Author Archives: The Proof Angel

About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader, working with a wide range of clients from large companies to individuals. I can help you to communicate clearly by carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas get your message over. I also have a sideline in textiles, as The Rainbow Angel.

A scissor holder

A while ago, I saw a display on a stall selling kits to make scissor pouches and “keepers” for embroidery scissors. You know, the sort that is permanently fixed to the handle of the scissors, so it is always handy. … Continue reading

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Hexagons at the Festival of Quilts 2019

My very first experience of patchwork was with hexagons. I must have been about 6 or 7, and I made it with offcuts from my rag doll’s dresses. I still have the dresses, and Beth still watches over my desk … Continue reading

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Sewing in a zip can be a bit of a pain. I tend to avoid it when I can, because of the hassle of remembering to buy the right length. And often they don’t sell the colour I want. But … Continue reading

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Compass quilts at the Festival of Quilts 2019

I love a good compass block. And here are some absolute corkers from the Festival of Quilts 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. How they keep track of all those tiny pieces of fabric beats me. When I made … Continue reading

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Custom fitting your sewing patterns

Today, I’ve got a collection of posts about dressmaking with a commercial pattern to share: This post tells you how to merge sizes for a better fit. Then there is one about adapting a neckline. And finally, this one gives … Continue reading

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Flowers and trees at the Festival of Quilts 2019

If you have ever tried to draw a tree properly, you will know that it is harder than it looks. Somehow, drawing the shapes you see doesn’t always lead to a credible tree picture. Which makes translating it into fabric … Continue reading

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My new sewing room friend

About a year ago, I made a doll who sits by the sewing machine and holds bits and bobs. I’ve been really pleased. She is a good worker. But there is a problem. Gradually, all the pins are moving into … Continue reading

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India Flint at the Festival of Quilts 2019

India Flint is a pioneer of eco printing. Here are some pictures of her exhibit at the Festival of Quilts 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham:

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Log cabin at the Festival of Quilts 2019

Today’s theme is the log cabin block. A scrappy  log cabin is great fun to do, but scale is important, as the block grows quickly. Unless you are using tiny strips, which gives a lovely result. In one of these … Continue reading

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Clothing and dolls at the Festival of Quilts 2019

There are always some sections at these quilting events where things other than quilts are on display. These three dimensional works often result in clothing, and in the case of the Festival of Quilts 2019, also dolls. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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