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Book Review – Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts

By Pam & Nicky Lintott WWW.RUCRAFT.CO.UK D & C ISBN-13:978-0-7153-3208-5 ISBN-10:0-7153-3208-2 17 diverse quilting projects show you how to get the most from the latest irresistible pre-cut fabric bundles (that’s what it says on the back of the book!) I was skeptical; I haven’t purchased many charm packs or jelly rolls (well I have purchased…

Final feathers and prep for binding

And we’re going back to the very beginning… Right at the start, we talked about breaking up our blocks. We’ve broken them up with ribbons, we’ve broken them up horizontally, and we’ve broken them up diagonally. For your last feathers block, break it up. Go mad. Go crazy. Go for your life! Trimming and preparing…

FMQAL – Feathers block 2

After the super easy peasy first FMQ feather block, I decided to demonstrate some different ways of pimping your FMQ feathers. I say pimping, but I think plain, perfect FMQ feathers are a lot harder than adding a bit of variety (and visual distraction). Ok, this isn’t a great example. I am noticing a huge…

FMQ Feathers take 3 – the Tooth Fairy Feather

One of my favourite FMQ feathers (but the one that did my head in most to start with) is what I’m going to call the Toothfairy Wing Feather. There’s probably a proper name for it, but it helps me to think of drawing a tooth when I’m quilting this design. I love, love, love the…

QAYGFMQAL – Final row, first feather.

We had a great meeting at Perth Modern Quilt Guild on Sunday  It was our last week of me demo-ing FMQ (phew, I can relax now! Emmy is going to demonstrate techniques for joining your blocks next month) and the first of our feathers blocks! Now a lot of quilters love and aspire to quilting feathers,…

Book Review: Quilting with a Modern Slant

If there’s a reference book for modern quilting, this is it. Quilting with a Modern Slant, by Rachel May. It’s the definitive guide, the history and the Who’s Who of Modern quilting. The book is chock full of ‘articles’ (for want of a better word) on the who’s who of the modern quilting movement. From…

Leaves and wallpaper

    It’s time for our last block before our next meeting when we are going to attempt FEATHERS. This will help prepare you for feathers – the veins of the leaves are similar to the movement you use to create feathers, but the leaf shape gives you a nice small area to practise in. First,…

QAYGFMQAL – Continuous line designs

Do you remember making paper dollies? This sort of thing? How about trying to quilt that? Last year I did a class at Handcrafter’s House with the amazing Helen Godden who introduced me to the idea of ‘continuous line designs’. Helen is a Sweet 16 Ambassador and an amazing artist. She’s so good at this…

QAYGFMQAL – Blocks 5 and 6

 It’s time for the next two blocks! These blocks are variations on the Orange Peel design. It’s such a useful and variable design, I thought I’d show you the basic technique, some variations, and then let you go for your life! The orange peel pattern is one I admired in a number of Judi Madsen’s…

Free-Motion Quilt-a-long – Block 4 – Plaited filler and Giveaway!

 This is the final block of row 1! Your challenge (should you choose to accept it) is to: split up the rectangle however you’d like practice a few different filler designs. I went totally crazy and tried a plait but you can do boxes, ribbons, an hour glass… I just wouldn’t recommend you try the plait/braid…

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