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  • Two for the price of One: Raaga QAYG Placemats

    by Michelle Marvig. July 25, 2014

    I love decorating my home with textile artworks, from quilts, to cushions, comforters and tablerunners. But it was only recently that I decided that I wanted a new set of placemats. I had been cheating, and buying sets recently and was not really happy with the available designs. Read more…

  • Drifting

    by Michelle Marvig. May 05, 2014

    How does bad luck start a quilting career? For Angela Walters it was instrumental in her starting to make quilts. How? I hear you ask……………Angela’s own family had no history of quiltmaking. She married into a family that had a strong relationship with quilts. Each year a family reunion was held, with her husband’s Grandparents making quilts to be won by family members. One year her husband failed to win a quilt, and this inspired her to want to make a quilt for him. So, at the age of 21 she asked her husband’s Grandfather, yes Grandfather, to teach her the craft of quiltmaking. They chose a simple 9-patch, which Angela still uses today. Needless to say, she has moved on from the humble 9-patch, and is now known around the world for her free motion quilting designs and techniques. Read more…

  • Toile Tales

    by Michelle Marvig. January 24, 2014

    If I asked you to name one type of French fabric, I bet your answer would be a toile. A fabric printed with scenes or figures, often, but not always presented in a monochromatic colourway. Pronounced “twahl”, it is a shortening of the original title - “Toile de Jouy”. Translated, it literally means “fabric of Jouy”, Jouy-en-Josas being a small village outside Paris, near to Versailles, where the most famous toiles were produced by Christophe-Phillippe Oberkampf. His home in this village is today a museum, where you can visit and learn about the process of printing fabrics and take in the glory of the antique textiles that are on display. Read more…

  • So Many 2 1/2in Strips - Sew Many Possibilities!!!

    by Michelle Marvig. December 09, 2013

    Labour saving devices have changed the everyday life of women. We still have to do the washing, but the machines make it a much faster chore ( I do wonder how come the males in my house are yet to notice this???). When the first Jelly Roll was introduced to the patchwork market place, it too saved quilters the time and effort of cutting all 40, 2 1/2in strips. But how many designs can we make from just one size of strip? Endless... Read more…

  • International Quilt Market Houston

    by Craft Project. November 17, 2013

    So I finally got to attend my first International Quilt Market in Houston. What an eye opener! The aisles were never ending with so much to look at – I would have looked like a Laughing Clown, head turning side to side, amazed by all the stunning creations…. Read more…