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New Museum Opens in Georgia

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Good news for quilters in the Southeast!  The new Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum held its grand opening Sept. 15th at 306 Bradley Street in Carrollton, Georgia.  As the only quilt museum in the Southeastern U.S., the museum plans to focus not only on quilts from Georgia, but throughout the region.

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“Morton Masterpiece” Quilt Contest

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

If you like reproduction fabrics or just want to try to win a $1,000 prize, you might want to check out the rules for the “Morton Masterpiece Contest” sponsored by Andover Fabrics, Jo Morton and Old Country Store Fabrics.

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Croutons Block Pattern

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

This is a great pattern for using up coordinated scraps or jelly roll strips.  Because it’s inspired by the well-known Crumbs block but is based on squares and rectangles, I’ve named it the Croutons block.

This is the same block I’m currently using as the Quiltcentric logo.  It’s simple to make, quick and attractive.

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Announcing the Quilt Guilds Project

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Quilters deserve to quickly find accurate and complete guild information when they want it, not just in the US but worldwide.

There’s a lot of guild information out there, but it’s in bits and pieces all over and much of it is just plain wrong!  I’ve gathered as much as I can from dozens of places and I couldn’t tell you how many abandoned guild links are out there, or how many times a guild website gave updated meeting information that wasn’t reflected in the older sources.

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Testing Your Scant Quarter-Inch Seam

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Quilt patterns are written for a quarter-inch seam, but when you open and press your sewn unit a thread or two width of fabric is lost in the turn of the seam.  For the finished size of the unit to be accurate, it’s important to sew a “scant” quarter-inch seam, one with just a thread or two less than a true quarter-inch wide seam allowance.

A lot of people say accuracy isn’t really that important for piecing – and for some patterns they’re right.  But for a complex block with units that build on one another, those tiny inaccuracies in the seam allowance could mean that the outer pieces of the block don’t fit at all!

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The Return of Quilting Weather

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 | 1 comment

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

It’s fall in Texas.  The temperatures have dropped from the unbearable to the merely uncomfortable and I can start to think about quilting some of the tops I sewed this summer.

I don’t know about you, but this is one of my favorite times of year – the kids are back in school, I have a nice stack of tops to choose from, and the frantic finish-things-up-before-Christmas seasonal rush is still far away.

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Overcoming Color Paralysis

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Shop owners see it – a shopper who steps through the door, shopping list in hand, ready to pick fabric for a new project, but who just can’t seem to choose.  They may freeze and be unable to pull even one bolt to start with, or they pull a dozen bolts and can’t decide among them.

There are just too many choices.  So they can’t make a choice at all.

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