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Our Day 8 block is the Pinwheel block and we are going to be using two contrasting fabrics. You will need two 7″ blocks of each fabric. On the lighter fabrics, draw a line from corner to corner on the reverse. Taking one lighter and one darker square, place right sides together and stitch 1/4″…

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There must be a name for this block, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. If you know the name, or if inspiration strikes and I remember it, I will add it later. The main point I wanted to demonstrate was that, with just a few basic building blocks, you can rearrange them to create an…

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Our 6 piece block is made up of two flying geese units. You need more than one to appreciate their full beauty. It helps when you make the block, to visualise how they are made. You have the geese and the sky. Just think to late summer and you see the geese migrating, they form…

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Our block for Day 5 is the Square in a Square, otherwise known as Diamond in a Square. To create a 61/2″ block (unfinished): You will need two contrasting/coordinating fabrics. Cut the centre square-4 3/4″ square From the contrasting fabric, cut 2 x 4″ squares. Cut these squares in half diagonally to form four triangles.…

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Did you guess correctly?  Have you worked out the pattern? Again, there is more than one way to make Quarter Square Triangle blocks, choose the method you are most comfortable with.  Once again, our unfinished block size is 6 1/2″. This method creates two quarter square triangles. We are cutting our squares bigger and will trim…

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Day 3 and today we are making a Rail Fence Block. (Noticed the pattern yet?) The Rail Fence block is  great one for beginners as there are no seams to match when it comes to joining them. You will need three pieces of fabric, each piece measuring 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. You can use…

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Day 2 is here and today we are making a Half Square Triangle block. There are more than one way to make this block, the method I’m using creates two half square triangles. The spare one you can keep for later, or keep it as a bonus block towards another project. You will want a block…

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A gentle start for you today as we begin with the humble square.  It may be the simplest of blocks, but the humble square can be very versatile, using different colour combinations to create complex patterns or combinations of sizes to add interest. For our quilt, we will need one square, 6 1/2″ square. Come…

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It’s exactly what it says, over the course of the next 12 days, you will receive the instructions for one block until 12 blocks are made. On the thirteenth day I will give you the details for the sashing, cornerstones and putting the quilt altogether.  By the end of the fortnight, you will have a completed quilt…

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We asked Margaret Attfield, who won the final Janome M100 QDC given away this year about her quilting journey .. in her own words: I think my quilting journey really began with fashion. From a very early age, I loved new dresses and watched my mum whip up clothes for all us kids on her…

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UKQU has a fantastic range of quilting experts from around the country who, once a year, gather together for the ‘Bloggerati Retreat’. The one this year is due shortly in November and we are certainly looking forward to it. Which brings me onto my plan to write a few Blogs on retreats. (Sewing ones obviously,…

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“You’re standing there just smiling quietly to yourself,” said the woman in the fabric store. I’m not a person who smiles readily, so was pondering this observation until I realised that I’m never happier than when in a fabric shop – shelves and racks of glowing bolts of loveliness, running for tens of metres, disappearing…