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Month: November 2019

THE COLOR RED WITH DOGS & CATS QUILT

THE COLOR RED WITH DOGS & CATS QUILT

I made this large lap/small twin size quilt for my nephew, who turned 16 in July 2018. He requested the color red with dogs and cats for the quilt. It was fun to work with fabric that is not a theme (the dogs and cats) I would normally have or use. It forced me to shop for fabric I would not normally even look at. I had plenty of solid red on hand already. I like to make One Patch…

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THREAD & FABRIC – SHOULD THEY MATCH?

THREAD & FABRIC – SHOULD THEY MATCH?

Should the thread and fabric match? I have been asked this so many times, especially by beginning quilters.  We were taught in a sewing class taken back in the dark ages that the thread and fabric should match. And honestly, if I am sewing clothing, I want the thread to match. However, we are talking quilting here. Should the fabric and thread colors match? Does it really matter? I decided years ago that it was more important to me to…

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MY FABRIC IRONING AREA (a folding table for ironing)

MY FABRIC IRONING AREA (a folding table for ironing)

I have nothing against a real ironing board, I just usually seem to need more space than what a “real” ironing board provides. Many years ago, I discovered that in my ironing area, I preferred to use a plastic folding table for ironing. Some days, I just do not want to struggle with large pieces of fabric and small ironing boards. On this particular day, the antique wooden ironing board that did belong to my husband’s grandma was folded and…

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FLOWERS & TUMBLERS (or scraps are taking over my world) part 3

FLOWERS & TUMBLERS (or scraps are taking over my world) part 3

Background of Flowers & Tumblers quilt: FLOWERS & TUMBLERS (or scraps are taking over my world) part 3 – I have been trying to use only scraps to make quilts during 2019 and am making a dent in the two boxes of scraps. For this quilt I was inspired by a row quilt that I hand quilted for a customer this past summer and thought that some sort of row or section quilt would be fun. See previous posts: https://indianaquilter40.com/flowers-tumblers-or-scraps-are-taking-over-my-world-part-1/…

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THREE FAVORITE QUILTING BOOKS (in my personal library)

THREE FAVORITE QUILTING BOOKS (in my personal library)

It’s fun to have some books or magazines on hand for those days you are struggling to get moving on a project, or are sick, or are just to tired to do any actual sewing. I am always on the look out for books or magazines that have good patterns or ideas I can use to make a quilt. I encourage you to purchase a few books for your own personal library that you can use the patterns, or that…

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