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December 1, 2021
Time for New Beginnings Draws Near! from QUilting By-You

I know, we still need to make a decision about the sashing. What could be taking us so long? Well, holiday season. Don’t get us wrong, we love the holidays! Right now things just get a little crazy with everyone trying to get gifts completed on time. With the pandemic, people have been sewing and getting tops done and trying to get those caught up as well. This just makes things a little busier at the shop and we don’t always get back to our own projects.

That being said, New Year’s is one of my favorites ...

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November 11, 2021
It’s Time for Sashing! from QUilting By-You

I bet you thought that we forgot about our ever-so-patiently-waiting Jacob’s Ladder blocks. It is time to do something with them!

When last we left them we had our 3 trouble maker blocks flagged so we knew what we were dealing with. Now is the time to make the decisions for what to do with these blocks. The end goal for this quilt is to have a bit of a sampler at the shop to showcase some different quilting ideas to show customers when talking about how to quilt their quilt (either by us or by them). With 15 ...

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October 28, 2021
Back from the Craft Shows! from QUilting By-You

We made it, we survived, and we even sold some things! We weren’t sure what to expect over the weekend except for one thing – we would be tired at the end of it. And we certainly were, and thus why we are a little late (and short) with our posting this week.

Usually at these types of events we meet some interesting people and hopefully make some connections for people to come to the shop. While there are a couple of guilds in our area, many of our customers are not part of guilds and this becomes a great ...

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October 25, 2021
Tip of the Iceberg. from QUilting By-You

We talk about the tip of the iceberg at home a lot. How icebergs are tricky things…that you can only see a portion above the water while the greater mass lies below the surface. We talk about how the tip of the iceberg represents our final product; the result of our work. The mass below represents the work that it takes to get the result, or the part of the iceberg you can’t see. The boys wanted to start a podcast – so they are learning a lot about the work that lies beneath the surface.

A couple of ...

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October 18, 2021
It’s Craft Fair Time! from QUilting By-You

It doesn’t really seem possible that it has been a year since we were last at a craft show. We know that the last year (well, year plus) has been a difficult time. Many of us weren’t able to do many of the things that we normally would. We missed out on school, work, vacations, and memories. It seems to be a slow slog to get back to our normal. Each step we take toward normal feels exciting and sometimes scary at the same time for many of us. Some of us are more than ready to completely ...

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It’s Craft Fair Time! from QUilting By-You

It doesn’t really seem possible that it has been a year since we were last at a craft show. We know that the last year (well, year plus) has been a difficult time. Many of us weren’t able to do many of the things that we normally would. We missed out on school, work, vacations, and memories. It seems to be a slow slog to get back to our normal. Each step we take toward normal feels exciting and sometimes scary at the same time for many of us. Some of us are more than ready to completely ...

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October 11, 2021
What to do if…. from QUilting By-You

You lose your quilt.

Well, I am certain that I don’t have all of the answers for this, but a quilt show just wrapped up in our area and we were talking about how quilt pick up can be a bit chaotic and it would be easy to lose track of one.

Before I get too far, if you are a victim of quilt theft there is a bit of an online network out there. There’s a group on facebook and some websites where you can post pictures of your quilt and hopefully someone will see it and ...

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October 7, 2021
The art of gift giving. from QUilting By-You

I suppose it’s is starting to be on our minds more these days. The holidays are rapidly approaching and we are starting to gear up for holiday shopping. Some of us may be thinking about it a little earlier this year as shipping and finding items in stock has been an issue these days. Well okay, I am…or at least I’m trying to get everything organized.

However, there are quite a few of us who do homemade gifts. Afghans, quilts, scarves, or whatever our minds can conceive. Some take a lot of care and research favorite colors ...

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September 30, 2021
Quilting Apps. from QUilting By-You

Sometimes when I am overthinking things, the world just seems strange. Who would have envisioned that we would be wandering around with miniature computers that make phone calls and are small enough to fit in our pockets? Who can now envision their life without one? They certainly do make things easier or at least a little more instant.

I will confess that I do not know much about quilting apps. In fact, there is only one that I have sporadically used and that is QuiltingCalc. However, since phones also have calculators I found that I wasn’t really using it ...

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September 16, 2021
How early is too early? from QUilting By-You

So, we walk into a store in late August and are bombarded by all things Halloween. At first I feel a little rushed and frustrated. Why so early? We all know that Halloween candy purchased in August is not going to make it to trick or treat time!

But lately I’ve been thinking. How early is too early? When July hits, we start to think about “Christmas in July”. Some of us gift items crafted by us and that takes time. We might be crafting year round to not feel so rushed when those holiday deadlines come around. We ...

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September 9, 2021
Time to Tweak it a Little. from QUilting By-You

Hopefully we can now get back to our regularly scheduled posting habits!

We will certainly pick up where we left off with our Jacob’s Ladder blocks, but that will have to wait until next time. They are all sitting patiently waiting until it is their turn.

We also fell down a bit on UFO stuff. That’s okay too. I’m sure that we have all realized over the last year or so that sometimes life happens and we have to shift our priorities to take care of those things that are necessary. Hopefully you are all making UFO ...

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July 22, 2021
Quilting A Show Quilt from QUilting By-You

I know, we kind of checked out there for a bit. We had a good reason though…we were quilting a show quilt.

I’m sure that many of you have been to quilt shows in your area with amazing quilts and vendors. Many of you have even travelled to larger shows with even more amazing quilts and vendors. You may even be brave enough to hang your quilts in your local shows. Some of you may even be brave enough to have your quilt judged.

I have had one of my personal quilts judged and the comments were pretty ...

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May 21, 2021
Is it summer yet? from QUilting By-You

We can’t believe that the school year is almost over. On one hand we weren’t sure how school was going to look and now we are almost ready to close the books for this school year.

To that end, we have been on the busier side of getting t-shirt quilts completed in time for graduations as well as handling end of the school year things. So to say our schedules are a little convoluted right now would be an understatement! Thankfully there are just a few days left and we can settle into the normal summer schedule.

Finally ...

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April 19, 2021
April UFO from QUilting By-You

It dawned on me as we published our last post that we hadn’t talked about April UFO things. My apologies! I know there are only a couple of weeks left in the month, so lets make this an easy thing.

Make 2 practice blocks. Wait what? I don’t know about you, but I am not terribly good about making a practice block when embarking on a new pattern or technique. Char and I have been designing some of our patterns and making a practice block has really been helpful and I’m not quite sure why I haven ...

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April 12, 2021
Happy Monday! from QUilting By-You

I know, not a terribly descriptive title for today’s entry. As we all know, creativity ebbs and flows. I would love to tell you that I am rocking those Jacob’s Ladder blocks, but truthfully, they are in a holding pattern. We have a bit of a temporary scheduling issue. I won’t bore you with the details. Sometimes that’s the way it is with a small business and we have families. So, while that is going on we are just trying to work through our customer queue as best as we can which hasn’t left room ...

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March 13, 2021
Make Time for a Little Self Care from QUilting By-You

I know, we were supposed to get back to those Jacob’s Ladder blocks. I had a little trouble getting back to them this week so I am not any further along with regard to choosing sashing fabric and getting them sashed. Don’t worry, I am still working on it and we should be able to post about them next Monday!

In the meantime, I thought we could talk about some self care. No, not the mental kind. The physical kind. It’s very easy to get into a groove and spend a lot of time sitting at our ...

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February 24, 2021
March UFO Time! from QUilting By-You

We are going to step away from the Jacob’s Ladder blocks this week to get back to talking about UFO’s since it is the beginning of the month.

How are things coming? Do you feel like you are making some progress toward getting anything finished? Maybe when you took some time to clean your crafting area it somehow turned into a bigger project. That is an easy thing to have happen. I’ll be honest, I really only cleaned up what I needed to in order to be able to do some sewing. I am optimistically thinking that ...

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February 23, 2021
Block Trade Part 3 Dealing With the Tricky Blocks from QUilting By-You

So here we are for week 3 of this project and I thought it might be a good idea to talk a little more about the tricky blocks. It turns out that there are 3.

Of course the first one is the jellybean block. I opted to take it apart and give it another chance.

A little peek at the back of the block.

Please know, I am not judging the person who sewed this block. I am simply doing what I can to turn these blocks into a quilt. Block trades are tricky. You may get back blocks that ...

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February 22, 2021
The Block Trade Blocks Part 2! from QUilting By-You

Here are the blocks in a layout!

Here they are again, the Jacob’s Ladder blocks.

They are arranged a little differently than last week. I tried to mix them up a little bit making the brights a little more interspersed with the reproduction fabrics. It feels a little more balanced than it did before. I also opted to have them all facing the same direction. Since there will be some sashing separating the blocks, they won’t be able to form any kind of secondary design so it felt like it would be distracting if they were turned different ...

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February 15, 2021
Block Trading from QUilting By-You

Sure it’s not stocks like we may have been watching in the news, but have you ever been a part of a block trade? Once upon a time when we were still working our office jobs, we found that there were others who enjoyed or wanted to learn about our quilting hobby. Perhaps you have similar where you work or live? Pandemic conditions have certainly added a layer of difficulty to this kind of thing.

At any rate, we decided to get together once a month for lunch. Bring your own meal, met in a conference room or other ...

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