Tag: hints and tips

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The last blog gave a brief introduction to EQ8. As EQ8 is software produced for quilters it is capable of a lot more than drawing blocks.  When you open the software, it gives you options under 3 headings, when you click on the heading it will then give you further options. Design quilts Design a…

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English Paper Piecing (otherwise known as EPP): The technique of folding fabric over paper templates and hand sewing together. The paper template makes sure that the blocks are accurate and makes it easier for angled pieces to fit together. This is not to be confused with Foundation Paper Piecing. Foundation Paper Piecing:This is where the…

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It seems every craft has it’s own language and, for an outsider, this can be confusing.  When you’re always mixing with quilters, it can be easy to forget that there are some that don’t know what we’re talking about.  I was reminded of this the other day on my Facebook page.  So here is a…

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One thing I love about quilting is that you never stop learning new things.  I learned very near the start of my quilting journey that making two half square triangles at a time using squares of fabric was so much easier than making them one at a time using fabric cut on the bias.  Whenever…

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You’ve spent ages piecing your quilt top and the excitement mounts as all your blocks form into rows and then one big quilt top.  You stand back to admire your work and you can’t wait to move onto layering it up ready for quilting.  To get the full effect, you take your completed top to…

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One of the most often asked questions I’ve seen in sewing and quilting groups has been about sewing machines and which one people should buy.  As I’ve been wanting to upgrade my sewing machine for some time I followed these conversations with interest and I’ve come up with my Top Tips that may just help…

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When we are busy making, taking time to practice different techniques can sometimes go to the back of the queue, we are just so intent on getting finished. Recently, I was doing a photo quilt and was so pleased I took the time to do some practice before moving onto the quilting. It saved me…

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In the previous video I shared about appliqué I mentioned that I’d share how to remove the centres from shapes and letter. By leaving the shape whole until after attaching to fabric makes things a lot easier as it is not so fragile. Please bear in mind, there is more than one way to do…

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I hate anything going to waste and that included patchwork blocks.  When I was doing some pattern testing for the Sew A Row Fire Quilt, I ended up with two blocks that weren’t used.  They’d been sitting in the bottom of the box and I just had to do something with them.  I couldn’t let…

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The funny thing about things that you know is that you think everyone else know them too! Last week I packaged and sent of some wadding to a fellow blogger and when it arrived she got in touch to say what a great idea it had been to tie it up with a selvedge and…