Choosing Fabric Colours | Four, Five & More Colours

We’ve now talked about choosing two colour and three colour fabric combinations in Choosing Fabric Colours | Two & Three Colours, and looked at the basics of colour theory and using a colour wheel in Choosing Fabric Colours | The Basics. Now let’s focus on choosing four colour, five colour and more fabric combinations. AsContinue reading “Choosing Fabric Colours | Four, Five & More Colours”

Choosing Fabric Colours | Two & Three Colours

We’ve already talked about the basics of colour theory, using a colour wheel and looked at a couple of colour combinations in Choosing Fabric Colours | The Basics. Now let’s focus on choosing two colour and three colour fabric combinations. Knowing how to choose fabric combinations is a really useful skill for any patchwork quilter.Continue reading “Choosing Fabric Colours | Two & Three Colours”

How to choose your basting method | English Paper Piecing

English paper piecing (EPP) is a very old quilting method that is still used today to create traditionally styled sewing projects as well as modern makes. The technique involves wrapping fabric around shaped pieces of paper or card and then hand stitching the fabric together. One of the early stages of an EPP project, afterContinue reading “How to choose your basting method | English Paper Piecing”

Quarter Square Triangles | Top Tips

If you are a long-time reader of my blog then you’ll already know that I love half square triangles and that they are my favourite patchwork “feature” it use in a project. This love also extends to quarter square triangles which are essential two HSTs combined to create two new units. For me there’s nothingContinue reading “Quarter Square Triangles | Top Tips”

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”

Thimbles | My favourite

Can’t put your finger on which type of thimble to use? To be honest, I always hated thimbles and couldn’t get on with any of the styles I tried, despite how much not using one hurt my finger. Then I found one type that really stuck for me! Read on to find out all aboutContinue reading “Thimbles | My favourite”

Cleaning your sewing machine | Top Tips

Sewing machine maintenance is really important; not just to keep your machine running smoothly but to help avoid issues with your sewing projects too. The main things you’ll be cleaning out of your sewing machine are tiny thread off-cuts and fluff. Our machines don’t really get “dirty”, just fluffy! The fluff comes from the fabricContinue reading “Cleaning your sewing machine | Top Tips”

Foundation Paper Piecing | Top Tips

Foundation paper piecing can be a bit of a brain twister. I don’t just mean getting all the fabric pieces to fold the right way and having to work in reverse a lot of time; there are also a lot of different tools… what do they all do and do you really need to useContinue reading “Foundation Paper Piecing | Top Tips”

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”

On your marks… | Favourite marking tools

Always using the same marking tool…change the script! Read on to find out about my favourite marking and writing tools, and the different ways I use them in sewing, patchwork and quilting projects. Sewline Trio Pencil This mechanical pencil has three marking options; a regular black lead pencil, a white lead and a fine, roundedContinue reading “On your marks… | Favourite marking tools”