Quilting Is Tough

Quilting is tough but luckily quilters are tough too. Although to the untrained eye, patchwork and quilting might seem like a lovely, gentle hobby (and in many ways it is), but it is actually very physically demanding. Many aspects of making a quilt are tough on your mind and body, but today we’re going toContinue reading “Quilting Is Tough”

Moroccan Tile | June Cushion of the Month

It’s time for another “Cushion of the Month” project and as summer starts to show here in the UK (sort of…the weather is still a bit mixed here in true north of England style!) I thought it was time to take some inspiration from a more summery part of the world. Tiled floors and wallsContinue reading “Moroccan Tile | June Cushion of the Month”

Visible Mending

Visible mending has always been something on my list of “things I’d like to try”, especially as I love sashiko style stitching so much. Then I had the perfect excuse to bump it up the list because the May Aurifil Artisan challenge theme is visible mending. I chose Aurifil 100% cotton 12wt as it’s perfectContinue reading “Visible Mending”

Jubilee Celebration | May Cushion of the Month

A series of monthly patchwork cushion tutorials in 2022 couldn’t go by without a nod to something very special that’s happening. This year Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first British monarch to celebrate their Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. The Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend takes place in early June with events and activitiesContinue reading “Jubilee Celebration | May Cushion of the Month”

Seasonal Quilting Motif Ideas II

Spring has certainly sprung so I though it was time for some more “themed” quilting motifs to match your seasonal projects. I’ve got ideas for free motion quilting, walking foot quilting and hand quilting to share with you, with quick tutorials on how to achieve each one. Theming your quilting to coordinate with the projectContinue reading “Seasonal Quilting Motif Ideas II”

Beehive | April Cushion of the Month

It’s time for another of my “Pillow of the Month” projects and for April I’m bringing you a little buzz of Spring. I know bees are very popular at the moment on home dec type items (and I love bees too) but I wanted to design a bee-themed patchwork cushion without there actually being anyContinue reading “Beehive | April Cushion of the Month”

Sewing Machine Feet | Quilting

We’re back with another post about sewing machine feet. Last time I looked at feet for patchwork piecing and now the focus turns to quilting. It feels like there’s even more feet for different types of machine quilting and choosing one over another can be far more down to personal preference than how well theyContinue reading “Sewing Machine Feet | Quilting”

Sewing Machine Feet | Patchwork Piecing

Sewing machine feet…there are a lot. Some have really specific tasks whilst others can be used for quite a few different things. Even the most basic sewing machine will most likely come with a handful of feet but how important are they all? This week we’re going to take a closer look at sewing machineContinue reading “Sewing Machine Feet | Patchwork Piecing”

Sleep | March Cushion of the Month

This month’s cushion design is perfect to go on a bed…it’s a Sleep cushion! Now I’m not claiming it’s going to help people actually get to sleep but maybe it could. And if it doesn’t, it’ll look great no matter what. The design is created using patchwork letters with lots of background so the wordContinue reading “Sleep | March Cushion of the Month”

When is the best time to start your patchwork journey?

Simple answer…any time! Longer answer…like so many things in life, if you keep putting off learning a new skill or starting a new challenge because you’re waiting for the “perfect” time, there’s a really good chance that the perfect time will never come along. It’s such a common thing when learning a new skills (orContinue reading “When is the best time to start your patchwork journey?”