Author: Carolyn Gibbs

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Which blocks work best together when making a Sampler Quilt? Some people would say that you could choose any blocks, but I think that the finished result will be more pleasing if a bit more thought goes into your decisions. (It doesn’t matter if you don’t agree with me by the way – you can…

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A “Sampler Quilt” is one which has many different blocks, usually separated by sashing strips. They are very popular with those who like to experiment (or get bored easily), as you only do each block once, and can have a lot of fun trying out something new. Often, they are provided in a “Block of…

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Beginners often start with stitching squares together to make their first patchwork quilt. Many experienced patchworkers know a simple trick to help get the seams lined up nicely when the squares are stitched together. You need to make sure that where the seams meet, the seam allowances are pressed in opposite directions. Can you see…

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John opened his eyes slowly, noticing that he had almost five minutes before the alarm clock started ringing. After almost forty five years of getting up to do the morning milking, his body clock could have easily done without the mechanical supplement, but he left it set as part of his routine. His ungainly body…

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Finally, having done all the preparation for hand quilting: chosen suitable fabric, wadding & thread selected a pleasing design transferred it onto the fabric using a suitable marker layered with wadding & backing put into a hoop found a betweens needle, and a good thimble that fits we reach the actual quilting! Cut a length…

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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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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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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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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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What equipment do you need to start hand quilting? Well, there are lots of different views on this, so I will share what works for me. Hoops 14″ quilting hoop, bound with tape I prefer to use a hoop to hold the part of my quilt that I am working on. The best hoop to…

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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…