripped fabrics to review, yippee! There were twelve 9.75 – 10 inch squares with a thin stripe design, the colours were vibrant and the fabric soft. The edges were pinked which I am not usually a fan of, as I tend to look as if…

Makower Sea  Breeze 

I have been sent some wonderful Makower Sea Breeze fabric to review. It really is a lovely fabric with which to work. I was sent 14 10inch squares. Before receiving them I had planned to re-cover a deck chair, possibly in stripes of fabric. On receiving them I realised they were Far to interesting and…

UKQU Book Club – April 2019

For the first month of the re-launched UKQU Book Club, I have selected The Flower Hunter’s Cottage by Dee-ann Black. It is a rather fast read with only 30,000 words and easy language. Notwithstanding this, it’s a book which hooks you in and the characters are sweet and easy to associate with. If you are…

UKQU Book Club – restarting again!

It is almost a year since I kicked off the UKQO Book Club with Tracy Chevalier’s The Runaway and arranged for us to work with British Patchwork and Quilting to announce the books. Arlene was kind enough to execute my late-night mad idea, but recently she’s had to focus on other things. The books selected…

Milward Embroidery hoops: Product Review by Denise Inkson Aka The Cheap Procrastinator

First, I would like to thank Milward and the UKQU for giving me the privilege of testing these lovely colourful embroidery hoops. Here is what the press release from Milward says about them; “This lovely set of new hoops from Milward is hard to resist! Designed for use with all fabric types from organza to…

Clover seam marker set

These curious multi coloured disc arrived and puzzled me. I read the instructions before I had a play. I then began to research them online, they are not a common item, I have visited a couple of quilting shops since these discs arrived but neither shop stocked them. I looked at online retailers but there…

Clover sewing gauge

This curious little item arrived, I have a plastic one which measures in imperial measurements. This aluminium  sewing gauge measures in centimetres and millimetres. The instructions state this gauge will allow you to mark seam allowances quickly and accurately, it’s suitable for most seam lines as you can set the gauge to your requirements anywhere…

 Gütermann Bonus Packs

The lovely people at Gütermann kindly sent me two of their ‘Bonus Pack’ of threads to review.  Thank You Gütermann.  Their website is here, and their Facebook page is here. Bonus boxes of Gütermann threads   These are sew pretty.  These really cheered me up the day they arrived as it was grey and miserable outside.  And…

Product Review – Clover Sliding Gauge

The team at UKQU HQ have a great sense of humour. They always seem to send me the obscure notions for me to try out. This one was a proper headscratcher. However, after a quick google search, I found this you tube link for inspiration. The particular gauge I was sent measured in millimetres rather…

UK Quilters united by a common thread – the book by and about us!

Did you know that there is a book about UK Quilters United? Yes, it is true. There is a book about us! Three years ago Julie Passey, one of our Facebook members, together with over 100 writers created a book by and about UK Quilters United. A limited print run of only 100 copies were…

Tales from Val’s Blog Cabin – BOM Block 4 Review

Bradford and Watling BOM Port and Starboard Block 4 Although this package arrived in early December, Christmas and New Year delayed my review on this block but I’ve finally been able to complete it. Once again, when I opened the package, the pieces for Block 4 were neatly presented and labelled in packets.  I took…

STACK & SLASH QUILT TOP – Woodland Fabric by Makower UK

Who doesn’t get excited at receiving some fabric to work with so I’m hugely thankful to UKQU.co.uk for kindly giving me the opportunity to write this product review for the Woodland Fabric pack generously provided by MAKOWER UK. Twenty beautiful designs in this magical WOODLAND themed fabric – all that’s missing is the unicorn! Hedgehogs,…

Craft-Tex Placemats By Bosal

For a few years now, I’ve been running an online craft club which means I’m always on the lookout for suitable projects.  Quilting related projects are always popular and for a long time, I’ve wanted to demonstrate a quilt as you go project.  Shopping in Hobbycraft one day, I came across Craft-Tex Placemats from Bosal. …

Ellie by Makower – My Fabric Review

I’m always delighted when the Elves at UKQU HQ ask if I wouldn’t mind taking a look at a new fabric range and writing up a little review. And when I received a bundle of 10′ squares from Lynne Goldsworthy’s new range I was thrilled. Available in two colour ways the Ellie range is perfect…

MAKOWER DRAGONHEART

Mmm..Makower have come up trumps again with this super fun range of fabric called Dragonheart. Makower Dragonheart In 100% cotton the quality is great and is really lovely to work with. This enchanting design with castles and knights in shining armour, yielding swords and shields, it is sure to please both boys and girls with…

Tales from Val’s Blog Cabin – BOM Block 3 Review

Bradford and Watling’s BOM Flock of HSTs Block 3 With lots of recent family commitments, I wasn’t able to get round to making this block until a couple of weeks after I received it but as before, I was eager to complete it to add to the two previous blocks. As with earlier blocks, the…

Taylor Seville – Magic Pins

I saw these pins advertised in a magazine and thought they looked interesting, I was lucky enough to be sent a pack to try. They come in a neat little storage box and have an unusual end which the manufacturer calls ‘Comfort Grip’. I had expected the ends to be soft but they are made…

Love Dinosaurs? You’ll love Makower UK Rex

I’m always excited about receiving fabulous material to work with but was very surprised at my reluctance to actually cut it up into smaller pieces! I used so many avoidance tactics to start using it and began feeling guilty at not writing this product review sooner. It was fast becoming ‘my precious’ and I wanted…

Ribbons for Christmas!

I must start this review with an apology to Groves for taking so long to write a review – I wanted to showcase the ribbons in just the right way, and the project I chose needed some time and thought. I was delighted to be sent some ribbons – and when the box arrived I…

Natural History Museum

   When https://ukqu.co.uk asked for a couple of us to review some Natural History design fabrics from The Craft Cotton Company , I didn’t hesitate to respond. Our granddaughter, like most children, is just mad about dinosaurs, she also has her 4th birthday coming up, so an ideal opportunity to make something special. But what?…

Explore the Plains

Explore the Plains Most dinosaurs were herbivores, living on a vegetarian diet of ferns, conifers and other plants This is a gorgeous fat quarter pack of dinosaur fabrics which have been designed by the Cotton Craft Company alongside the Natural History Museum.  They are stamped with facts and great images and I particularly love the…

Gutermann Thread set review and a make!

After my previous review of Guterman threads (see here), I was very happy to review this new pack, as I knew how much I like their threads. As with the last thread set, I reviewed there were 10 threads in the pack, but this time it had a rather intriguing metal template! When it arrived,…

cut&alter : Book Review : Making & Marketing a Successful Art & Craft Business

I was delighted to receive a copy of Fiona Pullens’s revised edition of Making & Marketing a Successful Art & Craft Business to review. This is an updated version of Fiona’s first book Craft a Creative Business, that was published by Search Press in 2015, and brings it up to date on such issues as:…

June Tailor Shape Cut™ Slotted Ruler 12″ x 12″

Something new to try! Generously provided by EQS and thanks to UKQU.co.uk  for kindly giving me the opportunity to write this product review for the June Tailor Shape Cut Slotted Ruler 12″ x 12″ The actual Slotted Ruler measures 16 ½ inch square and is made of good quality flexible plastic/acrylic. At each end of…

Scandi 2018 Christmas fabrics

Being part of the Bloggerati* I was offered some Scandinavian inspired Christmas fabrics to try out. Below are a few of the designs available in the latest Scandi 2018 range, by Makower. The designs are available in red and grey, and there are also a few solid-ish ‘linen texture’ prints to match. I was sent a…

Clover Embroidery Stitching Tool: Product Review by Denise Inkson Aka The Cheap Procrastinator

First, I would like to thank Clover and the UKQU for giving me the privilege of testing the Clover Embroidery Stitching Tool product. I must also apologise for the delay in writing this review. There are several reasons for this. Recovering from an operation took it out of me more than I realised. Secondly, had…

Review – Makower Christmas Panel

I have, over the past few years found the quickest way to put together the top of an advent calendar due to having to create them in August/September ready for display in the shop for Christmas. It’s not really a job I enjoy so finding the quickest way was a must and doing it differently…

Review – June Tailor Twist ‘n Stitch ruler

Who doesn’t love a new toy? Especially a sewing one! I was thrilled to be asked to test and review the June Tailor Inc Twist ’n Stitch Pinwheel Ruler. I’ll admit when looking at the pictures I didn’t recognise the pattern as a pinwheel as I usually found pinwheels to use half square triangles so…

Vlieseline Seam Tape Flexible T15

The box and its contents sent to me to try! Something new to try and I must admit when I first set eyes on the box of Vlieseline tape I knew I had no dressmaking plans at present to give this a go! Light bulb moment!! Well, who’s to say it’s for dressmaking only? Let’s…

Tales from Val’s Blog Cabin – BOM Block 2 review

Bradford and Watling’s BOM Flying Dutchman Block 2 When the second block popped through my letterbox, I was excited and keen to get started. As previously, each set of pieces was in a separate, labelled clear sleeve so I was able to identify the pieces easily. It’s so lovely to be provided with the cut…

Review September 2018 – June Tailor Bobbin Rack

I have been asked to review this Bobbin Rack, so I have tried to be methodical about it – I hope it makes sense! Price: I have found this item on the internet between £8 and £20. My thoughts when I unpacked it:  That’s very small!  I had understood that I was going to receive…

REVIEW – Makower Little Sweethearts Layer Cake

I’d just finished a mini ‘Peppa Pig’ quilt that I’d embroidered the animals on for my youngest grandson, and was wondering what to make next, my daughter in law had got me a new Sissix die cheaply from a shop that was closing down, was there something that I could made with that I wondered?…

Beachcomber Fabric Review – Makower UK

I was fortunate enough to be sent ten 10″ squares of fabric from the Makower UK Beachcomber range and some white on white background fabric. After browsing online I decided to try my first disappearing nine patch quilt top, the pattern created sashing and cornerstones between the blocks of focus fabric. I was a little…

A Grand Day Out

The Annual FART [for those who are already wondering .. Fabric Aquisition Road Trip] happens every September for the Sewing Group I am part of.   This year Our Quilty Pleasures decided to check out the delights of Scarborough in East Yorkshire.  Nothing to do with the Scarborough Sewing Centre being the main attraction of course…

Clover Embroidery Stitching Tool

Having seen lots of wonderful projects on Pinterest made using the Clover Embroidery Stitching Tool, I was eager to volunteer for the task of reviewing it. There was a press release about it earlier in the year, you can see it here.  It is available from most craft shops, prices from around £10.  You will…

Goddess Sheet & Misty Fuse

I was really excited to try these things out as I have lots of applique quilts planned. I read the instructions that came with the Goddess Sheet and gave it a first go, well I can tell you that using freezer paper to trace the design on and fuse does NOT work with Misty Fuse…

Gutermann Thread set review

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to sewing, or quilt I just grab the first thread I can lay my hands on. C’mon I know some of you do the same, right? I know there are some purists that will only quilt with 100% cotton thread, fabric and batting. In an ideal…

Silesian Templates for Quilting.    Hexagon

This is the third Silesian template review in the series. Please read the first review….. if you have not already done so, this explains how to use the rulers. You’ll find the review here – https://ukqu.co.uk/silesian-templates-ruler-work/ you can also find out more information on the website www.silesianquilt.com This time I’m exploring the hexagon templates, once…

Silesian Templates  For Quilting – Hearts

I have reviewed Silesian Templates previously and if you haven’t read that review I’d recommend reading it before starting this one. In the previous review I explained how to use the rulers and the FMQ Grip. You’ll find the previous review here – https://ukqu.co.uk/silesian-templates-ruler-work/ Margaret from silesianquilt.com sent me a 4 ½” heart template which fits…

Makower DREAM fabric review

This fabulous fabric collection by Makower UK is called Dream – the colour palette is a mix of greys, pinks and creams. So soft to touch – and yes, I fell in with every other fabric lover and spent ages just gently stroking each piece just to help the creative soul in me fire into…

Pattern Review – Footloose Quilt by Jenny Haynes of PapperSaxSten

I was recently given the opportunity to review the Footloose Quilt pattern, by Jenny Haynes of PapperSaxSten. Curves are always something of a challenge, so I was really keen to give this new design a try. The pattern features the Footloose Blueberry Park kit in ‘Melon’, but I was working with a different colourway.   Jenny…

Tales from Val’s Blog Cabin – BOM Block 1 Review

Bradford and Watling’s BOM Alison Glass Double Cross Block 1 I’ve started – and I’ll definitely continue! The first thing having signed up to this BOM was I was asked which colourway I’d like to review. Initially there was a choice from two but I believe this is being extended. I chose the ‘Alison Glass…

Gütermann Ring a Roses Fabric and Thread Collection

I can begin to tell you how thrilled I was to be asked to review some fabric for Gütermann and even more delighted when the box came through the door.  The video will give you my thoughts in more details and I’ll show you what I made with two of the fabrics included.  In brief,…

Good Life………..Makower UK

A jolly little package of fabric appeared in my letter box……..SUNFLOWERS!!!!  Oh so happy was I….. I have a bit of a thing about Sunflowers they’re my ‘Happy’ symbol.  I’d been asked to review the new range ‘Good Life’ from Makower UK, I’d been warned there might be sunflowers involved but there’s all manner of…

N.S.F.W. – No Sewing For Weeks (Tales of a Part time Quilter). Return to Oz

Hello Everyone. Time flies. It has been 2 whole months since I last blogged. Wow! Does not feel like it has been that long. What have I been up to I hear you cry! Well, between lots of visiting family and friends, and the perpetual commitment of full time work, I found very little time…

MAKOWER KIMONO

I am particularly drawn to beautiful bright colours and was delighted to be asked to review these lovely fabrics from Makower. This is Makower’s new range Kimono and it is full of vibrant colours in 100% cotton. Cranes… fans… hexis …kanji…flowers are all part of these gorgeous designs. The quality is up to Makower’s standard…

Review – “Good Life” – a Makower fabric range

The Makower website describes these colourful prints as celebrating the good life … home grown vegetables, chickens, fruit trees and sunflowers … a perfect range for making garden or kitchen accessories, and bags for your market shopping. As they do with many of their fabric ranges, Makower have provided a free pattern download designed for…

PRODUCT REVIEW:                  JANOME ATELIER 9 

I was delighted when Stephen at Aberdeen Sewing Machines (https://www.aberdeensewing.com) produced the Janome Atelier 9 for me to review, I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of Janome sewing machines, but Stephen was determined that I would change my opinion with this one. We shall see! Janome Atelier 9 The machine came in…

Makower Counting Sheep Review

by Obsessive Compulsive Crafting Disorder OOO look what I got to review! This is the new Counting Sheep collection from Makower UK. Gorgeous soft 100% quilting cotton. It has bunnies with balloons and flowers, sheep, baby chicks, rainbows and clouds, letters and some super cute blenders! Grey and white are predominant, with some red gingham being…

Perfect Hem T40

I was sent two packs of Perfect Hem T40 by Vlieseline to review. This product is designed for taking up hems, not something I do very often, hence the pile of unused trousers in my wardrobe, hopefully this will encourage me to fix the many pairs of far too long trousers which hang in my…

Tuscall Plastic Snap Poppers

Although I haven’t been asked to review this set of Snap Poppers, I am so impressed with them that I thought I would pass on my thoughts. I treated myself to this set from Amazon in April.  The pack was competitively priced and came with 360 T5 Snaps in 24 different colours.  The Tool kit…

Makover UK Counting Sheep Collection: Product Review by Denise Inkson Aka The Cheap Procrastinator

First, let me thank the wonderful people at Makover UK’s – www.makoweruk.com – for providing me the collection entitled Counting Sheep which is 100% cotton – http://www.makoweruk.com/section/makower-uk-collection/counting-sheep/ – to review on behalf of the United Kingdom Quilters Website. Worth noting, I have no personal gain other than the sample pack of fabrics provided to me…

Make a different gift – a customised footmuff for the pushchair

If you have been around young children, as a parent, grandparent or friend, you have probably seen the sack-like things the toddlers sit in when it’s a bit cold or to protect them from the sun? These footmuffs / cosytoes / bunting bags, or whatever you like to call them, are super-handy as they are…

June Tailor. Floor decor rug kit.

When I first received this kit, I was bemused. It quizzed me for a few days that I would be making a rug with cotton fabric. After reading the instructions several times and chatting to a quilter friend I decided to investigate cotton duck. Once I had sourced the fabrics the instructions were easy and…

Janet Clare Sewing Kit

Recently I was sent a pattern kit by Janet Clare to play with that has the instructions for a pin cushion, needle case, scissor holder and a project case.  This can be ordered from her website Janetclare.co.uk at a cost of £7.99. When I first opened it I saw that it mentions charm squares to make…

Gutermann 100% Cotton 

I have been given a sample of Gutermann 100% cotton thread on a cone to test on my HandiQuilter Longarm machine. I have used Guterman threads for as long as I can remember on my domestic machine but not used it on my longarm until now.  I will be upfront and honest here and say…

Pattern and product review – sunflower block

Having followed Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten since she started out in earnest in the United Kingdom, I was more than excited to be given a set of her acrylic templates and some luscious Oakshott fabrics. I was less excited when I realised which pattern she wanted me to use…. Curves always fill me…

Sashiko Starter Kit – Sew Easy: Product Review by Denise Inkson Aka The Cheap Procrastinator

First, let me thank the wonderful people at Sew Easy for being so kind as to provide this product for me to test, on behalf of the United Kingdom Quilters Website. I must confess I was excited to review this product, I have never tried Sashiko and therefore, this kit appealed to me. The presentation…

Sewline Snippet – Scissors 5.5″

I had seen these scissors advertised in magazines and then was asked to review them. I have a collection of scissors, small ones, big ones, batting scissors, applique scissors and more, I’m sure that I am not the only quilter who has a collection of scissors! These Sewline scissors are advertised as for use by…

      MAKOWER         SOMETHING BLUE                 by Edyta Sitar

As the royal wedding becomes a distant memory, we are reminded of that beautiful day with these new stunning designs by Edyta Sitar. If you are a lover of blues and creams, then this is certainly going to be a favourite. Makower have come up trumps again with these beautiful 100% cotton designs in top…

The Amazing Juki HZL-DX5

Took delivery of a Juki HZL-DL5 today for a customer that wants to try it out, of course I had to see if it works correctly before she comes to play with it herself! Seriously though, if we get a new machine in, we always sew test it first just in case plus it gives…

Quilt Spring Show:  Is a day enough?

The Congleton Bear Town Patchwork & Quilters organised their usual jaunt to the 4 day Malvern Quilts Spring Show, hosted by The Grosvenor Show, on Sunday 20th June 2018. I was on the coach clutching my ticket at 8.10 am on a warm sunny morning alongside 50+ other excited women! We arrived at 10 am…

cut&alter :: Quilts UK :: A Review

The largest of the spring quilt shows was held last weekend at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.  Quilts UK, organised by Grosvenor Shows, runs for 4 days and encompasses competition quilts, exhibition displays and the all important traders.  This year it took place in glorious sunny weather with the wonderful view of the hills…

Mistyfuse Review

First of all, I am going to start off by issuing an apology to the makers and distributors of Mistyfuse, who very kindly sent me some to review. I have taken a shockingly long time to complete my review, so I am sorry for that. So, let’s get started. Having volunteered to review a sample…

June Tailor inc. Hearts template (and a little up-cycle project.)

June Tailor Mix ‘n Match Hearts These are made of a flexible plastic and come in a variety of shapes. I was lucky enough to receive the hearts (love hearts!) to review but they also come in stars, circles and leaves amongst others. There are six shapes in each set reducing in size from roughly…

Makower UK Fabric Review

I was sent some super cute mermaid fabric Merryn, designed by Diane Rooney for Makower UK to review. I got a layer cake square (i.e. 10″) of each of the nine fabrics in the range and some white blenders from the Makower UK Essentials Range to play with. There’s a large print, a smaller print,…

Product Review: Colonial Dual Rotary Blade Sharpener – Supplied by EQS

Isn’t it funny how things sometimes cross your path at exactly the right moment? I was just thinking that I need to replace the blade on my 45mm Olfa rotary cutter, when this little gem came into my possession. It’s important to note that the Colonial Dual Rotary Blade Sharpener cannot work miracles on blades…

June Tailor Press-Mate

June Tailor Press-Mate I recently bought the June Tailor Press-Mate, I thought it looked good for squaring up blocks when pressing. I bought it on Amazon and I didn’t read the reviews first! I always read the reviews but for some reason I read them after placing my order. Well the reviews weren’t good, had…

Janome HD2200, The Good, The Bad (nothing) and The Ugly (certainly isn’t)

Had a play on the Janome HD2200, something I don’t really do, usually only get to sample machines off before selling them, or too busy fixing machines to have a proper go, but this one intrigued me, frightens the life out of me too because of it’s sheer power of how much it can sew…

ThimblePad

ThimblePad I was so excited to be asked to review the Thimble Pad. I get a really sore finger when sewing binding on or doing EPP. Which in turn limits the amount of hand sewing I can do. I’ve tried plastic thimbles and even a Sterling silver thimble but I just find them too uncomfortable.…

SEW EASY FOLDABLE CUTTING MAT

Thanks to  https://ukqu.co.uk/ and and EQS for the opportunity to review this Sew Easy product called Foldable Cutting Mat. It measures just 12” x 18” when folded, which will make transporting to classes etc much easier. Opened out it measures 24” x 18”, but advises not to cut across the fold! I dutifully renewed the…

Artisan Apron – Janet Clare: Product Review by Denise Inkson Aka The Cheap Procrastinator

First, let me thank the wonderful people at EQS: https://www.eqsuk.com/ for being so kind as to provide these products for us to test, on behalf of the United Kingdom Quilters Website. The product I am reviewing is the Artisan Apron by Janet Clare, it retails from her Esty page at £11.99. https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/184039707/artisan-apron-pattern-make-and-embellish The presentation of…

Colonial Mat Smoother – distributed by EQS

Such excitement – a little parcel dropped through the letter box a few days ago. I couldn’t recall ordering anything so, like a child on Christmas Day, the envelope was soon removed. Out fell the Colonial Mat Smoother. This had been sent to UKQU from EQS, and thence to me, with a request to review…

cut&alter :: British Quilt and Stitch Village 2018 :: A Review

Last Sunday I visited the British Quilt and Stitch Village at Uttoxeter Racecouse. It is a small, friendly show run by TPL Exhibtiions and showcases quilts and embroidery. On a nice sunny, spring day the racecourse is a wonderful venue – sadly that was not the case on the day I visited this year! Chrylser…

EQS 100% Polyester Wadding

This ‘Sew Simple Super-Soft Polyester’ comes pre-packed in quite useful sizes including Queen, Twin and also in Three Metre lengths. My package, described as ‘Baby Size’, is 114 x 152 cms or 45 x 60 inches. I measured it, just to check, and sure enough the sizing is generous.   Intelligentmother.com advises that a crib…

June Tailor Cut and Press II distributed to UK stores by EQS

Thinking of buying an all in one cutting and pressing board/mat and not sure what to buy? Like me, you probably have 2 separate boards already. I have a several cutting boards of different sizes, from different manufacturers and recently bought a rotating board so plenty to compare against. As for ‘pressing’ – I have…