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Threads I like to use

A few more threads I like to use. In a previous post I reviewed the Superior Threads Masterpiece Thread Donuts. They are great for quilters on the go, with 35 coloured bobbins in 2 colour ranges all packed into a convenient holder small enough to fit in you bag. Fantastic for appliqué, with all those colours […]

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Nov 29, 2013

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Quilt Design Basics - Value

Quilt Design Basics – Value

Quilt Design Basics – Value is the second topic in a series on Colour, Value, Contrast & Balance. Value… So we’ve looked at the colour wheel and have a basic idea of colour schemes. But the colours on the colour wheel are pure saturated colours, not what quilters usually like to work with. We really […]

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Nov 22, 2013

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Superior Threads Masterpiece Donuts

Superior Threads Masterpiece Donuts to go!

Superior Threads Masterpiece Donuts – Threads for quilters on the go. These pre-wound Masterpiece thread bobbins from Superior Threads are so convenient for quilters on the go. Packed in a reusable bobbin holder, each containing 35 different coloured bobbins. They come in two colour ranges. That’s 70 different colours small enough to fit in your […]

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Nov 18, 2013

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Colour wheel

Quilt Design Basics – Colour

Quilt Design Basics – Colour is the first topic in a series on Colour, Value, Contrast & Balance Colour… Colour is usually the first thing we start thinking about once we have a design in mind. If you are a novice in this area, being aware of a few basic colour principles will be helpful […]

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Nov 13, 2013

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Fabric Grain

Warp, Weft & Bias = Fabric Grain. Most quilters that have come from a dressmaking background will be aware of fabric grain, how it can cause problems and how to manipulate it to advantage. Not all quilters I speak to are aware of what fabric grain is, so here’s a brief explanation that may be helpful. If […]

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Oct 26, 2013

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sep 7, 2013

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Designing with Shape & Design Packs

Quilt designing with Shape & Design Packs is as easy as throwing a few ingredients into a bowl. Use sashings, inners borders and backgrounds to combine the Shape & Design Packs together. Continuing the cooking analogy… they are the butter, oil and flour that combine your chosen ingredients. Here’s just a couple of recipes to give […]

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Jul 24, 2013

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