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Free Talking Threads Video Series from Colouricious

Talking Threads is an exciting 10 part series about the colourful world of contemporary textile art, and you can watch it for free.

Posted: February 10th, 2011  

Topics: Free Projects, Tips and Tricks, Videos, Web Finds

What to do with all that snow?

Buried under mountains of snow this week? Have some creative fun with that white stuff and try snow dyeing.

Posted: February 2nd, 2011  

Topics: Tips and Tricks, Videos

Sewing Spaces Focus and Evernote Premium Give-Aways

Take a look into the sewing spaces of other quilters and enter for a chance to win a 1-year subscription to Evernote Premium.

Posted: January 20th, 2011  

Topics: Tips and Tricks, Web Finds


Brenda Pinnick: Artist, Colorist and Graphic/Product Designer

Guest blogger Brenda Pinnick shares with us her love of colour and a few tips on design composition. There’s a give-away too.

Posted: January 12th, 2011  

Topics: Guest Bloggers, Tips and Tricks


Evernote and my Quilting Life

How I use Evernote to organize my quilting life. An article published in the December issue of The Quilt Life with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.

Posted: December 15th, 2010  

Topics: My Quilting Journey, Product Reviews, Tips and Tricks

Cruising YouTube for Quilting Videos

I love watching videos to learn new quilting techniques. Here are some of my favourite YouTube channels. The Missouri Star Quilt Company has a huge selection of awesome videos ranging from beginner to more advanced to using specific cuts of fabric. This is one of my favourite, showing a new (to me anyway) way to […]

Posted: November 24th, 2010  

Topics: Tips and Tricks, Videos, Web Finds

Machine Appliqué

Please join me in welcoming guest blogger Jan Donley as she walks us through her method for machine appliqué. Thanks Jan for being a guest here at the Quilting Gallery. I love appliqué quilts but I do not enjoy doing needle turn appliqué so I set out to learn how to appliqué by preparing the […]

Posted: June 9th, 2010  

Topics: Guest Bloggers, Tips and Tricks


Embroidery Stitches – Running Stitch

Running stitch is a very quick and easy hand embroidery stitch to master. It is often used to form the foundation of other stitches or it can be used on its own as an outline stitch. Running stitch is also the stitch used for hand quilting. For best results work each stitch a uniform size, […]

Posted: April 3rd, 2010  

Topics: Tips and Tricks, Videos

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Hand Embroidery: How to Work a Perfect French Knot

Looking for some tips on how to work a perfect French knot? A few years ago when I was teaching hand embroidery in workshops, ladies would often groan when I mentioned French knots. Seems that this stitch can cause some frustration. The good news is that I am going to share with you some of […]

Posted: March 25th, 2010  

Topics: Tips and Tricks, Videos

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Hand Embroidery: How to Work Back Stitch

Back stitch is one of the quickest and easiest of embroidery stitches to master. It is predominately used as an outline stitch and is ideal for Redwork embroidery designs. There are two things to keep in mind when learning to back stitch. One is to aim for an even stitch length. Don’t fuss too much […]

Posted: March 23rd, 2010  

Topics: Tips and Tricks, Videos

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Learning to Embroider – Beginning to Stitch

You’ve found the perfect pattern, you have a crewel needle, some stranded embroidery thread, a piece of fabric and an embroidery hoop. Your pattern has been transferred onto your fabric and you are ready to start…so now what? Your next decision comes down to the end use for your piece of embroidery. If your design […]

Posted: March 16th, 2010  

Topics: Tips and Tricks

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Back to Basics: That 1/4″ Seam

Bradie’s posted a really great beginner tutorial on Quarter Inch Accuracy. See how the guide on the foot is off. For years I’ve struggled with this problem on my Janome Q6125 foot. Last week, I decided to get rid of that silly guide once and for all. First I made sure I could buy a […]

Posted: March 2nd, 2010  

Topics: Tips and Tricks