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Jan 25, 2018

Craft Bookmark Family

Stretchmark Bookmark Family

Welcome to my craft Bookmark family. I made these as gifts for family & friends this last Christmas and they were loved by everyone!

I have created a brief tutorial showing how I made mine - so click the link below to read more....

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Jan 25, 2018

Free Paper Piecing Tutorial

Paper Piecing Instructions Block

Have you tried paper piecing before and become lost and/or frustrated by the process? I have added a clear and simple tutorial to help you have fun with this technique so a whole new world of quilt making is open to you.

In my instructions I use a very simple block for you to practice this technique with and this will have you enjoying paper piecing from now on!!

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Jan 14, 2018

Planning a Trip to Ireland

The Craft & Sewing Basket

Added to the directory are 15 quilting shops that you can enjoy while visiting Ireland!

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Dec 28, 2017

Planning a trip to Germany...

SchnippSchnapp Quilt Shop Germany

Are you planning a trip to Germany some time in the not too distant future... and wanting to know if there will be any quilt shops close by?

Check out the Germany quilt shop directory and then plan on having a lot of fun!

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Dec 13, 2017

Christmas Wreath Wall Hanging

Christmas Wreath Wall Quilt

This gorgeous wall hanging was made in 2011 as a fun project with my quilting group. The pattern came from a very old Quiltmaker magazine that was published 17 years ago! If you'd like to know how I made this quilt then subscribe to my newsletter and check out my next issue...

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Nov 02, 2017

Baby Busy Book Started

Baby Busy Book Front Cover

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.

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Oct 30, 2017

Planning a Trip to Austria.....

Country Rose Quilt Shop Austria

Added to the directory are 16 quilting shops that you can enjoy while visiting Austria!

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Oct 25, 2017

Do You Use Spray Starch

Applique Heart No Starch

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!"

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Oct 16, 2017

Quilt Shops in UK

Tikki Patchwork

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.


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Sep 29, 2017

Quilt Shops in Australia

Aboriginal Fabric

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.


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Sep 21, 2017

Quilt Shops in NZ

Cushla's Village Fabric

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...

Thank you!

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Sep 05, 2017

Alice Applique Cushion

Alice Cushion

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.

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Aug 23, 2017

7 Tips When Sewing Flannel and a Free Pattern

Rag Flannel Quilt

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.

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Aug 16, 2017

Free Pattern For Wooden Teether Ring

Two Wooden Teether Tie Rings

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!

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Aug 10, 2017

How to Make Your Own Applique Rag Quilt Tutorial

Alice in Wonderland Rag Quilt

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.

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Aug 06, 2017

Taggie Blanket & Toy Tutorial

Taggie Blanket with Toy

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.

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Jul 26, 2017

Snuggle Bunny Toy & their best friend Snuggle Elly

Snuggle Bunny Toy

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!!

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Jul 09, 2017

Children's Quilt Template added

Childrens Quilt Template

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!

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Jul 05, 2017

Alice Quilt Template Added


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...

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May 16, 2017

3 Month Old Dress Pattern

3 Month Dress incl Free Pattern

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'.

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May 10, 2017

Wooden Teething Ring

Wooden Teething Ring + Free Pattern

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!!

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May 08, 2017

Baby Bibs

Bandana Bib + Free Pattern

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!!

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Jan 19, 2017

Finished Busy Book for My Granddaughter

Tween Busy Book

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.

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Jan 15, 2017

Photographing your quilts

DrapeFence Photographing Quilts

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.

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Oct 27, 2016

My Baby Batman Quilt

Baby Batman Quilt

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!!

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Aug 15, 2016

My Lady Bug Page

Quiet Book Veggie Garden Page

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!

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Aug 01, 2016

More Quiet Book Pages Completed

Quiet Book Rabbit/Dog/Mouse Page

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...

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Jun 29, 2016

Vegetable Page

Quiet Book Veggie Garden Page

I loved creating this vegetable garden and made carrots, turnips and beetroot made from felt. My granddaughter loves playing with all the veggies!

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Jun 21, 2016

Bella's Quiet Book

Quiet Book Cake Page

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.

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May 25, 2016

Another 5 Heart Blocks Completed

Appliqué Heart Quilt

I'm on a bit of a roll at the moment so here are my latest heart blocks.

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May 24, 2016

More Wee Heart Blocks Completed

Appliqué Heart Quilt

Here are a few more heart blocks added and a great solution to sort out those few misbehaving blocks.

May 21, 2016

More Appliqué Heart Blocks

Appliqué Heart Quilt

Here are a few more heart blocks to add to my collection.

May 17, 2016

My Appliqué Heart Project

Appliqué Heart Quilt

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.

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Mar 16, 2016

Super Cute Quilted Dolls House

Quilted Dolls House

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.

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Mar 14, 2016

My Modern Doll Quilt Set

My Modern Doll Quilt

Here is a wee update to the gorgeous wee doll quilt set I made my grand daughter including photos!

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Dec 02, 2015

My Modern Doll Quilt

My Modern Doll Quilt

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!!

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Aug 01, 2015

Thread Tension

Thread Tension

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.

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Jul 23, 2015

How to make a Mini Snap Bag - Quilting Tips & Techniques

This video shows how to make a fun Mini Snap Bag. These are great fun to make and make great gifts.

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Jun 10, 2015

Stacking Squares Quilt Creates Stunning Effects

My Stacking Squares Quilt

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!

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May 29, 2015

Flying Geese in Up-cycled Denim Quilt

Amys Up-cycled Denim Quilt

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.

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May 22, 2015

Mini Quilts

Mini Quilt

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!!

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May 22, 2015

Up-cycled Denim Rag Quilt

Up-cycled Denim Rag Quilt

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.

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May 15, 2015

Heart Applique Upcycled Denim Quilt

Up-cycled Denim 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.

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May 08, 2015

Rag Quilts

Denim Rag 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.

My Free Rag Quilt ebook

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May 04, 2015

Denim String Quilt

String Quilt

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!

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Apr 18, 2015

BOM Seeing Stars Block

BOM Seeing Stars Block

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!

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Apr 13, 2015

BOM Four Winds Block

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!

BOM Four Winds Block

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Apr 05, 2015

My Memory Quilt For My Mum

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.

Memory Quilt

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Apr 03, 2015

BOM I Spy Star Block

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.

BOM I Spy Star Block

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