quilt tools in my toolbox

More quilt tools from my toolbox

Quilting tools come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Some are more useful than others, and some are a duplication of another.  This is the second in the series on the tools that I keep in my toolbox.  You can read the first instalment here. Let’s take a look at the secondary tools – […]

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Colour theory for quilters

The choice and combination of colours and prints on quilt fabric can make or break your quilt. To make this a bit easier to understand, we first need to take a look at colour theory. Colour When it comes to colour, the best advice that can be given to any quilter is to use colours […]

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Quilt Sizes – How to measure for the best fit

Quilt sizes have been a topic of much discussion in quilting circles, and when you do a search for this on the internet you get a lot of different answers. Some quilters’ opinions vary by many inches, some in a single direction, some in both. This can make it difficult to estimate what size batting […]

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quilting iron

Quilting Iron

Your choice of quilting iron is as important as your choice in fabric.  The pressing of your patchwork seams will affect your quilt patchwork and the quilting itself.  Bulky seams, incorrect nesting and seams that are not crisp will result in bubbling and difficulty in quilting patterns on your quilt top. My ideal quilting iron […]

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Double Wedding Ring Designs and tutorial

Here is an easy double wedding ring pattern and design.  The design is completely stitched out without any appliqué or patchwork, and you can then combine the blocks to create a beautiful quilt top.   The blocks used for this table runner is 8 x 8″.  The 5 x 7″ design will require more blocks to […]

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Family ties

How to make a men’s neck ties quilt

A men’s ties quilt is the perfect memory quilt.  Some time ago, I decided to take my father’s old ties and make something memorable with it.  Very few companies in South Africa require men to wear ties any more, and dad has also been retired for a while. It was interesting to discover that some […]

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Quilting fabric

Quilting Fabric

Quilting fabric is available in a variety of colours and fibres.  Quilting originated out of necessity, and the quilters of the olden days certainly didn’t have much choice in the fabric they used.  The advantage of those days were, however, that they didn’t have synthetic fibres.  They used silks, linen and cotton, mostly the remnants of […]

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