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Tutorial: How to frame hand-embroidery

MATERIALS AND TOOLS Picture frame Cardboard (1.5mm thick) Crafts knife Cutting mat Needle and sewing thread   Step 1 Disassemble the frame. Depending on the frame, there will be a glass or acrylic protection. Some embroidery, such as Ribbon embroidery, is too dimensional to be framed under glass. However, no protection means dusting problems, so […]

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Creative Inspiration with Paula Storm: Drafting Blocks

Designing your own quilts is so much fun; searching the internet for inspiration for a quilt design or block that you’d like to use, even more so. But what do you do when you can’t find a tutorial or pattern for your chosen block? Don’t worry — you can draft your own quilt blocks. It’s […]

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Road Test by Michelle Marvig: Cork Fabric

Driven by Michelle Marvig It is amazing how many things change in the patchwork industry! When I started there were fewer fabric companies, less choice of fabric, smaller machines, no internet. Today we are spoilt for choice, with more fabric than any shop can stock, tools and notions to make our lives easier, and inspiration […]

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Road Test: The Clammy 6in by Latifah Saafir Studios

Driven by Michelle Marvig I started making patchwork quilts 27 years ago. Fabrics, quilt designs, tools and expectations have changed so much since I first picked up a rotary cutter. I now find that I teach beginners techniques and quilts that I once thought of as advanced, as the tools available today make construction easier. […]

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Creative Inspiration with Paula Storm: Perfect Points

At a recent quilt show I had a chat with a friend, Maria. She is an incredible seamstress; the dresses and heirloom stitching she can do just blows my mind. However, Maria avoids quilting. The reason, she says, is because although she carefully cuts out her pieces, carefully sews together her fabric, and carefully presses […]

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Quick Stitch: Chocolate Bunny

Not made with a glass-and-a-half of full-cream milk, but with felt, so the pleasure lasts for years, not minutes! This sweet (adorable, not sugary)chocolate bunny puts its Easter namesake in the shade. Designed and made by Allison Dey Malacaria. WHAT YOU NEED: 20 x 23cm (8 x 9in) brown wool fabric or felt (bunny front) […]

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Road Test: OdiCoat® Waterproof Glue Gel by Odif®

Driven by Michelle Marvig Today we expect many of our objects to multi-task. For instance, our phones not only make calls but take photos, navigate, email and are even alarm clocks. Some of these features require us to download and use an app to facilitate the function. I think of Odicoat® as an app for […]

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How did she do that? Kat Jones on her bling quilt

How did you come up with the idea for the quilt, and what did you want to achieve? I entered the QuiltCon 2016 triangle challenge in 2015 and we were given a tiny triangle template which we had to use to make a quilt. After trying out a number of different ideas, I ended up […]

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Creative Inspiration with Paula Storm: A Question of Colour

One of the things I’m asked about most often is colour and how to put together colour schemes or fabrics for my quilts. So this month, let’s discuss colour! Most of the time when we talk about colour, we’re told to get a colour wheel and start looking at complementary, triadic or analogous colour schemes. […]

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Fancy Feathers With Deborah Louie

Well, I have decided that after more than 10 years of writing this column, it is time to finish. This is for no other reason than I wish to spend more time creating new quilts for teaching at workshops, filming more online classes and writing more of my books. My time with Quilters Companion magazine […]