Monday, 25 July 2016

Benartex Christmas In July Blog Hop and Giveaway

Welcome to Day 1 of the Benartex Christmas in July Blog Hop and Giveaway 2016.

Hand Tied Snuggle Quilt Pattern [Tutorial]

Who doesn't love a warm snuggle quilt for cold winter's nights?  
A flannel top with the added luxury of sherpa cuddle minky on the back?

Hand Tied Snuggle Quilt
(47" x 47")

An adult size version of my Hand Tied Snuggly, it's an easy pattern using simple techniques that will appeal to both beginner quilters and more experienced quilters as a fast make for a last minute gift.  There's no batting, you don't even have to machine quilt to finish and I'll walk you through each stage with photo tutorials and lots of mbCD tips.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Joining Binding Strips & Matching Patterns [Tutorial]

Binding a quilt recently I was using a super cute penguin fabric and I wanted the penguins lined up perfectly around the bound edge, I didn't want them disappearing off at wonky angles.  That's easy enough to achieve, simply cut the binding strips along the print design rather than with the grain...  

...then I realised I'd also want the penguins to continue in sequence, even across my binding strip joins - I didn't want a sudden large penguin gap or a non-existent gap with two penguins accidentally holding flippers.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Pressing Seams Open Or To The Side - Pros & Cons Revealed


In class my students frequently ask me what method I use when pressing my seams - open or to the side.  My answer is always the same - I use both methods.  I decide which method to use depending on the following list of pros and cons and the outcome that best suits the project I'm working on.

How To Join Open Pressed Seams Accurately


Piecing seams joins can be tricky, it's not always easy to line up those seams to create perfect cross-junctions.  There are two methods you can use to achieve accurate results and the right one for you depends on how you press your seams, either open or to the side.  

Friday, 22 July 2016

5 Step Guide To A Perfect Minky Quilt Back [Tutorial]

Notoriously difficult many quilters and sewists fear to work with minky.
Fear no more, here's my super easy, step by step guide to a perfect minky quilt back.

5 Step Guide To A Perfect Minky Quilt Back [Tutorial]

Monday, 18 July 2016

Improv: Beyond The Bee - June 2016 (NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild)

June was a busy month, making many projects ready for Christmas in July and July's busy also promoting them.  I took a break from Christmas today to catch up on my outstanding June Improv: Beyond The Bee block.

Friday, 15 July 2016

12 Days Of Christmas In July

Welcome to my turn on the 

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop 2016

How To Make Selvedge & Fabric Christmas Cards

Handmade Fabric and Selvedge Cards

Making your own cards can be economical and fun and is a great way to use up fabric scraps and selvedges.  Today I'm making Christmas cards but you can easily adapt the technique to make cards for any occasion.

How To Make Selvedge and Fabric Christmas Cards

Monday, 11 July 2016

Free Pattern - Reversible Tote, Wallet & Key Clip

Did you have a chance to look at issue 2 of Modern By The Yard, the new modern quilting free e-zine?  Here's the link again in case you haven't checked it out yet.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

June Progress & News

Did I blink and miss June?!

Exploring Manhattan - Purl Soho & Friends

A couple of weeks ago I met up for the first time with Sarah Craig from Confessions Of A Fabric Addict when she was on a trip to Manhattan.  We spoken via the internet for several years, I love her blog and the charity quilt work she does is amazing.  I'm a regular at her Friday Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? linky party and it was great to finally meet in person. 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Quilt Match 2016 - Meet The Contenders

Announcing Quilt Match 2016 hosted by the Quilt Alliance at this year's annual Quilters Take Manhattan main event on Saturday, 24 September at FIT, Manhattan.

Quilters Take Manhattan

Each year at QTM, Quilt Match brings together 3 contenders for the Featherweight Champ of the Quilt World title.  Previous contenders include Luke Haynes; Heather Jones; Denyse Schmidt; Karla Overland; Laurie Russman and last year's winner Edyta Sitar. Quilt Match contenders have one hour to design and lay out a quilt top - 'no patterns, no plans, no regrets'.

I expect you're wondering who this year's Quilt Match contenders will be, well one of them is none other than me.  I've been chosen to represent the NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild and I can now share details of who my fellow contenders will be. 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Don't Miss It - Issue 2 Free Ezine Out Now: Modern by the Yard

The second issue of

Modern by the Yard

the brand new FREE e-zine showcasing modern fabrics and projects is out now sharing new prints and summery projects.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

FPP Hearts & Strip Rainbows

#QuiltsForPulse FPP Hearts Rainbow Stash Buster

It feels like forever since I had some sewing I could actually share with you and that doesn't need to be kept secret - the thing is I wish there was no reason for me to be making today's blocks at all. They're #QuiltsForPulse blocks; the quilting community led by the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild has come out in force to make quilts for those affected by the recent terrible events in Orlando, Florida.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Exploring Upper East Side - (new look) Pins & Needles

There was bad news a few months ago for fabric shoppers in Manhattan when Pins & Needles on the Upper East Side suffered a flood.  It must have been heartbreaking for owner Rachel and her staff and she shared her news here on the P&N blog.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Sadly Gifting My Could You Live Here? Quilt

Yesterday I enjoyed goodbye drinks with my first and best friend since I moved to live in the States five years ago.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Exploring Japan - Tokyo's Nippori Textile Town

Nippori Textile Town Tokyo Japan

Any fabric lover visiting Japan will want to pay a visit to Nippori Textile Town, in Tokyo.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

May 2016 Progress & News

May has been a funny month, I feel like I haven't achieved but as I'm typing this progress report I'm really surprised by how much I have actually done, I'm in conversations regarding Christmas in July Blog Hops and, as my daughter Flicky is home from Uni for the Summer, I've done numerous clothing repairs for her.  My biggest progress was in finally starting a twice-monthly newsletter - more of that in a bit.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Improv: Beyond The Bee - May 2016 (NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild)

Most of you know I'm a member of the NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild and from 2012-15 I was in our Guild's first Bee and I shared how I made each block with you here on this page.  I've taken a year off from being in a Bee but when Guild members Jenny and Jessica announced they were starting a brand new Guild Bee I couldn't resist joining so today I'm introducing