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”

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”

How to create your own light box

I love a good sewing hack! Don’t get me wrong, I do love all the perfect equipment too but that isn’t always possible for lots of reasons (budget, storage space, availability etc) so sometimes you need to improvise. Light boxes and light pads have lots of use in sewing and quilting including; drawing embroidery designsContinue reading “How to create your own light box”

Design Wall | Invisible Sewing Space Part II

A design wall is a really useful tool for a quilter; it’s a great way to easily arrange and re-arrange quilt blocks to check different placements and it’s much easier that looking at them on the floor. But if you don’t have your own sewing room (like me) then you probably won’t have the spaceContinue reading “Design Wall | Invisible Sewing Space Part II”

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”

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”

Top 4 tips for creating an invisible sewing space

Cards on the table…I sew and work from my dining room table. I would love to have my own sewing room but we simply don’t have space on our house for one. I used to have the box bedroom as a sewing space but it was too dark and small; then hubby started working fromContinue reading “Top 4 tips for creating an invisible sewing space”