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Square-in-a-Square are nice little units, which can add some variety to the blocks that you can make. This is the fourth instalment of my Skilful Skyful series, and will share with you all the tips and tricks to make and use Square in a Square units. Its easy to see how these little units got…

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After learning how to make and use half-square triangles in the first instalment of this series, in this blogpost, we will move onwards, discovering how to make quarter square triangles. As usual, this will be illustrated by two traditional blocks: Ohio Star (an easy one well known to many of you already) and Silent Star,…

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This is the first of a series of eight blogs which will teach you different techniques used in traditional American block patchwork. Each section will include full, free instructions for two Star blocks using the technique; one easy and one more difficult, so that you can practice and develop the skills. You could use these…

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I’ve been designing a new sampler quilt recently for people that would like to expand their knowledge as a follow on from my beginner’s quilt workshops. Incorporating lots of different techniques in the blocks, I’m planning on running this on a monthly basis and I was thinking that perhaps creating a Quilt Block Keeper Bag…

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Have you ever had those times (quite possibly more than one) where you looked at a project, and thought ‘What On Earth Was I Thinking?’ (WOEWIT)? If you are anything like me, you will have numerous projects in various stages of finishing and starting, and every so often, you will pull out a project, have…

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Some of you will be familiar with the Block of the Month (or BOM), and others will not be. For quite a few years I didn’t give them any thought at all, but about 10 years ago I saw a quilt that I liked and wanted to make. Since then I have subscribed to 12…

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Choosing fabrics for a quilt is something that many people would like to do, but lack confidence for. They are not sure why the colours that looked good in the shop don’t seem to give the result they hoped for. Personal taste I would encourage you to make your own choices, and not just to…

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Do you ever discover a nasty little pleat on a diagonal seam where it hasn’t opened out properly? Here is an ironing tip to avoid this: