I love visiting museums and art galleries. They're full of fantastic stuff and we are so incredibly lucky in Britain that many museums are free to visit. The spate of free time over the Christmas holidays is a perfect opportunity to pop into your local gallery, or indeed to travel further afield to make a … Continue reading 12 days till Christmas: Visit a museum or art gallery
If you don't fancy all that pine needle mess when the tree is taken out after Christmas, or need multiple trees to Christmasify your house, how about a fabric alternative? One option, as above, is simply to decorate a tree-like structure with bunting or patchwork quilted stars. If you're not that fussed about it being … Continue reading 18 days till Christmas: Alternative Christmas tree
Do you write a big, long list of presents you'd love for Christmas - or do you find it really hard to think of things you would like? If your nearest and dearest are asking for ideas, why not get a quilter's present list together? Christmas can be a great time to get all those … Continue reading 21 days till Christmas: All I want for Christmas…
Young people want to make the world a better place, right? What if you could do so with your crafting skills? Check out the inspiring Craftivist Collective for ideas, projects and success stories relating to 'gentle protest'.
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed when looking at other people's work? Do you love fabrics, but are not sure what to do with them? Do you have ideas in your head you can't quite translate with your hands? In the age of Instagram, it is easy to feel inadequate as a quilter. There are just … Continue reading Just sew it
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?
So – you’ve sat down, ready for a relaxing sewing session, but your machine just isn’t having it! The fabric is rucking-up, threads are tangling, or your machine just won’t sew at all. What do you do? Give up and hope it feels better tomorrow?? Here’s a list of trouble-shooting suggestions to try and sort … Continue reading Troubleshooting – hints and tips