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Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt has launched.

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Stash Management 101: Tame Your Quilting Fabric

At a meeting of Quilters Anonymous:

“Hi, my name is Diane and I have a fabric stash.”

“Hi Diane.”

First things first: I would never make fun of anyone who attends AA or similar meetings. That’s serious stuff. Those folks do good work. That being said…

I’m probably not the only one who sometimes wonders if she has a problem with fabric. There is just so much good stuff out there! And when you work inside the industry, you’re exposed to even more of it. My stash has grown by leaps and bounds and it shows no signs of stopping.

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My fabric storage closet

Those white plastic drawers on each side are full of fabric. You can see that there’s fabric on the open shelving. I also have a few large plastic bins full of fabric and a bank of cabinets that’s mostly fabric. It’s a healthy stash.

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One section of my fabric cabinet

But controlling it is not easy. That’s why I was very interested to hear about an upcoming web seminar from one of our sister titles, McCall’s Quilting.

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Take this web seminar for just $19.99.

Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?! It’s by veteran quilter and stash manager Laura Stone Roberts. Laura is an editor for McCall’s and I enjoy her openness and humor very much. I’m sure those will translate beautifully into her presentation.

The Details:

  • When: October 7, 2014
  • Where: Online
  • Time: 1-2pm ET
  • Cost: $19.99

Laura Roberts can help even if you’re a veteran procrastinator or have only a small amount of time to devote to managing your stash. Laura has tips and tricks learned from years of collecting fabrics, threads, and fibers on her travels. She will share her knowledge with you in a systematic, fun, and non-judgmental way.

In this web seminar you’ll learn:

  • How to find the time and motivation to tackle your stash.
  • How to assess your sewing area and your goals for it.
  • Tips for deciding what to keep and what to part with.
  • Ways to re-distribute your unwanted items that will make you feel good.
  • How to assess your storage needs and meet those needs on any budget.
  • Organizing tips and tricks that will encourage you to keep managing your stash in the future and enjoy it more than ever!
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Get a grip on messes like this!

Laura says: “You can’t mess this up. You don’t have to please anyone but yourself. And the things you learn will be a part of your future. Because, odds are, you’ll need to prune and organize several things in your life, and the techniques you’ll use to make your stash fun again are applicable to all sorts of messes.”

Can’t make the live event?

Don’t worry! Your registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. You will receive the recorded presentation by email one week after the live event.

Please register now and get the tools you need to tame your fabric tiger. And remember, it’s not just about organizing, it’s also about being empowered to use your stash to make beautiful quilts for the people you love!

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Use your scraps in Bonnie Hunter’s blocks, featured in QM’s Addicted to Scraps! There’s one block pattern in every issue. Subscribe now so you never miss out.

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Help Quiltmaker Choose Its Cover

We’d like your input on our next cover. You can help us by taking a short survey.

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Please take our short survey to choose between these two cover options for the Jan/Feb ’15 issue.

These are the two covers we’re considering for our Jan/Feb ’15 issue. Take the survey to express your preference.

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Snow Days: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

By Paula Stoddard, Creative Editor for Quiltmaker

When my kids were little it didn’t snow very often in Oregon. So, when it snowed, we were often outside rolling snow and building little bitty snowmen.

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Would you like to build a snowman?

 

I’m not crazy about the snow and the cold, so building snowmen isn’t my most favorite thing to do. But give me some wool and floss and I’ll build you a bunch!

In fact, I’ll build you a forest for your snowmen!

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When I made my block for Quilmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8, of course I wanted to do wool applique. The green and teal fabrics just sang to me and the snowmen and trees easily followed.

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If you’ve never done it, here’s a tutorial on wool applique to help you out. It’s very easy and very addicting!

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Before you know it, you might be building your own forest and snowmen!

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Winter World, Block #754

 

The fun thing about this block is that it is made in 4 sections, and you can put those 4 sections together however you like. And if you make a bunch of sections, you can arrange them into a small, wonderful, wintery quilt.

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Snow Days by Paula Stoddard for Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’14

So, if you’re like me, and you’d rather be inside looking out at the snow, instead of outside in the cold, you can gather up your scraps, needle and floss and create your own winter wonderland using Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Fall ’14.

With hot chocolate. And a fire in the fireplace. And football. In your jammies. I love that.

Quilt Happy!

P.S. Speaking of snowmen: If Disney’s Frozen is tripping your trigger this year, why not peek at our kits for a Frozen quilt and no-sew fleece throws?!

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Scrap Quilt Patterns: Splitz Starz by Nadia Wilson

Six QM readers take one pattern from an issue and make a scrap quilt from it. This team is called the Scrap Squad. Here’s the pattern we’re using from Quiltmaker’s Sept/Oct. issue.

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Magic Stars, designed by Janice Averill. Fabric: Elementary by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics.

Today’s version of the quilt is by Nadia Wilson from Port Hardy, British Columbia. You’ll hear from her in her own words below.

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Nadia Wilson from Port Hardy, British Columbia

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Instead of making this quilt the traditional way, I decided to try the quilt-as-you-go method.

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Lots of colour

Part of my own challenge with the Scrap Squad has been to use different techniques and fabric combinations. Splitz Starz allowed me to use the quilt-as-you-go method, mixing up batiks with quilting cottons. I also used some built-in and little-used machine embroidery stitches to apply the sashing between the blocks.

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See the reverse angle?

Cutting the rectangle units proved to be difficult because I did not have a rectangle ruler handy and I dislike using paper templates.

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Cutting correct orientation

I went to my local glass shop with the paper template and had them cut me a plexiglass ruler out of 1/4″ thick stock.

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Custom acrylic template

In hindsight I probably should have just cut out rectangles, layered them and rotary cut the diagonal.

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Sewing units together

It’s coming together nicely!

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Starting to look good!

The next step was deciding on the layout.


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This is where none of the layouts really struck my fancy…

 

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…and this is where I decided to quilt-as-you-go so I could put sashing between the blocks!

 

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I went with my original block layout.

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Spray basting three layers for quilting

I spray basted each block with batting and backing.

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Layering

They made quite a nice stack!

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Stack of blocks ready for quilting

I quilted organic spirals in each block. It was great practice!

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Machine quilting organic spirals in each block

I trimmed each block to size after it was quilted.

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Trimming blocks to size 

Another nice stack!

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Stack completed ready for assembly! 

I used a green print fabric for the sashings between the blocks and a black sashing for attaching the borders. The sashing was cut 1″ wide for the back and 2″ wide for the front.  To prep the front sashing, I folded and ironed in half with wrong sides together, just like binding.

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First I added sashing between the blocks by sandwiching the back sashing, the block and the folded front sashing together. I joined them on the machine with raw edges together. I used a walking foot to keep the layers even, which is tricky because they want to shift. It helps to sew carefully and use plenty of pins to keep things in place.

Then I sewed the next block to the back sashing with a ¼” seam. I used a ¼” foot for this because my walking foot was too wide. So now there are two blocks joined together by the back sashing.

I folded the front sashing over the second block to cover the seam and I straight stitched it in place. Then, because I wanted to try out the decorative stitches on my machine, I blanket stitched the edge of the front sashing and used a 9mm decorative stitch to sew down the centre of the sashing.

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The front of the finished quilt

Here is the finished quilt! Lots of new learning experiences with this one!

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The back of the quilt

I love all the movement you can see in the quilt because of the spiral quilting! Thanks for looking!

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So happy to be finished!

Happy Quilting,

Nadia

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See slideshows of Scrap Squad quilts!

Get the pattern for Magic Stars.

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Quilt Designer Insights: Part 1

We’ve been fascinated with Janice Averill’s Magic Stars design from Quiltmaker’s Sept/Oct issue. The Scrap Squad had a terrific time making different versions of it.

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Magic Stars, designed by Janice Averill. Fabric: Elementary by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics.

The block is not what you might be expecting from a quick glance at the quilt:

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The Magic Stars block

I wanted to know more about the block and the creative mind behind it, so I asked designer Janice Averill a few questions about her process.

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Janice Averill

Q: Your Magic Stars design in the new Quiltmaker intrigues me. How did you come up with this block? What’s the trick behind the magic of the stars?

A: I’ve always been fascinated by the patterns found on ceramic tiles. The ones that fascinate me most have the line of symmetry along one diagonal. This can create a secondary design when the pattern is tiled with a 90 degree rotation for every other block. Translated into quilt design terms this looks like two different blocks.

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I decided try to mimic this with a traditional pieced block using value placement and piecing to create the asymmetrical effect. I used an uneven nine-patch grid for the block skeleton. This is really a 5 x 5 grid when you strip it down.

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I placed “broken dishes” or “hour glass” motifs, which are four-patch blocks, in the four corners.

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First one, then by cloning (above), three more (below).

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Here’s where the magic happens; by diagonally dividing the rectangles at the center of each side of the block, the design was given a diagonal orientation.

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It’s then reinforced with value placement by arranging the values in an asymmetric fashion on the diagonal.

Q: Do you work in color right away or do you begin with grayscale? How is each one useful?

A: Working in grayscale is a tool that I use to maintain optimal value placement in my designs.

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Magic Stars block in grayscale, version 1

I work with grayscale in my designs and then move on to the basic color wheel for fine tuning of the value placements.

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Magic Stars in grayscale, version 2

This is helpful because working with a large number of gray fabrics can be confusing.

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First version using the color wheel

I use color to help me see the design better as I develop it. I use yellow as my light value and violet as my darkest value, with the appropriate values of orange, red, blue and green needed to fill out between the two extremes. I also make use of the cool and warm properties of the orange, red, blue and green hues in my designs.

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Second version using the color wheel

If I use only warm and cool gray tones when I design, I can quickly become lost. After I’m satisfied with the outcome of the design using colors, I go back to grayscale. Then I’ll populate the fields with swatches of fabrics that are of equal value and temperature for each shade of gray.

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Coming soon: Part 2. See many interesting color and value variations of Magic Stars!

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Quiltmaker Sept/Oct ’14

Magic Stars appears in the Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker, on newsstands now, or in print or digital versions from quiltandsewshop.com.

If you prefer, buy just the Magic Stars digital pattern.

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Outstretched: Quilt Design Adventure

A while back, I saw a picture of a quilt with elongated shapes in it and it piqued my interest. Could I take one of the blocks from the 900 we’ve published in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vols. 1-9 and stretch it to give it an interesting twist for an upcoming Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issue? I set out to find just the right block.

I wanted a block that would still be interesting if it was stretched, but not get too distorted and be unsewable. Here are a few that I tried:

Twin Star, block #672 by Susan Knapp and Mary Jane Mattingly from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7.

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I liked where this idea was heading, but it felt a little expected.

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All Roads Lead Home, block #693 by Amy Smart from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7.

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Five blocks next to each other created an argyle looking pattern. This could be interesting.

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Sweet Peas, block #698 by Margie Ullery from Volume 7.

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This one just didn’t float my boat – too flowery still and not my style.

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Orion, block #794 by Celine Perkins from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8.

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In this layout, I staggered the block placement to create some movement across the quilt. Better, but not the most interesting to me.

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I finally settled on Quadrangle by Anita Grossman Solomon from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7.

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There are 5 stretched blocks in this design. Now this is more my style.

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Here is the final version, Outstretched, that appears in Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Fall ’14. It’s a wonderful modern throw quilt based on a traditional block.

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I hope you’re inspired to stretch your own imagination when it comes to quilting!

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All volumes of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks remain available. Some are available in print and digital; some are digital only. Complete your collection today!

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Coming soon: Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 10 and a big celebration to commemorate 1000 blocks and counting!

 

 

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Printer-Friendly Back to School Pattern: Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party! I hope you’ve started your own version of Hip-Hopscotch. It’s been great fun to see all the versions of the quilt. Today we have a quilt label for your project.

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First let’s take a quick look at all 0f the quilts. It’s helpful to see them together for the sake of comparison.

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Made by Lisa Dumais; fabrics are Splash from Timeless Treasures.

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Made by Nann Blaine Hilyard. Fabric: Home is in the Kitchen from Clothworks.

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Made by Julie Sanders. Fabric: Kaya from Hoffman California Fabrics.

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Made by Pam Snow; Hip-Hopscotch in Artisan Batiks from Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman.

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Hip-Hopscotch in Rambling Rose by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics; made by Kathleen Gilson.

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Made by Julie Belin; fabrics are Modern Elements and Toscana by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.

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Julie’s second version of Hip-Hopscotch. Fabrics: Northcott.

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Made by Laura Brozo; fabrics are Nomad by Jen Fox for P&B Textiles.

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Made by Laura Miller; fabrics are Learning is Fun by Kimberly’s Garden for Quilting Treasures.

Here’s the quilt in gray-scale.

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And here is a line drawing. This is where the magic really happens. With a line drawing, you can make a design do just about anything.

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All the magic happens when you start to use line drawings like this one.

We’ve created a custom label for the Back to School quilt.

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Download the free quilt label.

Get a printer-friendly version of the free Hip-Hopscotch Back to School pattern.

Thanks for joining me this week. I’ll have some helpful how-tos in the coming days. They’ll apply to this project but also to any quiltmaking you do! We’ll also hear from Janice Averill, designer of the quilt.

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Scrap quilt lovers will delight in Devoted to Scraps. It features 13 most-loved scrap quilts from the pages of Quiltmaker. Hard copy or ebook!

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Devoted to Scraps

 

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Meet Lisa Dumais: Back to School Party

A while back, Quiltmaker announced that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project. We selected eight women as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them this week.

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Meet Lisa Dumais from Newington, Connecticut.

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Lisa Dumais from Newington, Connecticut

Lisa made her summery version of Hip-Hopscotch using Splash fabrics from Timeless Treasures.

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Made by Lisa Dubais; fabrics are Splash from Timeless Treasures.

I love the little whales on this quilt. Fussy cutting them for the center patches was a great idea. Check your stash for fabrics that could be used in a similar way—I’ll bet you have several!

There’s a lesson in Lisa’s quilt: A little yellow goes a long way. For some reason (art scholars could tell you why, but I can’t), yellow is very powerful. It only takes a sprinkle for a quilt to start feeling very yellow. There is no right or wrong to how much yellow is okay—it’s just something to be aware of so you can control yellow’s effect.

I think the yellow is this quilt makes it sing! You could substitute navy for the solid yellow and it would work, but the quilt would be less interesting, in my opinion.

I asked Lisa for the details of her quilting story, and you’ll hear them in her own words below.

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I have been sewing for over 50 years. My sister and I learned to sew from our mom. We made extensive wardrobes for our dolls, including a wedding gown from the shortened train of my mother’s dress.

In 1989 Mom suggested we take a quilting class. I made a pine tree quilt as a wedding gift for a friend. Unfortunately we lost her in 1991, but I have always felt she’s been there with me as I evolved into a true quilter. My mom’s advice, which I return to often, was simply, “Read the directions and do what they say”—simple really, but often overlooked!

The influence of the older women in my local quilt group has been invaluable, and friendships remain today as we younger members have become the “older group.” Our guild always had fantastic speakers who encouraged me to try things. A few years ago we hosted Bonnie Hunter.

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Bonnie Hunter is one of Lisa’s quilting influences.

I sat with Bonnie’s books in my lap, and turned down pages as she showed her quilts. So far I’ve made five, and I follow her blog and Quiltmaker columns. She’s an influence in my current scrappy period of quilting. And after 20+ years of quilting, she’s the one who got my 1/4″ seam set perfectly!

In 2001 I entered a quilt in my local fall fair for the first time. My husband and I went to see the displays, and could not find my quilt. I lagged behind, looking at the entries, and he went ahead. He came back and said “I found your quilt!” and urged me to hurry up.

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Lisa’s row quilt won a Best of Show award in 2001.

Well, we got there, and my quilt was sporting a Best In Show ribbon! What a surprise! Validation of your work is a good thing. It wasn’t a big show, but having my family there to be proud of me was a really good feeling.

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Lisa tried her hand at dimensional applique.

About 15 years ago some friends decided we should take Dimensional Applique classes and make Baltimore Album quilts. I struggled with the handwork and made sure everyone was aware of my hatred for the work, but I kept with it. My skills improved and I learned a ton of techniques that have been useful for other projects. The Baltimore Album remains an unfinished project but—surprise…!

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Lisa’s Block of the Month designed by Edyta Sitar

Today I’m working on an Edyta Sitar block of the month with my local quilt shop. I’ve accepted my imperfections and have learned to just enjoy the process.

Right now, I’m focusing on machine quilting—a skill I need to work on. Quiltmaker’s focus on machine quilting this year has been very beneficial to me. I just need lots more practice!

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Our shop site carries patterns, books and fabric by Edyta Sitar.

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Meet Laura Miller: Back to School Party

A while back, Quiltmaker announced that we were looking for QM readers to work on a one-time project. We selected eight women as the Back to School Sewing Team. I’m happy to introduce them this week.

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Meet Laura Miller from Liberty Lake, Washington.

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Laura Miller from Liberty Lake, Washington

Laura had the pleasure of sewing with fabrics from Quilting Treasures that actually had a back-to-school theme.

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Made by Laura Miller; fabrics are Learning is Fun by Kimberly’s Garden for Quilting Treasures.

These “Learning is Fun” fabrics are by Kimberly’s Garden for Quilting Treasures. Laura plans to donate her quilt to Project Linus. She’s a staunch supporter of Project Linus and makes many quilts to comfort kids in need.

Quiltmaker has published an annual pattern for Project Linus since 2000. These patterns are perfect for good causes or baby gifts. See all of the QM patterns on our Project Linus page.

Laura works full-time as a medical transcriptionist and editor, but still makes time to quilt. She’s been sewing for about 50 years and quilting seriously for about 15. “Since I began making quilts for Project Linus, there are very few days in a week when I am not at the sewing machine,” says Laura.

“The most influential people on me have been the ‘Quilt Batts.’ This group of women welcomed me, a relative non-quilter, into their group and have embraced me through thick and thin—and they have each had an impact on my quilting journey in their own unique way. Without them and their support, I would not be the quilter—or the woman—I am today.

“For me, any time spent sewing is a good time. Some of my best moments are when orphan block tops just seem to fall into place, when the layout works itself out perfectly. Near the top of the list are the times I took completed quilts back into my kids’ classrooms to show them what had been made using the blocks they’d created. The excitement and joy on their faces—seeing their blocks sewn together into a quilt—was priceless. It brought joy to my soul.”

BTS14 logo 400opt 287x300 Meet Laura Miller: Back to School PartyOur sincere thanks to Laura Miller for her work
on the Back to School Party.

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Is the Back to School Party inspiring you to sew? You’ll find loads of ideas in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

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