If, like me, you like creating your own surface pattern designs, it can be quite overwhelming knowing where to begin to draw inspiration from. The world we live in is full of inspiring shapes and forms which can lead to unique and personal pieces of work. But, we can also draw inspiration from the unlikeliest … Continue reading Having fun with Microsoft Word
Region 3 Youngish Quilter’s Bursaries Are you a member of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles? Are you aged between 14 and 18? If so, why not apply for a £50 bursary from Region 3? We are offering the bursaries to support your patchwork and quilting activities. It could be used to help buy fabrics, … Continue reading Are you a Youngish Quilter in Region 3? Here’s your chance to apply for a bursary!
Want to find out more about the amazing quilters of Gee's Bend featured in this week's article? Check out http://www.soulsgrowndeep.org for more information and amazing photographs.
Gee’s Bend is a small, isolated, rural community in Alabama in the United States, which at the start of the 20th century was mostly populated by the descendants of slaves. By definition, they were very impoverished, but their lives became especially hard during the recession of the 1930s. The families had been forced to borrow … Continue reading The quilters of Gee’s Bend
We love the September 'back to school' vibe - particularly getting new, fun stationery! It's great to go shopping but, as crafters, it's even more fun to make our own, one-of-kind accessories. When we spotted these yo-yo bookmarks we knew we had to get stitching - so cute, but so simple. You won't just be … Continue reading Back to school – sewist style
You may have heard that you should pre-wash fabric before using it for your patchwork. Some quilters wash every single piece of fabric as soon as they buy it - before it even goes into their stash. But why? What are the reasons behind this? And should we all be doing it? Colour fastness - One … Continue reading Should I pre-wash fabric before quilting?
Lots of you will have already used ‘fusible web’, but maybe some of you haven’t. Many of the projects we are going to show you will want you to use it, because basically it is a type of fabric glue. Once you have got the hang of it, it is a brilliant product. It is sold looking like grease proof paper from … Continue reading What is fusible web?
This is just a quick little project when you just want to relax and sew. Nothing difficult to find, you can just do it! STUFF YOU NEED Background fabric (plain) Wadding or another fabric layer Backing Sewing machine and thread Pens Stamps and ink pad Embellishments Wool scrap HOW TO MAKE THIS Take … Continue reading Graffiti Doodles
Are you a fan of The Great British Bake off? We're now into the second week of the new series and no doubt you have been inspired to bake already! We have just what you need to help you get started...follow the link below and make your own oven mitts! http://gingercake.typepad.com/gingercake/2012/09/easy-oven-mitt-by-trish.html
We are lucky to have a guest on our blog this week...Jade from The Great British Sewing Bee! Read on to learn what it was like to be part of this fantastic competition! My time on the sewing bee was truly amazing and I would do it all again. I will admit being under … Continue reading The Girl with the Bright Red Hair