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”

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”

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 | 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”

Patchwork Heart | February Cushion of the Month

How can it be time for February’s cushion/pillow of the month already? Actually this one is up a bit earlier than usual as I wanted to catch the Valentine’s makers. I love making heart-themed patchwork all year round but I couldn’t let February pass without a special project. For the second month in a row,Continue reading “Patchwork Heart | February Cushion of the Month”

Patchwork Plaid | January Cushion of the Month

For the past year I have written a monthly tutorial for the fabulous Polka Dot Chair blog; a mix of patchwork, embroidery, and other small projects. With the start of a new year I’ll be starting a new feature… “Pillow [cushion] of the Month”. Each month will share a tutorial to make a quilted pillow/cushion.Continue reading “Patchwork Plaid | January Cushion of the Month”

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”

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”