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Friday, 24 March 2017

Marmite + Vegemite - Which Camp Are You?

 Hidden Zipper Cushion Tute by

Marmite + Vegemite - Which Camp Are You?

As you're reading this I'm in Australia, I've already visited Melbourne, done a trip to Brisbane and now I'm in Queensland before heading to Sydney.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Monday, 6 March 2017

Exploring Japan - Tokyo's Ginza, Okachimachi and Ueno

Exploring Japan - Tokyo's Ginza, Okachimachi and Ueno by

When I was in Japan a while ago, I met up with my friend Aya.  I met Aya when she came to my quilting classes in Manhattan and she's returned to live in Tokyo now.  Having the opportunity to see Tokyo with Aya was definitely a highlight of my trip.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Worth The Wait? Boxer Shorts

Worth The Wait? Boxer Shorts

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When my son, Joe, came over for Christmas 2014, we bought some Alexander Henry, Hurry Down The Chimney fabric and I promised to make him some boxer shorts.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Harlequin Quilt Pattern

Harlequin Quilt Pattern by

I'm super excited to share my brand new venture with you today, I've been working on it for several months and it's been hard to keep it to myself.

Piecing And Joining Diamond Rows [Tute]

Piecing and Joining Diamond Rows Tute by

Joining diamonds isn't as straight forward as joining squares.  It sure looks like it should be easy, those straight lines and angled corners line up perfectly ready to sew a 1/4" seam but that's not the case at all.  Let me show you what happens when you sew them together this way and then I'll show you how to line them up so they DO join perfectly.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Replacing Worn Quilt Blocks [Technique]

Remember this quilt?  I made it way back in 2013 for my husband - who had been complaining for some time that I hadn't made him a quilt when "even the dog's got two".  So I finally made him his own quilt using his 100% cotton shirts and some linen shirts and trousers.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Scrappy Rectangle Block [Technique]

Scrappy Rectangle Block [Technique] by

The March Block Lotto for the NYC Metro Modern Quilters Guild is another scrap buster.  

What's a Block Lotto?
You make any number of blocks of the designated design, hand over your blocks at the next guild meeting and you are given one entry in the raffle draw for each block you've made.  

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Tokyo Sunrise + Twilight Cushion [Zipper + Pointy Corner Removal Tutes]

Tokyo Sunrise + Twilight Cushion with tutes

My sofas have been bare of cushions for 5 years now.  That's really hard for me to admit.  I love a good cushion, I write tutes for cushions, and I used to have my own interior design company.

So how come I don't have cushions piled high on every sofa, chair and bed in my apartment?

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Playful Fabric Printing Blog Hop

It's All About The Colour Drop Quilt - From Design Brief To Photo Shoot

The Colour Drop Quilt by

Today I'm sharing my Colour Drop Quilt - the whole process from design brief through to the photo shoot in Miami.  With tips and a block tute too, there's plenty to spark ideas and inspire.

No Fuss Half Rectangle Triangle (HRT) Block [Technique]

No Fuss Half Rectangle Triangle HRT Technique by

Mention Half Rectangle Triangles (HRTs) and many quilters shake their heads nervously.  One would assume HRTs are made the same way as Half Square Triangles (HSTs) - two squares right sides together, draw a diagonal line across 2 corners and sew 1/4" seams either side of the line and cut along the line - but that's far from the truth, as anyone who's tried that method will have discovered.  

There are several techniques that do work and today I'm sharing the no fuss technique I used when making The Colour Drop Quilt.

Monday, 16 January 2017

High Tide - Laminated Washbag Duo

Laminated Washbag by

It's been a while since I made a laminated washbag but guess what, having taught this as a class many, many times, it was just like riding a bike.  In fact, I made not one but two matching washbags this weekend.