Tag: beginners

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You might think it’s too early to be using the word ‘Christmas’ in February but bear with me to the end and ll will be revealed …. It started with the UKQU.co.uk Bloggers Retreat, planned for December 2018, and an early request for blocks and ‘just an hour’ of our time to make up some…

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A common patchwork unit where getting a good line up can be tricky is the “Square-in-a-Square” unit. Four triangles are sewn around a central square. It should finish as shown in the photo above, with enough of the triangle fabric remaining all round to leave a quarter inch seam allowance beyond the points of the…

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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,…

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So, you are starting out on your patchwork and quilting journey with a class or two, maybe a good instruction book or even YouTube and have heard about quilt shows but are a little too scared to go? What are they all about and why bother? Well, read on for a little introduction on what…

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Once you move on from simple squares to more interesting patchwork designs, you may run into a few problems when stitching smaller units together into a block. For example, have you ever joined a square to a Flying Geese unit, and wondered why the square is sticking out at the bottom…….? It’s tempting at this…

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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…

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With the growth of social media, it has become so much easier to share our creative masterpieces. This can be a good thing as it can lead to inspiration but it can also have a negative effect. Have you looked at an amazing quilt and then thought, I could never do that! For many, just…

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Perfect for a beginner, this little mug rug will be finished in no time. Start with some colourful scraps; I’m using some 2.5″ squares of Liberty fabric, each cut into 4, approximately 1.25″ square. Choose a plain(ish) piece for your background, about 5×7″, a piece of any wadding, and a piece of backing fabric. Arrange…

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Scrap-busting siddi-inspired goozundar mat In this post I want to show you how I made a small mat to go under (goozundar) using scraps and inspired by the siddi technique of quilting, that I read about in Today’s Quilter magazine, edition 30. My creation is NOT attempting to be a siddi quilt, I just wanted…

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How to make a greeting card (without much skill, time, fabric or a fancy machine)   This is a card I made in a couple of hours from start to finish and, if I can do it, then sew can you! This design might be good for a new home, and you can use the…