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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.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Deck The Halls Blog Hop for Benartex

Wall Hanging/Table Topper tute by

Welcome to Day 1 of the Benartex Deck The Halls Blog Hop.

How To Make A Dresden Plate Blade Template

How To Make A Dresden Plate Blade Template

Don't have a Dresden Blade template and want to make a Dresden Plate in a hurry?
This is how you can make your own.

An Easy Way To Hand Sew Or Quilt Straight Lines

An Easy Way To Hand Sew Or Quilt Straight Lines

Ever wondered how to quilt or sew perfect straight lines, without marking your fabric?

It's super easy and I'm going to show you how I do it.

Beginner's Guide To Turned Edge Circles [Applique Tute]

Let's put our hands together for raw edge applique - I love it, absolutely love it - but now and again a project calls for turned edge applique.  Urrrgh.  Did I hear someone groan?  It might actually have been me, but to be fair turned edge applique really isn't that bad.  

My latest project didn't need any applique at all then at the last moment I had a bit of a funny turn and thought to add a fussy cut turned edge circle to the centre of my piece would bring something special to the finish.

Making the circle reminded me just how easy turned edge applique is so I thought I'd share my method with you.  It's nothing original and the technique doesn't belong to me, or to anyone else either! It's just the way it's done and has been for a very long time - so here it is:

Beginner's Guide To Turned Edge Circles

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Quilt Design - Playing With Colour And Fabric Options

When making a quilt it's always fun to play around with colour and fabric options, whether we're pulling fabrics from our stash, buying online or from our local quilt store.

Creating my Trapped Square quilt pattern (available Monday, 21 November 2016) has given me the perfect opportunity to share some of these options with you along with design ideas you can try for yourself when considering your next quilt project.

Dreamscape Block Blog Hop for Benartex

Trapped Square block and quilt design tutorial by

Welcome to Day 1 of the Benartex Dreamscape Block Blog Hop.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Exploring Barcelona, Spain - Oyambre

Exploring Barcelona, Spain - Oyambre by

While in Spain at the end of October, I met up with my friend Adelaida.  Adelaida is from Barcelona and a few years ago she spent some time living in Manhattan and became a regular shopper and student at The City Quilter and that's how we met.  We hadn't seen each other for about three years but, of course, as soon as I knew I was heading out to Barcelona we arranged to meet up.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

September and October Progress & News

I travelled much of September - South Africa and more of the same coming up for the rest of October - Barcelona.  Not complaining but it is my excuse reason for not doing a progress report at the end of September.  Given that I'll be away now for the rest of October and won't be sewing during that (other than my usual travelling handwork) I thought I'd combine the two months.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Quarter Inch, Single Fold Binding aka Flat Binding [Tute]

What Is Single Fold Binding + How Is It Different To Double Fold?
Single fold binding, as the name implies, has only one fabric layer while double fold binding is folded in half before the binding process begins creating a double layer thickness.  Single fold binding is also known as flat binding while double fold is aka French binding.