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Category: Tools & Techniques & Tips

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.

WHAT OTHER QUILTERS ARE DOING

WHAT OTHER QUILTERS ARE DOING

Do you ever wonder what other quilters are doing? Curiosity wins out sometimes. Reading quilt blogs is one of those quilt related activities that can be entertaining, inspiring, and educational. I have a long list of other quilting blogs that I enjoy checking on periodically. This past week has been one of those “sometimes”. I am not much for social media, but I enjoy reading blogs. Or maybe curious is a better way to describe it. What other quilters are…

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HOW DID THIS BLOG GET NAMED “INDIANA QUILTER 40?”

HOW DID THIS BLOG GET NAMED “INDIANA QUILTER 40?”

Once upon a time, there was a quilter who documented each quilt she made with a photo and a few notes… She wasn’t blogging yet. Nor was she called “Indiana Quilter 40”. My kids helped with the name. We were living in rural Indiana. And I was 40 years old. Hence, “Indiana Quilter 40” was born. Plus, my quilting buddy (S. B. in Caribou, ME) had started a blog to share the projects she was working on with other quilting…

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ARE WE READY FOR WINTER QUILTING?

ARE WE READY FOR WINTER QUILTING?

Winter will be here quicker than we probably want this year. But we can’t stop the seasons, and weather is God’s job. So, the big concern is – are we ready for winter quilting? While many of us are still enjoying fall, especially here in central Indiana, we know that winter is early and not far off this year. How are you getting ready for winter quilting? Please don’t wait for the first winter storm to prep for winter quilting….

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MONDAY THOUGHTS ON QUILTING

MONDAY THOUGHTS ON QUILTING

I have gotten several emails or comments lately that have stated various things or asked questions. I have also noticed some things over the past few weeks about stress, and people being rude. This is not intended as a rant or anything about any particular person. However, here are my own Monday thoughts on quilting. Why do you quilt? I am guessing if you are reading this blog that you are a quilter or want to be one. Why is…

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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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