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”

Spot On Seams

How to decide which way to press your patchwork seams Patchwork isn’t just about sewing; how you press your blocks is also really important and the wrong pressing choices can make or break a project! Seams in a patchwork project can be either press to one side or open. Both of these options have prosContinue reading “Spot On Seams”

Maple Crisp | Autumn-Fall Project Inspiration

It’s becoming that time of year when the leaves change colour, the wooly hats go on and the pumpkin spiced lattes appear. Autumn (Fall) is my favourite season for all these reasons and it really sparks my creativity too. Although the shades around us are becoming a bit more muted there are still gorgeous popsContinue reading “Maple Crisp | Autumn-Fall Project Inspiration”

Aurifil Artisan Challenge #3 | Wholecloth Quilt Project

Another month, another Aurifil Artisan challenge. I’m really enjoying being pushed to try different techniques and projects; it’s a fun way to push my sewing boundaries a little bit. Surprisingly this was the first time I have ever done a whole cloth quilt project. A whole cloth quilt is basically a quilt or quilted projectContinue reading “Aurifil Artisan Challenge #3 | Wholecloth Quilt Project”

Seeing past the rainbow | A pattern focus on Rainbow Lattice

The first quilt pattern I ever released (back in July 2018) was Rainbow Lattice; it is available to buy in my pattern shop. I was relatively new to pattern designing and more importantly, for the point of my story, pattern naming. Since then I’ve realised how colour-blind colour-blinkered people can be with quilt designs. IContinue reading “Seeing past the rainbow | A pattern focus on Rainbow Lattice”

Aurifil Artisan Challenge #2 | Cross Stitch

It’s time for another Aurifil Artisan challenge. Each month the challenges have a different theme and it’s a great chance to play around with techniques and thread weights you don’t always use. The theme for August was “cross stitch and embroidery”. I have done quite a few cross stitch projects over the last couple ofContinue reading “Aurifil Artisan Challenge #2 | Cross Stitch”

A Helping Hand for Hand Quilting

Do you get hand quilting anxiety like I used to? Are you trying to channel the Amish and achieve 10 stitches per inch?! Have you thrown in the towel (needle!) and concluded that hand quilting “just isn’t for you”? Read on for my thoughts, theories and a simple tip… OK, so I used to hateContinue reading “A Helping Hand for Hand Quilting”

Straight Line Quilting | Not so straightforward…in a good way!

Just sewing straight lines on a quilt? Sounds kinda boring. Well it’s not! Simple, straight lines all over a quilt can be really effective but there are so many more options for “just” straight lines. But before you decide how to use straight line quilting, let’s talk about what you are going to need. IContinue reading “Straight Line Quilting | Not so straightforward…in a good way!”

All In Good Time | A Free Motion Quilting Top Tip

What is my top tip for free motion quilting? It’s simple…time! I know what you are all saying…that’s great Amy but I don’t exactly have much time to spare at the moment (or ever!). I hear you. If I had more time to spend on free motion quilting then I would have a lot moreContinue reading “All In Good Time | A Free Motion Quilting Top Tip”

Aurifil Artisan Challenge #1 | Favourite Thread

You may have seen me announce this last month in Instagram but if you missed it…I’m part of the Aurifil Artisan team for 2020! I’m so exited to be working with such a wonderful company and alongside so many talented quilters, sewers and makers. You can find the full list of all the Artisans on Aurifil’s AuribuzzContinue reading “Aurifil Artisan Challenge #1 | Favourite Thread”