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Are you thinking about making a busy book for a wee one - then check this one out for some inspiration.
Made for my granddaughter's 1st birthday it has several tactile pages and where necessary zip pockets to hold removable items. This book is currently being made so only the completed pages are shown.
Added to the directory are 16 quilting shops that you can enjoy while visiting Austria!
Do you use spray starch when making your quilts? Occasionally do you forget because you're in too much of a hurry or you ran out....
What initially seems like another step in the process can make such a huge difference to the end product. I have been recently researching homemade starch recipes to try and came across a fabulous story...(paraphrased by me)
"A group of older quilters were seen spritzing their fabrics with starch at the ironing table... when they started spraying some in their mouths & laughing uproariously!
What was in there? Chemicals...?
Turns out they had made their own spray starch from water & vodka!"
Here you will find a listing of over 160 quilt shops in the UK. I have added a photo from inside each shop where possible so you can see the fabric range and accessories they offer.
If you know of a quilt shop that is missing then let me know - I greatly appreciate it.
Here you will find a listing of over 100 quilt shops in Australia. I have added a photo from inside each shop where possible so you can see the fabric range and accessories they offer.
If you know of a quilt shop that is missing then let me know - I greatly appreciate it.
If you or a friend are planning a trip to New Zealand then you'll find most of the NZ quilt shops listed here.
This is a massive task that I'm embarking on so, if you have a favourite quilt shop (& I haven't listed it yet) anywhere in the world please let me know. Photos can also be added.
I have placed a form for you to add your favourite shop(s) and it can be found in the navigation INFORMATION tab above...
A recently completed applique Alice cushion that my granddaughter requested (and helped me make) so that her bedroom could be more themed.
Years ago I made her an Alice In Wonderland quilt but never any accessories. I have added a wee tutorial showing how I made the applique rose and its backing fabric.
Flannel can prove to be a bit tricky to sew with, often due to it's brushed surface and loose/soft weave and those are just the characteristics that also happen to make it irresistible to the touch!
There are 7 tips I use when sewing flannel to help overcome some of these problems - especially the ability of flannel to stretch when being sewn.
Also I have added a tutorial with free pattern download for you to enjoy.
These are the best teethers according to my daughter. They have 3 different textures for her wee one to explore, they are easily removed for washing and they mop up excess dribble as well! On top of that they only require two seams to make them so a win-win-win for everyone.
I have added a FREE pattern & tutorial for these wooden teether rings for you to use - have fun!
Learn how to make your own applique rag quilt, where to source great images, which fabrics to use and how to complete your rag quilt so the edges rag beautifully.
How to make a taggie blanket for the very young to enjoy including a taggie toy. This cute blanket doubles up as a pram cover due to the ties that are sewn on the back. Made from my stash using a range of different textured fabrics perfect for young hands to explore.
Here is the gorgeous snuggle bunny toy that I made for my latest granddaughter. She now has 4 of these and loves to cuddle them when she is tired. I have added the free pattern on my site for you to use & it comes complete with a tutorial as well. Enjoy!!
I've just added two quilt layout templates for the beautiful quilt I made my granddaughter many years ago. I hope they inspire you to make your own!
There has been quite a bit of interest in my Alice quilt since I added it to my site. I have now added the sizes I made each block so that you too can have fun making a similar quilt - or get a friend to...
I love sewing cute wee dresses especially when you come across a fabulous pattern. The pattern for this cute wee dress is called 'Little Geranium Dress' & offered for free by 'Made By Rae'.
This gorgeous wooden teething ring is super easy to make and comes with several benefits including a free pattern & tutorial, 3 different textures for your baby to enjoy, is fully washable and also interchangeable. It is very easy for a baby to grip hold of and would make a fabulous gift for any expectant mum!!
Baby bibs are so fun & quick to make. According to my daughter these bibs are the best she has had - as the extra fabric on the front allows the air to circulate and have a drying effect - this allows for a longer wear time before a change is needed.
Free pattern link included!!
Finished this fabulous busy book just in time for my granddaughter's birthday. I have photographed each page and in time I will be posting a line drawing of each page on the site for you to use as a pattern.
I was doing a browse on the internet about photographing your quilts and came across this great article by Shayla an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker. She offers good information, tips and tricks helping you get the best photograph whether your quilt is big or small.
I'm looking forward to being able to take better photographs of my quilts and hopefully get rid of that trapezoid look by getting parallel to them first.
My latest quilt for my new granddaughter that arrives in 4 weeks! I've had so much fun making lots of wee Batman themed accessories for her room. Isn't it fabulous having grandchildren!!
This is my second lady bug page for my granddaughter's busy book. With the ladybugs attached by cord it creates another level of problem solving for her!
My granddaughter now has her quiet book and loves it! I have added all the completed pages in her book to my site.
Now to make some more pages...
I loved creating this vegetable garden and made carrots, turnips and beetroot made from felt. My granddaughter loves playing with all the veggies!
I have almost finished creating this adorable quiet book for my grand daughters 3rd birthday. I wanted to make a book that could have more pages added to it or have pages removed to be cleaned, mended or just the ability to alter the book. I'll post a wee video once it is finished. Above is one of the completed pages within the book.
I'm on a bit of a roll at the moment so here are my latest heart blocks.
Here are a few more heart blocks added and a great solution to sort out those few misbehaving blocks.
This wee appliqué project is a little fill in project using old business shirts and fabrics from my stash. I have no idea at this stage what size quilt I will make but I do know that I want to make a stunning border that will probably have graduated heart blocks in it.
Jane Coughlan designs gorgeous patterns for children and adult alike. I loved making this dolls house of hers and my grand daughter loves playing with it!
I have a link to her website on the page where you can browse through all her creative patterns.
Here is a wee update to the gorgeous wee doll quilt set I made my grand daughter including photos!
This is the wee doll quilt that I have just made for my gorgeous granddaughter in her requested favourite colour!! I am now gong to make a few extra bedding items to go with this - so much fun!!
I came across this great diagram today about tension problems on Sara Lawson's website. It is the best description I have ever seen describing tension like a tug of war between the top and bobbin threads. When they both pull with the same force you get a nice stitch.
This video shows how to make a fun Mini Snap Bag. These are great fun to make and make great gifts.
I loved making this quilt top from my Kaffee Fassett scraps. It is based on a quarter log cabin block and ends up looking like the squares are stacked one on top of another!
I love the addition of flying geese to this up-cycled Denim Quilt made by Amy of 'A Quilting Sheep' for her son. The personalised panel at the bottom is perfect!! You will find a range of flying geese tutorials when you click through below.
Here's a great post on mini quilts by wombat quilts. I always thought of mini quilts as being quilts for dolls but this is obviously not the case. Be inspired and maybe join a mini quilt swap group!!
This is a lovely variation of another denim rag quilt I found on Pinterest. These quilts are quick to make and lovely to use. At the moment my 9year old grand daughter is making her own rag quilt and loving the challenge of sewing on my machine and watching her quilt evolve! Click below to download my free ebook showing how to make your own rag quilt.
Isn't this a fabulous quilt!! I love the up-cycled denim with the addition of appliqued hearts. Below is a link to a pattern I designed that is very similar to this quilt.
Continuing along the theme of recycled denim, here is a fabulous example of an applique rag quilt. Click below to download my free copy of my ebook detailing how to make one.
I've been coming across a lot of projects that use old jeans lately on Pinterest. Here's one of my favourites - a sting quilt that captures a 3D quality. By clicking below you will be taken to a video by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company showing how to make a string quilt. Enjoy!
This is my latest (and last for a while)BOM project that I have made to be used later this year with my quilting group. Again I love the secondary design that is created when multiple blocks are sewn together. This block is an original design of Marcia Hohn. Enjoy!
This is my latest BOM project that I have made to be used later this year with my quilting group. I love the secondary design that is created when multiple blocks are sewn together. Enjoy!
Here is the quilt I made for my mum out of all her silk fabrics that she had collected over the years. She passed them on to me before moving into a retirement village.
Who doesn't enjoy making and using an I Spy quilt with a wee child! Here is my latest BOM project for my quilting group and also for you - pattern and BOM sheet can be downloaded to use.
If you are looking for a great BOM project for your quilting group then check out my latest block - pattern and BOM sheet can be downloaded to use.
Lori offers weekly tutorials in free motion quilting. I love this grid pop and how easy her tutorials are to follow. I hope you enjoy them as well.
Here's a great video showing how a bobbin works. So clever and yet so simple!
I just came across this stunning 3D quilt with a free tutorial detailing the process of making one and in only 3 parts - I'm in!! You have got to love Pinterest for inspiration, I do.
Here is a FREE pattern for you and your friends to download. My daughter Katherine and I designed this quilt in 2014 and we have just completed the pattern. We have worked on a lot of quilts together but this is the first pattern that we have written together. Enjoy!!
Our next quilt project is well underway and we hope to have a few photos to share with you soon!!