Tag: hints and tips

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You’ve spent ages piecing your quilt top and the excitement mounts as all your blocks form into rows and then one big quilt top.  You stand back to admire your work and you can’t wait to move onto layering it up ready for quilting.  To get the full effect, you take your completed top to…

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One of the most often asked questions I’ve seen in sewing and quilting groups has been about sewing machines and which one people should buy.  As I’ve been wanting to upgrade my sewing machine for some time I followed these conversations with interest and I’ve come up with my Top Tips that may just help…

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In the previous video I shared about appliqué I mentioned that I’d share how to remove the centres from shapes and letter. By leaving the shape whole until after attaching to fabric makes things a lot easier as it is not so fragile. Please bear in mind, there is more than one way to do…

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I hate anything going to waste and that included patchwork blocks.  When I was doing some pattern testing for the Sew A Row Fire Quilt, I ended up with two blocks that weren’t used.  They’d been sitting in the bottom of the box and I just had to do something with them.  I couldn’t let…

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The funny thing about things that you know is that you think everyone else know them too! Last week I packaged and sent of some wadding to a fellow blogger and when it arrived she got in touch to say what a great idea it had been to tie it up with a selvedge and…

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I’m very privileged to have main responsibility for the the UKQU Pinterest account and I love it. It means I get to browse around the new products our members are listing and get to see lots of helpful reviews as well as hints and tips. Our bloggers are also able to pin photos from their…

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Pattern: Beth Ferrier – “A Fine Romance” Pattern: Esther Aliu, “On My Window Flowers Bloom” Confession time. I now have four applique projects on the go (plus one that is sewn but needs hand quilting) and I’m having a very hard job holding off starting another two. I like hand sewing, though until recently I…