Category: Quilting Tips

Tips for any level of quilter from beginner to expert

Wrapped in Wonderful Memories

Most of us have a T-shirt collection. They were gathered as mementoes from events in our lives, places we visit or causes we support. Some of them are lucky enough to be worn. But most find their way into a lonely, dark closet, box or drawer, never to be worn again. Why not reawaken those […]

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Hard Works Pays off!

For those of you who have read some of my earlier posts, you know that I have been taking classes to earn my APQS Longarm Quilting Certification. It was an intensive, informative, challenging and rewarding 14 week program. The lessons started with the basics of tension in quilting (thread tension, not my tension) and worked […]

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Your Opinion Needed

Which quilt would you want to make or have made for you? Yesterday, I was in a design mood and was inspired by some Scandinavian redwork that I had seen . So I played around with a few blocks and layouts… Ok seven may be more than a few. When I asked my husband, which […]

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Thread Dilemma

Have you ever started quilting and noticed these ugly dark shadows under you light fabric. They are usually threads that naturally fray after cutting and sewing, but when they find their way under your nice light colored fabric, they can mar all of your hard work on a quilt. So how do you deal with […]

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Modern Irish Chain

Do you like the Irish Chain Quilt pattern? This is a new twist on an old favorite that I just completed for client. The large blocks are set similar to a Triple Irish Chain pattern. Rather than using small blocks, this quilt uses charm squares to make 8 1/2-inch blocks for a quilt that is […]

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Give Thanks

I am thankful for so many things in my life: my family, my friends, my health, my quilting, my freedom…. Toward the end of each year, in November, we reflect on all of the good things in our lives. It is a wonderful way to move from gathering our bounty of this year into planning […]

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Wish Upon a Shining Star for Christmas

When the kids were younger, I shopped all year long so that I was done by Halloween. Now, I barely start my shopping before Halloween. So, I look for quick projects that I can complete as gifts in between my quilt commissions. I suspect that I am not alone in my desire to give something […]

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Piecing Preference

As a quilt designer, one of the most common questions I get about the patterns is – “is it foundation (paper) pieced or traditional piecing?” Why does this matter? Some people are not comfortable in their traditional piecing skills. They don’t think that they can get the seams straight or the blocks the right size. […]

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Thank You for Your Service

Thanks to the selfless service of our men and women we have the freedom to express ourselves and make our voices heard, to pursue the careers of our choice, to practice our religions or not, to get the medical care and education we choose, and to spend time with our families. Many made the ultimate […]

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Movember – Where is Your Mustache?

Just as pink ribbons and women’s health are associated with October, November (Movember) is recognizing men’s unique health needs. Did you know that men die and average of 6 years younger than women? The Movember Foundation is one of the leading non-profit organizations for men’s health issues, which includes prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, […]

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