Wednesday, 28 February 2018


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Free-Motion Meandering: A Beginners Guide to Machine Quilting 

By Angela Walters 

Turn the corner to free-motion success with a meandering makeover! Best-selling author Angela Walters shows you that free-motion machine quilting doesn't have to be scary - with a couple designs in your pocket, you can finish almost any quilt on your home machine and enjoy the process. Practice 8 meandering stitches for beginners plus unique modifications for each, with step-by-step visuals and quilted samples. Improve your free-motion quilting, disguise mistakes, and transition between designs with ease.

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Free-Motion Quilting Workbook: Angela Walters Shows You How!

By Angela Walters 

The master of free-motion quilting, Angela Walters, teaches you everything you need to know in her newest book, Free-Motion Quilting Workbook. Unlike an ordinary how-to manual, this interactive workbook will get your creative juices flowing as you doodle designs of entire quilts, individual blocks, borders, and even negative space. The pages have plenty of line-art shapes and inspiring photographs to help get you started. There's also a bonus section of graph paper to plan your own quilt designs. So, go ahead, start sketching!

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Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: 

Choose & Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts 

By Angela Walters 

Popular machine quilter Angela Walters will motivate you to try something new! Learn to stitch her fresh continuous-line designs on your longarm or domestic machine. Includes step-by-step instructions for continuous-line swirls, circles, squares, vines, arcs, and points. Using basic free-motion skills you already have, discover how to approach quilting a modern quilt by working with bold fabrics and negative space, uniting a variety of shapes, and blending designs. Draw inspiration from striking pictures of 20 modern quilts showing Angela’s designs. You’ll love her practical advice for choosing the perfect pattern to give your modern quilt maximum impact.

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Quilt With Tula And Angela: 

A Start-to-Finish Guide to Piecing and Quilting Using Color and Shape 

By Tula Pink & Angela Walters 

Add color and punch to your next project with Quilt with Tula & Angela.

Known for her cool, innovative style, Tula Pink will inspire you to toss your colour wheel and commit to her signature approach to combining colours. Angela Walters creates the complementary finish and surface texture for each design, resulting in the perfect marriage of colour and style for each of the featured 17 quilt projects.
Pairing one shape with one colour family in each chapter, you'll step through quilts of varying sizes, at the same time enjoying a front row seat to the creative collaboration between these mavens of style.
In addition to the 17 signature Tula Pink quilt designs and 42 quilt design motifs from Angela Walters, you will also be treated to useful tips on choosing fabrics and mixing up prints and approaching the quilt process.
Featuring bold illustrations and gorgeous photographs, Quilt with Tula & Angela is the comprehensive approach to intuitive colour choices you've been waiting for.

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Longarm Quilting Workbook:

Basic Skills, Techniques & Motifs for Modern Longarming 

By Teresa Silva

Learn to Longarm with Confidence!

Go from novice to successful longarm quilter with this complete guide to modern longarm quilting. Author Teresa Silva knows exactly what it's like to stand before a new longarm machine wondering where to begin. After years of longarm quilting for some of the biggest names in the quilt community, she's sharing her expertise and giving you the skills you need to longarm with confidence. Teresa covers every detail from thread selection and loading the quilt to planning a design, sewing textured stitches, and more!

In Longarm Quilting Workbook, you'll learn:

  • Longarm machine basics, including essential features to look for when investing in your first machine
  • The best tools, materials, and supplies to get the job done
  • 20+ quilting motifs, from basic swirls and bubbles to more complex paisleys or clamshells
  • How to visualize, plan, and execute multiple styles of quilts through an inspiring gallery of finished samples You'll also enjoy three pieced projects perfect to practice your longarm skills and stir your creative juices. So go ahead, grab your Longarm Quilting Workbook and work aside Teresa Silva to longarm beautiful quilts in no time!

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Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book: 59 Outline Designs to Fill with Free-Motion Quilting, Tips for Longarm and Domestic Machines

By Amanda Murphy 

Quilting rulers have long been used by longarm quilters to make uniform shapes, but now, with the advent of the domestic ruler foot, domestic quilters can join in on the fun, too! Amanda starts with how to use 6 basic shapes of machine quilting ruler to lay a foundation for your quilting, then moves on to executing 59 different designs. Finish up by following Amanda's suggestions for filling in background space with free-motion quilting.

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Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book: • 155 Mix & Match Designs • Bring 30 Fabulous Blocks to Life • Plus Plans for Sashing, Borders, Motifs & Allover Designs

By Amanda Murphy

Take the guesswork out of free-motion quilting with 155 fresh ideas—each handpicked for a specific space on a quilt. Mix and match the designs from each chapter to artfully quilt 30 traditional blocks, borders, sashing, and more! This must-have reference includes an inspiring gallery of finished quilts, tips for domestic and longarm quilters, and complete instructions for a table runner project to hone your skills.

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Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks 

By Tula Pink 

Create a sampler quilt as unique as you are!
Tula Pink gives you an inspiring quilt block collection with Tula Pink's City Sampler. Make a beautiful, modern quilt of your own design with the 100 original quilt blocks or try one of the 5 city-themed sampler quilts designed by Tula.
A note from Tula:
"You will notice...that the blocks are not named but simply numbered. This is intentional. I may have designed the blocks and given you the instructions on what to cut and where to stitch, but I have not infused the blocks with any meaning. This is your quilt. The fabrics that you choose, the colors that you use and why you are making it are what will give the quilt a purpose. Name your blocks, write in the margins, cross out the ones that you don't like, draw hearts around the ones that you love. In a perfect world, everyone's book would end up looking like a journal, coffee stains and all. The more adventurous ones might rename the book and write their own introduction. Tula Pink's City Sampler is a collaboration between you and me. I am the platform and you are the speaker, so stand on my shoulders and tell the future who you are and why you make."

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Quilts from the House of Tula Pink: 20 Fabric Projects to Make, Use and Love 

By Tula Pink 

Inspired fabrics and designs await you in "Quilts From the House of Tula Pink"!
Welcome to the world of cutting-edge fabric designer Tula Pink, where clever quilts show off fanciful fabric, and your imagination can be let out to play. Featuring fabrics that you know and love, Tula offers 20 patterns with her signature flair for colour, design and original style. Between 10 amazing quilts and 10 extra-cool companion projects, you'll be inspired to play with fabric, colour and design in a way like never before!
Step inside to find:
  • 10 large quilt patterns, perfect for the bedroom or snuggling on the couch.
  • 10 accessory sewing projects, like an embroidered lampshade and a fabric cuckoo clock, to make your everyday life extraordinary.
  • Tips from Tula on choosing and combining fabrics, selecting a quilting motif, and even sketching your own fabric and pattern designs.
  • Step-by-step illustrations (hand-drawn by Tula herself) and super-simple sewing techniques for successful quilt making 

    Come on into Tula's house for the ultimate in sewing, style and fabric innovation!

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Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts
By Pam Lintot

Jelly Roll, Layer Cake and Charm Quilts provides seventeen beautiful projects that show you how to get the most from pre-cut fabric bundles. The projects range from smaller lap quilts to full-sized bed quilts and each is made from one jelly roll, layer cake or charm pack (or a combination), making the quilts quick and economical. Using the latest fabrics, the authors provide a main quilt and an alternative colourway for added versatility. Simple step-by-step instructions and illustrations make creating quilts from bundles fun and easy, regardless of your skill level.

English Paper Piecing 

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Quilting On The Go: English Paper Piecing 

by Sharon Burgess

In her new book Quilting On The Go: English Paper Piecing Sharon shares with you her love for English Paper Piecing and Fussy Cutting. She will guide you through all the steps of English Paper Piecing, starting with the basics. Work your way from the humble hexagon to stars, curves and more. Sharon shares her tips, techniques, and her preferred products to help you achieve great results and what to look for when choosing fabrics to fussy cut.

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Hexa-Go-Go: English Paper Piecing • 16 Quilt Projects

By Terry Bruecher

Fat Quarterly Magazine co-founder Tacha Bruecher takes a fresh look at an old favorite—English paper-pieced hexagons—with current fabrics and settings for quilts, table toppers, and more. Modern and traditional designs are both featured, including rosettes, stars, and free form. Learn how to combine settings and how to creatively quilt hexagons. Projects are varied for any skill level or time commitment – make a few hexagons, make a few more, or make few hundred. Making the individual hexagons are perfect for modern quilters on the go; they are terrific stash busters (and stress busters) that take your priceless handwork from repetitive to remarkable!

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All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects By Diane Gilleland

The key to perfect patchwork is getting all of the points to match up — which is no easy feat! Set yourself up for success with the rediscovered technique of English paper piecing. Using paper templates to guide your pattern, you can expertly fit your quilting shapes together before you even start sewing. All Points Patchwork takes you far beyond traditional hexagons and accommodates triangles, diamonds, octagons, and even curved shapes. Simple instructions for decorating clothing, bedding, and home decor open up astounding possibilities for quilters of all levels.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The Week that was February 19th to February 25th 2018

The Week that was
February 19th to February 25th, 2018

What can I say, this week was a very long one. This week has seen our online activity drop a little due to Internet problems and that were ongoing throughout the week. 


This week has seen me learn more about some of the features that YouTube has to offer. One of these features is the Subscribe Watermark in the bottom right-hand corner of our videos. 

So if you have yet to subscribe and you are watching one of my Videos, then please consider Subscribing

You might be asking why is so imperative that we SUBSCRIBE to our favourite YouTube Channels and not just mine? 

Well, the answer is simple. 
YouTube just recently change their criteria to the YouTube Partner parogram.  

You might ask what does that have to do with me? 
Well, we now need to have 1000 subscribers and 4000hrs of view time, 
and you can help. 

its that simple.

What this means for my Channel and others
Well, if you have not met these criteria in the past 12 months, 
and you were earning money from your channel, 
this means that you will now lose this option
 to make a little money from your channel.
 You won't lose money that you have earned. 
You will be paid what is owed to you. 

But what it means is that you no longer can be monetised, 
until you meet the new criteria. 

How will this affect mine and other channels? 

This may stop some creators from making videos and stop bringing you great content that you have come to love. 

Considering I am only new to YouTube I was never going to meet those goals by the deadline, so for me, 

I am going to focus on getting to 1000 subscribers. So please consider helping me achieve this goal, by Subscribing to my channel. I Thank you in advance.

Now that we have got that out of the way, what else happened?

This week we had lots of troubles getting up the content due to our internet where we live dropping in and out. 
I was not the only one having these issues. 
It would seem that is was widespread throughout the community. 

We got there in the end with a new playlist added called Show'n'Tell Mondays

You might be asking Show'n'Tell Monday what the heck is that? 

Well, it is simple. 
This is something that we do each Monday in our Facebook Group, and now we want to get to know our subscribers on YouTube a little better. 

So how does it work you might ask? 

Well it is simple each week we are given a topic, 
and then we leave a comment below the video I put up. 

We have had a lot of fun with this, and some of the comments are very funny. 
It is a great way to connect with each other as you can reply to each other's comments and show some encouragement toward each other. 

This week topic is very imaginative so why not check it out   Click HERE for the playlist, There are a few from last year too that you might be interested in leaving a comment for and these will give you a general idea on how to participate. 

So then it was onto Part 2 of our scrap rope series, well that was a mission. 

Video Done? Yes, Video Edited? Yes, Vidoe Uploaded? Yeah not so much!!! 

It took three days of trying, the internet was dropping in and out every half an hour or so. So I would have to start all over again. But by Sunday we got there, and it was uploaded, and you check it out just Click HERE. 

I am hoping for a better online week this coming week as it seems to have settled down.


Our active facebook group has grown even more this week with over twenty people joining us. Just Search DD's Quilting and Craft Group 

I love that we are busy, but still taking the time, and showing each other encouragement and support for our quilting and crafting adventures. 

We have even seen some Newbies joining the patchwork ranks with, a few making their first ever Quilt blocks, from our Block of the Month Series. If you have missed it, you can check it out HERE. 

For those ladies that have joined in the fun of this BOM. Ladies, you should be proud. You have done a fantastic job on these blocks, just check out their talents, these are only 2 of many patchwork blocks that have been made.

We also have had our Facebook Live Streams all uploaded to YouTube, and in case you missed them, you can still catch them on the Replay on our YouTube Channel. 
Just Click HERE for the playlist, 
they are all marked by date, so they are easy to find, while you are there why not check out some of our past Live Streaming Videos.


Quilting has been moving forward, at the moment there is a quilt that is in the machine and getting quilted. 
This one is a custom quilt, and it takes a little longer than my usual quilting antics. 

Once it is finished, you will see it on our YouTube channel as we show you the steps we took quilting it. You can check out some of our other quilts that I have done this year by clicking HERE for the Playlist

On the Home Front.

We have all been busy again with dancing, girl guides, and Lots of rain to go with it...

The kids are starting to get cabin fever, being cooped up in the house and not being able to go off and do their thing. 

This week also has seen the 2yr old step it up a level. 
She is busier than ever but has decided that having tantrums are a good thing, 
Yeah not so much for this Mee-ma. 
I am standing firm, as this is not acceptable behaviour for us. 

We started the weekend with, I am going to call them episodes: 
We began with a 2.5hr meltdown, it didn't matter what we did or how we tried to console her, she just kept going. 
So how did I handle it? I sent everyone out of the house, and I just let her go, making sure she didn't hurt herself. 

She was throwing a good one. She was throwing items around the house and touching everything she knows she is now allowed to move or touch. 
Eventually, she wore herself out and fell asleep. 

When she woke she was in a better mood, and the tantrums have been getting less and less as the days have progressed. 
I have had her solely in my care this, no going off with poppy and her aunties, just me. 
She is starting to see that it is not the right thing to do, so they are getting shorter and less often. 

I just have to hold strong and not let it get to me...and I can tell you this girl has a set of lungs on her.

Ahh the life of 2yr old, sometimes it can just get all too much for one tiny human.

Well, that is a wrap for this week. I am glad that the trying times are behind me and we can now move onto a new week. 

"till next time 
Happy Quilting and Crafting ") N

Sunday, 25 February 2018

How to make a Fat Quarter Storage box with Scrap Fabric Rope

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How to make a Fat Quarter Storage Box with Scrap Rope Part 2 of 2
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In this Video Part 2 of 2 part series, we are going to show you how to take your Scrap Fabric Rope that you made from Part 1 and now use it to make this gorgeous Fat Quarter storage box, using an old shoe box, and a little hot glue. This little box stores around 50 Fat Quarters.
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'Till Next time 
Happy Quilting & Crafting ") N