Thursday 21 July 2016

No Quarter-Inch Foot? No Worries!

To me, one of the greatest things about being a quilt and kit designer is encouraging other people to take up this wonderful craft that I love so much, and I was so happy to inspire a lovely Dutch lady who bought one of my Quick & Easy Beginner’s Quilt Kits at last weekend’s craft fair.

After a long conversation about our love of the Netherlands, and their love of the UK, I managed to ease her worries about making her first quilt - even the fact that the ‘inch’ (rather than metric) was about to take over her life, in particular the scant ¼” seam allowance. I wrote a blog post about checking the accuracy of your seam allowance last year, but thinking about it again, I wanted to add that you don’t actually need a specialist ¼” presser foot, which many machines don’t include, but that you can use your normal straight stitch foot with a little adjustment of the needle. So I have since added to that tutorial which you can read in full here.

Back at Sewmotion HQ…

As I mentioned in my previous blog, we have a new Vintage Rose Strip Set – a 20pc pre-cut made up of Riley Blake’s Backyard Roses with a couple of co-ordinating Kona Solids.

To celebrate we’re hosting a Giveaway!!! If you haven’t entered yet, or want to tell a friend about this great chance to win a set of these new Vintage Rose pre-cuts – just think of that beautiful quilt you could make – click here to go to my last blog and enter there. The draw will be made on Wednesday 27th July.

Upcoming Events

This Sunday (24th July) Sewmotion will be at the Teesmade Festival at Preston Park Museum & Grounds in Stockton-on-Tees. This great family event will be exploring the rich history of heritage skills in the area, with live demonstrations of leather working, willow weaving, pottery, foraging and quilting.  
You can then discover the modern-day crafts emerging from Teesside in the Music Room where local makers will be selling their unique handmade items.


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