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As you continue to develop your skills as a sewist and/or a quilter, your collection of fabrics will (hopefully) continue to grow to epic proportions!  Having a fabric stash is a funny thing.  When you begin a project, you peruse your stash to see what you might want to use and, for me, it is never anything from my stash.  A new project requires new fabric because THAT fabric is for my stash.  It reminds me of a cartoon I …

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old-matI love my self-healing cutting mat. Probably one of my best friends, in the sewing room anyway. But did you know that your mat needs some regular care in order to keep it in tip top shape? Otherwise it will begin to look like my old mat here. (Eek!)

Caring for your self-healing cutting mat is easy. Every now and then you will want to take a little scrubber (like the kind used for dishes) and brush off your mat …

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Firstly, choose the type of material. Most quilts are made from 100% cotton or cotton mixes. Cotton is a very versatile, strong and natural material to work with, it is generally allergy free and is not flammable, unlike some man-made fibres such as rayon and polyester. So if you are making the quilt for a child’s bed then this could be a huge consideration!

Synthetics and cotton mixes are sometimes a little more difficult to work with as they crease …

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The following are some of the best tips and tricks that make quilting so satisfying and enjoyable! Whether you are just getting started on your quilting journey, or are an experienced quilter, these tutorials will help improve your sewing techniques, save time and energy, and help you to perfect the elements of beautiful quiltmaking.

 


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If you have chosen to machine quilt your project, you need to prepare your machine for the chore at hand. Each machine quilting technique requires a different type of presser foot and machine setting, so read through the following information carefully.

If you have pin basted your quilt together, you must remove the safety pins as you approach them. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to stitch over a safety pin. Not only does stitching over them make them difficult …

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