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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!

Please read the pattern from beginning to end, and ensure that you understand it. Continue reading “STEP 1: UNDERSTANDING YOUR PATTERN”

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”

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”