Category: Quilting Tips

Tips for any level of quilter from beginner to expert

Quilt Math – Oh My

Some people really hate math, but love quilting. They like the artistic flair of quilting, but not the technical part. I must admit, I am a geek and trained engineer. So, I kind of like math. Scary – I know. Let me share a few math secrets to help make quilt math a little less […]

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Printing, Copying and Adjust Quilt Patterns

If you use templates or foundation when you quilt, understanding proper copying and printing is extremely important. It can mean the difference between correctly sized blocks or frustration. The first step is to understand why printers and copiers don’t print to size. Generally, the change in size has to do with margins. The devices usually […]

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Do Your Homework

Do you read your recipes before your start making a new dish? If you do, do you read just the ingredient list just to make sure you have what you need? Or do you read it through to ensure you have the right tools or have enough time? If you don’t read them in advance, […]

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Picking the Project

Quilt shops, the internet, and our imaginations are full of beautiful projects. With all of these beautiful choices, how do you pick the right one?? The one that you can finish and doesn’t get added to the growing pile of UFOs? There are a few factors that will help you pick that project: skills, resources, […]

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Gearing Up

Just like in cooking, you want to make sure you have all of the ingredients before you get started. And just like in cooking, you want to know your tools are ready for use. Here are a few tips for tool success. 1.Pressing If you use star or fusible, your iron may need a little […]

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Santa’s Tree Lot

I just finished piecing Santa’s Tree Lot! If I plan it right, I might get it quilted in time for the holidays. Because there were corrections to the pattern, I strongly encourage people to either view my pattern correction page or email me to get a current downloadable version of the pattern. I have also […]

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Dream Studio – Step 2 – Space Considerations

Three items that are often overlooked when you think about your dream studio are sizing, flooring, and lighting. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you need to move or do a complete renovation! Size and Layout Size matters. You may only have the corner of a room, part-time confiscation of a kitchen table, or an entire […]

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Dream Studio – Step 1

Last week, I shared that I am designing my studio for our new home. The first step is a fresh step and a big move. We are paying movers, so every pound counts – literally! The first step then is to PURGE! That is probably the hardest step for most quilters – destashing. I had […]

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Creating My Dream Studio

Do you dream of having the perfect studio for your needs? I certainly do! In fact, that has been the driving force behind me for the past few months. My husband and I have been hunting for our retirement home and it has few requirements, a space for his baby grand piano, a good kitchen, […]

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Desert Dove

Dream catchers and saguaro cactus are associated with both the American Southwest and desert doves. What are desert doves and how are they related to dream catchers and cacti? Four species of doves inhabit the Sonoran Desert: White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Ground-Dove, and Inca Dove. Their existence in the desert is essential for the […]

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