6 Stages of Juggling

Another week of home learning, pandemic weirdness, missing people…another week of not having a clue what I’m doing at times! Is it really possible to write the presentation for a new mini course whilst explaining subtracting fractions or looking for a missing lego piece? I’m not sure it’s even meant to be possible but itContinue reading “6 Stages of Juggling”

Quilted Storage Bag | Tutorial

It’s time for that big January tidy-up and organise kick. I’ve designed this quilted storage bag as a cute way to house some of that clutter…whether it’s toys, craft supplies, baby bits or anything else. With its wide-open top and good size base, this storage bag not only looks great but also stores a lotContinue reading “Quilted Storage Bag | Tutorial”

Washi Tape + Sewing | Top tips and hacks

I love a good sewing hack and I also love cute stationery so washi tape is a must-have for my quilting supplies stash. Washi tape is one of my favourite non-sewing sewing tools. There are so many uses for this pretty, paper sticky tape. It is much more affordable than it once was, and you’llContinue reading “Washi Tape + Sewing | Top tips and hacks”

Scrappy Christmas Decorations | Tutorial

It’s quite usual for quilters to have a stash of fabric and within that stash is pretty much always a pile of scraps that you don’t want to part with. General scraps can be quite easy to find a use for but I find Christmas fabric scraps much harder. I buy a selection of ChristmasContinue reading “Scrappy Christmas Decorations | Tutorial”

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”