Today I thought I'd share a tip with you that helps to make patchwork and quilting just little bit easier. It's a tip I've shared with my calendar girls as we are using triangles this month. It's all to do with spray starch, it's an essential part of my kit. The following video is will help to explain why and how to use it.
Is there something you've found that helps to make patchwork easier for you? I'd love to hear from you.
One of my proudest moments at the age of seven was making a beautiful hexagon cushion, backed with satin as a gift for a close friend of the family. It was a goodbye gift as we were moving from Suffolk up to the North East. To me, at that age, it was a masterpiece and ever since, hexagons have always had a soft place in my heart. Although I love them, I never seem to stop long enough to stitch that many. This year, I thought I'd make an effort to do more English Paper Piecing.
Although the project doesn't involve hexagons, it's the same process. I'm doing a Block of the Month from Sew and Quilt, Patchwork of the Crosses. There are lots of tiny pieces to hand stitch and I'm finding it all very relaxing.
It can be quite a juggling act when it comes to trimming some of the fabric pieces. I have the card template, fabric, scissors and needle and thread to juggle but I've found something that makes the process much easier. Hopefully, you'll find the following video helpful too.
I'm in quite a few quilting and sewing groups on Facebook. They're good for picking up tips and seeing what everyone is making. Recently, there was a conversation about rotary cutters and one person said she just couldn't get on with them. She was left handed and couldn't see where the blade was cutting. She hadn't realised that a rotary cutter could be set up for left or right handed people. If you're left handed and didn't realise, here is how you set up your cutter.
If you have any other tips for making it easier to sew and quilt for people that are left handed, please let me know and I'll be happy to pass them on.
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I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.