12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

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I met these ladies over a year ago and was really impressed by their beautiful quilts and the fact that they are three sisters and a mom working together!  Their demos really convinced me that their rulers make curve piecing easy.  But the fact that they are working together in designing, quilting and creating patterns!  WOW! AWESOME!

I came back home and told my mom and sister how I was inspired by these ladies… they both looked at me and said: “You won’t get us quilting!”… Yap… my family really doesn’t get it!

But I digress, Sew Kind of Wonderful‘s rulers and patterns are absolute must haves for Christmas.  I have mine already picked out and will be my holiday treat!  I plan on making a table runner during my free time.

12 DESIGNERS OF CHRISTMAS

claire-noelThe holiday season is fast approaching and I am sure many husbands, kids and friends are wondering what to get their favorite quilter for Christmas!

Lindsey Rhodes truly inspired me last May when she launched May is for Makers.  I loved how people connected and started committing to purchasing a pattern a week and making the project.  It got me thinking that we should have a month dedicated to showcasing designers so we could find new projects.

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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.

Here are a few key elements to ensure that you have precision cutting: Continue reading “STEP 4: PRECISE CUTTING”

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 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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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”

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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