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January 16, 2022
Battening Down from From the Strawberry Patch...

This is what happens when snow is predicted in the south; naturally there's the insanity that occurs as everyone runs for bread and milk at the grocery stores but, then, the conversation turns to anticipated snowfall amounts and, ultimately, how long folks expect to be stranded. I'm not too worried: we have firewood enough to last and I have an adequate supply of books and stitching projects

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Battening Down from From the Strawberry Patch...

This is what happens when snow is predicted in the south; naturally there's the insanity that occurs as everyone runs for bread and milk at the grocery stores but, then, the conversation turns to anticipated snowfall amounts and, ultimately, how long folks expect to be stranded. I'm not too worried: we have firewood enough to last and I have an adequate supply of books and stitching projects

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January 5, 2022
Twelve Days from From the Strawberry Patch...

As we close out those twelve days of Christmas it's a good time to reflect on the holidays and get back to that guiding word and how I plan to respect it in 2022. I did receive two Christmas gifts for use in the sewing room that I had asked for from Mr. Goodneedle, I'm eager to try them out and will report on them after the next few days; those will be spent taking Christmas down and packing it

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Twelve Days from From the Strawberry Patch...

As we close out those twelve days of Christmas it's a good time to reflect on the holidays and get back to that guiding word and how I plan to respect it in 2022. I did receive two Christmas gifts for use in the sewing room that I had asked for from Mr. Goodneedle, I'm eager to try them out and will report on them after the next few days; those will be spent taking Christmas down and packing it

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September 10, 2021
Three Essential Steps Before Starting Any New Project! from Quilting Affection


This week I want to talk about some essential steps before you start any Studio 180 Design Project or just any sewing project at all.  Doing these steps will help you make your projects a success. 


Step 1: Read through the pattern



Understanding a pattern, I feel, is the first step when starting a new project. Read the pattern thoroughly and take note of the following.

Skill Level - Ask yourself, can I make this pattern? Is it at my current comfort or skill level?

Tools Required - Do you have the tools, and do you know how to use them if ...

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August 29, 2021
Reprieve from Stash Overflow

I found this unpublished post from Feb 2014 in the draft folder. I have finished some applique projects since this post. The blocks for Hop to It are all fused but not yet stitched. Now that I’ve had some machine applique experience I’m starting to think about this one. Did I really use Misty Fuse for that project? Yikes. I find Misty Fuse very hard to work with because there’s no there there, if you know what I mean. The white version just disappears into thin air because it is so fine and there is no paper ...

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August 1, 2021
New quilting tool from Quilting and More...

One of the most difficult things about quilting on a domestic machine is managing the bulk and weight of the quilt. For some time now, I’ve been looking at a couple of tools that claim to help hold the weight to make quilting easier and less tiring. One of those tools requires floor space, which […]

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December 9, 2020
Favorite Sewing or Quilting Tip from Carol Lyles Shaw

Today’s prompt is ‘favorite tip’. I had a million thoughts! So, here’s a simple one. I am not good at precision sewing.  Getting my 1/4 inch piecing seam straight and even and consistent is a real challenge for me. So my favorite piecing tip was to buy a 1/4″ piecing foot with a flange edge.  …

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December 4, 2020
Favorite Quilt Tools from Carol Lyles Shaw

I have a very short list of favorite tools because I’m not a gadget person. Let me start with the most important one.  That would be my Janome 9450 that I talked about in my previous blog post on December 3! Here’s the next important tool:  My retractable Rotary Cutter.  I bought 4 of these …

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December 2, 2020
Real Sewing Space from Carol Lyles Shaw

I love seeing the #honestcraftroom on Instagram–it definitely helps to know that most of us don’t work in professionally decorated studio sets. Of course, a woman can always dream about a 400 square foot space with long design walls and built in overhead LED lights….and an assistant to do the pressing and cleaning up.  Sigh…….. …

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November 27, 2020
Quilting Basics: Tools + Black Friday Sales from A Quilting Life

Quilting Basics: Tools + Black Friday Sales featured by Top US Quilting Blog: A Quilting Life

Hello, friends and happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first of a new series for beginning quilters on the YouTube Channel and have begun it with a Quilting Basics: Tool for Beginner Quilters video. I’ll share a little bit about that today and also let you know about a couple of Black Friday Sales (including […]

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November 25, 2020
Quilter’s Gift Guide 2020 from A Quilting Life

Quilter's Gift Guide 2020 featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends! Today I’m sharing my annual Quilter’s Gift Guide 2020 with notions, tools, rulers, and other quilting products that I can’t live without. My list is pretty long, lol, but I’ve divided it into categories to make it easier to search…and I have a quick video sharing all of the featured gift guide items. […]

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October 17, 2020
Leaving It On The Table from From the Strawberry Patch...

I mentioned this work table last week, it's exactly what I'd been hoping for when I'm doing ruler-work on the front side of the longarm. I had been improvising with a sheet of foam core (any port in a storm, right?), I needed something to hold my tools above the surface of the quilt while I worked my way along.Mr. Goodneedle picked up the hints that I was dropping and created the work table that

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Leaving It On The Table from From the Strawberry Patch...

I mentioned this work table last week, it's exactly what I'd been hoping for when I'm doing ruler-work on the front side of the longarm. I had been improvising with a sheet of foam core (any port in a storm, right?), I needed something to hold my tools above the surface of the quilt while I worked my way along.Mr. Goodneedle picked up the hints that I was dropping and created the work table that

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May 25, 2020
Sewing Machine Cleaning & Maintenance Tips from A Quilting Life

Sewing Machine Cleaning & Maintenance Tips featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello friends! I hope you had a nice weekend…ours was busy. Not the typical Memorial Day weekend we’ve had in years past, but those times will come again. Today I’m sharing Sewing Machine Cleaning & Maintenance Tips that will help you keep your machine running smoothly. I’ve also filmed a step-by step video so you’ll […]

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May 12, 2020
For Want of a Magnet (My Favorite Longarm Tools) from Liz Makes Crafts

I prepared this blog post several years ago but then totally forgot about it. Due to our season of quarantine and having two little kids stuck at home, I've been very slow on projects and have nothing to show. I thought it'd be a good time to post this instead! Despite this post being old and the links probably not all working, in a way this post is more valid than ever because I've been using these tools for the last few years to know they're holding up well.

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I've been quilting on a longarm ...

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April 8, 2020
Does anybody really know what day it is? from Stash Overflow

Does anybody really care?

daysofweek

Having been retired for almost 5 years was good training for self-isolation. Being an introvert also makes it easier to stay at home although I do enjoy my quilt groups and other outings. My calendar started clearing out on March 13th with the cancellation of Jinny Beyer club for the next day. After that the cancellations came fast and furiously. I still have a couple of appointments (chiro and hair) on my calendar for April but I plan to cancel them.

Around mid-March I went ahead and made a hotel reservation for early May for my ...

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February 15, 2020
Fractured Triangles Pattern Tutorial and Ruler from Carol Lyles Shaw

Creative Grids has released a new Half Sixty Triangle ruler that is perfect for the ‘end of row’ setting triangles in my Fractured Triangles Pattern. The Half Sixty Triangle ruler is available at local quilt shops and online.  Click here to purchase online (affiliate link).   I’m also working on other patterns that use this [ ...Continue Reading ]

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January 31, 2020
Tutorial and Charts for Setting Quilts “on point” (Diagonally) from Quilter Chic

You’ve finished that wonderful block-of-the-month from last year, and now you have a lovely set of quilt blocks. Now what do you do with them?

One way to “set” your quilt is “on point”. This is when you set your blocks on the diagonal, as you can see with my quilt, September.

September quilt from Quilt Batik! ©2012 Cheryl Brown/That Patchwork Place

The confusing part of “on point” quilts is the setting triangles and and corner triangles. This post should help with that! When constructing an “on point” quilt, you lay your blocks out on the diagonal. Then ...

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January 22, 2020
Finally Replacing some Tools from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

Many, many moons ago, I bought my first rotary cutter.  I don't think I bought any rulers at the time and I have no doubt I was not using it as it was intended.  In fact, I am pretty sure my accuracy was very diminished at first.  

Nowadays, a rotary cutter is an extension of my hand (in fact, both hands equally) because I use it so often.



I recently shared a photo on my Instagram account of my first rotary cutter and (I think) my second one that I was having to retire.  They have been glued, shimmed ...

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