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June 11, 2019
Shape Cut Plus cutting tool from June Tailor from Quilter Chic

Inside: One fabulous cutting tool.

“You can cut binding strips with that, you know,” said Mary.

“What?!,” I exclaimed.

After a short tutorial I knew. I was in love.

The Shape Cut Plus by June Tailor is one of my favorite, most frequently used tools!

Shape Cut Plus quilting tool

This is the single greatest invention of the 20th century! Okay, that’s probably saying too much, but I love this tool! It is designed for cutting strips en masse. You simply lay the ruler over your folded fabric and cut through the slots to get your strips. This tool is great for all of ...

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May 20, 2019
Using the Tools from I Have A Notion

I started this post on using Quilters Select Rulers because I had an opportunity to show them off in February. Once I figure out what to say, I think about supporting pictures and that leads to more things to say, and then more pictures, which makes for more post parts. So I will break it up into smaller chunks. My Style I really like simple and straight forward, and I hope you do too. I

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April 9, 2019
Rite of Spring from Stash Overflow

Everyone has been asking how it got to be April already. Count me in that group. Didn’t I just report my January progress last week? I feel like I haven’t done much but I’ve been really busy doing it. Saturday I completed that annual requirement of filing income taxes. I was quite agitated by the time that was done. The Republicans’ so-called tax cut resulted in an increase in my taxes of $4500 over 2017. Yikes! I headed to the studio to calm down.

A couple of years ago I matched my floral fabrics with greens and ...

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Scrap Management from Stash Overflow


Anyone who’s been quilting for any length of time eventually has to pay the piper and deal with scraps. My first scrap management effort began in, let’s say the early aughts/oughts. I don’t really remember. One of my books had a page where the authors recommended blocks with two inch and four inch finished units. The several blocks shown on the page appealed to me so I copied it and started cutting 2 7/8″ and 4 7/8″ half-square triangles. I kept the copy of the paper with the cut triangles. I must not have ...

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March 24, 2019
My Faves: Wool Pressing Mat from The Inquiring Quilter

Top of my Christmas wish list was a wool pressing mat. I hesitated however because I just wasn’t sure if I needed one. The price for wool isn’t cheap and I wanted to make sure this mat delivered the goods.

Well, we got them in the shop and one was placed in a classroom so I tried it out. Here is my Sewing Machine block before pressing on the wool mat.

Wool Pressing Mat 1.jpg

And here is my block after.

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Notice how it smoothed out all those gathers around the embroidery? Look how nice and flat it is now! And that ...

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January 13, 2019
New Additions from Stash Overflow

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with furniture with cubbyholes and other storage items. Wonder why that is? I have always wanted one of these:


This is a Wooten desk. The open picture is not the same desk as the closed picture. They made various versions from 1870-1884. Very hard to come by these days and can be quite pricey. When I lived in Chicago in the mid-1970s I saw one in a shop window for a while on my daily bus ride. I lusted after that desk but I couldn’t afford to buy ...

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December 10, 2018
Good Fortune: Clue 3 from Stash Overflow

Yay! We’re working with green this week. I was hoping for that. Orange in the next clue, maybe? I cut my strips using the Stripology ruler. About a year ago I decided I wanted to use lime green (or whatever color this is) and started looking for fabrics at every shop I was in all year. Despite having an abundance of green fabric, I had practically none of this version. I found myself in three quilt shops this week for regularly scheduled events and acquired a few more pieces. I was good to go now.

This week we were ...

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December 5, 2018
Perfect Flying Geese using the Wing Clipper® tutorial from Quilting Affection

This week I'm preparing to teach two class of the Tucker University at the end of the week.  This month I will be teaching my students how to use the Studio 180 Design Wing Clipper® I tool.  This tool is straightforward and gives you precise, accurate flying geese every time.

You start by making Flying Geese using the No-Waste Method.  You cut out the one large square this will be the body of your geese and four small squares which will be the wings of your geese.  To find your sizes you will need to cut, refer to the ...

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November 26, 2018
Good Fortune: Clue 1 from Stash Overflow

I couldn’t start Clue 1 until Saturday because my brother was visiting for Thanksgiving until late Friday afternoon. On Friday we finished this:


This is the first time I’ve put up a tree in years. I bought a new one (7.5′ slim) from Hobby Lobby for 50% off. The treetop angel that I needlepointed many years ago has gone walkabout. She must have taken the tree skirt with her because there is none to be found at present. My brother suggested using some of my fabric. What an idea!

I wrote about the colors I chose for ...

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September 14, 2018
Stringing Along While Bordering on Boredom from Stash Overflow

September began with our monthly Sew & Tell meeting. Kathy showed what she’s been up to the last several months.


Kathy’s yarmulkes for the princess’s upcoming Bat Mitzvah.

She had a lot of fun choosing the fabrics. Each one has a novelty print on one side and what she called a “sane” fabric (tone on tone) on the other side so the owner can wear it on the sober side if preferred. This one is really cute:


Yarmulke with a llama wearing a yarmulke!

Kathy commissioned the shawl and other bits from a local maker. They’re hand-dyed ...

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July 26, 2018
A Quilting Calculator from Val's Quilting Studio

I use a Smartphone and wanted to share a very helpful ap I found to determine fabric yardage. I often  create my own quilts without even a pattern and am often left to geuss how much backing or binding I will need to finish it. Robert Kaufman Fabrics and Quilters Paradise teamed up to create: QuiltingCalc. 
There are a variety of subject areas to choose from as you can see below:

I have only used this to determine my backing, batting and binding but can 
tell you it has taken the guess work on determining how much fabric I need ...

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July 19, 2018
Fuse Your Batting Pieces! from Val's Quilting Studio

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say, I have a pile of batting remnants. 
All different sizes. All taking up space. All unused.

Last week I was piecing the backing for a crib size quilt when I realized I didn't have the white batting I needed, yet I had numerous remnants of such. I then remembered some Heat Press Batting Together I had won during one of our many blog events, yet had absentmindedly tucked away.  

So I dug it out and set out to use it to "piece" five remnants of white batting together.  It ...

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June 29, 2018
Part 1: Making a Pineapple Quilt from Quilt Books and Beyond

This is Part 1 of a three part post, focusing on using the Pineapple Trim Tool to make one of Jean Ann Wright’s Pineapple Quilts. The next post shows how to use the Pineapple Trim Tool, and the final post demonstrates finishing the Pineapple Quilt. Everyday at Landauer Publishing, we are delighted to work with [...]

The post Part 1: Making a Pineapple Quilt appeared first on Quilt Books & Beyond.

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March 12, 2018
Feathering My Nest from The Inquiring Quilter

Back in the early days of my blog, I used to regularly feature handy tools, beautiful fabrics, and awesome patterns I called “My Faves.” It occurred to me that since I work at a quilt shop now, I should probably feature from time to time the things that catch my eye.

Recently at the shop, we featured this handy tool—the Your Nest Organizer.

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The organizer was on sale at the shop for a short period of time, and after thinking about it for a while I finally bit and got it. The Your Nest Organizer has a troubh to ...

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March 8, 2018
His tool box from Making A Lather

Recently, my hubby was permanently laid off from general moters. That meant it was time to bring THE tool boxes home. He is a machine repairman. Over the years, He has found great pleasure in "customizing" his little home away from home. I was fascinated with all the gizmos and doodads.

The black "garage" on top was made from the hard drives of all the computers He found in the trash when many of the engineers left during downsizing.

And it opens to reveal his take away tool carrier.

He found many magnetic gizmos in the trash as well and ...

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February 22, 2018
The Most Useful Needle Threaders You’ll Ever See from Quilter Chic

Inside: 6 fabulous needle threaders to make your life easier!

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And again, and again and again!

If you’re like me, and getting a little wiser, (older) it gets harder and harder to see the eye of a needle! Luckily for us, there are people that are there to help us! They love to invent new, cool ways to thread a needle! Here are some great needle threaders to help you get that pesky needle threaded.

My absolute favorite is the Clover Desk Needle Threader. This works by putting the ...

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February 15, 2018
Learn Without Leaving Your Sewing Room from Jinny's Corner

Often I hear comments from some of you that you wish you lived closer and could take advantage of some the classes that I teach. Many of you watch our class calendar and plan your trips to the Washington, DC area so that you can attend my classes. One of the most popular ones I teach is Quiltmaking by Hand. In that class, I cover all of the techniques you would need to know to tackle any hand piecing project. Those techniques include:

Supplies to have on hand
The basic running stitch
Making templates
Joining 4 points
Sewing curves
Joining ...

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February 14, 2018
A Bit About Fusible Products from I Have A Notion

Before I hurt my hand I was working on this bright little quilt. Each of the little stacks of hearts illustrate a brand/type of fusible and how well they stack up, stick and feel. This is designed for touching, to feel the layers and the suppleness or the stiffness of the layers of each of the stacks of fused hearts.(I think the pictures will enlarge if you click on them) Another thing that nice

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February 10, 2018
Lets Bake Sew Along Quilt Organization from Stitching Through Life Blog

Lets Bake Sew Along Quilt Organization

Lets Bake Sew Along Quilt Organization is needed to manage all the many pieces and things to do for this baking quilt!

At Stitches Quilting, we designed Let’s Bake Sew Along Quilt Custom Organization sheets just for YOU!  This way you won’t lose all those adorable pieces of fabric and supplies!

Let's Bale Sew Along Binder Organization

So… download the printable and get organized with a 3 ring binder and sheet protectors!

Check out the 1st page of the 33 page download to help you feel progress as you make your Let’s Bake Sew Along Blocks

Let's Bale Sew Along Quilt Block Progress

There ...

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February 6, 2018
cutter gizmo from Making A Lather

I love this thing - really love it. for cutting the little thread between chain piecing pieces. I should carry it around my neck everywhere I go, I love it so much. But, it does have to be moved which is wasted movement. Definitely worth it though until....

I found these. Oh yipee! problem solved.

It was difficult to pick which color I would put on my home machine, but aqua won.

But, oh my goodness, it works like a dream. And it is never in the way. These are the best thing.

Now, down the road, the blade is not ...

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