Tag: quilting

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When I first started to learn P&Q my teacher at the time, who was not the ‘usual’ P&Q teacher I now realise, did recommend labelling your quilts and I have to say I agree with her. (Thanks, Barbara for getting me started!) ‘Why?’ You may ask. Firstly, it records who made the quilt. ‘But I…

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The brilliant people at Clover have come up with a clever new ruler to help us draft our own patterns or blocks.   This pliable ruler adds a new dimension to scaling and drafting sewing and knitting patterns, marking up curved shapes and drawing true 45° bias lines with precision. Thanks to its green zone,…

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How do you start hand quilting? This webpage will discuss the types of wadding (batting in the USA) that you will need. The thickness and the density of the wadding makes an enormous difference to the ease of the quilting, and also to the finished appearance. Feathered heart design using high loft wool wadding Feathered…

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Hand quilting is relaxing to do (once you have got the hang of it!), and gives beautiful results, which are different to those obtained by a sewing machine. Maybe you would like to try it, but are not sure where to start? This is the first in a series of blog posts, in which I…

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I finally decided what to make my mum for her 70th birthday. I ran out of time to get a big quilt done (and I’m still working on Xander’s from 2 years ago…) but I found this gorgeous Bernatex orchid panel on our Facebook destash page. It’s a bit wonky but that happens sometimes, fabrics…

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Last year as part of a stitching group I belong to, we did a travelling journal. We started with a blank book and put a piece of work into it. Then it got passed along to the next person on the list. This ment each month you gave a little piece of work away, but…

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This one is a little long, for that I apologise but felt I wanted to share the following. I work two days a week in a very high pressured business, on top of my editor work for British Patchwork and Quilting. They have been trying an idea to see if it helps with managing the…

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All good things come to an end, and this is the final competition of this series. Don't despair as we are working on new ideas to keep you on your toes. Grosvenor Shows will be displaying all our winners from the ten Competitions at their Autumn circuit later this year, starting with The Great Northern…
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Vegans don’t usually buy leather products and so finding a nice phone case it sometimes difficult.  One day as I was, yet again, searching for a nice case to replace my old one (one of those you open up like a book with credit card holders on one side) I took out my phone to…

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The quilting bag which can be adapted for your needs . I so enjoyed the sew-a-row challenge last year (Fire & Ice) that I signed up again when the word was out that there was going to be another one.  I am one of those people who think things are ‘a good idea at the…

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Do you have a sewing table? Do you have a cutting table? Does it suit you, or do you wish it was different?  Here is my solution. When I moved house I was able to have a sewing room.  I was lucky and got the biggest bedroom for my sewing room.  It has a built…

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The penultimate competition for entries to the UKQU website exhibition with Grosvenor Shows that will be travelling with their events from the Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate until the Springfield Show in Spalding at the end of 2019.   Make a date in your own diary to go along and see our first exhibition for yourself.…