Category: Quilting Tips

Tips for any level of quilter from beginner to expert

Thanksgiving 2021

This is a time for counting our blessings and letting people know how much we care. As a special thank you to our loyal customers, we are offering a holiday coupon for the next week. If you spend more than $20, you get 20% off your order. This promotion cannot be combined with other offers […]

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Protection from Scams During the Holidays

Tis the season to be jolly and wary. I was reminded of this in several ways this week. First, a group of quilt designers sent up a red flag to others about receiving emails about postage due on packages they have never sent…. Then, PayPal sent a wonderful guide on how to recognize and report […]

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Simple Gatherings

Sometimes, the simplest things in life are best – a cup of tea on a blustery morning, a hike in the woods, or a simple meal with lively conversation amongst family and/or friends. These simple moments are often cherished more than hustle and bustle events because we have the time to savor them. Quilting can […]

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Peppermint Parfait

The Christmas holiday has some familiar smell for me: gingerbread, almond, chocolate, and peppermint. Peppermint is probably one of the ones I most strongly relate to Christmas. They remind me of the peppermint candies my grandmother would set out. My mouth starts to water when I think of the candy canes hung on the tree, […]

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Age of Aquarius

Time for a little geekiness about astrology, mythology, anthropology, and music. How can all of these be tied together? Through Aquarius, of course. It is amazing what you can learn when you play with an encyclopedia. Most people are probably familiar with Aquarius through astrology. Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the zodiac and mythology. […]

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The Truth About Free Patterns

Quilters and other crafters are always looking for a bargain. It is one of the reasons we collect fabric, use coupons, and wait for sales. We love to get a good deal. This search for a good deal even extends to patterns. Quilters scour the internet and Facebook to find a “free pattern.” Or we […]

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Sun King

Lately, my designs have a distinctive circular trend – compasses, wheels, suns, Dresdens, New York beauties, fans, and similar motifs. Sun King is one of those creations. So what is the difference in these patterns?  Very good question. The simplest of the curved designs is Drunkard’s Path. Generally, Drunkard’s Paths are pieced curves – convex […]

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Kaleidoscope Meadow

To play with hexagons, it helps to understand a little of the terminology.

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Old Man of the Forest

I come from a long line of nature-lovers and half of my ancestors hail from Ireland. So it is no wonder that the Celtic version of the Green Man has interested me. He has been popular in art for millennia across the globe. He adorns churches, gravestones, and homes. It is believed that he began […]

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Half Rectangle Triangles – Two at a Time

So many patterns contain Half Square Triangles (HST), that we have created dozens of ways to make them quickly and avoid minimize the bias stretch. The most common was is to make them two at a time. Cut two square 1-inch larger than the finished size. Draw a diagonal line on the back of one […]

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