Category: Quilting Tips

Tips for any level of quilter from beginner to expert

Fabric Maps

Have you ever worked on a quilt and been confused about which color was which? Have you ever decided to change the fabric in a quilt pattern? If so, then you probably have had fabric confusion. The symptom include the following statements: What color was that? How many colors are there? What did I plan […]

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Press – Wet or Dry

Over the past two days, I have been washing fabric for the Forget Me Not quilt, which as twenty-one fabrics of varying shades and intensities of purple and yellow. Fabric cuts ranged from 1/4 yard to 1 1/2 yards. The light batiks bled very little as expected. The yellows were not too bad either. The […]

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Tulip from North Carolina

It is that time of the month again… the EQ8 Block Spotlight! The spotlight shines on the Tulip from North Carolina. This lovely applique block is appropriate for this time of year, don’t you think? I absolutely love tulips, especially the crazy cultivars like fringed, lily and parrots. Generally, I add applique to a pieced […]

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Photo Op

This weekend, I was getting a few quilts ready to photograph a few quilts for our local quilt exhibition – Quilters Unlimited – June 4 – June 6, 2021. To complete this, I had two tasks: add a sleeve to the quilt for hanging and take the photographs. The first task was not too difficult […]

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Fur, Lint, Threads, and Dust – Oh My!

You spend all that time working on a quilt, pouring your love, sweat and tears into it. When you are done, you have a labor of love and often something smothered in fur, lint, threads, and/or dust. So how do you clean your baby, especially for gifting or show? The usual answer is wash it. […]

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My Aching Wrist!

Have you ever spent a day stitching and have your wrist ache the next day? Well, that was me when I started embellishing Snowflake Whimsy. After two solid days of gripping the quilt in my left hand while stabbing the needle through with my right hand, my left wrist was so sore. I know better. […]

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Cats

As some of my followers know, I have a little black cat and two huge black dogs. My little black cat, Edmund, has a likeness to the character Toothless from “How to Train Your Dragon.” Contrary to popular belief, black cats are not bad luck, unless he decides to run between your legs on the […]

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Charming Crocus

Each month EQ8 initiates a Block Spotlight. For March, it was a very simple block, the 8-Grid Chain. This is a block that you may have used on an Irish Chain quilt or as a good connector block on a quilt. I wanted to do something to jazz it up a little. The first thing, […]

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Quilt As Desired

Have you ever noticed that most quilt patterns end with “quilt as desired” just before you are instructed to bind the quilt? Why do designers say that rather than tell you how to quilt it? For some of us, figuring out how to quilt it is our biggest fear. Well, designers generally tell you to […]

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Retooling

Have you ever found yourself struggling while you are cutting your fabric? I found myself pushing down harder on the ruler to hold it in place. I tried adding nonstick tape, but I never seemed to get it in the right places. Meanwhile, my rotary cutter seemed to take more and more effort to cut […]

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