Whether you are a master quilter, a beginner or still just thinking about starting to quilt, we're glad you found onemorequilt. No matter what your level of quilting, it is our hope that you will share your tips, techniques, pictures, stories, successes, mistakes, questions, answers, advice, ideas, favorite tools/notions, and love of quilting will all of us. We can all learn from each other and perhaps, if we're lucky, enjoy a laugh or two along the way!!

New Life to an Old Quilt

It happens to every beloved quilt. We love it and use it until it becomes thread bare in places, the binding is rubbed and worn to shreds, the batting seems non-existent in spots and some of the original quilting has disappeared. Most of us do not want to get rid of such quilts. To us they are the most comfortable, cozy, snugly and soothing blankets we own. Perhaps these quilts belonged to or were made by a loved one and hold special memories of that person (My "Froggy Quilt" is one of the first quilts I quilted on my long arm machine.

Peep Holes etc...

I am a gadget nut!!! I love to have and use every tool and gadget that I can get my hands on. I have to have multiples of some. I have several rotary cutters (after all they come in different styles, sizes and colors) and I have quite a collection of scissors ( I have a seldom seen buttonhole scissors and another designed especially to cut knit fabrics ). If someone sells a tool for quilting...I have to have one, (or more )!!!

To Wash Or Not To Wash

I am often asked whether or not you really have to wash and iron all of your fabric before working on a quilting project. This topic has sparked many hours of conversation and sometimes arguments amongst quilters.

In the days of "utilitarian" quilting, washing fabric was not an issue. People seldom had money to buy new fabric for quilting projects. Quilts were made from pieces of fabric salvaged from worn clothing so they had already been laundered many times. When quilts were made it was because people needed blankets, not for hobby. Design was an added bonus!

Crayola Fabric Crayons

Mother Nature certainly has a sense of humor. We could finally see the ground again. The temperature finally reached double digits. I could walk the puppy without wearing snow boots and a scarf wrapped around my face.....Tonight, it's snowing again!!!

I spoke briefly in a previous blog about using Crayola Fabric Crayons in my quilt projects at school. I have to let you know I love these things.

Love Is, Romance Is...

Different things for different people. Not only different people but perhaps different for different times of our lives. My husband and I are closing in on our thirtieth wedding anniversary and we had, in my opinion, a wonderful Valentine's Day. We went out for brunch and then went shopping at Menard's. We needed a few things, and got a few more that we didn't really need! When we came home, my husband spent most of the afternoon watching a race ( we're Nascar fans ) and I spent the afternoon working on a quilt.

Extra Blocks = Good Stuff

While sorting and organizing my fabric stash (no small job but oh so much fun to look at, touch and play with) I found some extra blocks (I always buy extra fabric, cut extra pieces and make extra blocks -- I may need help!) from a few large quilts/projects I've made. I save everything and these proved my strategy that "I will need/use that someday".

I had 6 bright colored 12" blocks from one project and matching fabric too. Adding sashings, I sewed the blocks together in a 2x3 grid. A matching frame, a few colorful borders and a new baby quilt was born.

Sick Sucks!!!

I won't brag anymore!!!!! I let the words come out of my mouth and as soon as they had I new it was a mistake! I bragged that I hadn't been sick in a long while and that I hadn't caught Strep Throat for some time. Oh boy. For the last two months I have caught everything that has been going around!!! I teach my students to share... but their germs are not what I had in mind!!!

Resolutions

It's that time of year. Time to make your list of resolutions for the new year. There are only a few days left to finish. Do you feel the pressure??? Don't let the pressure get to you. Instead, make a "doable" list and include a few fun, relaxing, enjoyable things as well. After all, if something is on your list of New Year's Resolutions you really do need to make every attempt to do it! Right?

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of you and your families!!!

Organized Scraps

While it is so close to the New Year, most of us are making lists of New Year's Resolutions. If you are anything like me, your list includes some of the same things every year that I can't seem to do for more than a couple of months (like a diet to shed those pesky extra pounds).

I love making resolutions concerning quilting. Even if I can't keep the resolution all year, it gives me an excuse to work in my studio that much longer while trying!!!

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