Top 5 Things to Consider When Buying a Sewing Machine

      Is It Cat Friendly? Answer:  That really shouldn’t be a consideration but for cat lovers out there, I’m throwing in this one for free! For the rest of us… Each year the heads of sewing machine industry gather around a large table putting their heads together to generate strategies to lure every …

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Quilting and Social Media

What do quilting and social media have to do with each other? This is no doubt a question you didn’t know needed to be answered until it was asked. The answer has to do with productivity, time management and automation – concepts common in both elements – quilting and managing / leveraging social media.  It …

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Woodland Critters – Climbing a Mountain

  To the Summit and Beyond The past weeks have been a series of many starts and stops.  Like climbing a mountain – taking a break now and then to survey the landscape, catch my breath, plan my next move then climb some more.   Reaching the mountain’s summit and feeling like the descent back …

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Top 5 Reasons You Need a Design Wall

  I’m going to continue to use my Woodland Critters Baby Quilt to demonstrate the necessity of using a design wall with all – or at least most – of your quilting projects. Right now, I have each of the 12 blocks and bazillion pieces for sashing in place, in sequential order and ready for …

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Woodland Critters Baby Quilt – Part 2

It’s Critter Time! Finally, things are beginning to come together – on all levels. I have finished the applique process for all six “Critters” and here is what they look like up on my design wall each patiently waiting to be squared into 10″ blocks. You can review my applique process here or use Erin’s …

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What is a Superior Thread Holder Handy Stand?

    And Do I Need One? In my last post I discussed my “Dream Quilting / Sewing machine” and thought I had covered all its positive elements and functions. However, I did omit one important item – the thread holder. The Juki TL2000Qi is designed to hold the larger spools and cones of thread …

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