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In Praise of White-Glove Ladies

Posted by on Oct 13, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

All around the quilt show, the white-glove ladies are the helpful angels who allow the curious to see the secrets on the back sides of the hanging quilts.

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Quilting by the Surfer Code

Posted by on Oct 13, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

I happened across an interesting WikiHow article the other day called “How to Live the Surfer Code” and I’ve been thinking about how the life lessons in the Surfer Code can also apply to quilting.

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Croutons Wallhanging Instructions

Posted by on Oct 6, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

This project requires 9 Croutons blocks.  If you missed the instructions on how to make them, check it out here.

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Book Publisher Looking For Traditional Quilts

Posted by on Oct 6, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Do you make traditional quilts?  Want to have one featured in a book?

Lark Books, a publisher of craft books, is looking for photos of “masterful traditional quilts” to publish in an upcoming book to be titled Showcase 500 Traditional Quilts.

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How to Ruin a Quilt Show

Posted by on Oct 6, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

(Ruin it for the other people attending, I mean!)

  1. Criticize the quilts aloud as you view them.
  2. Drag a rolling cart or case to trip others.
  3. Dominate the time of the white-glove ladies by asking to see the back of every quilt.
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Are Your Quilting Things Insured?

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

I started thinking about the hundreds or thousands of dollars in equipment and material we quilters, and others who sew, have sitting in our sewing rooms.  I wondered, also, about the many quilts we probably have in our homes.  How do we know whether we’d be able to replace these things in event of a fire or other catastrophe?

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Charity Quilting: The Heartstrings Quilt Project

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

If like most quilters you have overflowing scrap bins and the vague idea you should do something useful with them, but may not have the time or desire to make a whole charity quilt yourself, the Heartstrings Quilt Project may be perfect for you.  I’ve been a member for years.

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Pfaff Contest for “World’s Most Creative Sewer”

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The Pfaff company is celebrating its 150th anniversary by throwing a contest!

“The World’s Most Creative Sewer” contest asks you to upload one or more photos of your most creative sewing projects.  They’ll display the entries on the website until the end of the month, while they’re voted on by site visitors.

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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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My Top 10 Reasons to Acquire a Fabric Stash

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 | 0 comments

By Jo Sewinggeek

(Not in any order, just random — like my stash, sewing room and mind.)

  1. Non-fattening
  2. Doesn’t harm my body
  3. Keeps me warm in a power outage in the middle of a winter storm.
  4. Gives my non-quilting friends a feeling of security. They think that they are normal compared to me.
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How to Beat Quilter’s Block

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

It’s happened to all of us at some point: even though we like to quilt, and want to quilt, and maybe even need to make a quilt, for some reason we just can’t seem to sit in that sewing chair and actually work on something.  It can go on for days, weeks or even months and the frustration can just keep mounting as the desire to quilt fights with the inability to actually do it.

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Quilters’ Back-to-School Shopping

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

I still get excited by back-to-school shopping time.  I always loved going to pick out just the right notebooks and getting new pencils and crayons, and this time of the year the urge is still strong to visit the office supply store and check out the new offerings – so this week I did just that, focusing on the supplies that would most appeal to quilters.

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Courses at the Quilt Police Academy

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

  1.  Criminal Offenses:  Use of 100% cotton is required by statute on all quilt components; finished quilts must be hand-quilted at 12 or more stitches to the inch; non-compliant quilters will be subject to verbal abuse by the investigating officer.
  2. Traffic Violations:  Turned/”birthed” or tied comforters, panels and “cheater cloth” are not quilts at all. Officers will learn to identify and educate offenders.
  3. Parking Enforcement:  No quilter shall create UFO’s; each quilt must be completed before another is begun. Innocent intent or ignorance of the law is no excuse.
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A Visit to the Texas Quilt Museum

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

My husband and I recently drove to La Grange, Texas to visit the Texas Quilt Museum and see their latest show, “Texas Quilts Today (Part 3) Selections From the Book Lone Stars III.”

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Great-Grandma’s Sewing Basket

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

I wanted to share a photo of a special family heirloom I received a few years back – my Great-Grandmother’s sewing basket.  I inherited it from a great-aunt who passed away, as I was the only one of the great-nieces who sews. And I’m so pleased it came to me!

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How Good Is “Good Enough”?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

There are quilters who make only heirloom quilts, who won’t tolerate a single blunted point or unburied knot, and there are other quilters who happily wave back at their wavy borders and quote their motto, “If you can’t see it from the back of a galloping horse, it’s good enough.”

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