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Paper Piecing with Freezer Paper

As promised, this week we’re looking at paper piecing with freezer paper.  I love paper piecing, especially for complicated blocks.  You just can’t beat its accuracy.  While it is a trade-off between fabric and precision (it takes more fabric, but it’s way more accurate), it does make short work of difficult blocks with lots of […]

Putting the Focus Quilters

It’s not all about the quilts. It’s about the quilters – the fellowship.  It’s about sharing the good times and the bad. It’s about multiplying the joys and halving the grief. It’s about taking the scraps life hands you and sticking your finger in fate’s eye when you make something beautiful out of it. That’s […]

Happy 2020!

Here we are at 2020.  I don’t know about you, but 2019  flew by so quickly, it’s hard to believe we’re in a New Year.  New Year. New Goals. New Theme. But before we get into all of that, let me give you my State of the Quilt thoughts and go into the predictions I […]

It is the Summer of the Soul in December*

Isaiah 9:6 King James Version (KJV) 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. My favorite Christmas scripture is found in the Old Testament – […]

Applique Supply Details

Last week I promised I would give some additional detail on the applique supplies I use. These are my personal preferences. One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to try different applique tools out for yourself. Don’t plunk down a huge chunk of money for any one product. Purchase small […]

My Applique Method

Before we jump into my hybrid Apliquck method, I would like to talk about a couple of other issues that are important to me before I begin the actual applique process.  The first of these is the background fabric.  Personally, I dislike a plain, solid background.  While I don’t want the background fighting with the […]

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.  […]