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February 23, 2021
Needle Plate from Quiltnotes All Blogs

The needle plate, sometimes called the throat plate, covers the area near the needle. There are 2 commonly used needle plates: the zig zag plate, shown above, and the straight stitch plate shown below. In this article you will learn about the differences in these plates and why you might want to have both of them on hand.

The straight stitch plate has a single hole for the needle to enter the fabric and is used for straight stitching only. The zig zag plate is used for zig zag stitching as well as other decorative stitching that requires the needle ...

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February 3, 2021
Moo-ving Along the Leader and Enders from Podunk Pretties

Before we get into the details of this quilt on the wall I want to give a big shout out to Mr. Podunk for my new step stool. I love it!  No more climbing on kitchen chairs or wobbly stools. The lazy old grandma in me thinks one more is needed so I could step from one to the other in order to reach both sides of my design wall without stepping down.  But the reality of it is quilting is a sedentary hobby and a little stepping up and down will do me some good.  Maybe I finally get ...

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January 12, 2021
Leaders and Enders Design Ideas from Podunk Pretties

 Okay I'll admit it, I jumped into this leaders and enders thing with absolutely no idea what I was going to make with them.  The fabrics were already cut so I just started sewing them together.  Making the process a habit was my only concern.  Now that I'm nearing the end of my little stash of blue and yellow squares I need a plan before going any further.  And that plan needs to fit into what I've already haphazardly sewn together.

These squares were leftover from a simple charm quilt I made last year. 

The thought has ...

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January 4, 2021
Progress with Leaders and Enders from Podunk Pretties

Hello Happy Quilters!  Come on in and join me in doing a little happy dance.  I can't tell you how happy it makes me to have finally mastered the leaders and enders method.  This method of piecing 2 quilts at once has been around for many years but Bonnie Hunter is the one who brought it to life.  She has written 2 books just for this method.  You can find them here in her shop.  

 I was hoping to share a video made by Bonnie about this method but she hasn't made a short video tutorial about leaders ...

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