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Di Ford & Linda Collins

Quilts in the Barn – All Things Chintz

I spent a wonderful afternoon at Wonga Park at the Quilts in the Barn Exhibition. Linda does a fantastic job organizing this annual event as a fundraiser for breast cancer research. This year’s theme was ‘All Things Chintz’ and featured quilts from the book A Promenade in a Dutch Garden by Petra Prins and An […]


Fran has been busy fussy cutting

Have you tried fussy cutting? My quilting friend Fran recently went north to escape the Melbourne weather and took some of my templates along to do a bit of stitching, wow what a result. Fran has some wonderful fabrics in her collection ideal for fussy cutting. She used my 1½” English paper piecing hexagon templates and […]


Resurrection… The story behind the quilt

Resurrection… The story behind the quilt – 1993-2013. I recently exhibited my quilt ‘Resurrection’ at the Victorian Quilters Showcase Exhibition along with a brief story of it’s making. I had quilters approach me at the exhibition wanting to know more. Likewise after taking the quilt to a Patchworkers & Quilters Guild of Victoria meeting. So […]

Uses pieced hexagons

Pieced Hexagon Blocks

Playing with Pieced Hexagon blocks. It’s great fun playing around with the 1½” Range and 2″ Range of English paper piecing templates. I am always amazed at the number of different designs that can be created from just a few geometric shapes. The following links show examples of small and large pieced hexagon blocks using […]


Acrylic Templates – hand piecing & fussy cutting

Made Studio Textiles Acrylic Templates have two uses. If you like to hand piece, use the Acrylic Templates to mark both sewing and cutting lines. The open window design makes it easy to trace around the inside to mark the sewing line in one easy step. Tracing around the outside edge gives you the cutting […]


Tips for using Templates

Tips for using templates – English paper piecing and Appliqué. Our Shape, Design and Pattern Packs are all packaged with the relevant information and instructions, please take time to read them first. Here’s just a few extra tips. Preparation – Heat sensitive paper templates… Use a firm ironing board when ironing over seam allowances. For […]


Sep 7, 2013


in: Tips & Tutorials


I love the soft sculptured look of traditional needle-turn appliqué and I have over the years managed to master the technique. I still use it for intricate designs, when lots of small overlapping pieces can be a bit tricky for the template technique. However, I now mostly use templates. Turned-edge appliqué using a template underneath to form […]