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Philippa answers common quilting questions.

Philippa's sewing table

Many people have asked about Philippa's sewing table and where it came from.

It was made by Philippa's husband Peter. He has written a document showing how it was constructed in case other people...

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My back aches when I sew for a long time. What can I do?

Philippa suggests you to really analyse how you sit to sew. Take a good look at yourself and even get someone to take a photo for you to look at. Don't alter what you normally do when this photo is...

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How do I calculate how much fabric I need for bias binding?

Here is the formula for calculating bias fabric. The example uses inches and yards:

Multiply the length of the binding by the width of the binding. Then find the square root of this figure. There...

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Are these classes good for beginners?

Philippa teaches every step of the process, with particular emphasis on great techniques and how to make it work for you - whether you are a beginner or advanced quilter. For example the first...

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Which marking pencils does Philippa use?

I try and keep it simple and basically use an HB mechanical pencil on pale fabrics (regular pencil can get blunt and give a very thick line whilst a mechanical pencil is always a fine line).

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Which threads and needles do you use?

Philippa generally uses Bottom Line made by Superior Threads which is a  #60 weight 2 ply polyester thread. Often she uses this top and bottom, but suggests you might also use...

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Sewing with Metallic threads. Tips to help you.

Lots of things to consider when sewing with metallic threads:

Firstly buy Metallic needles in a range of sizes so you can try different ones. They have a larger eye than regular needles so help to...

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Philippa's general class supply list

We have been asked about the supplies needed for each of the classes. Lots of the classes do have a specific list for you, or a section at the beginning of the class where I show you what will be...

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How Philippa Squares up a large quilt before binding (or piping and binding)

When I have a large quilt to square up I clear furniture and spread it out on the floor. I get all my quilting squares and rulers, my long tape measures and also long squares/rulers from my...

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How to get the best results from your steam iron

If your iron is a regular steam iron I suggest you empty your iron when not is use so water is not sitting in the chamber. Distilled water is recommended, failing that cooled water from a boiled...

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