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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…

Gravity and Chocolatier BOMs from purple stitches

Chocolatier BOM Gravity BOM I blame UKQU for me joining these two BOM – somebody posted a picture of the Chocolatier quilt on one of the UKQU facebook pages, and it called to me instantly. Then I saw the Gravity BOM – and I had to have that one as well. I am becoming a…

Fabric Review – Makower UK

The lovely people at UKQU HQ very kindly asked if I’d like to review some fabric and I jumped in the air! I’m more than happy to admit to being a fabric addict. The fabrics were from Makower UK and I joyfully received 4 pieces from the Essentials range and a few layer cake squares…

Product Review – Moda Cake Mix (Step by Step Guide)

After my recent Blog post, where I used a Moda Cake mix to make a quilt for my brother and his wife, I was asked by one of my readers to write a product review on them. Its taken me a few weeks (snow stopped play a few times, the joys of living in rural…

Review of the Bobbin Saver

Having come home from work, I opened an unexpected package.  I put my hand in and felt a rubber ring and I was trying to work out who would send me such a thing and what it was for.  It wasn’t until I pulled it right out and saw the label that I realised it…

Sew Simple: 45 mm Rotary Cutter with Comfort Grip

  What a great tool to review!  This 45 mm Rotary Cutter with Comfort Grip (SSN45CUT) is a Sew Simple product which is distributed by EQS.  The rotary cutter is an essential item for any quilter and this one is said to be suitable for right or left handed users without the need to turn the blade / fittings.…

Product Review – Add-A-Quarter-Plus

Hi all I was recently asked to review a notion kindly donated by EQS. This “Add-A-Quarter-Plus” ruler by CM Designs. Its packaging claims to “Simplify Foundation Piecing”. Well if you are anything like me, the thought of Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) scares the living “what-zit” out of me. Previous attempts at FPP have been awful and…

Turntable Review

Recently I’ve started making cushion covers using designs made up of half square triangles. My intention is to make three different arrangements, all 24 inches square. Each finished HST is 3 x 3 inches, so 64 for one cushion cover, 192 in total. I’m using the ‘magic eight’ method which is fabulous but it does…

Sunshine Frolics – BOM from Villavin

Some of you will be familiar with the Block of the Month (or BOM), and others will not be. For quite a few years I didn’t give them any thought at all, but about 10 years ago I saw a quilt that I liked and wanted to make. Since then I have subscribed to 12…

Heat Press Batting Together

I like using every little last bit of things I have; I find it difficult to throw away the tiniest of scraps, ends of threads, snippets of bondaweb batting and the offcuts of wadding – to mention just a few of my hoarding obsessions. As regards the wadding, I have plans of sewing pieces together…

Book Review – Quilt with Tula & Angela

I have greatly admired these two stars of modern quilting for quite a while now, and their first collaboration in book form has certainly been worth the wait! Not only are Tula Pink and Angela Walters so passionate about their work, but also about the quilting community as a whole. The first chapter ‘Guardians of…

“Show Time” – Glasgow Scottish Quilting Show at the SEC

January and February are both mad months in the QuiltSandwich Show Calendar. Started with a magnificent new show at Newark.  This was then followed by Edinburgh and Harrogate Quilt Shows.  The next to come are Duxford and finally before the Easter Break comes The Scottish Quilting Show. At QuiltSandwich, as we also run Patchwork and…

Craft4Crafters at Westpoint Arena, Exeter

This show should really come with a warning, but as it doesn’t – I will assign it one: Beware – Attending this show may seriously damage your wealth! Being a blogger for UKQU comes with its benefits – we don’t get to participate in competitions, but we do get to review items, and I was…

Book Review –  “Cathedral Windows – New Views” by Vendulka Battais

I love Cathedral Windows. There is something about them and how you can use modern and traditional fabrics to create totally different looks. Having previously tried the Missouri Star Quilt Company version, I was very keen to review this book and compare my results.  To start with this book offered clear instructions on how to…

Have you ever tried the ‘Under Thimble’?

One of the thrills of being asked to review a product is that you’re never quite sure what will be coming in the post. The last thought that went through my mind was that I hoped it wasn’t a thimble! Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against thimbles. I have need of them…

Doughty’s Fabric Roadshows

On a rather dull and wet Saturday in February, I set of with a car full of ladies to Fremingtom, North Devon. Why you might ask, Well Crosspatch Quilters were hosting a Doughty’s Fabric Roadshow. Crosspatch Quilters have been meeting in North Devon for over 30 years and have around 36 active members at present.…

Book Review: Stuart Hillard’s “100 Quilts”

“Collecting fabric and keeping our scraps is a wonderful thing, but at some point it’s important to allow those fabrics to fulfill their destiny and be part of something magical”.  Those words of Stuart’s in his introduction really rang true with me. This new book is absolutely packed with ideas and inspiration for stash-busting and…

Silesian Templates for Ruler Work

Silesian Quilt is a company based in Poland and is owned by Margaret Lehman, she offered to send me some of her ruler templates to review for the website. I had no idea what she was going to send me, but waited patiently for their arrival. When the box of https://ukqu.co.uk/shop/uncategorized/free-motion-quilting-grip-5 arrived I couldn’t help but smile,…

Review of Thread Magic  – “The Ultimate Thread Conditioner”

Thread Magic is a thread conditioner, it makes the thread smoother so that it is less likely to snag, tangle, twist, or cause other friction problems. It is similar to using beeswax although, I find this conditioner much better because it helps me to sew for longer without experiencing the discomfort I often feel in…

Freezer Paper … Does it help?

I’d heard of freezer paper (FP) but didn’t quite know how to use it so I was a little perplexed as where to start. The box gave me some examples of how I could use it for appliqué and a web search brought up a plethora of tutorials on the internet, including a few for…

How to quilt and patchwork

Mollie Makes is a monthly Magazine, not one I have ever read, so when their new book ‘How to Quilt & Patchwork’ arrived for me to review I didn’t know what to expect. The book is divided into several sections, there are 15 projects, these include cushions, picnic blankets, a tea cosy, a bean bag,…

cut&alter : Book Review : The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making

THE GENTLE ART OF QUILT-MAKING 15 Projects Inspired by Everyday Beauty by Jane Brockett “is for anyone who has ever wanted to make stunning, vibrant, imaginative quilts with the minimum of fuss.” Not knowing what product I was going to receive to review, I was delighted that it was a book. I am definitely old…

Product Review – Sewline Aqua Eraser

When I was asked to review a product, if I am being honest my first impression was yay! Free Stuff!!! When a small padded envelope dropped on my door mat (complete with Lola Teeth marks!) I was intrigued to see what I had been sent. I was sent a Sewline Aqua Eraser. Its packaging claims…

Magic clips Review

I think by now most of you have seen the novelty of clips to hold your fabric together instead of the pins. I have tried the ordinary clips and I guess it’s just a matter of a habit or preference. But then I was introduced to MAGIC CLIPS – and let’s be honest who doesn’t like…

Sewline Fabric Glue Pen

  I received a Sewline Fabric Glue pen to review. The pen arrived in a clear plastic package which also included a handy glue refill. The pen is a nice size and easy to use. The glue stick its self is a blue colour and the glue was visible once on the fabric. When the…

Grosvenor Show, Newark , January 2018

Today I took Sarah, a non-quilter (yes I confess she was) along to the new Grosvenor Show in Newark to see what this brand new Exhibition had to offer. We had thought about whether it was worth a day out of the office [as a quilter I didn’t need a second asking of course] but…

Product Review for Best Press

First impression, a well presented plastic bottle with screwtop & seperate spray unit containing approx half a litre. On opening, a very pleasant ‘Linen Fresh’ fragrance, without being overpowering.  The spray nozzle unit is easy to apply to the bottle but the open/shut nozzle is a little stiff to twist round. There is no stickiness…

Modern Retro

I was asked to review fabric.  Woohoo, I’m sure we all know how it feels to be waiting for a parcel of fabric.  So exciting.  I had no idea what was going to drop through the letter box. And then the day arrived, a brown envelope arrived and it was quickly ripped open.  I was…

Product Review – Doodle Days – Makower UK

Doodle Days designed by Lynne Goldsworthy I received 16 x 10 inch squares of the Doodle Days range and wasn’t disappointed upon receiving, the quality of fabric are what we have come to expect from makower, a delight to work with and holding excellent shape during all the cutting. The delicate colours used and the…

Product Review: Mystery Bag from L&C Fabrics – reviewed by Gini

  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to find out that I was going to receive one of L&C Fabrics’ fabulous Mystery Bags when they were launched. I had seen the bags featured on their Facebook page and was intrigued to see what would be included. L&C Fabrics say, “The…

Crafty UK’s Twisted Pin Wheel Template Review

Firstly, a BIG thank you to UKQU and Crafty UK I was sent the Twisted Pinwheel Template Set to use and review. The instructions, and the information on the packaging, was very helpful and the protective plastic case keeps the Templates secure. Following the instructions I cut out sufficient blocks, using the 5″ square, to…

Product Review – Handmade collection by Makower UK – Reviewed By Dee

I would like to thank UK Quilters United (www.ukqu.co.uk) for giving me this chance to review Makower UK’s collection entitled Handmade (www.makoweruk.com ). Please note this fabric is 100% patchwork cotton. When I was asked to do a fabric review, I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t love the opportunity to play with fabric? I…

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