Author: Carolyn Gibbs

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Do you still receive a lot of cards at Christmas time? One unusual solution to the dilemma of where to display them is this Christmas Card Hanger and of course you get the pleasure of making something useful as well. It’s made using the ever popular Log Cabin patchwork. Using the Christmas Card Hanger Watch…

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Do you like to decorate your home for Christmas? How about making an unusual project which also has a practical use – it holds Christmas cards! This short video shows how it is used (give it a few seconds to get started – this was one of my earlier attempts at filming!): Displaying cards How…

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A quilt is made up of three layers – the top (which may be wholecloth, pieced or appliqued), the wadding and the backing. These three layers are held together by the decorative quilting stitches. It’s important that the layers don’t shift around during the quilting process, as this will result in puckers on either the…

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There are three main ways to copy a design onto your fabric: Tracing the design onto the fabric from a paper copy. This must be done before layering. Drawing the design through the gaps in a stencil (purchased or home-made). Can be done before or after layering. Drawing around a solid template (purchased, home-made from…

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The quilting design needs to be marked onto your fabric, so that you can see where to stitch. The ideal marker is one which shows a clear line until you have quilted along it, but then completely disappears! Inevitably, this is not always simple to achieve, so it is a good idea to test out…

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Needles The type of needle you use for hand quilting depends on which stitching technique you use. I stitch in the traditional way using the “rocking stitch”. More details about how to do this will be in the last post of this series, but you can see a short video of me stitching using this…

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While it is possible to use all sorts of threads for hand quilting, which is the best, and why? There are two things to consider: What will the finished appearance be like? How easy will the thread be to use? Both of these things are, of course important! Most people start off thinking about the…

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How do you start hand quilting? This webpage will discuss the types of wadding (batting in the USA) that you will need. The thickness and the density of the wadding makes an enormous difference to the ease of the quilting, and also to the finished appearance. Feathered heart design using high loft wool wadding Feathered…

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Hand quilting is relaxing to do (once you have got the hang of it!), and gives beautiful results, which are different to those obtained by a sewing machine. Maybe you would like to try it, but are not sure where to start? This is the first in a series of blog posts, in which I…

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Cables are a popular choice of quilting design for borders and come in various widths and styles. Where would you start to plan a cable border for your latest quilt? Stencils are widely available, but they are often not the correct size for your borders- so unless you were incredibly organised, and designed your quilt…

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Hearts are an ever popular motif. It’s easy to cut out a template yourself in a variety of styles that you could use for applique or for quilting designs. Watch this short video, or follow the instructions below: Drawing a regular heart shape Take a piece of paper a little larger than the desired motif,…