Author: lsmith

Celtic Medallion

Northcott was celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Stonehenge Fabrics with a Block Party and a design challenge for a Traveling Stonehenge Quilt Display. This quilt was designed specifically for that challenge. Although it wasn’t chosen as one of the finalists, I was excited to design a quilt for a specific challenge. I am in the […]

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Quick Pinwheel Strip Quilt

Quilting is 75% planning and 25% improvising for me. Given most of my quilts are of my own design, I have the fun of figuring out how to cut and assemble the pieces. Generally, I have a good idea on how this should go. But every so often, my plans go awry, so I improvise. […]

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Recycled Quilt Kits

Ever buy a quilt kit and then decide you don’t like the pattern by the time you get around to making it? That was the case with this quilt. My son and I picked out the kit several years ago. A few months ago, I found the kit in the closet and asked him if […]

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Goose Goose Duck Challenge

Several people have asked me how I create my designs. Many of them start with a sketch or a mental image. Some are created by just playing around with my favorite design program – Electric Quilt’s EQ8. This program is great for creating the quilt design itself, but I use a variety of other programs […]

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9/11 Tribute Quilt

Most of us over the age of 30 vividly remember the detail of their day on September 11, 2001. I was on a plane that safely landed at its destination. I flew to St. Louis, MO for a day to investigate a property and was supposed to fly back home the same day. Obviously, that […]

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Quilt as You Go

Quilt as you go is a quick and easy quilting technique for newbies and veterans. I discovered this technique about 15 years ago while my mom and I were on a Shop Hop. A cute spice scented shop in Western New York had several adorable table runners on display with quilt as you go kits […]

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Applique Confessions

I have been quilting for over 30 years and applique quilting made me nervous. I took several classes and actually did pretty well with needle turn applique, but it took so long to do. That certainly raised my level of respect for people who do Baltimore quilts or other heavily appliqued quilts. People shared that […]

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Project Preparation – Clean Iron

When was the last time you looked at the bottom or plate of your iron? Generally, the plate faces away from us for safety reasons or it is working on a piece of fabric. Either way, we aren’t paying much attention to it. We typically notice there is an issue when stains or goo is […]

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Project Preparation – Soak Mats and rulers

My cutting mats have been in use for years. Even though they are “self-healing,” they were beginning to show some wear and tear. So while I was at the Quilt Odyssey, I stopped by the Olfa booth to look for a new one. That is where the Olfa representative told me how I could not […]

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Project Preparation – Evaluate Rotary Cutters

Have you ever tried to cut through fabric with your rotary cutter and it doesn’t cut all the way through? So you try again, and your ruler slips, so you end up with jagged cut. If so, you are not alone! Many people will try to cut harder or cut through fewer layers to alleviate […]

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