Tuesday Tip – Measure Twice, Cut Once

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‘Measure twice, cut once’ is a phrase I originally heard watching woodworking and home improvement shows like ‘This Old House’. But the same adage applies to quilting.

To save yourself a lot of heartache (not to mention fabric), never, Never, NEVER assume a quilting pattern is 100% correct! EVERYONE makes mistakes, and especially in the case of FREE patterns you find online, there are often errors. Sometimes it’s a simple typo, other times the math has not been checked carefully and you may find yourself short of fabric or having cut some pieces the wrong size. READ MORE...


Ask the Longarmer….

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When I’m working on a quilt, I often have lots of time to think. Sometimes I wonder if my clients question why I do some of the things I do, or have certain requirements for them to follow. (“Really?!?!? She wants me to do WHAT????”) 😉

I’ve been longarm quilting for over 10 years now, so most of what I do is second nature to me. But I realize what is commonplace to me may be very foreign to someone who has not worked on a longarm – or maybe even seen one in person. I’m starting a new feature here on my blog called “Ask the Longarmer”. I’ll offer tips and hints and insight into why I ask you for some of the things I do. There really ARE logical reasons for my requests, and the end result will be a quilt we can both be proud of. READ MORE...


A *REAL* Tuesday Tip

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I didn’t want you to feel cheated by the tip in my last post. ;-), so you get a second Tuesday Tip this week:

When using fusible web, often times some of the glue ends up on the soleplate of your iron. (Note to self – you really need to check which side of the fusible web is up before you smash the hot iron down on top of it – yuck!) READ MORE...


Tuesday Tip – Finding More Time to Quilt

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On the second Monday of the month we usually have a work night at my shop for Quilts of Valor, a program which gives quilts to wounded soldiers & veterans. Sometimes we stay later than other times, tonight we had a new sewist join us so we got quite a bit done and stayed longer than usual. (Don’t you love the word ‘sewist’? It looks so much nicer in print than ‘sewer’. Sewer doesn’t SOUND bad – “Sew-er” but when you type it it looks the same as the word pronounced “Soo-er”. So I prefer “Sewist” – but I digress……) READ MORE...


Skinny fusible applique letters ready to be fused

Tuesday Tip – Working With Fusible Applique

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I was working on a fusible applique project today.

(If you’re new to fusible applique, here’s the short course on how it works – you trace the shape you want on the paper side, then iron that to the wrong side of your fabric. Cut the shape out along the drawn line, then remove the paper backing. Now the fusible glue is on the wrong side of your applique, and you can fuse it to a background fabric.) READ MORE...