How to speed things up when piecing – Working on the Chain Gang

So you have a quilt to make how do you speed up the piecing process. The best way I know is to work like a process worker and tackle one process at a time.   Add to this chain piecing whenever possible. By continuing to do the one task at a time you are speeding up …read more….

Australian Machine Quilting Festival 2016 – Class Registration Opening Soon

This is the fourth Australian Machine Quilting Festival (AMQ) since 2010, it is held in the Adelaide Convention Centre which is a fantastic facility centrally located on the banks of the River Torrens in the heart of Adelaide. This year the Festival will be held 25th to 28th of August. The AMQ Festival is a …read more….

Connector Corners and a Free Quilt Pattern Peppermint Twirl

Back in the early 80’s a little lady wrote a book “It’s ok to sit on my quilt” her name was Mary Ellen Hopkins. This book was ground breaking. She introduced the connector corner to the quilting world. So what is a Connector Corner You simply place a square of a different colour or value …read more….

Free Block of the Month ‘s on the Web

  Do you love BOM (Block of the Month)? I have to admit I have a love of collecting them. Unfortunately they rarely get finished, quite a few are gathering dust in my sewing room probably never to see light of day. But then again they may very well be my retirement nest egg for …read more….

What’s Your Personal Quilting Book Library Like?

I’m a book lover, I just can’t resist a  good book and that extends to my quilting life too. Back when my kids were small, I use to review the latest books for a shop I worked for and quite often the books I reviewed would come home with me. My biggest collection is of …read more….

Handy Gadgets – Making Bias Stems for Appliqué Quilting with the Clover Bias Maker

One of my all time favourite gadgets is the Clover Bias Tape maker for making Bias Stems for Appliqué Quilting. Combined with a nice hot iron and a bit of starch you can make continuous bias or just a few strips of bias to make into stems. To be honest I find that a 1/2m …read more….

Needles and Pins for Quilting

Ok another confession I love notions, I love a new gadget but today the focus is Needles and Pins. Do you have a favourite needle? For a long time my preferred Applique Needle has been Bohin No 9 Straw or Appliqué. They are long and fine and perfect for turning under applique seams. However my …read more….

Inspiration and Refuelling Your Sewing Mojo

The last 6 months has seen me struggling to find my sewing mojo this has been really hard to accept because I use to some form of sewing everyday. Writing for Quilting Focus has helped me to be inspired and slowly increase my need to sew but I’m still not sewing everyday but I am getting …read more….

Hetties Patch – My Local Quilt Shop

Do you have a Local Quilt Shop, one that you can just drop into and immerse yourself in all things quilting. My Local Quilt Shop is Hetties Patch in Hindmarsh, South Australia. Why don’t you step through the front door and take a look.   It is a quick tram/bus ride from Adelaide and probably …read more….

How to Make an Hourglass Block and Free Pattern

I love hourglass blocks they are super easy to make by joining two half square triangles together and they another good shortcut to learn for the beginner. The maths to work out what size squares you need to cut is also super easy. Simply Add 1 1/4” to the finished block size ie Cut 5 …read more….