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Road Test: Janome Continental M7 Professional Sewing Machine

Playing with a new model of sewing machine is always enjoyable, but this machine was so much fun! The Janome Continental M7 Professional is a heavy-duty, well-thought-through sewing machine. While it may have the word Professional in the title, it certainly has all the attributes a home quilter would want as well. Given the length […]

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Know Your Product: Irons

They say that asking a quiltmaker to hem your pants is like asking Picasso to paint your bathroom. And there’s a similar concept when it comes to irons and ironing. How many of us know the joy of ironing newly purchased fabric or pressing just-finished patchwork blocks, but abhor tackling that mountain of shirts and […]

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Technique Tutorial: Freezer Paper Piecing

There are two methods that I will share here: one is using freezer paper as the actual templates for each shape and cutting them individually. This technique eliminates the need to transfer the sewing lines to the wrong side of the fabric — you simply use the edges of the freezer paper as your sewing […]

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Rulers and Templates with Anita Ellis

My last article was all about the ins and outs, and the dos and don’ts, of quilting with rulers. I hope you managed to read it and take in some of the information. It can seem tricky at first, but remember that the longarm quilter you may be comparing yourself to will have many years’ […]

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Road Test: Rulers by Constantine

Machine quilting is an art in itself, and if you want to try expanding your skill set, you can try quilting rulers specifically designed to work with free-motion quilting. Tracey Browning of Constantine Quilts is a phenomenal long-arm quilter and has designed many quilting rulers. For this Road Test I played with just two rulers […]

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Designer Edge: Stephanie Symns

Artist Stephanie Symns can be described as ‘multi-passionate’. Her knowledge and curiosity extend not only to creative pursuits, but to many different aspects of life. “My interests are diverse, ranging from abstraction to contemporary design, mathematical theory, Greek and Roman mythology — anything really. The world is a pretty interesting place!” she says. With these […]

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Quilting with Rulers

There is a buzz word at any time, in any industry, and the quilting world is no exception. Right now, that is ruler quilting. Ruler quilting, however, is not new, long arm quilters have been using rulers on their quilting frames for a long time. What is different now is that, with the introduction of […]

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Pattern Play: Garden

Trees and shrubs, critters and animals, flowers and leaves – they are important in any landscape – and fabric stash! The following are new fabric ranges that have been released in the first two months of 2020. FreeSpirit Garden Fabrics Distributed in Australia by XLN Fabrics www.xln.com.au One Mile Radiant by Anna Maria Horner Anna […]

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Know Your Product: Hand Sewing Needles

There are a large variety of needle types, and quilters tend to use mostly straws, milliners, sharps and betweens. It is widely agreed that the best needles for hand sewing and quilting are between needles and sharps are best for appliqué. The larger the size number, the smaller the needle. As a beginner it is recommended […]

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Quilting Tools with Anita Ellis!

These are a few of my favourite things … or in other words, quilting tools I use every day and wouldn’t be without. There are myriad gadgets and must-haves that the manufacturers of quilting notions insist you cannot do without. You could really spend up big, or you can spend smart and buy the things […]