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The Graveyard of Quilt Gadgets

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Every time I go to a quilt show, I find myself joining the crowd of quilters around those booths demonstrating the latest, greatest, “must-have” gadget. We stand there amazed as the fast-talking, fast-sewing demonstrator shows us how this gadget will allow us to save time and effort, improve our quilts and our lives, bring about world peace, and . . . oh, how did we ever live without it?

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Our Emotional Connection To Quilts

Posted by on May 18, 2014 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Have you ever noticed that everybody has a quilt story? Even non-quilters. If you bring up the subject in a group of people or if you’re working on a block somewhere in public, people start telling you about quilts they’ve known and loved.

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Knowing When to Leave Your Quilt Guild

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Sadly, we sometimes find that a guild or a bee we’ve been a satisfied member of for some time has become more of a chore than a pleasure.  We start finding excuses not to go, but we still hang on as a member because we remember how we used to love it.

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Quilters’ Inspiration All Around Us

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Inspiration is “any stimulus to creative thought or action,” according to Webster’s Dictionary, and clearly any of us can be inspired in many ways as quilters.

Major sources of inspiration for creative artists throughout history include natural surroundings, life experiences and cultural traditions.  Quilters can use these inspirations just as painters or sculptors do – sometimes with literal interpretations like realistic flower appliqué, or sometimes with an abstract work in sunset colors.

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Changing Quilts in Mid-Stream

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

It occurred to me the other day that very few of my quilts have ended up the way I planned them when I started out, and that the ones I’m most proud of are the ones that veered most from their intended plan.

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When Your Honey Hates Your Hobby

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

As I’ve said before, my husband is a “quilting enabler” and I love that he supports my quilting passion as he does, but I’ve been thinking lately about the plight of those quilters whose spouses are unsupportive, dismissive, complaining, or outright angry about their quilting hobby.

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10 Ways Quilts Are Like Babies

Posted by on May 12, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

  1. They’re all beautiful.
  2. They come in all colors and sizes.
  3. They’re irresistibly soft and cuddly.
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If You Quilt It They Will Come

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Have you noticed the unique phenomenon that happens whenever you have a quilt nearly finished?  The perfect owner comes forward for it.

I’m a quilter. I’ve been a quilter for many years, but I don’t have a quilt on my own bed; I blame the “if you quilt it, they will come” factor for that.

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How Long Did It Take?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

This is a question many crafters dread.  I know I do, but it seems I’m asked it almost every time I give someone a quilt.

“How long did it take?”

If you want to answer it seriously, do you include the years spent perfecting your skills, or the weeks or months you may have spent considering the pattern and gathering just the right materials?  Do you add in the months or even years it may have spent as a UFO while you worked on other projects instead?  Do you estimate the number of weeks or months you were actively working on it?

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Is Your Spouse a Quilting Enabler?

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

My husband is a Quilting Enabler.  He wants me to buy the fabrics I love and the latest tools and gadgets.  He likes me to sit beside him on the couch in the evening and see me quilting while he watches TV.  He asks about the latest project or what I’m planning next.  He loves every quilt I’ve ever made – even the ugly ones.

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Are Quilters Extra-Patient?

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

I carry a little handwork bag in my purse, with a block or two to piece or appliqué.  It’s useful for filling some of the inevitable waiting times at the doctor’s office or elsewhere.  It always seems to start conversations.  And those conversations almost always include the statement, “You must be so patient!”

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Why I’m Not Making Quilting Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

A lot of quilters are making resolutions as New Year’s approaches.  They resolve to stop buying gadgets, to use up their scrap bins or to finish all 37 UFO’s.

This year I’m not making quilting resolutions.

It isn’t that I don’t approve of resolutions.  I do.  They’ve been really useful to me in years past.

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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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A New Attitude on Quilt-Giving

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

As gift-giving season approaches, many of us are beginning to consider what quilt to give to whom on our lists.

If you’re like me, you have a small stock of completed quilts, a larger one of completed tops, and a vast number pausing somewhere along the path between an idea and a completed quilt.

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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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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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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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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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