Kaye's Quilting Friends Newsletter, Week of 5.19.10
Are you like me and get all of the quilt magazines? I couldn't exist without their input. But, I get very frustrated when they portray the difficulty in making quilts.
For example, in the last issue of a popular magazine, there was a challenge about making a Lone Star quilt, which anyone who has studied my techniques knows that it can be so easy. The quiltmaker talks about making a template, which turned out to be the wrong angle. After all of her hard work, including "I would have to rip apart my work and reuse the pieces. Pressing, marking and cutting every diamond." My question is "why mark anything-it's not necessary."
I enjoyed reading this article, but I could sense the quiltmakers frustration. She did persevere, and she has a beautiful quilt to show for it. But, I'll bet she could enjoy it just as much without all the frustration.
This piece could have been accurately cut and pieced, using strips and the Starmaker 8, in just a few days.
What do you think?On Sale This Week....
Regular price is 14.95, this week only 11.00
Use fat quarter packs, old quilts, feedsacks and scraps. This wallhanging sews up so easy. The flag is a breeze to make and it looks like it waves in the breeze too. Bind it on the curve for added interest. Use on the wall, or for a great patriotic holiday table decoration. Make one for yourself and the other for a friend.
Just add fabric! This pack includes 2 printed interfacing panels to make 2 flags each approximately 24" x 27"
No curved piecing, no inset piecing, just sew on the lines and fuse! Kit contains pattern and enough fusible interfacing for 2 flags!
Brand New!! Sunflower Sky from Happy Apple Quilts.The flowers may be annuals, but this quilt pattern is a perennial favorite. Step by step instructions clearly explain the easy rotary cutting and machine piecing techniques. Pattern also includes hanging sleeve and binding instructions. Large, detailed illustrations with every step. Wall hanging 38" X 38"
- Minneapolis, MN (short seminar) May 20, 2010, register at www.quilts.com
- Reno, NV (short seminar) June 24-26 register at www.qscexpos.com
CO (short seminar) Aug 20-22, 2010
register through www.rockymountainquiltfestival.com
- It's Funny to be Famous register through www.rockymountainquiltfestival.com
- Madison, WI, Nancy Zieman, Sept 10-12, (short seminar), register through www.wiquiltexpo
- Chatauqua, NY, Lecture/Demo/Trunk Show, Sept 24-26, 2010, register at www.millcreeksew.com
- Round Bobbin Sew Fun Cruise, June 5-12, 2011, www.roundbobbin.com
Teacher Certification Classes....
Make a block or a flock of flying geese with this step by step guide to 150 flying geese block designs. This book is based on making flying geese using the Flying Geese x 4 No math ruler (sold separately).And The Survey Says.....
Last week I asked for your input as to what new items you'd like to see in our store. Here are the results:
- #1 Tablerunners
- #2 Bags and Purses
- #3 Table Toppers
- #4 Themed Projects
- #5 Traditional Rather Than Contemporary
- #6 Patterns Rather Than Books
- #7 Wearable Art
- #8 Wallhangings
- #9 Quick To Quilt for Gifts
- #10 Small Baby/Children Throws and Lap Quilts
Thanks to everyone for participating!
Show and Tell....
Send me your Show and Tell pictures and stories (50 words or less, please)
Tips From Our Readers....
I recently needed to sew on some Velcro circles, they call them coins. So small and so many to do, I was sick of constantly lifting the presser foot and re-adjusting the project. My machine has alphabet letters programmed in so I found the letter "O" and it worked out perfectly to secure the 'coin' and I didn't need to move the fabric once.
We want your tips....
Do you have a special little tip that has worked for you, that you'd like to share? We are always open to new things and would love to hear about them! Just e-mail your tip to me at the address below, and it will find a place in our newsletter! terrye@...?subject=sharewithus
- New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Sunflower, Paducah, KY, March 19-June 15, 2010, http://www.nationalquiltmuseum.org
- Imagine Hope, Paducah, KY, April 9-May 25, 2010, http://www.nationalquiltmuseum.org
- Quilt Craft and Sewing Expo, Delmar, CA May 20-22, http://www.quiltcraftsew.com/festival-dates.html
- Lansing Area
Patchers-For the Love of Quilting Quilt Show
May 22-23, 2010, The Summit, 9410 Davis Highway, Dimondale, MI, Vendors, 200+quilts, Live Demos, Door Prizes, Silent Auction, Traveling Show, Food Available
Questions? Contact mlitz211@... or threemcginns@...
- Applique-tion Vacation, June 3-7, 2010, Branson, MO, http://www.visitmonow.com/An_Applique_tion_Vacation_p/ccbr001001.htm
- Quilt Questers 20th Annual Quilt Show, held at The Place, 62846 Philynda Loop, La Grande, OR, June 4-5, 2010
- Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Show, June 11-12, 2010, Brainerd, MN, Lots of quilts, vendors, Bet Turning Event, Entertainment, and more, Contact (218) 851-7139 for more information
- Quilt for a Cure Auction at 300-piece North Country Quilt Guild Show, Clayton, NY, June 11-13, http://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Country-Quilting-Guild/145463590571, or 315-649-5990
- North Country Quilting Guild will have a show on June 11-13, 2010 at Clayton, NY, See our web site for more info. www.freewebs.com/ncqg
- Stars Over Abilene 16th annual regional quilt show, June 11-13, Abilene, TX, entries for quilts or quilted items are available online at http://www.abilenequiltersguild.com, or may be picked up at Alton's Sewing Machine Company, 929 Butternut St, or the Singer Sewing Center, 2304 N. 6th St.
- "Selections from the Winterthur Collection", MILWAUKEE, WI, May 22-September 6th, http://www.wtaq.com/news/articles/2010/may/17/milwaukee-art-museum-display-great-collection-earl/
Attention New Jersey, New Mexico and New York... We don't have anything listed for your state. Let us know what's going on!
If you have an upcoming event or show you'd like to post on our events page, just click the link!
Funny Stories From Our Readers....
I was madly hand quilting my quilt for our upcoming quilt show and had completed the outside border and rolled the quilt several times when I came across a thumb tack between the layers. Fortunately, I was able to work it out between the lines of quilting. What a relief. Two days later I came across another tack. This time I only had to take out a few stitches to work it out. I couldn't believe that I had done this. By the time I had finished the quilt I had worked out three tacks. I told my friends at the guild about this and one friend told me that she had quilted a safety pin in, which is still in the quilt. Another told me how her group had quilted a pair of scissors into a quilt and had to rip out one end of quilting to get it out. I wonder how may other people have done this too.
You can't be the only one who's done this! Come on, fess up, tell us about your funny sewing stories!Scissor Tips
As much as scissors cost these days, it's important to know how to care for them the right way. Plus, the better the care, the longer they'll last and the better results you'll get from them! So here are a few tips on how to care for your scissors.
1. Keep your scissors in a cool, dry, safe place.
2. Regularly wipe the blades with a light coating of sewing machine oil, to prevent rust or corrosion. Don't forget a drop where the blades come together by the screw. After oiling, cut on some scrap fabric to remove any excess oil.
3. Your scissors can be washed with soap and water, but you have to dry them thoroughly and oil them too.
4. After each use, wipe off the blades to prevent build up on the blades and screw area.
5. Handle your scissors with care. When you drop them, it can knock them out of alignment, break the tips and nick the edges.
6. Respect your scissors and their uses, they are not for metal, plastic, etc. Keep the ones you use to cut your fabric in a certain spot, and use them for only this purpose.
That's all for this week
Have a great week everyone from
The staff at Kaye Wood, Inc!
Kaye Wood, Inc
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