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A Pressing Issue

Do you press, or do you iron your seams? I know I’ve covered this topic before.  We discussed it a few years ago, but that was on an old Blog Spot.  Since we’re hitting the basics really hard this year, I feel like we need to re-visit pressing and ironing, since the difference between the […]

Do You Feel the Tension?

We’ve covered a lot of quilting ground this year.  By now, I hope you’re changing up quilt patterns to suit your tastes or better yet, designing your own quilts.  You’re fearlessly “mathing” the borders and setting triangles and doing all kinds of things that six months ago you never dreamed of. I can imagine quite […]

More On-Point Options

Okay, let’s review…   At this point in the year, you’ve learned a lot about piecing and applique.  You’ve learned probably more than you ever wanted to about borders. And last week, I threw everything up in the air when I introduced the concept of setting your quilt on point. You should be really excited […]

On Point Options

We’ve dealt with borders for the past few blogs, and most of the quilts that we looked at while discussing all our border options were horizontal-set quilts – that is the quilts were made of blocks, all lined up in rows both horizontally and vertically.  However, now I want you to think about changing the […]

Non-border Borders….

We have talked a great deal about borders – how to properly construct them and some design options.  At this point, you may be asking yourself, “Why is this crazy lady so obsessed with borders?” Blame Susan. One of my partners-in-crime has a history with other quilt guilds – she’s belonged to different ones in […]

Applique and Mitered Borders…

If you’ve known me for any length of time, took a long look at my quilts, or have read this blog for several years you know one thing about me:  I’m the Queen of Applique. Shortly after I learned to piece relatively well, my quilt teacher and mentor, Ellen, pulled me aside and said, “You […]

Piece at the Borders

I still want to talk about borders for the next couple of blogs.  Why spend so much time on that last piecing element of the quilt?  Because borders, even though most of the time they are sewn on last, are just as important as the quilt center — and not just because they are one […]

Heading to the Border…

When you’re reading through a quilt pattern, one of the last items on the list is the borders.  You may be directed to cut them out with the rest of the fabric but attaching them is generally one of the last things you’re going to cross off the quilt-to-do-list.  I say generally, because that is […]

Summer Show And Tell

So, let me tell you about my summer… At this point, you know that in North Carolina it’s been hot, and it’s been humid, and we just survived two weeks of monsoon season.  Seriously.  We had seven inches of rain in less than 36 hours.  I have trekked in mud and moisture for days, and […]

You Can’t Silence Fabric and Thread

What a time we live in… Within a hot second of opening an app on our phones or tuning in to one of the too many 24-hour news channels, we can get caught up on world events.  And I don’t know about you, but I’m about tired of it all.  There’s a part of me […]