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    Rotary Cutting Tutorial

    Posted on September 14, 2016 by in Blog

    The point of this exercise is that you will NEVER AGAIN need to cut a quilt patch template.  Does that sound good to you?  These techniques will help you figure out how to cut patches from strips and how many strips you need to cut to make your quilt. I soon found after I started […]

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    Embroidery Stitches

    Posted on February 6, 2016 by in Blog

    Long before I dove into quilting, I loved to stitch with wool.  In the early 1970’s, I developed my own line of stitchery kits under the name “bd stitcheries.”  I sold them locally, at needlepoint/stitchery shops and art fairs; obviously before the internet!  Most of the kits were animal and flower designs, with wool yarn and […]

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    Punch Happy

    Posted on January 8, 2016 by in Blog

    No, the title doesn’t mean I’m still at the holiday punch, it just means I like using paper punches as a tool for appliqué.  Since I use many circles for my appliquéd flowers, I thought I would share this technique with you.  With so many scrapbook aficionados out there, different sized paper punches are very popular.  These punches […]

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    Cutting Squares

    Posted on December 21, 2015 by in Blog

    This is one of two baby quilts I made for my grand niece and grand daughter, based on my I Spy quilt pattern, available at Craftsy.  Looks like a lot of triangles doesn’t it?  Not a single triangle is harmed with my Sewfasst® techniques, just squares cut in two different sizes.  Sew and cut, press and sew and cut again […]

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    Curved Petal Edges

    Posted on October 24, 2015 by in Blog

    Thought I would share how I pressed the petals for the block-of-the-month for October flower, so the one edge would have a nice curve.  It is hard to get that strong curve simply pressing the fabric edge over the template.  So what I did instead was to gather that edge, just like I gathered the […]

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    Pressing Appliqué Blocks

    Posted on October 24, 2015 by in Blog

    I have not been happy with pressing the blocks and maybe it is because I have been doing it wrong, or not remembering how I was taught. I was using a thin dish towel, dampened and then laid on the appliqué block which was face up.  I got all kinds of funny wrinkles, that I […]

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    Block of the Month Bias Stems

    Posted on April 16, 2015 by in Blog

    After I basted the stems for the April block, I realized I had a number of pieces that were left over, too short for an actual stem, but thinking they would work for another block that is coming up.  I also had thrown away even shorter pieces. Then I thought, well maybe these won’t be the […]

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    Fabric Bowls

    Posted on December 13, 2014 by in Blog

    As I mentioned on Facebook, I have to get Christmas gifts made.  So I have set the Stars ‘n’ Flowers quilt aside, for evening handwork and am working on Christmas gifts during the day. I saw these bowls being made by Arts and Crafts 4 You on YouTube.  These would be perfect!  Also would give me the opportunity […]

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    Snappy Little Bag

    Posted on April 28, 2014 by in Blog

    This little Snap Bag was being made on Gourmet Quilter and I thought that it would be fun to make one, too.  Actually made a bunch for Christmas gifts!  The closure is made from pieces of metal measuring tape. I made mine a little shorter than hers, but it fits better in my purse at […]

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