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Make your own Bunny Pouch Necklace with Trixi Symonds

Thinking about what mums could make with their kids this Easter I came up with this super easy to sew bunny pouch necklace. Little girls seem to love bags and pouches as well as necklaces so I guess that a bunny pouch that could be worn as a necklace seemed like the perfect combination…and it […]

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Block Masterclass Series: Dresden Plate

The Dresden Plate owes its name to the German city of Dresden, where porcelain plates decorated with elaborate flowers, fruits and foliage designs were produced. These plates became the inspiration for the Dresden Plate quilt block. During the 1920s and ‘30s, these blocks were some of the most popular designs. The Dresden Plate pattern combines […]

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Road Test – Kaniva Template Set by Little Desert Quilts

The lament of every quilter that I have ever met, or know, is that we all struggle with lack of discipline when it comes to buying fabric. We all have plenty at home and tell ourselves “no more”, but we still buy more when temptation is in front of us! We just can’t help ourselves. […]

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Monica Poole’s Top 10 Bag Making Tips!

Why do we love to make handbags so much? Well, a handbag doesn’t have to fit anyone, they are the perfect personalised gift, they’re quick to make and a great way to build on your sewing skills. In a world of mass production, a handmade bag is a great way to express your own creativity […]

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Block Masterclass Series: Double Wedding Ring

Although patterns and designs reminiscent of the Double Wedding Ring (DWR) go back hundreds of years, it wasn’t until the 1920s that the first pattern was printed in America. In the following decade, and in keeping with the ‘make-do’ ethos of the day, many DWR quilts were made using small scraps and feedsack prints. They […]

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Block Masterclass Series: Log Cabin

Log Cabin The Log Cabin quilt block is arguably the most well-known and best loved of all quilt designs. With its straight seams, it is simple enough for a beginner to sew, and oh-so-exciting for the beginner as well as the more experienced quilter to ‘play’ with the designs 1.LOG CABIN HISTORY Log Cabin quilts […]

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Hand Embroidery Workshop

  Embroidery uses a needle and thread to make stitches to create a design. You need to learn a number of stitches, which you can find on the Homespun website: www.homespun.net.au/stitch-guide. There are more than 70 stitches in the online stitch guide. The basic stitches most commonly used are backstitch, blanket stitch, satin stitch, French […]

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Domestic Machine Quilting with Anita Ellis

Anita Ellis Anita is an accomplished quilting educator who inspires and mentors students around Australia in the art of quilting, on domestic sewing machines, long arm machines, and everything between. When not travelling with her education business, Hillside Quilting, home base is Anita’s studio, set among the gum trees of Warrandyte on the rural edge […]

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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 […]