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JUNE 2013

Quilt Tip

When I have little pieces of fabric on my work table or cutting board, I use a piece of needle punch or any batting to remove the pieces. It works great. Just swipe it over the surface and the batting picks it up.


Quilt Tip

Save empty Tic Tac containers from the little breath mints. These small, lightweight containers are a great way to keep your sewing needles handy while traveling or going place to place.

The Tic Tac containers sound like a great way to dispose of bent pins and broken sewing machine needles too. There is no chance of getting stuck while taking out the garbage.

November 2011

October 2011

Quilting Tips

To remove pencil marks, according to the August issue of Lady's Circle Patchwork Quilts, "Quilt Patch Queries" by Sue Nickels and Pat Holly, suggests the following:
"Make a solution that is one part water, three parts rubbing alcohol, and one or two drops of Palmolive or Joy dishwashing liquid. Do not use Dawn -- it may bleach out the fabric. Use a cotton swab to apply and gently scrub with a soft toothbrush. Wipe dry with a cloth. Again, test this before applying to your whole quilt . . . We hope this helps and remember to TEST, TEST, TEST! We also want to let you know that many a priceless, beloved antique quilt still has pencil marks on it." 

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July 2008

Hint on Watermelon

A hot- weather melon that is more popular in the United States than most, if not all, other places.  Some varieties are better than others, and certainly the new seedless types are welcome.  And unlike many new fruit hybrids, they’re no less flavorful than their parents.  Perhaps that’s because watermelon doesn’t have

much flavor to begin with; it’s a simple, very wet taste, refreshing when the watermelon is cold and the weather is hot, and nice to eat when you are so stuffed that you can’t possible consider any thing else.  Uncookable, but not bad when made into Granita (it needs no added water).  The rinds are traditionally pickled.

Finally try watermelon combined with salty cheese, such as goat cheese or feta; it makes a nice salad.


June 2007

When you’re stuck choosing fabrics, a color wheel can help. Keep it handy learn how to use it properly, and you will be able to choose fabric colors with ease and confidence. Remember also when picking fabric to look at the bottom of the fabric because a lot of fabric has a color chart on the bottom with all the colors that are in the fabric. You always have a friendly quilt shop in your neighborhood to go for help.

May 2007

Echo quilting consists of multiple concentric outlines stitched either inside or outside a patchwork piece, appliqué, or quilted motif. The quilting lines are spaced evenly, ¼” to ½” apart (closer if stitched on the side without seams allowance) and can be expanded to completely fill the foreground or background if desired. (Optional: Stitch in-the-ditch before echoing either outward or inward.)


April 2007
Reverse Applique'

Unlike conventional appliqué , reverse appliqué involves staking multiple layers of fabric on the background piece and then cutting away the center, one layer at a time, to create successively smaller cutout shapes on each descending layer.  The cut out edge of each layer, rather than the outer edge, is appliquéd to the layer directly beneath.

THE cutouts can be all the same shape (hearts or circle, etc.)  to create an echo effect or they can be varied, so long as the cutout on each layer is small that the one above it and

There is enough fabric around the cutout on the layer below for stitching to.  The shapes can be marked first on each layer or cut by eye, but each layer (except the bottom one) should be cut with seam allowance added to the inner edge.  This tourniquet is best reserved for individual blocks (such as pillows or wall hanging) that require no piecing or



March 2007

Making and Cutting pieces  

Experienced quilters will tell you that the time spent cutting out pieces Is time indeed --- but careful cutting sets the stage to successful piecing!  So it is time well spent.  Use speed – and strip- cutting / piecing technique wherever you can, and keep your cut-out pieces clean, organized, and labeled in food storage bags or large envelops. On the market today there are new labels out just for the purpose of marking your cuts, even your yards for the borders.  Always buy a quarter to half yard more just in case you make a mistake in cutting.  You can put your left over fabric in your stash.


While you should plan all your cuts before setting your rotary blade to cloth, you don’t have to cut all the pieces for a large project at once.   When I am working on a complex quilt, I find it more enjoyable to cut and piece all of the set of components before beginning another.   Always place on the fabric grain, making sure that the long edges are on the straight grain, parallel to the fabric threads.   Cut as many pieces as possible on the crosswise grain to conserve your fabric just in case you did not buy an

adequate amount.  


February 2007

Machine Quilting


If you will be machine quilting, you might draw your quilting designs onto tissue paper, or use Easy-tear, a soft and pliable stabilizer, with a permanent marker.  Pin or baste the marked design in position on your quilt top. Quilt directly onto the marked design, and then gently tear away the stabilizer.

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