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Understanding Stitch Length

I learned something today about stitch length and sewing machine settings. I’ve had machines with “stitches per inch” and I understood that. I’ve had machines with metric settings like 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 and so on, and I thought I understood … Continue reading

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Jan/Feb Cover Quilt: RJR Fabric Designer

Many readers are finding the cover quilt on our Jan/Feb issue to be very attractive. It’s a beauty! I wanted to share a few thoughts from the designer of the fabric featured in that quilt. Marianne Elizabeth designs for RJR … Continue reading

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Priming the Pump

I have been in a sewing slump. Does this happen to you? A host of regular-life “stuff” has drained me of the energy to create. I find myself entering my sewing area only to stand there feeling lost and unsure … Continue reading

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The Stash Discussion/Problem/Obsession Giveaway

It seems like everyone in quilty-blog-world is talking about their stash right now. I wonder if it’s because we tend to “take stock” as a new year begins. I moved from one state to another a week before Christmas, which … Continue reading

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alzquilts.org: QM Staff Donates

I’ve been dying to tell you about our donations for this month’s online auction of small quilts by the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI), spearheaded by Ami Simms. And now that it’s January 1, I can finally spill the beans! … Continue reading

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Learning the Hard Way Giveaway

I’m learning something the hard way: NEVER RUSH THROUGH BASTING THE QUILT. I spent a lot of time on this little quilt. The paper foundations look like this: Four foundations are joined to make the block. There are about 35 … Continue reading

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Photographic Inspiration

Artists of all kinds are often asked where they find inspiration. Have you ever noticed that the answer is often “everywhere”? Creative people seem to naturally find ideas every place they look. Whether you’re like that or not, you’ll appreciate … Continue reading

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Free Foundations: Seasons & Celebrations

The Countdown to Christmas is winding down! Today our treat for you is a set of foundation patterns we’ve named Seasons & Celebrations. There’s a tiny pattern (just 3.5″ across) for every month of the year! These are the designs … Continue reading

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Free Christmas Pattern – Stocking

As of 7 weeks ago, I have a new grandson. Parker Stephen Beam was born 10/24/10, bringing much joy to our entire family. He needed a stocking to go with the ones I made for the rest of his family. … Continue reading

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Free Christmas Pattern “Joy”

Hi there! I’m so excited to post my first post for Quiltmaker magazine! And what better way to start off, than with a free pattern in our Countdown to Christmas? I thought it would be fun to share one of … Continue reading

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