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October 30, 2016

I have a deadline on my latest project. The quilt needs to be finished and in the mail by November 15th. The fabric just arrived yesterday -- Moda Grunge in these delicious colors.

Three hours on Friday night to make one block as a trial, then do all the cutting.

 This p...

August 26, 2016

When I first started learning to piece quilts, I heard that if your 1/4" seam was not quite 1/4" you were ok as long as it was consistent throughout the seams of the quilt top.  While that may be true for some quilt patterns (I'm certainly not going to spend my thought...

August 14, 2016

I have a process I use for my quilt labels.  I've tried various methods but I settled on one that seems to work best for me.  I spent some time today replacing a few labels.  A friend suggested that I either add an additional label or change the labels to include the m...

May 27, 2016

I'm not really fond of making half square triangles, but when I do, I use this method and chain piece. Put right sides together and draw a straight line from one corner to another. Sew 1/4” on either side of the line, cut on the line.  This gives you two HSTs.

 I also l...

May 25, 2016


Long Borders - how do you measure them?

Long Borders.  Seems like I always have a hard time measuring for them.  I use a retractable tape measure but today I thought of something very simple but very helpful.

I taped the end of the borders to where the wall and flo...

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