Cleaning your sewing machine | Top Tips

Sewing machine maintenance is really important; not just to keep your machine running smoothly but to help avoid issues with your sewing projects too. The main things you’ll be cleaning out of your sewing machine are tiny thread off-cuts and fluff. Our machines don’t really get “dirty”, just fluffy! The fluff comes from the fabricContinue reading “Cleaning your sewing machine | Top Tips”

Foundation Paper Piecing | Top Tips

Foundation paper piecing can be a bit of a brain twister. I don’t just mean getting all the fabric pieces to fold the right way and having to work in reverse a lot of time; there are also a lot of different tools… what do they all do and do you really need to useContinue reading “Foundation Paper Piecing | Top Tips”

Spring Vibes hand embroidery | Tutorial

Celebrate the changing seasons with this hand embroidery design, inspired by the blooms and growth of Spring. I love small embroidery projects at this time of year as they are so portable…stitch outside in the garden when the weather is fine or work on it inside, snuggled on the sofa. This pattern uses simple handContinue reading “Spring Vibes hand embroidery | Tutorial”

Stick a pin in it | My Pinterest favourites

Inspiration strike can happen at any time, but how and where can you keep all those ideas organised? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I love lists and post it notes and screenshots and about a million other ways to remember an idea or source of inspiration but I don’t love any of these as much as I love Pinterest! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀InContinue reading “Stick a pin in it | My Pinterest favourites”

On your marks… | Favourite marking tools

Always using the same marking tool…change the script! Read on to find out about my favourite marking and writing tools, and the different ways I use them in sewing, patchwork and quilting projects. Sewline Trio Pencil This mechanical pencil has three marking options; a regular black lead pencil, a white lead and a fine, roundedContinue reading “On your marks… | Favourite marking tools”

Quilting Ideas | Everlasting Star pattern

Quilt as desired. Is this not the most dreaded “instruction” for quilters? Even though I hate it myself, I’m still guilty of writing it in my patterns. Doh! It’s a tough one because quilting can be such a personal choice, and there are just so many options (even within one “type” of quilting) you justContinue reading “Quilting Ideas | Everlasting Star pattern”

Spring Table Runner | Tutorial

Say goodbye to winter and welcome a new season into your home with this spring-coloured table runner. Table runners are a lovely way to dress up your dining table (or any other large table or surface in the house!) and a great way to try out new patchwork and quilting techniques as they don’t haveContinue reading “Spring Table Runner | Tutorial”

Sewing Machine Needles Explained

Have you ever wondered what all those colours and numbers on sewing machine needles are for?Do you struggle to decide which needle is the best choice for your current project?Is there a Universal needle permanently on your machine because you just don’t know what else to use? Then read on for an explanation of theContinue reading “Sewing Machine Needles Explained”

Aurifil Artisan Challenge #5 | Using three different thread weights

Time for my first Aurifil Artisan challenge of the new year. I’ll be sad when the Artisan year comes to an end in a few months; it has been really fun being challenged to use so many lovely threads in different ways. The challenge of using at least three different thread weights in one projectContinue reading “Aurifil Artisan Challenge #5 | Using three different thread weights”

Fabric Envelope | Tutorial

Why wrap a gift in paper when you could wrap it in a handmade fabric envelope! Perfect for a small gift for a birthday, wedding, anniversary or even Valentine’s Day. You can decorate the front with lots of different designs, using a variety of hand or machine sewing techniques. Let your imagination run wild!  ThisContinue reading “Fabric Envelope | Tutorial”