Pre-cut – What Size Quilt Does it Make?

  This is a VERY popular question. So if you’re wondering the same thing, read on….   So you ask: “How Many Packs do I need for a Queen size quilt?”   Here’s the short answer: If you are just stitching the precut pieces together, with no other additional fabrics, then you would need about:…

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Winner, Winner, who might it be?

Maryan (from VIC) Congratulations!!You are the winner of a VERY Special Prize: Gutermann Sew-All Thread Set!   Congratulations, Maryan! And I bet you’d all like to see what the Next Prize is… I will tell you about it in a minute.   First.. a Reminder….. 20 % Off All Pre-Cut Fabrics! DAF9U8PEDO0J   Yep –…

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Pre-cut Fabric Explained

  “What on earth is a Fat Quarter?”   “How come my quilt pattern calls for Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes? I’m making a QUILT – not baking!”   If you’re new to the world of patchwork, you might well be wondering about the same thing   So let’s look at the most common types…

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Our Darling Diana has a new home!

Congratulations, Alexa (from SA)!! You are the winner of a Diana Mannequin (in the size of YOUR choice). I’m so excited for you – just think of the wardrobe you can create with your very own dressmaker’s dummy!   And this is what Alexa said about winning…   Thank you very much for letting me…

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For the New Year – We have a New Winner!

   Isabel from NSW – Congratulations!!   You are the Lucky Winner of a shiny new Omni-Glide Trolley Case – YAY!   Here is the official results verification widget from   This drawing was held by Shelley Hong in a fair and unbiased manner, using RANDOM.ORG’s Third-Party Draw Service. For details, please see the drawing’s…

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How to Choose the Right Mannequin: based on Your Body Measurements

      When choosing a dressmaker’s dummy, most people ask: “I’m a size __. Which mannequin is right for me?” The assumption is to simply go for the size range listed. Right? Well – Not Exactly. Here’s my standard answer: “Dress size can be unreliable, because they often vary from brand to brand. Instead…

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The Winner of Janome is…..

We’ve Saved the Best til Last.  You’ve all been waiting for this, I know….. the million dollar question is: Who Won??!!      Congratulations, Miranda (from NSW)!! You know who you are   Here are the official results from the good people at        Congratulations, Mirandal! And just in case the news wasn’t what…

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Not All Presser Feet are Made Equal – what I learn behind the scene

  “I just don’t understand how people would spend so much on sewing machines, then use cheap inferior feet!”  Said K, somewhat exasperated. “If only they knew the risks.”   “Risks? There are risks?” I asked.   This was how it all began. During a conversation with our supplier – for his privacy, let’s just…

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And the Winner of October is…

This Month’s Lucky Winner has won a VERY Special Prize: this gorgeous Moda Fat Quarter Bundle “Boho”!      Congratulations, Jan (from WA)!!  You know who you are   Now, for everyone else, I bet you’d STILL like to see what the Next Prize is… But First.. I have a Quick Announcement:     Yes, that’s right, it’s on…

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Just in time for Spring, a New Winner

So Who Won this time?? Maureen (from QLD)  Congratulations!! She’s the lucky winner of a VERY Special Prize: A3 LED Light Pad for Tracing!   And Maureen says:   “Wow, I’m so excited. I’ve won something for the first time, ever!!! Looking forward to its arrival. Cheers and a BIG Thank You. Maureen” Congratulations, Maureen!  …

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