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”

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”

Choosing Fabric Colours | Four, Five & More Colours

We’ve now talked about choosing two colour and three colour fabric combinations in Choosing Fabric Colours | Two & Three Colours, and looked at the basics of colour theory and using a colour wheel in Choosing Fabric Colours | The Basics. Now let’s focus on choosing four colour, five colour and more fabric combinations. AsContinue reading “Choosing Fabric Colours | Four, Five & More Colours”

Choosing Fabric Colours | Two & Three Colours

We’ve already talked about the basics of colour theory, using a colour wheel and looked at a couple of colour combinations in Choosing Fabric Colours | The Basics. Now let’s focus on choosing two colour and three colour fabric combinations. Knowing how to choose fabric combinations is a really useful skill for any patchwork quilter.Continue reading “Choosing Fabric Colours | Two & Three Colours”

Quarter Square Triangles | Top Tips

If you are a long-time reader of my blog then you’ll already know that I love half square triangles and that they are my favourite patchwork “feature” it use in a project. This love also extends to quarter square triangles which are essential two HSTs combined to create two new units. For me there’s nothingContinue reading “Quarter Square Triangles | Top Tips”

Straight Line Quilting | How To Guide

I’m a huge fan of straight line quilting. Don’t get my wrong, I love free motion quilting and the variety of effects you can get with an almost endless selection of motifs in so many varying styles but I think sometimes people avoid straight line quilting because “it’s just straight lines”. Check out my previousContinue reading “Straight Line Quilting | How To Guide”

Patchwork Flower Cushion | Tutorial

You can’t ever have enough cushions! I love to change mine with the seasons and they are a great way to use up larger fabric scraps and experiment with different ideas like quilting techniques. This flower block patchwork cushion will brighten up any home during the summer months, or you could use a thicker canvasContinue reading “Patchwork Flower Cushion | Tutorial”

Thimbles | My favourite

Can’t put your finger on which type of thimble to use? To be honest, I always hated thimbles and couldn’t get on with any of the styles I tried, despite how much not using one hurt my finger. Then I found one type that really stuck for me! Read on to find out all aboutContinue reading “Thimbles | My favourite”