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I took a break from quilting and patchwork to sew my own top. I’m not great at garment sewing, but it was fun to use fabric that I had designed myself!
Making clothes with my own fabric designs!
You might be aware that I have been delving into the world of fabric design of late. I don’t talk about it very often compared to my quilting and pattern designing. It’s something I tend to do quite sporadically. Despite that, I have created quite a ...
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What happens when you are brave and put your artwork out into the world of quilting. You might be surprised. I never thought a girl from tapawera could make a living from her artwork!
Patchwork Quilting and Artwork together.
One thing about people who undertake quilting (or any crafting activity for that matter), is that generally they are not solely focused on one particular craft, and are multi-talented in a host of different crafts. Commonly, people who make quilts al...
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Every quilter has one part of the quilt-making process that they dislike, this blog post outlines some tried and true strategies to overcome hurdles in the quilt-making process when you start to lose the joy and to effectively carry on to finish your patc
Conquering Quilting Roadblocks to Finish a Quilt
I have a number of quilts that are almost finished. It’s a bit embarrassing actually having a quilt-in-progress pile that is for the most part just awaiting that final step for completion. The reason for this is that I am not a fan of binding quilts....
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You can make your own storage boxes using fabric scraps. This cute storage box has a Mushroom quilt block on the front and has been filled with fat quarters. It was simple to make and can be used for storing sewing supplies, stationary or other items arou
Make your own cute square fabric storage basket!
This week I decided I needed to organise my sewing space a little bit better. If I am being completely honest it has become a bit of a creative mess. One of the things I had been meaning to do was organise my fat quarters so that I could place them o...
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Choosing Thread: Why choosing a quality thread for your next quilting or sewing project is important. The image shows a collection of different quilting and sewing threads
Choosing Thread: Why Quality Thread is Important
Embarking on any new quilting or sewing project is always exciting for me. I love to let my creativity loose and watch as my fabric turns into something cute, quirky, or fun. But there is one aspect of every project that I always seem to overlook unt...
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What Paper is Best to Use for Foundation Paper Piecing. A list of pros and cons for using different papers for paper piecing and quilting.
What Paper is Best for Foundation Paper Piecing
Foundation paper piecing is a method of constructing quilt blocks that uses a paper foundation to stabilize fabric pieces as you sew them together. The paper is sewn to the fabric, creating a stable base for intricate designs and precise piecing, mea...
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What is a Mini Quilt used for? Why should I make a Mini Quilt? These questions and more answered in this blog post about the joy of making a miniature quilt!
Mini Quilts: What is a mini quilt and why should you make one?
If you are a new quilter and you have looked on Instagram, Facebook or your other social media sites, you might have wondered what the purpose of a Miniature Quilt (Mini quilt) is, or why people make them.A mini-quilt is, as the name suggests, a very...
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This fail proof method for dealing with tricky angles in paper pieced quilt blocks will mean you waste less fabric and get your angles right every time!
A Fail-Proof Method of Paper Piecing Angles
As an avid fan of paper pieced quilts I have learned a few tricks over the years. one of the most useful tricks is knowing how to ensure that the scrap of fabric I choose will cover the intended section entirely.This is especially relevant when the t...
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Paper Pieced Heart Quilt Block has been used to make Wall Art using an embroidery hoop in this quick and easy sewing project!
How to make Quilt Block Hoop Art.
Lately I have been having lots of fun making Hoop-Art from some of the Orphan quilt blocks in my sewing room (I have more than a few to choose from). Hoop-Art is surprisingly easy to make and is also makes a lovely handmade gift or wall hanging.For m...
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This Bumble Bee quilt block is lots of fun to make and super cute! I know you are going to love using some of your fabric scraps to sew this quilt block!
Foundation Paper Pieced Bumble Bee Pattern!
I love fabric scraps, but at the moment my sewing room is simply overflowing with them and if I'm being honest, I need to have a clear-out, but I cannot bear to part with some of my stash, so the alternative is to try and use it! Towards the end of 2...
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Learn how to make your own jumbo-sized needle book using scraps from your stash and orphan quilt blocks! I used a foundation paper pieced bee quilt block on this one, but you could use any patchwork block that takes your fancy!
How To Make a Mega Needle Book: A Scrap-Busting Sewing Project.
This Mega Needle Book is the Ultimate Quilter's travel companion. It's bigger than usual for a needle book (9" Square), so it has space to carry all of the hand quilting supplies you might need for a larger project - the pockets even have enough spac...
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The Patch is a new Club for foundation paper piecing quilt blocks. With fun sampler quilt blocks and tutorials for beginners. Plus members get to join a new quilting club and meet members online from all over the world! Learn foundation paper piecing or i
The Patch! More than a Quilt Block of the Month Club!
'The Patch!' is a foundation paper piecing block of the month (BOM) club. Each year there is a new sampler quilt to sew and new blocks are released once a month.In 2022, members of ‘The Patch!’ will make a sampler quilt called ‘Veggie Patch’....
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Nine awesome (and totally free) paper pieced quilt patterns that beginners could make! The picture shows the Free Bumble Bee Pattern by Kohatu Patterns
Nine Awesome Foundation Paper Pieced Quilt Patterns that are Free!
When it comes to foundation pieced quilt blocks, I’m a bit of an addict. I just love creating pictures with fabric, and knowing I can get a really accurate result when I use a foundation template. Of course I also love to encourage others to give F...
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Patchwork Tutorial to turn a Scrappy Umbrella Paper Pieced quilt block into a Pin Cushion. Simple Sewing tutorial to make your own pin cushion. Patchwork sewing lesson.
Super Simple Pin Cushion - Sewing Tutorial!
I love Pin Cushions almost as much as I love paper piecing. I’ve made quite a few of them in my time. They are fun gifts for your friends who enjoy quilting or sewing, plus it’s great to have a few different ones in the sewing room. I have one fo...
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Making Paper Pieced quilt blocks is lots of fun, however every quilter makes mistakes. Here are two common problems in paper piecing and how you can fix them without getting out your seam ripper!
Fixing Mistakes in Foundation Paper Piecing Without a Seam Ripper!
When I first started foundation paper piecing, I made a lot of mistakes. Obviously over time my skills have improved and while these days these mistakes do happen much less often, even the most seasoned quilter would be lying if they said they didn't...
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