Aurifil Artisan Challenge #4 | Hand Quilting

It’s time for another Aurifil Artisan challenge; this is my final one for 2020 but don’t worry, there will be more next year. I’m no stranger to hand quilting (although I used to be as I avoided pretty much all hand sewing up until a couple of years ago!) but I most often use itContinue reading “Aurifil Artisan Challenge #4 | Hand Quilting”

How to create your own light box

I love a good sewing hack! Don’t get me wrong, I do love all the perfect equipment too but that isn’t always possible for lots of reasons (budget, storage space, availability etc) so sometimes you need to improvise. Light boxes and light pads have lots of use in sewing and quilting including; drawing embroidery designsContinue reading “How to create your own light box”

A Beginners’ Guide to Thread Burying

When you quilt a design, or parts of a design, that go from one edge of a quilt to another there’s no need to worry about the thread ends because they will get secured inside the quilt’s binding. But if you ever choose a quilting design that “breaks thread” in the middle of the quiltContinue reading “A Beginners’ Guide to Thread Burying”

Design Wall | Invisible Sewing Space Part II

A design wall is a really useful tool for a quilter; it’s a great way to easily arrange and re-arrange quilt blocks to check different placements and it’s much easier that looking at them on the floor. But if you don’t have your own sewing room (like me) then you probably won’t have the spaceContinue reading “Design Wall | Invisible Sewing Space Part II”

Creative ways to use the Hexagon Waterfall pattern

The first pattern I ever had in a magazine was Hexagon Waterfall (featured in Quilt Now Issue 45 named “Charming Mini Rainbow Quilt”); it is available to buy in my pattern shop. Hexagon Waterfall is an English paper piecing (EPP) small wall hanging, perfect for EPP beginners and more experienced hand sewers who want a quickContinue reading “Creative ways to use the Hexagon Waterfall pattern”

Playing with…thread weights

Do you ever get confused by the different types of thread and when to use them? Find yourself always using the same thread because it’s the “safe” option? Read on for my thoughts and tips for some of the thread weights most commonly used in patchwork and quilting. I do need to start by sayingContinue reading “Playing with…thread weights”

Spot On Seams

How to decide which way to press your patchwork seams Patchwork isn’t just about sewing; how you press your blocks is also really important and the wrong pressing choices can make or break a project! Seams in a patchwork project can be either press to one side or open. Both of these options have prosContinue reading “Spot On Seams”

Maple Crisp | Autumn-Fall Project Inspiration

It’s becoming that time of year when the leaves change colour, the wooly hats go on and the pumpkin spiced lattes appear. Autumn (Fall) is my favourite season for all these reasons and it really sparks my creativity too. Although the shades around us are becoming a bit more muted there are still gorgeous popsContinue reading “Maple Crisp | Autumn-Fall Project Inspiration”

Everlasting Star Quilt | A new pattern by Coffee Rings Studio

I’m excited to share the new Everlasting Star quilt pattern today! Everlasting Star is the latest Coffee Rings Studio pattern and is fat quarter or half metre friendly. You can find the Everlasting Star quilt pattern in my pattern shop. Fabrics Everlasting Star is great for using your favourite stashed fat quarters. I fell inContinue reading “Everlasting Star Quilt | A new pattern by Coffee Rings Studio”

Aurifil Artisan Challenge #3 | Wholecloth Quilt Project

Another month, another Aurifil Artisan challenge. I’m really enjoying being pushed to try different techniques and projects; it’s a fun way to push my sewing boundaries a little bit. Surprisingly this was the first time I have ever done a whole cloth quilt project. A whole cloth quilt is basically a quilt or quilted projectContinue reading “Aurifil Artisan Challenge #3 | Wholecloth Quilt Project”