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The Attraction of Obnoxious Fabric

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 | 0 comments

By Joy Lamphere, guest author

While happily browsing the shelves of the quilt shop, petting all the lovely fabrics, have you ever encountered a fabric that made you wonder what the designer was thinking? In your stash do you have a fabric that refuses to play nice with the other fabrics and settle down in a quilt? Has the rest of your stash moved on while that one cut just sits and festers? You may have encountered an Obnoxious Fabric.

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10 Ways to Shrink Your Fabric Stash

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

  1. Make a dozen coordinating napkins.  These make a great housewarming or hostess gift.
  2. Throw pillows are a quick and easy project.  Make several sets so you can change them out frequently.
  3. Sew gift bags, either for holidays or other occasions. They’re pretty and re-usable.
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Free Patterns from Fabric Companies

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

If you’re looking for free quilt patterns or inspiration, you should keep the quilt fabric companies in mind.  A lot of these companies pay top designers to produce patterns to show off their latest fabric collections.  And they’re free to use whether you’re buying the fabric or not!

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How to Tame Scrap Mountain

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

We all know there’s no way to buy “just the right amount” of fabric.  Even if you’re working with a published pattern and buy the exact amount specified, you’re likely to have extra since many designers add in a bit for shrinkage, mis-cuts, etc.  But the only thing worse than having extra is to run short, so a lot of us buy extra “just in case” – so we end up with even more leftovers!

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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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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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