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Thread weight matters, find out why

Thread has a weight, even if you think it’s as light as a feather, it can be measured, and it relates to the thickness, really. Much like humans….
The thread that you use on your project does make a difference to the result.

Needle success

You knew that though.  There’s hand stitching, tapestry needles and then there are machine needles.  And there are a lot of things about machine needles that impact your stitch quality.  I’m not talking longarm machine needles here, they still confuse me.  All those numbers on that box remind me of everything I still have to …

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How to make cloth leaders

Cloth leaders for quilting machines? Yes, they’re those things that longarmers use to attach the quilt to so that we can roll it onto the bars. Thing is that these can get real dirty, real quick, and experience has taught me that the manufacturer ones shrink when you wash them! I’ll let you know what …

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Bring joy to an essential worker

We’re still in lockdown in South Africa, and personally, I have been struggling.  How have you been coping?  Do you have kids at home, young ones, older ones?  Are they doing their schoolwork?  I must admit that I am really lucky in that my kids are doing their schoolwork, and then enjoying the outdoors (we …

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Positively positive

Positively positive plays with the plus block that is simple to make using strips of light and dark fabric. I had a set of half metre fabrics in my stash from the same collection, and I decided to use those for this project. 6 half metre fabrics that coordinate 2 dark 2 light medium/dark for …

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Twisted Log Cabin

The twisted log cabin is a modern adaptation of the traditional log cabin.  The log cabin design represents the log homes made in the prairie. Each block is usually sewn on a thin foundation fabric.  Traditionally the log cabin block was not quilted.  The piecing was done with scraps of fabric that had different textures …

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Dresden Plates

Dresden plates have different variations all featuring a blade design around a central point.  It is usually finished with a central circular shape. The block first appeared in the 1920s but publications did not use the name consistently.  It was more familiar in the 1930s as the Dresden plate.  Blades can be pointed or rounded, …

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Virginia Reel

Virginia Reel is a variation on Snail Trail.  It was first published by Mountain Mist. The Virginia reel is also a folk dance that dates from the 17th century. Its origins are Scottish and related to the Highland reel.  There is perhaps also influences from the Irish Rinnce Fada.  Generally, people consider it an English …

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