Broken needles

It really is true that practice makes perfect, or maybe not perfect but certainly I see improvements with practice! I started the quilting design on my hexagon patchwork quilt and was doing great, my stitching was becoming more even and I was really getting into the flow of free motion quilting and then my needle […]

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Patchwork hexagons: quilting design

As you may have read, I’m a novice in the world of free motion quilting with the recent cushion cover being my test design. Wanting something a little more fancy for the actual quilt I’ve been searching for inspiration and found this blog post via Pinterest. Geta, a Romanian quilter shows how simple it is […]

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Watercolour – Day Lily, Rudbeckia and Crocosmia

Watercolour no. 3 from Julie King’s step by step tutorial book ‘Watercolour Flowers’. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough, it has so much detail and even includes images of the paint colour mixes. Imagine a mix of blue and yellow… yes, you get green but it can vary so much depending on the proportions […]

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Patchwork cushion (and free motion quilting)

Following my initial attempts at free motion quilting, I bravely took the step of trying it out for real on my patchwork cushion front. Using a coordinating thread in a deep red colour I decided to include the word ‘home’ in my quilting, surrounded by a flower (ish) design. I really enjoyed the challenge of […]

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Watercolour – hibiscus

This is my second watercolour from Julie King’s book ‘Watercolour Flowers’, following from the tulips which I completed earlier this month. As mentioned in my previous post (Watercolour – Tulips) this is a fantastic book with step by step instructions and pull out templates on good quality watercolour paper. Definitely worth a look for any […]

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Free motion quilting 1

In some ways the creation of a patchwork quilt top is the easy part as we follow instructions to cut and piece each block. I admit I’m a little frightened of the quilting part. There are easy ways to quilt your quilt, if that’s an acceptable description! You can simply join with a single stitch […]

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