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Let the Quilt Guide You

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

My husband laughs when I tell him my quilts-in-process speak to me, but it’s true.  If I listen carefully as I work on them, they usually tell me if what I’m doing is right or if I need to change a color, a planned border or layout, if I need to add appliqué or make some other change.  I almost never end up with the quilt I first envisioned.  But guess what?  The quilt I end up with is better than the one I started to make!

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10 Reasons to Enter a Quilt Show

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

  1. Yes, you are that good!
  2. It will increase your confidence in your quilting ability.
  3. It’s a good way to support your guild.
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AIDS Memorial Quilt Turns 25

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was first conceived during a candlelight march in remembrance of assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.  AIDS activist Cleve Jones asked marchers to write on signs the names of loved ones lost to AIDS. 

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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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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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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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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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