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Philippa answers common quilting questions.

How to pull the top thread to the underneath when you are doing machine applique

The technique of pulling the top thread to the underside is exactly the reverse of what you do when you want to pull the bobbin thread to the top of the work. Lower the needle into the fabric and...

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How do you pick which colours fabrics to put together in your quilts?

This is a tricky one and so personal. I know I've been teaching and a student has selected fabrics and I've secretly thought 'hmmm' - and then when the piece is finished it looks fab!

I think...

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Why don't you re-print your books?

There has been quite a lot of chat recently about my book Appliqué Mastery and so I'm going to explain my position and the history on this.

I wrote it in 2014 and lovely Kim was the...

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What sewing machine should I buy?

Sewing machines are such a tricky thing to advise on. Getting a cheaper machine will not be the nicest sewing experience and may put you off. But then getting a more costly machine when you are new...

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Help! - I'm having problems with my rotary cutter

There are actually quite a lot of reasons why your rotary cutter might not be working very well:

1. It's an old blade (unlikely if you are a new quilter) so not very sharp any more. Treat yourself...

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How to square up and cut strips from full width fabric.

The following tips assume you are right handed. Reverse these instructions if you are left handed.

Clear a good space on your table and in regard to chairs and stuff on the floor around you. The...

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How to avoid chopping off your points when sewing a half inch wide binding onto pieced quilt tops which only have quarter inch seam allowances.

Without Piping

To put a half inch wide binding on a quilt with pieced blocks, and no piping, I would cut the batting/wadding and backing bigger than the quilt top. I would then layer up and do all...

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Free Motion Stitch Length Problems

My stitches are all different sizes. I'm having trouble going at speed and am not getting uniform length stitches. What am I doing wrong? 

Philippa says: You are not doing anything wrong - you...

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Which wadding/batting should I buy?

The question of which batting/wadding to use is quite complex as the choices are many. Here are some of the considerations you might want to think about.

Consider the look you will get, and the...

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What colour threads should I choose for quilting a whole-cloth quilt?

What colour threads should I choose for quilting a whole-cloth quilt?

I audition threads in the same way that I audition fabrics - and make a colour story. I take the end usage and where the quilt...

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