Author: lsmith

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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EQ8 Christmas Inspiration

I am a little late participating in the EQ8 Spotlight for the Goose Frame! Something about the holidays and finishing the year on time… My first step was to combine a Maltese Cross with the Goose Frame. This new Goose Maltese was partnered with a Pineapple block. A pieced sash with Diamond in Square and […]

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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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Making Space

Some of us are lucky and have dedicated space for our quilting. Others need to share their space with others. Those dedicated or shared spaces may be large or small. Regardless, of the size or type of space, it needs to be functional! It needs to have as much horizontal space as you can get. […]

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Making Time

As much as the holidays are a time of joy, they can also be stressful. This is especially true when we are separated from ones we love. During times of stress, self-care is important, which includes starting or maintaining healthy habits. Believe it or not, quilting is one of those healthy habits. 1 . Quilting […]

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Preparation, Celebration and Gifts

December is synonymous with preparation and celebration. Those celebrations may culminate in Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the New Year. Regardless of your culture or beliefs, it is a time when we deal with a change in significant change in seasons, hotter or colder, and planting or harvesting, depending upon your hemisphere. It has been a […]

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Blueberry Lattice

My mother is a pie maven. Every holiday, she made an oven full of delicious pies. Her crust is always perfect, and she never uses a recipe. Try as I may, I just can’t duplicate her pie magic. Mom has mastered pumpkin, apple, mincemeat, cherry, blackberry, strawberry rhubarb, and blueberry to name a few. She […]

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