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Tools I use such as my sewing machine, rotary cutters and mats, rulers, threads, quilting frame,etc.

Techniques I use to put together a quilt top. Also shortcuts for helping you.

Tips can be just helpful things I do while sewing or quilting that may be helpful to you as well.

ONE OF THOSE DAYS

ONE OF THOSE DAYS

Today was one of those days……you know the kind where nothing goes as planned. Have you ever been tempted just to crawl back in bed and hope to start the day over?? Yes, it has been one of those days…. Sadly, all the distractions and problems of today interfered with the quilting activity I had planned for tonight. But I still wanted to get in a few minutes today of some quilt related activity. I set the timer for five…

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BE AN INDEPENDENT QUILTER

BE AN INDEPENDENT QUILTER

When it comes to your quilting style – are you a leader, a follower, or an independent? Please let me encourage you to be an independent quilter. It is fun and satisfying. Leader or Follower: What do I mean by a “leader” quilter? This is a quilter who is influential enough in the quilting community to set the style of quilts. A trend setter. Someone who starts a popular style of quilting. This could be colors, a certain style (ex:…

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SUPPLY CHALLENGES AFFECTING TEXTILES

SUPPLY CHALLENGES AFFECTING TEXTILES

Have you noticed that the shipping issues in the news are affecting sewing and quilting supplies that all of us need? Over the past several weeks, I have had conversations with other quilters and textile folks. Many of them are frustrated with the supply challenges affecting textiles. As a quilter, I have seen the steady increase in my cost for fabric, thread, and rotary blades over the past few years. It is frustrating. It plays havoc on my budget. Are…

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THE END OF QUILTING?

THE END OF QUILTING?

Quilters are strong, courageous people who quilt for the joy of it. Many of us use quilts to help in our corner of the world. Imagine my head shaking when the emails came in asking if I think the current world situation meant the end of quilting? Several of you have questioned me lately about my take on starting quilt projects, or even finishing current ones based on the world chaos we are experiencing. Fear is not a positive in…

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WINTER WEATHER AND QUILTING

WINTER WEATHER AND QUILTING

The weather channel and news this week has been about this big storm that is going to come through the Midwest later in the week. I have no interest in the amount of snow, but the ice forecast is a warning about possible power outages. So how do I deal with winter weather and quilting? My take on winter weather I am not in control of the weather (that is God’s job) – but I can be prepared for possible…

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WHAT STARTED MY QUILTING OBSESSION?

WHAT STARTED MY QUILTING OBSESSION?

Beginnings… I was in that difficult 10 – 12 year old stage and was totally stopped in my tracks by an Amish Lone Star quilt that my Aunt Fran had hanging in her antique shop. This quilt is what started my quilting obsession. Wow!! The colors were so bright and the design was beautiful and I can still see the vivid turquoise colored background of that quilt in my mind. This was not a scrap quilt like the one on…

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QUILTING PREPS FOR 2022

QUILTING PREPS FOR 2022

The new year is soon to be upon us, and it is time to be thinking about our quilting preps for 2022. A few simple preparations will make quilting easier this winter. The easiest place to start is with what you and I already have on hand. Or should have on hand… The prep list – Sewing machine: Is it working correctly? Are you comfortable using it? If it needs care, now is the time to get it fixed and…

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QUILTING GOALS & BLOG TROLLS

QUILTING GOALS & BLOG TROLLS

Quilting Goals & Blog Trolls have kept me busy the last few weeks. I love to quilt, and enjoy blogging about the quilts. However, the recent comments by unkind and discouraging blog trolls is a bit much. UGH…the quilting list As I posted several weeks ago, due to the number of UFOs I am dealing with, I had to make a serious list. Making the list was easy, working on the list was somewhat harder. There simply is not enough…

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QUILTERS & TOLIET PAPER CRISIS

QUILTERS & TOLIET PAPER CRISIS

Have you been in the stores lately? I recently made a rare shopping trip into town. Some stores were better than others, but there were some real holes in shelves where products should be. Apparently toliet paper (TP) is an item that is stuck on a ship in some harbor. That being said, quilters and toliet paper crisis should not go together. I can hear it from here – some of you are saying, “what is this crazy woman talking…

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PEOPLE THAT QUILTERS NEED TO AVOID

PEOPLE THAT QUILTERS NEED TO AVOID

Sometimes things need to be said. You have all been there. At the moment, I am really thinking about certain types of people that quilters need to avoid. And yes, I am mainly telling myself this, but what the heck! You may want a reminder too. Why?? The simplest way to explain it is to say they either are not good for your mental health, or they waste your time. As quilters, we need good mental health and lots of…

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