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Quilting and the Internet

It’s Splended

Since Pat Sloan will be coming to our guild in September for a workshop and trunk show,  I thought I would try working on one of her projects prior to that.

She is promoting a sampler of 100 – 6″blocks by various designers that is to be completed over the next year.  Today’s email suggested 30-35 fat quarters plus background fabric would be needed to finish the quilt.

I had to see what I could come up with in my stash.   Easily, I came up with 25 that should work. Fat Quarters I’ll go through yardage next and should definitely be able find at least 10 additional fabrics.

Normally when I am making a special guilt I make a trip to the quilt store to make sure I get coordinating fabrics.  One of my fellow guild members told me that her goal was to use up as much of her stash as she could before buying something else.  I decided to see if I could follow suit.

Last year I made my granddaughter, who was getting married, a Christmas tree skirt.  I was able to put together fabric for the entire top from my stash.  So now I check my stash first!

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

There is always time to quilt!
Machine Quilting, Quilting and the Internet, Quilting tools

You Need What?……For What?

Not having done any machine quilting for quite awhile  I decided to look on the internet for a quilting class.  I found a pretty basic class on the Craftsy website (Fons and Porter).  Ann Peterson’s Beyond Basics Machine Quilting is being featured this month. Not only was I able to get some much needed practice but I also picked up a couple of  tricks to help the process move along a it easier.

"New" Tools of the Trade

I’ve used painters’ tape before to hold the background fabric flat against the table.  I’d stretch the fabric taunt and after pin basting the quilt sandwich the background would always be wavy.  One of her tips is to make sure that the background lies smoothly on the table not taunt. Stretching the fabric so much makes it bounce back to its original shape when you remove the tape and you have a wrinkled mess on your hands that has to be repined.


Another tip is to use a sponge paint brush to spread chalk over a stencil when marking the top for quilting. It’s definitely not as messy as using the chalk in a box.




Stencil Transfer


When I asked my husband if he had these he asked me what I was going to do with them. “I’m quilting”, was my response.  He just shook his head an walked away.  He just doesn’t understand!!!!!!!!!!

There is always time to quilt!
Quilting and the Internet


I was surprised this Christmas with a much needed new Bernina Sewing Chair.  With 6 different ways to adjust this chair – it is the most comfortable one I’ve ever used for sewing.


The color – red – was a little startling in my sewing area however.  It just didn’t go with the flowered machine cover that I’ve had for quite a while.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of time making a cover – just wanted something that looked nice.  So I went to the internet, found easy instructions at  And put together the cover in no time.


How easy was that!  Now I’m color coordinated again!


There is always time to quilt!