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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…