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STEP 6: TAKING THE RIGHT MEASUREMENTS

step-6We are half way through the 12 steps to successful quilt making.  And I must admit:  This is my favorite! In fact it is my favorite because nobody seems to take notice and yet it is the most important point.

When piecing a quilt following a pattern: when do you check the measurements of your work?

If you need a finished 12 inch block: do you check each one as soon as it is made to ensure that it measures 12½“?

Much to my surprise, not many people can answer yes.

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STEP 5: PRECISE 1/4″ SEAM ALLOWANCE


Do you have a quarter inch foot on your sewing machine?

Do you know where to find the quarter inch of your foot?

These are the two questions I automatically ask any student inquiring about how to achieve a precise seam allowance.

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STEP 4: PRECISE CUTTING

Step 4: Precise cuttingI wrote an article on this subject  in the Autumn 2014 Quilter’s World issue.

When deciding on the 12 steps to successful quilt making, I knew precision cutting had to be one of them.  The only question was which ranking it would have.

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STEP 3: PRESSING YOUR FABRICS

To pStep 3: Pressing Fabricsress or not to press?  That is a common question.  And I believe it to be the third step in the 12 steps to successful quilt making as ironing fabrics is essential in quilting.

But beware!

Please do not iron fabrics like you would a men’s shirt. I prefer saying that we press our fabrics! Continue reading “STEP 3: PRESSING YOUR FABRICS”

STEP 2: ORGANIZING YOUR WORK SPACE

Step 2: organizing your work spaceThis is a key element in the 12 steps to successful quilt making.

Believe it or not,  50% of the class content in my beginner’s class in quilt making is developing students organizational skills. If you are not well organized, you won’t succeed in your project.

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STEP 1: UNDERSTANDING YOUR PATTERN

step-1As promised, we will be spending the last twelve weeks of 2016 featuring the 12 steps to successful quilt making.  Perhaps you can use these steps when preparing your holidays gifts.

Here is the first Essential key:  UNDERSTANDING YOUR PATTERN!

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The 12 STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL QUILTMAKING

intro-to-12-stepsHello Everyone and welcome!

We are now into October and most of us are wondering where has the summer gone?  Right?  We might even be thinking what have we done since the new year?  We only have 3 months left of this great year yet have we reached our goals?  Where are we with that?

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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”