One of those things that experienced quilters assume newer quilters know is what fabric grain is. We often forget that someone, once, had to tell us about it. Some of us may know about the general concept, but not exactly what it is, or, why it matters. Fabric grain refers to the direction that the… Continue reading Fabric Grain and Why it Matters
One of the most essential tools in any Quilter’s (or Sewist’s) toolbox is a rotary cutter. They come in an astonishing array of sizes, configurations, and colors. Most are measured by millimeters with 28mm, 45mm, and 60mm being very common. They have all sorts of bells and whistles as well. Some come with an automatic… Continue reading Rotary Cutter Basics
When knitting something that uses multiple skeins of yarn you inevitably have to change skeins. Sometimes you get lucky and can do it at the end/beginning of the row, but that still leaves you with tails to weave in. The Russian join is a great way to join your yarn and eliminate the tail weaving, all in one go!
This past weekend was Market. I am exhausted, but oh so inspired! If you’ve never heard of Market, it’s a gigantic trade show where you get to see all the new fabric lines (mostly for next spring), the latest gadgets, lots of new patterns, and all the different machines. This year there were 27 rows… Continue reading International Quilt Market
Have you ever thought about how hard a straight line is? Do a quick check. Grab a pen and paper and draw a line. In fact, draw several. Start with a short one and make them progressively longer. If yours are anything like mine the short one isn’t bad, but they get progressively worse. Any small wiggle on the short line is amplified with the longer lines.
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