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Alpaca Wool Batting Review

The one and only quilt I’ve made with alpaca batting was the softest, lightest, fluffiest, warmest quilt I’ve ever made. I loved it. The recipient loved it. But I didn’t switch to making all my quilts with alpaca. In fact, I’m still waiting for a special situation that will let me make another alpaca quilt, […]

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Flamingo Rag Quilt

This is an early rag quilt I made last year that seemed a little small at its original size of about 43 x 57. Yesterday I added the borders and gave the outer edge a deeper fringe. Then I took the quilt to my daughter’s high school to donate to a raffle for their annual […]

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Five Ways to Baste a Quilt

Basting is an essential part of making a quilt, but I don’t know many quilters who enjoy it. Basting can be tedious, time-consuming, and difficult to get just right. If it goes wrong, you can end up with the heartbreak of wrinkles on your quilt. But it’s a step you can’t skip, and some ways […]

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All About Pin Basting a Quilt

My favorite way to baste most quilts is with basting spray. But sometimes basting with safety pins is a better choice–if you don’t like breathing in chemical fumes, for instance, or if you’re basting a quilt that you might not get finished for quite a while. Pin basting is easy to learn, low-tech, and involves […]

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All About Spray Basting a Quilt

What’s your least favorite part of making a quilt? Mine is basting. Or it was, until I discovered basting spray. Basting spray glues the layers of a quilt together temporarily until you can quilt them together permanently with your sewing machine.  It’s by far the fastest and easiest way I’ve found to baste, and the […]

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How to Make Gift Card Envelopes — Tutorial

Giving someone a gift card doesn’t have to have that impersonal, last-minute feeling. Make your gift something unique and personal by sewing a cute little fabric envelope to hold a gift card (or a crisp twenty-dollar bill).It’s easy to customize your gift by choosing fabrics that fit the person and the occasion. It takes less […]

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Too Many Fabric Scraps

The good thing is, I got this braid quilt mostly finished yesterday. The bad thing is, I produced a new pile of scraps.  Teeny little triangular scraps.  Little scraps like these always make me feel guilty. I can’t figure out what to do with them, but it seems wasteful to get rid of them. I […]

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My Log Cabin Christmas Tree Quilt

Have I mentioned that I love making Christmas quilts? It’s a much less fattening way to get in the Christmas spirit than baking! I first bought a version of this quilted wallhanging on Ebay, not knowing at the time where the design came from. That original quilt was made in fabrics that were too bland […]

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This Year’s First Christmas Quilt

I got this nativity quilt panel years ago to practice my free motion machine quilting. I got stuck for a long time in “Stipple” mode, and this panel gave me some good practice in other styles of quilting, especially outlining shapes and making textures for wood, straw, stones, and other materials. Every now and then […]

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How to Machine Bind a Quilt (No Hand Sewing!)

I know many people love to sew by hand, but I am not one of those people. I’ve noticed that my sewing machine is faster, more accurate, and, with all of its clever decorative stitches, more inventive than my fingers. It’s machine quilting all the way for me, baby! That’s why I was so pleased […]

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