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”

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”

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”

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”

When is the best time to start your patchwork journey?

Simple answer…any time! Longer answer…like so many things in life, if you keep putting off learning a new skill or starting a new challenge because you’re waiting for the “perfect” time, there’s a really good chance that the perfect time will never come along. It’s such a common thing when learning a new skills (orContinue reading “When is the best time to start your patchwork journey?”

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”

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”