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Ribbons and Bows have been in use for centuries and have truly evolved over time. Who could believe that, back in the sixteenth century, the English Parliament attempted to pass a law stating that ribbons could only be worn by the nobility! It was common for both men and women to pin ribbons and bows…

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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…

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I don’t know about you but I usually have lighted, scented candle glowing on the mantlepiece, and putting this CELEBRATIONS BLOG HOP together, made me think about when I actually started to see this as an everyday thing rather than just at Christmas or on birthday cakes! It probably started with Christmas presents from my…

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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…

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Which blocks work best together when making a Sampler Quilt? Some people would say that you could choose any blocks, but I think that the finished result will be more pleasing if a bit more thought goes into your decisions. (It doesn’t matter if you don’t agree with me by the way – you can…

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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…

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Every so often a member of ‘Our Quilty Pleasures NL’ quilting group puts out a call to make a group quilt of a specific block and size. This time the traditional Log Cabin block was chosen, and, although I’ve been quilting for a few years now, I have never made one! I got so carried…

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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…

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Having decided to make a quilt using blocks how do you choose which block (or blocks) to use? Do you find a theme (stars for instance) or look for a name that appeals (how about Cats and Mice?). Perhaps you want to use just one block many times or two blocks alternating but then you…

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I’m trying not to write a book here, but it is difficult as my head is buzzing with ideas. So, this time we’ll look at using blocks – traditional blocks, altered blocks and your own designs. Using traditional blocks is where we all start when designing a quilt and, having chosen our block we then…

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Last month we looked at designing your own blocks by taking a traditional block and adding or subtracting a few lines. This month we will look at drawing what you might call ‘skewed’ blocks using graph paper with a different (not square) grid as well as just drawing a few random lines across a square,…

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March is upon us and the months are flying by, well to me it feels that way. This month’s block is slightly different. As it is reverse appliqué, this entails layers of fabric sewn together and sections cut out from the top layers. I hope you all had chance to purchase and find some good…