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A quilt is made up of three layers – the top (which may be wholecloth, pieced or appliqued), the wadding and the backing. These three layers are held together by the decorative quilting stitches. It’s important that the layers don’t shift around during the quilting process, as this will result in puckers on either the…

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I have been sent this book to review and what a beautiful looking and feeling book this is. It feels like fabric and has a close up of beautiful reverse appliqué and seed stitching. Yummy before the first page is turned. The book is divided into seasons as well as ways of working and equipment and…

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Home from Festival of Quilts and the airwaves are positively humming! There are lots of topics of conversation, but the one that has leapt out at me is the thorny issue of Categories. I thought I could write about this – a bit about the why and a bit about the category definitions, and what…

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It’s been a while since Gulliver did a blog. As you know, or maybe you don’t, he lives in Whitby with me at our B&B, it’s a busy time of year from now on in, right until the end of October so chance to stitch is precious. And the grandchildren have just payed a visit…

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Part 3 of an occasional blog following my journey with half in hexis. This week saw me hit and pass the 1000 mark. And so far I’m still sane. ( I think! ) How do I know how many I’ve done I hear you ask? I’ve been keeping a tally I’ve started playing with them…

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I’ve noticed recently that there has been a resurgence of hand stitching, both in the embroidery and the quilting worlds. I love hand stitching and do it regularly, often in unusual places, such as the car (while husband is driving!) coffee shops and sitting on the beach, not that unusual really. I quite fancied having…

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It seems a life time ago that we attended the Bloggerati Retreat and already there are plans afoot for the next one.  The last retreat was precious time for me to concentrate on sewing, something I don’t often enjoy with a busy job and other obligations.  Not only did I have time to sew, it…

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Half way through the year and I’ve kept up my New Year Resolution (Amazing! I know here we are in June and I’ve still kept with a New Years resolution!!) of learning a new quilty technique each month!! Our village school, where one of my grandsons attends (as did his Dad and his two Aunties,…

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Last year we had some amazing quit competitions and we asked what you liked best about our website.  Overwhelmingly you all said it was the competition.    SO  we are doing it all over again. #september19 was the tag to enter our September 19 Competition The theme is  'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'  - sponsored by…
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There are three main ways to copy a design onto your fabric: Tracing the design onto the fabric from a paper copy. This must be done before layering. Drawing the design through the gaps in a stencil (purchased or home-made). Can be done before or after layering. Drawing around a solid template (purchased, home-made from…

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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…