An iron is an essential tool when making quilts and for general sewing. I’ve got several which I keep in my wonderful cabin at Strictly HQ but when I was offered the chance to test out the new Oliso SmartIron Pro Plus, I couldn’t wait. The box arrived and I expected to have to sitContinue reading “Oliso TG1600 ProPlus Iron”
This year has been one full of events from the end of Covid restrictions to the beginning of the Ukraine conflict. Both of these have had an impact on my life, meaning I haven’t done as much blogging as I’d have liked. I am in need of a celebration and the Queens Platinum Jubilee isContinue reading “Jubilee Runner – Free Pattern”
As you may know, I blog for UKQU website – a wonderful resource for anyone interested in the world of fabric and also where my shop is hosted. They sometimes set challenges and we had one in 2020. (I was typing last year but it’s two years ago! – Where did that time go?) WayContinue reading “Bird of Paradise Cushion Workshop”
Begin your patchwork and quilting journey with Helen from Strictly Quilting. Sat 19th February, 10 – 4, £50. We will begin with choosing your fabrics, learning which fabrics make the best choice. How to cut using traditional template or rotary cutters, which make things much easier. Perfect piecing is the key to good patchwork andContinue reading “Beginners Day Workshop”
We are also delighted to announce that Cecilia Slinn is joining us to teach her three part, Free Motion Quilting course.
In the next (long awaited) instalment of the ‘Sew a Fine Seam’ series I thought we would look at one of the basic pieces of equipment we need – the humble scissor. It is believed that scissors probably originated in ancient Egypt. Earliest examples in existence come from Mesopotamia and date from between 3 andContinue reading “Sew A Fine Seam Part 4 – Scissors”
September is the traditional time to begin to learn something new. The kids have gone back to school and I always think it is a time for taking a little time for yourself before the rush of Christmas. The Autumn and Winter months are also an excellent time to quilt. Traditionally the harvest would haveContinue reading “Beginners Patchwork Course”
Two new day workshops and regular ‘Sit and Sew’ sessions.
Pins are often underestimated when we consider the equipment we use for sewing. How many of us have pins which we have had so long their origins are lost in the midst of time? I know I have some that were probably from my mum when she taught me dressmaking for my Cindy and BarbieContinue reading “Hemline Easy Grip Pins”
Do you ever get to that moment when you’ve finished piecing a quilt top and get a little bit daunted by the next stage – the quilting? When quilting, I sometimes quilt by domestic machine, using both the walking foot (which I think is very underestimated) and free motion options. I also love quiltingContinue reading “Crease Marker from Sew Easy”