Meet Pearl the Singer

I’ve recently bought two lovely old Singers at auction and the first, dated 1939, was in a sorry state. She has become my first attempt at a mini restoration. Tackling a revamp of an old sewing machine has always been on the cards but I’ve not actually attempted it before. I did a bit ofContinue reading “Meet Pearl the Singer”

Garden Flowers Blog Hop 2020

As you may know I write blogs for the website http://www.UKQU.co.uk which is a wonderful resource for UK quilters. It’s a platform for small independent designers and shops from the UK to sell and interact with customers. It is also full of advice, free patterns and blogs on all aspect of P&Q. This month, SeptemberContinue reading “Garden Flowers Blog Hop 2020”

Doris Day a Month Workshop Launch.

I am so excited to be able to bring a new sampler quilt to those who would like to develop their skills on an improvers course. This quilt, named ‘Doris’ after my grandmother, uses many different techniques from traditional ones to newer developments. I can’t wait to get started. The Doris Sampler Improvers Course isContinue reading “Doris Day a Month Workshop Launch.”

Workshop Safety

Hopefully, we are looking at the loosening of the lockdown over the coming weeks. Some outdoor activities have been allowed and we’re able to meet our friends or families in gardens and parks.  It looks like shops will be next on the list but how does this impact the workshops where we learn new skills, developContinue reading “Workshop Safety”

Lockdown has been Useful!

I don’t know about you but I’ve been feeling a little bored/frustrated/sad lately. Perhaps the whole lockdown thing is getting to me? It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (18 – 24 May 2020) just when lots of us are starting to go stir crazy. Even my oldest son, who is furloughed like myself, is starting toContinue reading “Lockdown has been Useful!”

Binding Options for your Quilt

Today I’d like to talk about binding – how to finish a quilt to give a neat and tidy edge, that will stand up to wear and tear and can be the finishing flourish to your quilt.  There are many ways to finish the edging of a quilt. I love the very traditional Welsh edge,Continue reading “Binding Options for your Quilt”

Wadding or Batting

Today I’m going to talk about wadding or batting. The fluffy layer that goes in the middle of the quilt to provide the warmth. Again, this is primarily for my sewing groups and I’m not going to go into a huge amount of detail, just enough to give the beginner an introduction into what isContinue reading “Wadding or Batting”

Free Pattern for Ring Pincushion

This free pattern has appeared in my blog for the website UKQU before but it’s such a handy and simple thing that I had to share it here too. I find it perfect for appliqué when you have pinned an area, are sewing along and need to remove the pins quickly whilst holding a pieceContinue reading “Free Pattern for Ring Pincushion”