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Category Archives: Tips & Techniques
Hey, have you thought about designing and selling your own quilt patterns? It seems like more and more quilters are doing just that if the rising numbers of private label patterns available in quilt shops is any indication. With a … Continue reading
I’ve been working on a few samples for classes that I will be teaching this fall. One of the quilts is small, minimal in design, and has lots of creamy background fabric in Robert Kaufman’s Kona Cotton. I had a … Continue reading
Something wonderful happened last weekend in my sewing room, and I’m so excited, I just had to share. I now have a real-live, large, and permanent design wall! For years, given the space constraints of my combined sewing room/office (and occasional … Continue reading
This is the first summer in three years that I haven’t spent heavily involved in writing, making quilts for, or preparing to promote a new quilt book. Co-authoring and releasing two books in back-to-back years–A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue in spring 2011 and … Continue reading
Do you ever feel intimidated by the many angle markings that appear on our cutting mats and rulers? I truly do enjoy each step along the path to making a quilt–even cutting! I can’t say the same for dressmaking. I believe I … Continue reading
As a teacher of beginning quilters for over 30 years, one of the questions I am asked most often is whether or not I wash my fabrics before using them. My answer is SOMETIMES. I clarify this by explaining that most … Continue reading
Just when you thought you had all the elements of quilt making nailed down, there’s another very cool, fun, and mod finishing detail to explore: ooh, the delights of faced bindings! Sure, there’s nothing actually all that new “under the … Continue reading
As I promised in my Tuesday post, today I’ll show you how easy it is to assemble the rows for the zigzag (or streak of lightning) set. A couple of things to keep in mind before you begin: You can … Continue reading
When I first moved to the North Carolina mountains in the mid-1980s, I came across a vintage quilt in a local antique shop that instantly caught my eye. There was something about that quilt that spoke to me and–of course–that … Continue reading
Technology has changed our lives in many places, the sewing room among them. We 21st-century stitchers are beneficiaries of so many advances: computerized sewing machines; accurate and sturdy rulers for every conceivable use; instruction available 24/7 via the ’net. In the … Continue reading