Author: Corinne Curtis

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I’ve just come back from a three day break, and as usual a bit of fabric crept into my suitcase along the way, so in true quilter fashion, here is my show and tell: First stop was Beamish – The Living Museum of the North.   Many folk will have heard that Beamish has now recreated…

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My hints and tips for rotary cutter blade changing: Before you remove the old blade, take a sharpie permanent marker and put a big X on it. If you buy blades in plastic 10 packs, you can store your old blades in the same pack for disposal when you have used them all (as long…

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I’m a convert to those mini irons for taking to workshops or for having beside me when I’m sewing lots of little pieces that need pressing, but when you have a mini iron you really also need a mini ironing pad. I’m not sure where I first saw the idea of using a cork backed…

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How many of these can you relate to .. go on, be honest! The low bobbin warning beep (I think the record I have heard is 60 inches of no-thread seam) That feeling that the bit you are sewing is thicker than it ought to be A blunt rotary cutter blade A blunt seam ripper…

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There is something very special about putting a lot of time and creativity into making a quilt and then passing the finished quilt on to its new owner. When we make for family or friends, we want out quilts to be the best they can be, within our level of skill. Is it any different…

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This quilt pattern first attracted me because of the large areas of applique mixed in with some traditional piecing. I was very enthusiastic when I started, and found the instructions for the separate elements of the quilt (including the applique, and the Seminole pieced borders) really very useful. I even managed to make all the…

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This is the beginning of a story about how old quilts can inspire very contemporary interpretations. It is only the beginning, because the contemporary quilt is still a whole lot of ideas floating around in my head, just starting to form and take shape thanks to the inspiration from an unexpected source. I’ve wanted to…

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This is a fat quarter friendly way of quickly and easily making reusable gift bags, as an alternative to gift wrapping paper.  I made some of these at Christmas to try them out and have no hesitation in asking for the bag back if the recipient isn’t going to reuse it themselves.  I made three…

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Loving something with its “warts and all” is loving it in spite of any obvious blemishes or scars. Sometimes you make or receive a quilt that isn’t quite perfect, or even a long way off perfect, but it can still be loved, warts and all. I consider myself an average quilter – I can, if…

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If you practice enough, there really is a point where FMQ (free motion quilting) suddenly switches from Fear to Fun.   I didn’t really believe it would happen to me, but it has, and the possibilities that open up are quite exciting.  I’d like to share a little bit of my learning journey with you: What…

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– the making of a gift calendar for monster-loving kids or the Grinch of the family Kids love monsters, but we probably all know someone who acts like a Grinch, scorning everything about Christmas, but still wanting to eat the chocolates and get the presents.   As that could just about describe me, I decided to…

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I’ve just got my sewing room set up in my new house. I did have one in my old house (well, to be fair, the whole house was one big sewing room!), but I have downsized and it has taken a bit more planning to get everything I need, and a spare bed, into the…