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….

Hand Quilting: Sewing by Hand

Why I enjoy Hand Quilting. Today’s trend is fast and easy. And that’s good for a lot of projects – a quick gift or home decor, our need to finish something and have that feeling of accomplishment. But sometimes we need to slow down and relax. A bit of hand sewing can be just the …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….

Super Easy Quilted Table Runner Pattern

This quilted table runner pattern is so super easy that it’s almost cheating!  I love this idea for using up scraps of Christmas or other holiday themed fabric, or for making a really quick gift as a housewarming present or a hostess gift.  This would also be a great project for beginners or to introduce …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….

Design your own quilt blocks – using paper and fun!

Want to design quilt blocks but don’t want to cut into your precious fabric? See how we used scrapbooking paper to play with quilt block design.

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….

Colour! Choosing a Glorious Colour Palette for Quilts.

Ahh, the seduction of colour!  Colour schemes can be described as wild, luscious, soothing, shocking, brave, rich – so many wonderful adjectives!  So how do we decide on a colour palette for quilts?  Do you start with a piece of focus fabric?  Or do you start with a colour and choose fabric from that? One fun …read more….

The Basics of Quilt Basting

I love this tutorial done by Man Sewing featuring Rob Appell, check out his youtube channel because he has some awesome other tutorials. In this video Rob focuses on walking us through the basics of quilt basting, and then moving onto a giant project: taking a big quilt being able “shove that big quilt into …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….