2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope you had a lovely start to your week, and that you are still enjoying your summer. Our summer weather seems milder than years past, and I have enjoyed the fact I am still able to walk outside and not feel like I was going to vaporize!

But for those who are enduring the summer heat as best as you can, just know that autumn is coming soon! I am happy to share with you one of my newest published quilt, Farmhouse Comfort. It is in Annie’s new book Quilts for Autumn. You may purchase the book HERE. I actually have two projects in that book.

I have heard from quilters who expressed that they are looking for quilt designs that use fewer fabrics. Farmhouse Comfort uses 3 fabrics!

And that brings up my 2-cents for this week:

Quilts made with solid fabrics are in a class by themselves. Solids are great for striking visual effects in that the colors of the fabric are not “broken” up in anyway as in prints, plus quilts made with solids are perfect for showing off quilted texture! Next time you are at your quilt shop, you might spend a few extra minutes in the solids section?

That’s it from me today — now it’s your turn! Tell me which company (companies) makes your favorite solids!

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely rest of your week!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, another week, another 2-Cent Tuesday! I hope you have been well. I always think the pace of life for me would slow down in the summer, but it seems like every summer is busier than the previous summer.

Today I have a free summer pattern to share with you! Click HERE for pattern download information.

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Now if you have large prints laying around, don’t be afraid to cut them up and use them in a repetitive block layout! The various parts of the prints will be captured in fun and striking ways. See my photo below for case in point!

In using up your large prints that you have collected in your stash will give you an excuse to go fabric shopping!

And that’s my 2 cents for today. Now it’s your turn to share your 2 cents on how to use up large prints!

I hope you have a great rest of your week – and thank you for stopping by!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope you all had a lovely Independence Day weekend. I know it’s over, but if you would like to get a head start on your patriotic projects for next year (haha!), here are a few of my magazine quilts this year!

Quilters World Summer 2021 issue – O’er the Ramparts Quilt

Just Cross Stitch August 2021 issue – O’er the Ramparts Cross Stitched Pillow

American Quilter July 2021 issue – Come Sail With Me

sailboat vintage sailing blue sea ocean clear summer sky

American Patchwork & Quilting June 2021 issue – Summer Sparklers

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So for this week’s 2-cent:

Don’t forget to change out your needle, clean and oil your machine before you start a new project! Well, if you haven’t cleaned and oiled your machine, even if you are in the middle of something, as soon as the bobbin thread runs out, take a break and clean and out your machine. Your machine will thank you! :)

That’s my 2 cents for this week. Now it’s your turn to share your 2-cents on sewing machine maintenance. I hope you have a great rest of your week – and thank you for stopping by!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, it’s Tuesday again! I hope you had a great start to your week. It’s been a busy sort of week, but I did manage to get Scissors & Spools pattern listed in my shop.

Scissors & Spools is a Layer Cake (10″ Squares)-Friendly pattern. The quilt finishes at 46″ x 61″. Click here to purchase the pattern in PDF format. Or, if you prefer the paper format, Fat Quarter Shop has them.

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Did you know this past Sunday was National Sewing Machine Day?

I am often asked what machine I use — I am a Bernina girl, from the very beginning.

But here are my 2-cents on purchasing a sewing machine:

Always test out a machine at a local dealer before you make the purchase. While you are at the dealer, ask as many questions as you can think of! Sometimes, ALL your sewing needs might be met in a mid level model instead of the schnazziest model.

BUT a friendly note of caution – in purchasing a sewing machine, just know that the machine will determine the level of sewing enjoyment. If you end up getting a machine with which you constantly fight, you won’t enjoy sewing as much as if you had gotten a machine that is more collaborative!

It’s your turn to share your 2-cents on purchasing a sewing machine!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely rest of your week!

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If you are looking for a hold all bag for stitching…

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week! I just finished a queen sized magazine quilt. It’s nice to have another one sent off so that I can get to the next on the list. It’s as if my life revolves around “what’s next on the list”, haha. I actually caught myself recently asking my daughter the same thing about her schedule.

I know most of the time I am associated with quilting. But my love for fiber and thread started with hand stitching when I was little. I was intrigued by my aunt who did cross-stitching at the time. Due to the rigorous demands at school, I never did dabble in cross-stitching until I was in college. I have the sweetest memories cross-stitching and chatting into the night with my roommate.

If you are a stitcher, and are looking for a bag that is useful in holding your stitching things, you might be interested in The Supreme Organizer made by Yazzii. Click HERE to read the specs.

The bag folds out like a book.

A book that has may see-through pockets. Here are a few ways the pockets can be used. Definitely for starters, one can use the pockets to organize one’s stitching needles by size. And don’t forget the thread keeps as well!

Then one can use the pockets to organize the threads specific for various projects because I am guessing more stitchers are stitching more than one project at a time! Here might be a handy trick — I actually have multiple spools of the same color if I know if I would like to use the color in various projects. The spools are then group with other spools for various projects. That way I have ALL the colors I need in one place.

The Supreme Organizer has a large pocket that allows the storage of pieces with minimal folding.

This organizer also has two larger pockets that are handy for storing stitching charts. The see-through pocket you see below is sufficient to store a 6″ hoop. If you use a larger hoop, the larger pockets should be able to hold the hoop.

There you have it, my stitching friends! There are so many ways to organize things with Yazzii bags. You might also try using the Yazzii pouches to help you further organizes all your stitching treasures!

Have a great weekend!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, Happy Summer to you! I hope you have been well. We are in the thick of summer at our end now that my daughter has finished her school year. It always takes me a little bit to get used to adjusting having my daughter home from school — now I wonder how I ever got things done work-wise during her pre-school years when we were practically joined at the hip. I guess during the early days, the multiple naps during the day really helped!

This simple red/white large postage stamp quilt was well received when I posted it on Instagram a few days ago. I thought I would repost it here in case you hadn’t seen it. If summer is busy for you, and you still want to sew, this might be a stress-free project for you. Basically, just use charm packs, or cut your stash up into 5″ squares, and start sewing!

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Now for my 2-cents: if you find yourself work with soft yarn-dyes, and want your pinning to be a bit more secure prior to sewing, use fork pins! I found this out working with yarn dyes for an entire quilt this week — my first time!

A bonus 2-cents since I took last Tuesday off: I find that the weave on yarn dyes aren’t perhaps as tight. So, sometimes my stitches come off at the edges. I could shorten the stitch length, but that cause puckering ever so slightly, so, I actually reverse my stitches at the edges to secure them!

Now it’s your turn to share your 2-cents!

Thank you for stopping by — and I hope you have a lovely rest of your week!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, it’s Tuesday again! I hope you are well.

I have another magazine featured quilt to share with you today – Split Decisions in Quilts and More Summer 2021 issue. This one is a little bit out of the box as the quilt only uses 3 fabrics. That almost never happens. But do stay tuned, in a few weeks I hope to share with you another quilt that will hopefully make you laugh when compared with Split Decisions.

This quilt uses my triangle tricks that I had share with you in a previous 2-Cent Tuesday post HERE.

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I had shared with you I have a hobbit-hole sized sewing room where I cram every thing sewing/quilting-related into the room so they don’t spill to the other areas of the house. So I have a rather small cutting area. Small cutting area means small cutting mat. Small cutting mat means smaller rulers. Two rulers I can’t live without are: 8″ x 8″ square, and 6″ x 12″ rectangle! I find that I can almost cut any pieces with those 2 rulers. Even when I have to cut a strip that is, say, 3″ x 14 1/2″. I would fold my fabric in half, and cut 3″ x 7 1/4″ using my 6″ x 9″ rectangle. My two cents today is to find your favorite rulers, and use them to fit your circumstances!

That’s it from me today. It’s now your turn — what size(s) is/are your favorite rulers?

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well! The weather at my end has been simply gorgeous, and to the relief of my entire family, our rose bushes are blooming again! I started bringing in the “almost” spent blooms into the house to encourage further flowering on the bushes.

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Because I have a small cutting area, I like to cut pieces from smaller pieces of my background fabric when working on a quilt. I generally work off a 1/4-3/8y of background fabric. That way, I don’t have to deal with a large length of fabric on my cutting table. Now that might mean needing more background fabric in the end, so I always factor in an extra 1/4-3/8y just to be safe. This little trick might come in handy for you if you have a hobbit-sized sewing room, like I do!

That’s my two cents for today — now it’s your turn to share yours!

Have a lovely rest of your week — I am going to “Just Kitten Around”. Pattern in my Etsy Shop. Link below.

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2 + 2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope you have been well, and that your week got off a great start. I do apologize for missing 2-Cent Tuesday last week. Things have been a little bit crazy over here. But all’s well, and so I am not complaining.

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Before I go on, I thought I would share with you news of my First French Feature in the latest Quiltmania magazine. I am very excited about my Cherry Cordials quilt being featured! The quilt traveled to France safely and back. Too bad, the quilt couldn’t put me in its pocket for the travel.

At 95″ square finished, this is the largest quilt I have ever pieced!

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Since I missed last week’s 2-Cent Tuesday, I am going to try to make this week’s 2-Cent Tuesday worth 4 cents!

2 Cent #1. I used strip-piecing to make the 9-patch units in the quilt shown above. In strip piecing, instead of piecing long strips (usually width of fabric or 40-42″), I cut my strips into four sections of 10-11″, and strip piece that way. I find that strip piecing shorter strips keeps me having to deal with wonkiness of the pieced strips. And my 9-patch units turn out looking SO much crisper — and no wonkiness!

2 Cent #2. I told you my Cherry Cordials quilt finishes at 95″ square. I found that fork pins really help with securing the long border strips before I sewed them to the quilt center. Here are two types of fork pins I use. I want to thank my quilting teacher Barbara for sending me the ones in the first picture. I love the “handle” on the pins. They make grabbing the pins super easy. The pins in the second picture are made by Clover. They are a little finer, and VERY sharp. I like them too. So I actually use both types. If you have had trouble pinning long strips, you might like the extra strength of fork pins.

Well, I hope my couple of tricks are worth 4 cents. Now it’s your turn to share your 2 cents, or 4! I want to thank you all again for writing and telling me how you have liked my 2-Cent Tuesday posts! The pleasure is all mine.

Have a lovely rest of your week!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope your week got off a stupendous start! I am catching up on my rotations of quilt projects this week. Click HERE if you hadn’t read my two cents on UFOs.

I often receive questions about if fat quarters can be substituted for the yardages listed in my patterns. I often use FQs for my for-sale patterns when possible, mainly because I like that the use of FQs is an easy way to make a quilt look more scrappy. The other reason is that FQs are much easier to store than fabric yardages.

If you ever wonder about the feasibility of using FQs in any patterns, my two cents on that are to either:

#1. determine first the pieces needed for a particular fabric as indicated in the pattern. Then, use pencil and paper to map out a cutting strategy, and see if all the pieces can be cut from a FQ (18″ x 21″). The following cutting diagram used in some of my patterns gives an idea what you can do:

#2. You can also tape pieces of paper together to make a rectangle of 18″ x 21″, and cut out the pieces as if you are cutting from fabric. That way, you don’t waste an actual fabric FQ!

Well, those are my two-cents for today! Happy Quilting, and I hope you have a lovely rest of the week.

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Here are a few FQ-friendly patterns from my Etsy shop if you are interested. Click HERE to purchase the pattern pdfs.

Stomping Ground:

Basketful of Blessings

Tiddlywinks

Fanciful Floor

Just Kitten Around

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, it is 11.30pm my time on Tuesday, and it looks like I made our 2-Cent Tuesday party in the nick of time! I hope you have had a good day. First off, a new magazine feature in the Summer 2021 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects! So often browns are used as accent fabrics in blocks. I set out to give the various browns the major role in this quilt design.

And here are my two cents for today: I never cut all my block pieces at one time before sewing. AFTER COMPLETING A TEST BLOCK (always do a test block!), I only cut enough pieces to do the number of blocks in one block colorway. That keep things from being too boring and monotonous for me.

For example, in the brown house quilt above — I would cut enough pieces for one light brown colorway, and sew the pieces together to make the blocks. Then, I cut the second round of fabrics – enough to make blocks of a different colorway, and so forth! I find that I keep my concentration better that way and make fewer mistakes.

And those are my 2-cents for today, now it’s your turn! Happy Quilting, my Friends!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope your week got off a stupendous start! It’s time for our 2-cent Tuesday again! I have another short one for you!

You know how when we make the half-square-triangles, we are supposed to draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the starting squares?

If you have a lot of staring squares on which you need to draw diagonal lines, here is what you can do. You can gather a stack of 4 or 5 squares, and then, use the iron to press a diagonal crease on the stack. Then, it’s like having 4 or 5 squares with the diagonal line already “drawn” with one press. Much faster that way.

I always cut my starting squares at least 1/8-1/4″ larger than the required size. I trim my HST units to size so that I always have squared up HST units.

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If you are looking for a quick HST project — my Tisket, Tasket, Basket throw pillow pattern is in Quilters World’s Summer 2021 issue.

And if you would like to make more blocks for a quilt, I have mocked up two layouts for you!

And that’s my 2-cents for today for HST units — now it’s your turn! Thank you for stopping by, Happy Quilting!

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