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Project Preparation – Confirm Materials

Ever get to the middle of project and realize you don’t have something you need? For example, you are making dinner when you discover you are missing a key ingredient. Or you are helping your partner with a home improvement project only to find a key part or tool is not at hand. I know […]

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Project preparation – Service Machine

Every machine quilter’s worst nightmare is to be in the midst of a project and their machine malfunctions. That nightmare was a reality for me a few weeks ago. I was cruising along, strip piecing a quilt, when my machine just stopped. I pulled it apart, turned it off and on, begged, but to no […]

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Starting a New Project

A new pattern and lovely fabrics always excites me – so much that I am tempted to skip the essential preparation steps. Skipping preparation can definitely affect your project. These simple steps when done routinely, can improve your project quality and minimize your headaches. I will cover each of these in subsequent posts. They can […]

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Christmas Quilt Square – Published!

This morning, I had a wonderful surprise in my email – one of my patterns was published in the EQ Newsletter – August 2019 Mid-month Update. Each month, Electric Quilt publishes Behind the Mouse, the Electric Quilt Blog. In that Blog, there is a Design and Discover section, where they spotlight a type of block […]

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Pressing vs Ironing?

Have you every followed a quilt instruction that says to press your seams open for a half square triangle? If you were anything like me, you would pull out your steam iron, put it on the open seam, and run it up and down the length of the seam to make sure it was nice […]

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Should I Wash Fabrics Before Quilting?

There is a great debate amongst quilters – should I or shouldn’t I wash my fabrics before quilting? My answer is that it depends. I have a series of questions that may help you decide for yourself if the fabrics for your project should be washed before cutting, piecing and quilting. Question 1 – Is […]

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Quilting Road Trip

This past weekend, I took a very long road trip to transport my niece to dive camp, pick up my son from college, deliver Lego’s to my grandkids, and visit my mother. This took me through Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and New York. I traveled over 2200 miles in 4 days. Needless to […]

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How to Survive and Thrive at a Quilt Show?

With all of the projects I have on my plate, why would I attend a quilt show? I could spend that time and money toward finishing some of those projects… Quilt shows can provide inspiration, education and deals if you know where to find them. Well, this weekend, I attended a wonderful quilt show is […]

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What Are Precuts?

Have you ever read a pattern or visited a website and they mention precuts? Have you ever wondered what precuts are? Precuts are usually sets of fabric pieces assembled by the manufacturer, although shops may package their own as well. Precuts aren’t really kits for a specific project. They are coordinating fabrics either by fabric […]

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Difference in Quilt Fabric Quality

  My mom always told me that you could tell the quality of a fabric by the feel.  She used to walk through the fabric stores running her fingers across the bolts. When she came to one that felt good, she would decide if she liked how it looked. Most people look first and maybe […]

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