Binding Your Quilt

Binding your almost finished quilt is a task we love or hate. Either way, it’s got to be done. There are different types of binding – mitered, bias, straight, double – how do we know which one to use and when to use it? Let’s find out. The majority of your quilt binding should be …read more….

The Quarter-inch Seam

Quilt blocks are sewn with a quarter-inch seam. Sometimes the pattern calls for a ‘scant’ quarter-inch seam. It’s such a small difference, what could it possibly matter? And why is an exact quarter-inch seam so important? Let’s break it down and look at the reasons. A quilt block is made up of many seams. Sometimes …read more….

What’s Your Quilting Story?

I want to share a really fun quilt block with you – and it’s free! This is the first block in a new BOM published in The Quilt Pattern Magazine. The whole quilt is  circus-themed and so much fun.  Okay, on with my post! What inspired you to become a quilter? It’s always interesting to …read more….

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….

The Great NZ Quilt Show

I’m getting excited!  May is on its way and with it, The Great NZ Quilt Show! The Great NZ Quilt Show is being run by Aotearoa Quilters, our national association, and promises to be several days of wonderful quilt related activities.  This is the inaugural show and it is envisaged that it will be held …read more….

Gorgeous Easter Sewing Projects

Easter, and the long weekend that comes with it, will be on us before you know it.  Have you ever sewn up some little Easter baskets or bunnies?  If you haven’t, here are some ideas for Easter sewing projects.  Either make them before Easter to add some fun and magic to the day, or tackle …read more….

X and O Quilt Block

There are lots of versions of X and O quilts out there on the web to oogle at, but I think I’ve found the simplest tutorial so you make your own X and O quilt block.  What’s even better than being simple, is that it’s such a great video; fun, fast and comprehensive. [youtube id=”37U0EOcabYM”] The …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….

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….

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.