Scandi Cross Stitch | Tutorial

Cross stitch is such a lovely craft for winter evenings, curled up on the sofa. For me, the combination of hand sewing and the guidance of the cross stitch fabric is perfect for an easy, low concentration make…and that means it’s perfect for beginners too. The pattern uses 14 count Aida but you could useContinue reading “Scandi Cross Stitch | Tutorial”

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”

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”

Spring Vibes hand embroidery | Tutorial

Celebrate the changing seasons with this hand embroidery design, inspired by the blooms and growth of Spring. I love small embroidery projects at this time of year as they are so portable…stitch outside in the garden when the weather is fine or work on it inside, snuggled on the sofa. This pattern uses simple handContinue reading “Spring Vibes hand embroidery | Tutorial”

Quilting Ideas | Everlasting Star pattern

Quilt as desired. Is this not the most dreaded “instruction” for quilters? Even though I hate it myself, I’m still guilty of writing it in my patterns. Doh! It’s a tough one because quilting can be such a personal choice, and there are just so many options (even within one “type” of quilting) you justContinue reading “Quilting Ideas | Everlasting Star pattern”