Reindeer Sack Gift Bag | Tutorial

Gift bags are a great way to wrap unusually shaped presents or a few smaller things all into one gift to unwrap. This Reindeer Sack will be a cute addition under the tree or by the fireplace filled with gifts. Or just use it as decoration…you could even make nine and have a full reindeerContinue reading “Reindeer Sack Gift Bag | Tutorial”

Seasonal Quilting Motif Ideas

As we start to head into winter and the festive season, I think it’s fun to do some “themed” quilting motifs to match some of your seasonal projects. I’ve got a few different ideas for hand quilting, walking foot quilting and free motion quilting to share with you, with quick tutorials on how to achieveContinue reading “Seasonal Quilting Motif Ideas”

The Pixel Penguin Quilt Along

Great news; the Pixel Penguin quilt along is starting soon! Pixel Penguin is a modern, pixel-style quilt that uses simple strip, square and rectangle piecing; perfect for solid fabric or a mixture of solids and prints. The quilt along starts Monday 15th November and runs for four weeks until Sunday 12th December. To sign upContinue reading “The Pixel Penguin Quilt Along”

Autumn Leaf Garland | Tutorial

As the season changes, I love adding some handmade Autumnal decor around the house. This little vertical garland is a great way to use up some fabric scraps and try out a few different decorative stitch techniques. The design is really adaptable; if you want the garland to be longer you can simply make extraContinue reading “Autumn Leaf Garland | Tutorial”

Jump Into Patchwork & Quilting | Chat with Sarah Ashford

As a patchwork teacher and quilt designer, I have quite a few friends who work in the same industry, and it’s so exciting when they launch something new. My lovely friend Sarah Ashford recently released her first book Jump Into Patchwork & Quilting. Designed for beginners, the book walks you through essential patchwork and quiltingContinue reading “Jump Into Patchwork & Quilting | Chat with Sarah Ashford”

More Lights On | How to improve your hand sewing lighting

Last month I wrote a blog post about good lighting in your sewing space. Now we’re talking about improving the lighting when you are hand sewing. Just like with sewing machine lighting, a well-lit hand sewing project is really important for several reasons. Once again, let’s shed some light on why good lighting is soContinue reading “More Lights On | How to improve your hand sewing lighting”

Up-cycling | Aurifil Artisan Challenge

You may have seen me announce this summer but if you missed it…I’m part of the Aurifil Artisan team for 2021-22! It’s fabulous to be working with such a wonderful company and alongside so many talented quilters, sewers and makers for another year. You can find the full list of all the Artisans on Aurifil’s Auribuzz blog.  A reallyContinue reading “Up-cycling | Aurifil Artisan Challenge”

Fabric Storage Cube | Tutorial

Keeping sewing spaces tidy and organised is a very common topic for blog posts; I should know because I’ve written a few myself! But having systems for where all your crafting things are kept involves needing things to put the things in. One of the biggest sources of disorganisation in a sewing space often comesContinue reading “Fabric Storage Cube | Tutorial”

Lights On | How to improve your sewing machine lighting

Good lighting in your sewing space is a real must; it can have a huge effect on you and your sewing projects but luckily there are different ways to achieve good lighting. Let’s shed some light on why good lighting is so important, how it can benefit your sewing experience and I’ve included a fewContinue reading “Lights On | How to improve your sewing machine lighting”

Disappearing Four Patch | Tutorial Part 2

Last month we looked at making disappearing four patch designs that used horizontal and vertical cuts. These are perfect for both directional and non-directional prints because none of the patchwork pieces are rotated to create the new block design. This month I’m sharing more designs, but this time they are cut in a different way.Continue reading “Disappearing Four Patch | Tutorial Part 2”