Choosing Fabric Colours | The Basics

There are so many beautiful fabric colours and prints, almost an endless choice, so how do you go about choosing for your patchwork project? Combining colours and prints can come easily to some people, but for many it is a real challenge to get the balance and look that they want. Luckily colours have aContinue reading “Choosing Fabric Colours | The Basics”

Disappearing Four Patch | Tutorial

A disappearing four patch block is a patchwork technique. It is created by arranging and sewing together four squares of fabric to make a traditional four patch quilt block. Instead of leaving the block like this, it is cut up and the pieces rearranged to make the original design “disappear”. These blocks are great forContinue reading “Disappearing Four Patch | Tutorial”

Quilting Rules | My favourites

Is there a “top” brand of quilting rulers you should be using? Like many sewing and quilting tools, this has a lot to do with personal preference but if you’d like to learn a little bit more about my favourite brand of quilting rulers and why I love them, read on… My favourite brand ofContinue reading “Quilting Rules | My favourites”

Stick a pin in it | My Pinterest favourites

Inspiration strike can happen at any time, but how and where can you keep all those ideas organised? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I love lists and post it notes and screenshots and about a million other ways to remember an idea or source of inspiration but I don’t love any of these as much as I love Pinterest! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀InContinue reading “Stick a pin in it | My Pinterest favourites”

Aurifil Artisan Challenge #5 | Using three different thread weights

Time for my first Aurifil Artisan challenge of the new year. I’ll be sad when the Artisan year comes to an end in a few months; it has been really fun being challenged to use so many lovely threads in different ways. The challenge of using at least three different thread weights in one projectContinue reading “Aurifil Artisan Challenge #5 | Using three different thread weights”

6 Stages of Juggling

Another week of home learning, pandemic weirdness, missing people…another week of not having a clue what I’m doing at times! Is it really possible to write the presentation for a new mini course whilst explaining subtracting fractions or looking for a missing lego piece? I’m not sure it’s even meant to be possible but itContinue reading “6 Stages of Juggling”

Aurifil Artisan Challenge #4 | Hand Quilting

It’s time for another Aurifil Artisan challenge; this is my final one for 2020 but don’t worry, there will be more next year. I’m no stranger to hand quilting (although I used to be as I avoided pretty much all hand sewing up until a couple of years ago!) but I most often use itContinue reading “Aurifil Artisan Challenge #4 | Hand Quilting”

Creative ways to use the Hexagon Waterfall pattern

The first pattern I ever had in a magazine was Hexagon Waterfall (featured in Quilt Now Issue 45 named “Charming Mini Rainbow Quilt”); it is available to buy in my pattern shop. Hexagon Waterfall is an English paper piecing (EPP) small wall hanging, perfect for EPP beginners and more experienced hand sewers who want a quickContinue reading “Creative ways to use the Hexagon Waterfall pattern”

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”