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”

Seasonal Quilting Motif Ideas II

Spring has certainly sprung so I though it was time for some more “themed” quilting motifs to match your seasonal projects. I’ve got ideas for free motion quilting, walking foot quilting and hand quilting to share with you, with quick tutorials on how to achieve each one. Theming your quilting to coordinate with the projectContinue reading “Seasonal Quilting Motif Ideas II”

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 | Quilting

We’re back with another post about sewing machine feet. Last time I looked at feet for patchwork piecing and now the focus turns to quilting. It feels like there’s even more feet for different types of machine quilting and choosing one over another can be far more down to personal preference than how well theyContinue reading “Sewing Machine Feet | Quilting”

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”

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”

Sewing Machine Needles Explained

Have you ever wondered what all those colours and numbers on sewing machine needles are for?Do you struggle to decide which needle is the best choice for your current project?Is there a Universal needle permanently on your machine because you just don’t know what else to use? Then read on for an explanation of theContinue reading “Sewing Machine Needles Explained”

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”

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”