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July 25, 2019
Congrats to Our Grads! from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

We are excited to announce that our first year’s partnership with North Central Missouri College (NCMC)was a huge success! The collaboration between Missouri Star Quilt Company and North Central Missouri College on this apprenticeship program culminated with 21 team members completing a registered apprenticeship program through the US Department of Labor, with 20 of those individuals earning a Business Management Essentials certificate through the college.

Apprenticeship Graduates
Front row (from left to right): Amanda Gray, Ana DeJesus Gutierrez, Sarah Garland, Jennifer Souza, Kelly Gallion, Estella Granville, Adriana DeJesus Gutierrez, Brooke Barnett, Brenda Glidewell (Missouri Star Apprenticeship Coordinator)
Middle row (from ...

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July 23, 2019
Quilt Camp Wrap Up from From the Strawberry Patch...

I posted a week ago about the eager-beaver quilt camper that I had hanging out in the sewing room with me! A week ago-- where does all that flying time go? I am SEW very impressed by this young lady's enthusiasm and focus when it came to creating her very first quilt that I can hardly contain myself. She and I chatted earlier in the year about her wanting to learn and I agreed to help her get

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Quilt Camp Wrap Up from From the Strawberry Patch...

I posted a week ago about the eager-beaver quilt camper that I had hanging out in the sewing room with me! A week ago-- where does all that flying time go? I am SEW very impressed by this young lady's enthusiasm and focus when it came to creating her very first quilt that I can hardly contain myself. She and I chatted earlier in the year about her wanting to learn and I agreed to help her get

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July 5, 2019
Tips For Learning How To Play Guitar from Pippa Patchwork

All of us would want to learn something new once in a while. It could be just a hobby or, like my once-amateur quilting hobby, it could be something we work hard enough at to make an income. No matter what the case is (and in mine, it’s just a hobby), it will certainly not be perfected on the first try. 

One of the most common hobbies that people learn or at least take a stab at is playing musical instruments, and guitar is definitely one of the more popular choices. Learning guitar is not as hard as people ...

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June 29, 2019
20 Skills Every Sewist Learns from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Have you ever wondered what skills you've learned as you picked up sewing? It was a topic of discussion on one of the Facebook groups where I'm a member. The writer mentioned several and others chimed in. I've compiled the list of skills with a few examples of each. This list is certainly not exhaustive, but it's a great way to get started thinking about the many skills you have learned along the way.
  1. Artistry (creating and designing, use of color, fit and form)
  2. Chemistry (fiber content, treatment and care of fabrics, glues)
  3. Color theory (using ...

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March 28, 2019
Quilt Market Kansas City Here I come from Terificreations's Weblog

Just so ya know this will be a little bit of Spring Market with some forethought to Fall Market. Spring Quilt Market is just around the corner. While my tickets are purchased, and housing procured there are hard due dates between now and then. Big due dates. And work to do. Did I mention the… Continue reading Quilt Market Kansas City Here I come

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October 13, 2018
Quilting teaches me.... Patience from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Introduction
I've been quilting for a lifetime, literally, and have come to the conclusion that we do what we love in part because it challenges us to learn. Anyone who quilts can attest to the idea of learning about fabric and supplies, blocks and backings, sewing and making.  I'm exploring the other things that quilting teaches.


I'm not a patient girl. I have never been. Irritable, easily annoyed, short-tempered...all of those describe me. How is it then that I can say I've learned patience through quilting?

The short answer is that I'm a work ...

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October 9, 2018
Quilting teaches me.... Perseverance from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Introduction
I've been quilting for a lifetime, literally, and have come to the conclusion that we do what we love in part because it challenges us to learn. Anyone who quilts can attest to the idea of learning about fabric and supplies, blocks and backings, sewing and making. 
I'm exploring the other things that quilting teaches.

Perseverance  

Old Ohio Rose
Quilting teaches me that every little step, every little advance, adds up and moves you forward. When I was young, I wiggled out of things using the excuse that if you didn't have time to finish, you ...

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September 1, 2018
I Cannot Sew Without ___. from Quilting with Care

What can you not sew without? In this post, I share several items I wouldn't want to sew without.

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August 18, 2018
Has anyone ever written an article encouraging quilters to do math? from Terificreations's Weblog

Please hang with me here as I’m going to share of my own failures in Junior High and High School, the moments where the dime dropped, and how I can now do a lot of quilty math in my head. I’ll begin with breaking down the question and clarifying my intent. While I failed math… Continue reading Has anyone ever written an article encouraging quilters to do math?

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August 3, 2018
St. Therese of Lisieux from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Image of St. Therese of LisieuxKnow what I've been up to? Babysitting for the summer, quilting (yeah!), and a few projects for our church. This year marks the 90th Anniversary for the Church of the Little Flower. The Little Flower refers to St. Therese of Lisieux, who wrote about and practiced what she called "the little way."

She believed strongly that not everyone could become a great saint, one whose name will forever be remembered.


She practiced and wrote about how the small, everyday duties of life could be one way to achieve heaven. Rather than just wash dishes because the dishes are dirty ...

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June 22, 2018
Tangled: A Paper Quilt from Liz Makes Crafts

Since I've been on a mini quilt kick lately, I thought I'd show my latest finished mini quilt. Except this one is not sewn, it's drawn!

I took a Zentangle class at International Quilt Festival in Rosemont a few months ago, and this was one of the class projects. Out of all the classes I've taken, this is the first one that produced a project I actually really like. In a way, Zentangle is just like free-motion quilting, and indeed some of the motifs are very similar. I used 25 different motifs in the "block" section ...

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April 15, 2018
International Quilt Festival Chicago 2018 from Liz Makes Crafts

April is an exciting time of the year for me. Not only is the weather finally starting to think about warming up, but the quilt show season has officially begun!

I look forward to the Quilt Festival in Rosemont every year. This is my 3rd year going, and each year it's been different. In 2016, I was a newbie quilter and everything was shiny and new to me. I rushed around trying not to miss anything, but overall felt very overwhelmed. Last year, I concentrated solely on testing out longarms so I didn't do much else. This year ...

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April 5, 2018
All the started posts from Terificreations's Weblog

  are serious. There are a lot of questions running through my brain like: when will I quilt again? This one is serious – dry spells suck, particularly after this microburst of creative energy. Whew. In eight years will modern quilting be called Mid Century Modern? Well, no because of the timing it’s not mid-century.… Continue reading All the started posts

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March 22, 2018
The Rules of Quilting from Terificreations's Weblog

And she said Flowers are red young man Green leaves are green There’s no need to see flowers any other way Than the way they always have been seen Harry Chapin Flowers are Red The other day the topic of Community came up on the Faith blog as a result of leaving a quilting group.… Continue reading The Rules of Quilting

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March 16, 2018
Be a Nonagon in a Square from Terificreations's Weblog

Hang with me as this is shaping up to be the first in a series of posts on education, and learning. At the outset please know that these are my opinions based in part on my experience as a student, and as a teacher, and I welcome conversation. The thinking process of education, learning, learning… Continue reading Be a Nonagon in a Square

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March 2, 2018
Talk to Me Quilters! from Lisa H Calle's Blog

Feathers… the technique I wanted to learn above all else.  I LOVE feathers, and couldn’t wait to master this technique.  I would invest hours, upon hours, drawing those beautiful images. But let’s be realistic the outcome of my first attempts weren’t very pretty. However, as practice would have it, my skills have matured and my confidence has grown in leaps and bounds since those initial feathering days.

Since I know how agonizing it can be wanting those magical feathers to appear sooner rather than later on your fabric I thought it might be beneficial to share my ...

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February 14, 2018
What Happened in Heidelberg PA? from Lisa H Calle's Blog

 

There was a lot going on in Heidelberg, PA regarding the craft of quilting! Saturday morning I headed out early, with my red-headed assistant along side of me, to the town located about an hour away.

My session took place in the banquet room of the Heidelberg Family Restaurant.  Who says you can’t teach a class at a restaurant? Us quilters are very resourceful and the room was perfect!

I taught my favorite class, surrounded by a room full of engaging and delightful individuals.

 

Initially, many of my pupils, who were domestic machine users, were a bit intimidated by ...

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January 7, 2018
So then there was the time from Terificreations's Weblog

It seems so long ago, seven years in fact. But forever ago in the world of quilting. Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims along with Jan (Magee) Mark were the brains behind The Quilt Life, a quilting magazine recognizing the reality that, as quilt makers, our lives revolve around quilting. I had the privilege of writing… Continue reading So then there was the time

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December 6, 2017
Curves, Oh My! from Liz Makes Crafts

I would never have believed it, but lately I've been really, really hankering to sew ... of all things ... curves!

I tried curved piecing for the first time (a little Drunkard's Path block) about a year and a half ago. I was on the verge of tears, and gave up right then. I tried it again about a year ago, and although I had more success, I still didn't like it very much, and I haven't made a single quilt with curves in it.

But strangely enough, lately I've really been wanting to do it. I ...

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