Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Creative Process: First Steps in Designing a Quilt

There are times when whim governs my quilt-design process–I just jump in and see where an idea takes me (believe me, it’s a hit-or-miss strategy). More often, though, my ideas are jumbled mental clutter. I’m sure there’s something doable in … Continue reading

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Burp Cloths for New Babies – An Absolute Must with a Designer Touch!

Any new mother will tell you that a great burp cloth is essential, and that you need a whole drawer full of them! The secret to making a super-absorbent (and easy) burp cloth is the combination of chenille and flannel. … Continue reading

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A Quilter Confesses: I’m “Mad”…and Loving It!

Oh, but my intentions were good. I had it all planned. A meaningful, “meaty” post, complete with a clever little project. Time came to make the samples, write the instructions, take the step-by-step photos. And then, IT happened. MARCH MADNESS!!! I should know … Continue reading

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Y Fear? Help is Here. The Oft-dreaded Y-seam Construction…Simplified!

I’ve frequently had quilters stop by my booth at shows and ask if a pattern has “y-seams.”  If I reply with a cheerful “yes,” often I hear a groan, or the comment, “I don’t do y-seams”…or both. What is it about this particular … Continue reading

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Half-Baked Ideas (& Brownies)

Last year I pledged to tackle my UFO pile in a “true confessions” post.  All told, I’ve succeeded in finishing the most pressing ones, and I feel great about that, but I’m still facing a towering pile of plastic project … Continue reading

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March Block of the Month – Plus a Wee Bit of Green

With St. Patrick’s day coming up (and green has always been my favorite color), I thought I’d start with a wee bit of green inspiration. When I was a child, I can remember that if you didn’t wear green on St. … Continue reading

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Coast-to-coast “Don’t Miss” Exhibits, Part 2: Quilt National 2011 in San Jose (CA)

In my last post, I told you about next week’s exhibit of spectacular vintage Amish quilts at the Lancaster (PA) Quilt and Textile Museum. In Part 2 of our virtual tour, we travel to the other side of the country … Continue reading

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Making Narrow Bias Tape: Perfect for Appliquéd Stems, Vines and More

While working on the stems for my class sample of the North Carolina Lily block this week, I was reminded how easy the process is with the help of a Clover Bias Tape Maker. My students were thrilled with the … Continue reading

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Sunny-Side Up—Vacation Therapy for a Color Addict

I’m a creature of sunlight, so that’s probably why my head’s so easily turned by bright colors. It doesn’t matter if it’s fabric, flowers, or food, it’s the colors that lure me. So it’s no wonder that my souvenirs of … Continue reading

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