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Brother Sewing UK Visits the Festival of Quilts 2017, NEC, Birmingham

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The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event attracting 24,000 quilters from all over the world. The show is a celebration of quilting in all its forms, with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies, professionally curated galleries of quilts from leading international makers, 350 workshops, talks and demos plus a magnificent display of over 700 competition quilts. It is the ultimate patchwork and quilting experience. We had a Brother stand last week, and a few moments to wander around – here are some of the interesting exhibits we found.

This quilted wheel is made by Mary Palmer. It represents a traditional Irish jig that is a continuous loop of music.. The holes in the quilted 'tyre' represent the different notes that are repeated throughout the jig, usually played by a violin or tin whistle. The wheel was specially commission by Mary, and is a fully working replica!

Mary Palmer has a website here









This colourful quilted violin is a life-size re…

'Man - Sewing' with Guy from Brother Sewing UK Part Three

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Following on from our blog post on 29th June, this is part three, following the creation of a quilt made from baby grows, by a complete novice - man sewer!

Sew all the pieces together into rows, then sew all the rows together. Every time, making sure that you’re using a ¼ inch seam allowance (using the ¼ inch foot), sewing face together and butterflying the seams properly.

TIP: Sew from the middle outwards, and pay close attention when going over the seams, to ensure they match up nicely.


Eventually your quilt really begins to take shape. At this stage, each seam should be pressed or ironed so that they remain butterflied open. This should mean that there’s no extra lumpy bits in the top layer of your completed quilt.


When the front of your quilt is fully pieced together and ironed, pin your wadding and backing fabric to it – back to back – so you have the front of the quilt, then the wadding, then the backing fabric all pinned together. The easiest way is to pin from the centre seams ou…

'Man - Sewing' with Guy from Brother Sewing UK Part Two

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Following on from our blog post on 16th May, this is part two, following the creation of a quilt made from baby grows, by a complete novice - man sewer!

"As my quilt is to be pretty large (52 x 32 inches), I chose a long-arm quilting machine to make the task easier. The large space (11 1/4 inch) of the Innov-is VQ2, meant that I should be able to fit more of the quilt under the needle without needing to roll it up. As a novice this should help a lot!
Innov-is VQ2 Long Arm Sewing & Quilting Machine - RRP £1,999 from local dealers."

"I also used the Dual Feed Foot for V series machines. This is similar to a Walking Foot, useful for sewing layers of fabrics, and fabrics that slip easily. So perfect to sew quilted layers together more easily.

Together with this, I used the Dual Feed 1/4 Inch Guide Foot. This will enable an exact 1/4 inch seam for all the quilted squares.

Dual Feed Foot (DF1) - RRP £249

Dual Feed 1/4 Inch Foot (F076) - RRP £15.79 from local dealers"…

Festival of Quilts 2017

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This year’s Festival of Quilts promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Positioned as Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event attracting 24,000 quilters from all over the world. The show is a celebration of quilting in all its forms, with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies, professionally curated galleries of quilts from leading international makers, 350 workshops, talks and demos plus a magnificent display of over 700 competition quilts. It is the ultimate patchwork and quilting experience.

Workshops run for the duration of the event, and this year they have more classes than ever in the Quick & Easy programme, covering an exciting and diverse range of patchwork, quilting and other stitching, dyeing and printing crafts. Quick & Easy classes are perfect for people looking for a taster class or who have less time to spend at the show.


This year they will once again be hosting a programme of Talks & Lectures from leading tutors and gallery artists. They…

'Man - Sewing' with Guy from Brother Sewing UK, Part One

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Recently I welcomed a baby Niece into the world. Within a few months, I was asked: "Can you get someone to make a quilt from baby grows she's grown out of?". Never one to shy away from trying something new and given the fact I've been working with Brother Sewing Machines for over 10 years, I had to give it a go. So, armed with my Innov-is VQ2 long-arm quilter, and some other bits and bobs I ventured into the Quilting unknown...



Chatting to colleagues and doing a little research, I realised I would need some key tools.
A good sewing machine - if you're creating a large quilt, one with a long-arm is better (I'm using the Brother Innov-is VQ2). A cutting mat A rotary cutter for cutting the fabric A cutting ruler Some key sewing feet - including 1/4 inch foot, walking foot or dual feed foot, stitch in the ditch foot. Some iron-on-backing may be needed. Some good quality branded sewing or quilting thread

Using the cutting mat and rotary cutter, I cut the arms and l…

NEW! PR1050X Scan Frame Upgrade Kit – Part 2

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The new PR1050X Scan Frame Upgrade Kit is a great addition to your PR1050X machine. It enables you to convert your own drawings and designs into stitch data without the need for additional software. With the upgrade kit, you can also create your own designs on the machine screen using the many built-in fill stitch, outline stitch and shape options.

In part 1 we looked at how to scan and convert a line drawing. In part 2 we’ll look at the various fill stitch options.

Main Features
Scan and convert line art and colour illustrations, import designs via SD card or USB stick, or draw directly onto the LCD screen.

Includes 10 new built-in decorative fill patterns, 60 closed shapes, 30 open shapes, and 5 outline options - satin stitch, straight stitch, triple stitch, candlewicking and chain stitch.

Using the fill options

Pressing the bottom page/settings button in My Design Centre will take you to your fill or region property options.




















Here you can select different fill stitches like plain fill…