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Ways to Store Quilting Rulers

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

We were discussing the problem of ruler storage recently in one of my quilting groups.  It’s a common problem since most of us have quite a few rulers we’d like to keep handy and together, but at the same time our sewing room space is limited in various ways.

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Making Long-Lasting Kids’ Quilts

Posted by on Aug 4, 2013 | 1 comment

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Kids love their quilts.  They sleep with them, snuggle with them, play pretend with them and drag them everywhere.  As a quilter, you can be proud you’ve made a quilt that’s so well-loved, but it’s an unavoidable fact that this kind of love wears quilts out. 

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How to Make a Pillowcase

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

This tutorial presents a great method for sewing a pillowcase that has no exposed raw edges.

To sew a standard-size pillowcase you’ll need 7/8 yard of cotton print fabric for the body of the pillowcase and 3/8 yard coordinating fabric for the band.

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Making Quilts Kids Will Love

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Quilters make a lot of quilts for kids, whether those kids are members of their own family, the child of a friend, or a total stranger.  No one loves a quilt more than a child does, but by using these tips you can increase the kid-appeal of your next kid’s quilt.

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“Technicolor Dream Quilt” Pattern

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Materials Needed:

2 yards colorful scraps, jellyrolls or yardage in at least 8 different colors or prints

1 yard black for inner border and binding

1 ½ yards for outer border

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How to Attach a Quilt Label

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

One of the quilting forums I visit regularly recently had a discussion of the various ways we attach quilt labels.

Some of the concern is because rumor says labels are often removed from stolen quilts before the quilt is sold, so many quilters want to make that more difficult for any thief.  Even if you’re not concerned about theft, labeling your quilts is a good practice in case they’re ever lost or just for your own information.  (“What year did I make that one?”)

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How to Piece Patterned Fabrics

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Sometimes when you’re cutting from fabric that should be just barely big enough you make a mistake or you find out there wasn’t quite enough fabric after all and you’re left with only scraps to try to eke out an extra piece or two.  All you can do is piece the scraps together as best you can.

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Quilters’ Pressing Guidelines

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

 Pressing is an important part of quilt-making and following a few guidelines can make a real difference in the way your quilt turns out.

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What Makes a Modern Quilt?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Modern quilting’s fresh approach to a traditional craft has led to a rapidly-growing international movement with over 100 guilds and thousands of enthusiastic modern quilters worldwide.  As I enjoyed the quilts on display at QuiltCon, I pondered what made them so different, appealing and “modern”.

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Documenting Your Quilts

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

How many of your quilts or other craft projects have you given away without even keeping a photo?  Have you ever wished you could remember what kind of batting you used or where the pattern came from?

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How to Keep Your Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric 

Making resolutions is easy. Keeping them is hard.

Most of us rely on willpower to make the life-changes we’re demanding of ourselves, and willpower alone tends to slip after a while – usually before the new behavior is a habit.

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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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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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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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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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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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