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Sweet Spells is a pretty and cute new fabric collection for quilters and sewers to celebrate Halloween with a softer palette!
From Quilting Dreams to Fabric Fantasies: Unveiling 'Sweet Spells'—My Bewitching New Fabric Collection
Hello, my fellow fabric fanatics and lovers of all things stitchy! Gather 'round the proverbial cauldron as I regale you with tales from the land of needles and threads. Picture this: amidst a sea of bubble wrap and the chaotic ballet of boxes—each o...
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Caught in the whirl of a sewing addiction, juggling fabric and life's demands can be a chaotic dance. From sneaky packing hacks to sleepless nights, discover the highs and lows of a quilter's life in stitches.
Confessions of a Sewing Addict: The Joys and Trials of Life Stitched Together
Alright, let's just put it out there: I have a problem. No, it’s not my addiction to caffeine, although that certainly helps fuel the midnight quilting marathons. No, dear readers, I’m talking about sewing. My relationship with fabric, thread, and my...
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In metric-based countries, why do quilters still use Inches, and fractions of inches when sewing patchwork items?
Why Quilting Patterns, Tools, and Tutorials are Typically Designed in Inches
Recently, I got a question from a customer about why my patterns are described in inches. Actually, she specifically said, "If you are from New Zealand, why aren’t you using metric measurements for your patterns?" I'm not sure if she was questioning ...
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Sewing Machine Jammed or making a clunky sound? It probably needs to be cleaned.
How Often Do You Clean Your Sewing Machine? Hint: It’s Probably Not Often Enough!
There I was, merrily sewing away on my latest project—a cute Halloween pillow cover/cushion that I just felt the urge to make on a whim. Never mind that I should have been packing up the house for an impending move. Suddenly, I hit a snag… or, rather...
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150 Patterns and Counting: A Quilting Journey from Farmhouse to Fabric Wonderland!
You know how I'm obsessed with those intricate paper pieced patterns, right? Well, Forget counting days, minutes, or years in this neck of the woods. We're all about counting patterns! And guess what? My business just hit the big 150-pattern mil...
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Quilting Adventures: From Ironing Neglect to Creative Triumph
Greetings, fellow fabric aficionados! Ah, what a whirlwind month it's been. But hold that thought before you conjure an image of me dutifully pressing my husband's work shirts. Let's set the record straight – those shirts? They're currently on the ba...
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If you are learning to quilt and want to make a fun quilt, paper piecing might be the best method to try as a beginner!
Exploring Paper Piecing: Why Beginner Quilters Should Give It a Try
As a beginner quilter, diving into the world of quilting can feel both exhilarating and overwhelming. With so many techniques to choose from, where should you begin? One method that stands out for its accessibility and versatility is paper piecing. M...
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This blog post discusses the merits of supporting independent fabric designers on platforms like Spoonflower over fabrics from the big box fabric stores.
Embracing Independent Fabric Designs in your Quilting and Sewing Projects
In the vast landscape of fabric shopping, there's always another hidden gem waiting to be discovered. The main fabric companies have done a good job of keeping us buying each new collection, which seem to come and go from our Instagram feeds and inde...
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One of the most common questions new quilters ask is How do I quilt this. This blog post helps to get you on your way!
How to Quilt a Quilt: Just Start Stitching!
If you're new to quilting, chances are you've received advice on the "right" way to quilt a quilt. Traditionally, there are many rules in quilting, but it's common for beginners to feel apprehensive about sharing their quilting journey due to fear of...
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If you need a different sized quilt block to the one provided by a pattern designer, there is an easy way to adjust the size at home.
Perfect Fit: Resizing Foundation Paper Pieced Quilt Blocks for Every Quilting and Sewing Project
As a quilt block designer, one of the most common questions I receive is, "Can I make this block a different size?"I understand the need to resize quilt blocks to suit specific sewing projects. While I strive to include multiple sizes in my patterns ...
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How do you find time to quilt when you have kids? Get them involved! These are some great ways to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays while carving out some quilty time for yourself!
Crafting Comrades: Getting Kids Involved in Your Quilting Projects
I'm all for carving out more time to quilt, but being amidst the school holidays here in New Zealand sometimes it can be difficult to juggle the responsibilities of entertaining the kiddos whilst also getting the time I want to spend sewing up a stor...
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There are so many great patterns for beginners to paper piecing and in this blog post I have curated a few for you to choose from!
Paper Pieced Quilt Projects for Beginners!
For many quilters and sewers, the very mention of a foundation paper pieced project makes them anxious and many quilters will actively discourage people from trying paper piecing as a method because of their own experiences or misconceptions. I've ha...
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Follow my journey as I run out of fabric, desperately search for more and what I learned from running out of fabric while making a planet earth quilt block for my Outer Space Adventure quilt.
A Fabric Faux Pax: How I Overcame Running out of Fabric in the Middle of a Quilt Block
I had a moment of quilty panic this month while I was working on the latest quilt block for my Space Quilt. It's a block that I called 'Kiwi Cosmos', because although it's a picture of Planet Earth, when I was designing it, it was...
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Using Fabric Scraps in a new quilt project is a great way to save money on quilting.
Making the Most of Leftover Fabric Scraps in a New Quilt Project.
Lets face it, Quilting is an expensive hobby. So making sure that we utilise the fabric we have to the best of our ability is probably important to most people and this is just one of the reasons that I love fabric scraps. When it comes to fabric, so...
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Tips for Paper Piecing Quilt Blocks. This article will explain why your choice of needle in your sewing machine could be affecting your finished quilt blocks and how to fix it.
The Art of Paper Piecing: Choosing the Right Needles for Precision
Most quilters who love paper piecing will tell you that to achieve the best results when paper piecing, you need to change your sewing machine needle more frequently than sewing fabric alone. However, whether you're a seasoned paper piecer or just st...
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