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TRICK OR TREAT BAG – TUTORIAL

Here’s a great tutorial!  You can make a TRICK OR TREAT bag just in time for Halloween.

img_1359_for-web-2Here’s a fun and easy tutorial for Halloween. So don’t be embarrassed if you choose to buy your kid’s costume this year! All will be forgiven when they see your trick or treat bag!

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September 11th: 45 minutes that changed my life

I am sure that everyone on the planet remembers where they were and what they did the morning of September 11th, 2001.  We couldn’t believe what we were seeing and felt helpless standing in front of a television wondering what happened.  The rules had changed!  War was not being fought in a battlefield with two parties wearing distinctive clothing.

I remember clearly that morning and like so many others, it completely changed my life.

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QUILT SHOP ETIQUETTE

I’ve been a Quilt shop owner for twelve years.  I have seen many customers walk into the shop and I have also seen many outside of my shop. Having been through so many experiences, and closing up the shop, I had many goodbye lunches and dinners with my quilting friends and customers.  They’ve all asked me to share a few of my stories and through all the conversations many replied that there should be a Quilt Shop Etiquette guide to help people figure out the does and don’ts with quilt shop owners. Continue reading “QUILT SHOP ETIQUETTE”

WEEKEND GETAWAY IN VERMONT

If you are looking for something to do over the weekend I might suggest heading over to Vermont!

This is THE weekend to go if you are a quilter!  You have to go to the Vermont Quilt Festival in Essex Junction.  And you will have many surprises.  This year, they are celebrating their 40th anniversary and  Ruth B. McDowell is their special exhibit along with a variety of antique quilts in the Miller North building.  There will be 200 quilts featured in the competition located in the Miller South building and this year they were happy to notice a record breaking number of quilts from Quebec!  Can’t wait to see them all starting Thursday night! Continue reading “WEEKEND GETAWAY IN VERMONT”

SPRING QUILT MARKET

I have made it back home from Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City and took some time to rest after a hectic schedule which included a sprint run in O’Hare airport to make my connecting flight home.  I had such a great time and met so many wonderful people that it will be difficult to keep this blog short.

The exciting news is that I finally launched my new pattern Dancing Diamonds and you can order your copy from PlumEasy Patterns. Continue reading “SPRING QUILT MARKET”

THE STORY BEHIND GOING PLACES

Here is my inspiration for the Quilt I entitled Going Places!

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Four years ago, we discovered that all of our boys had a different way of walking.  We had noticed since their early childhood that they tip toed around a lot but never gave it a second thought.  That is until the second one started Kindergarten.  We all noticed that he couldn’t stand straight and even worse, he couldn’t put his heels on the ground. Continue reading “THE STORY BEHIND GOING PLACES”

We need some time people!

I woke up this morning with my husband lying right beside me with that look… So I snuggled up to him thinking it would be a great start to my day.

But it wasn’t what I had envisioned, he gently whispered to me :

“My siblings and I were wondering if you could make a quilted pillowcase with pictures for my mom’s birthday?” Continue reading “We need some time people!”

April fool’s day!

April fool’s Day

I can’t believe it’s already been five years since I have made my Thomas goes fishing quilt!  And it all started on April fool’s Day in 2011.

I had a monthly club meeting happening with a group of quilter’s that wanted to share in my design experience.  We would meet once a month and I would show them what I would be working on and they would test the pattern.  They also challenged my work on numerous occasions, and this quilt is a good example of the great designs they helped me make.

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There is a big debate in the quilting industry: pre-washing fabrics

I have always washed my fabrics before making a quilt, and most of my students follow my advice.  However there was a few that
disagreed, but my recent mishap has convinced all.

Let’s start at the beginIMG_1542ning  by explaining why I have always prewashed my fabrics.  Since we work with 100% cotton fabrics, I strongly feel that we need to get it to shrink before we start our quilts.  And cotton will shrink with the heat in the dryer.

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