Spinning seams to reduce bulk

One of my favourite go-to patchwork blocks is the half-square-triangle also known as HST! These blocks are so versatile as they can be used in so many different ways. The only drawback is that so many angles and seams can create a lot of bulk which can mean 'speed humps'. Not only can these be unsightly when straight stitching but needles can break trying to sew through so many layers. Nesting seams reduces these issues but sometimes and especially with intersecting points or angles, another ... Continue Reading

In this together!

Wow! The last couple of months have been extraordinary. Challenges left right and centre! Droughts, bushfires and then a global pandemic! Yet through it all I have been amazed by so many positives amidst so many negatives. I don't want to make light of the devastation or heartbreaking losses of loved ones here or anywhere for that matter. Indeed, there have been many times when daily life seemed so overwhelming for so many and truly there have been a number of situations of late when one ... Continue Reading

Squaring up quilt blocks

Patchwork quilts are made up of blocks. Putting those blocks together so they fit neatly and align accurately takes a little patience and care. Whether a beginner or not, sometimes the quilt blocks are not perfectly square when done. Most quilt blocks are made of at least two pieces so with every cut and every seam, there is the possibility of getting off square. When hand sewing, it's easier to 'fudge' it by manipulating the fabric to fit. This won't work when machine sewing which is why ... Continue Reading

Home made gelatine plate

I love making gelliprints! Whilst there's a lot of different commercial plates out there, my favourite is a home-made one. This is the basic recipe I use when I'm in the mood for printing! You'll need the following: Gelatine Powder Measuring cup A container (like a pie dish, or low cake tin - something with a flat bottom, 3cm sides and can hold really hot or really cold liquid) A mixing bowl and spoon Place container on level surface and measure how many cups of ... Continue Reading

Directional Piecing

In patchwork there are some blocks which have a definite direction to them. There are so many possibilities when playing with these and lots of opportunities to create a variety of different designs and quilts. Often these are made up of square pieced blocks. Sometimes, however, the blocks may be rectangular and this can make things really interesting!   I'm using a simple rectangular block here (although it did start off as a square!) and due to the piecing of the block, the way ... Continue Reading

Fussy Cutting Quilting Blocks

Most of the time when making up patchwork blocks for quilting, strips are usually cut from your fabric in an orderly fashion to get the most out of it. When cut from a patterned fabric, this can produce fairly random pieces depending how they've been cut. Fussy cutting on the other hand is when a particular section of the patterned fabric is specifically targeted for a patchwork piece or block. By choosing a particular area of the fabric to fussy cut means you will need more of your ... Continue Reading

Paper Templates for Hand Piecing

In traditional patchwork, blocks and patterns do rely on accuracy when piecing. To ensure all hand-sewn pieces are consistently accurate, paper templates can be used. This method is called English Paper Piecing (EPP) since it originated in England! There are a number of different templates on the market to help you on your way but I often end up making my own usually because I need a particular size and have the basic materials at hand.   Paper, thin cardboard and even old ... Continue Reading

Paper templates for machine piecing

Sometimes when I'm making a patchwork quilt, I like to use a template. It's basically just a rigid, shaped piece of card, paper or plastic which makes it easier to cut exact, multiple pieces of fabric for your quilt. There are many types of templates used in quilting and they can vary greatly depending on what type of quilt is being made. Some commercial versions are made of durable, clear plastic which make it easier to see the fabric underneath - very handy if fussy cutting or keeping ... Continue Reading

Welcome Back!

Thanks everyone for your patience! Happy to be back, safely up and running on the website again after being hacked! As there are a few posts missing, I'm making a point of starting fresh blogs as of today with an Acknowledgement of Country of the land I live and work on in Bayside and pay my respects to the Traditional Owners and custodians of this land, the Boon Wurrung people, their Elders past, present and emerging. More sharing information on fabric printing and related blogs to ... Continue Reading

No-waste flying geese

An easy way to sew a flying geese block is this no-waste method. Four same size blocks are made each time so if you have a lot of them to do, this way also reduces the time required considerably too! As the finished block is a rectangle (normally twice the length of the height, such as 2" x 4") there's a handy calculation you need so any size blocks can be made. Two different fabrics will be required. Looking at my finished blocks above, my 'sky' is the white self-spot fabric and my 'geese' ... Continue Reading