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Applique Apps

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, then you know it’s no secret my very favorite quilt technique is applique.  In the past, I have written some fairly extensive columns on the joys of raw-edge applique by machine.  However, I haven’t discussed hand applique in a while, and I promised a few […]

The Demise of Loretta and Adding Soul to Your Quilt…

This week the topic is long arms.  What they are, how to decide on a design, and (if you’re not performing the long arming), how to talk to your long arm artist.  This blog doesn’t discuss loading your quilt, tension issues, or anything else involving the mechanics of a long arm.  A long arm is […]

Lower Those Feed Dogs and Proceed with Confidence!

Last week we discussed how important quilting some of your own quilts can be — how that really increases your skill level as a quilter. And we focused primarily on using the walking foot. However, as much as you may love quilting with your walking foot, there may come a time when nothing but lowering […]

Quilt as Desired? Seriously?

Here’s the scenario…you’ve cut your fabric. You beautifully pieced or appliqued all your quilt blocks. You’ve sewn those blocks into rows. You’ve put on the borders (correctly…so they’re not waving at anybody). Now you get to the last line of the quilt pattern instructions:  Quilt as desired. Aaaannnnnndddddd that’s where a lot of us freeze.  […]

Prints and Solids…Which Works Best

My favorite part of making a quilt is picking out my fabric.  Now let me make a quilting confession:  I couldn’t always say this.  It wasn’t until after I had quilted several years that my fear of choosing the wrong fabric began to fade.  Sometimes I still wonder if I have made the right choice, […]

Go Towards the Light

So…. Earlier this month I ran a blog about items you may want to put on your Christmas list for that significant other to have for you under the tree.  One of those items was this: The Cuttipillar Light Box.  I will readily admit this is my very favorite light box to date.  Yes, it’s […]

Making it Mine

The World Needs Strong Women. Women who will Lift and Build Others Who Will Love and Be Loved Women Who Live Bravely, Both Tender and Fierce. Women of Indomitable Will  —Amy Tenney I think there comes a time in every quilter’s life where methods and circumstances converge at a point  where a quilt is more […]

The Quilt I Can’t Finish

Last week I mentioned that I was writing my blog from Emerald Isle, North Carolina and that I was on our annual family beach trip.  I’m home now, but see this? This happened. I had an emergency room visit.  For me, this time.  Usually it’s Bill that frequents the ER with vertigo and kidney stones.  […]

Dear Santa…..

As I’m writing this blog, I’m at beautiful Emerald Isle, NC, on our last family summer vacation of the year.  It’s 79 degrees already at 9:30 a.m. – a fact that makes this column a little difficult to write because I want to talk Christmas.  Not Christmas quilts or Christmas fabrics but items you may […]

Leaving Your Lasting Legacy

I want to talk about something this week that has been on my mind and in my heart for awhile now.  I’ve been blessed to have lived long enough on this quilting journey to have made some really good quilting sisters and brothers.  These people are dear to me because they are the family that […]