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How did she do that? Lemon Tree in Tuscany

Sandra Bruce has been quilting since 1988 when she formed a group with her neighbor, Therese May (one of the first art quilters). Then in her 30s, she had been sewing clothes since she was eight. This quilt is made using a technique Sandra developed called Material Matrix, inspired by the painter Chuck Close. Sandra […]

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Selvedge: Meet Louise Newton

“I’ve always loved daisies. I grew up with them as they covered our garden at home. Perhaps they give me a sense of nostalgia, reminding me of making daisy chains with my sister and picking them for my mum when I was younger. She would use an egg cup as a vase to put them […]

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Creative Inspiration: Fusing Machine Embroidery and Quilting

About five years ago I was asked if I would ever try machine embroidery. My answer straight away was “Nope, no, definitely not!” I was not interested in machine embroidery at all; my obsession at the time was free-motion quilting and I couldn’t see a way of combining embroidery without it looking like it had […]

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Road Test: Pick & Mix Template

  Have I ever mentioned that I love my job? I adore taking a new product and trying it out. I have been doing this for a while now, and have often found it was the simplest-looking items that impressed the most. I love to piece and a multi-function tool is great value. Claire Turpin […]

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In the Studio with Tracey Bareli

A converted lounge room is the perfect haven for Tracey Bareli to indulge her passion and take time out to relax and unwind. “Through work and life stresses, my machine has helped me keep my sanity,” she explains. “I can go into my room and just get away from the world” As her interest in […]

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Know Your Product: Cutting Edge Cutting Mats

Cutting mats have two main jobs: protecting your table surface and increasing your cutter’s lifespan. They are also used to measure and accurately cut fabrics. A closer look at cutting mats reveals a number of important things. When I began quilting back in the early ‘80s, rotary cutters, mats and rulers were not around. Good […]

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Selvedge: Fenny Suter

Sometimes it takes long hikes through dense greenery to find the perfect spot for a refreshing swim — a hidden lagoon with crystal-clear water surrounded by lush foliage. Fenny Suter’s vibrant embroideries capture this idyllic scene in thread and fabric. They’re a little piece of paradise, but without the sweat and exhaustion of hiking. Her […]

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Creative Inspiration with Paula Storm: From Inspiration to Creation

Creative inspiration is everywhere. No matter where I go I’m constantly seeing things that inspire my creative side. Today I thought I’d share with you how I take that original inspiration and turn it into a project. To say my sister and I are obsessed with craft is a bit of an understatement. While I’ve […]