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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.

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.