Sew a Fine Seam – The Scant Seam

Welcome to my next instalment of the Sew a Fine Seam series of blogs.  In my previous Sew a Fine Seam blog I mentioned the ‘scant’ seam.  You will hear this quoted as the only way to get accurately pieced blocks but what exactly does it mean and why?  When we see a block weContinue reading “Sew a Fine Seam – The Scant Seam”

Rotary Cutting Made Sew Easy….

I frequently get asked how to make rotary cutting easier for the beginner or for the experienced quilter who has joint issues.  This can strike anyone at any age as someone who suffered RSI throughout my 30s and 40s quite severely, holding a quilters ruler steady whilst cutting can be difficult.  My son’s girlfriend hasContinue reading “Rotary Cutting Made Sew Easy….”

Sew a Fine Seam – Why Imperial?

Welcome to a new series of blogs that will concentrate on aspects of patchwork and quilting for the beginner but those who have enjoyed the craft for some time may also pick up some hints and tips. You may be an experienced seamstress or tailor, or not touched a needle since your school days butContinue reading “Sew a Fine Seam – Why Imperial?”

Double Fold Binding Tutorial

How to add a double fold strip of binding to your quilt edge, how to mitre the corners and join the strip. You’ll find a Backing and Binding Calculations pdf to help you work out how much binding you need for your quilt. You can download a copy so you always have it to hand.Continue reading “Double Fold Binding Tutorial”

Ombré Bubbles Lap Quilt

The December issue of British Patchwork and Quilting magazine has landed and I’m excited as you can find my Ombré Bubbles lap quilt as one of the projects. Made from delightful fabrics in ombré batik shades from EQSUK they really pop with warm colours. The collection is called Landscape Batiks from Kingfisher Fabrics. They wouldContinue reading “Ombré Bubbles Lap Quilt”

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”