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-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, 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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2-Cent Tuesday (delayed again!)

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week so far!

First of all, please allow me to welcome all the new followers! Thank you for following me.

I do apologize for the delayed 2-Cent Tuesday (again!) post for this week. I have used most of last week and this week so far to finalize a few upcoming patterns. Getting a commercial pattern ready always involves a lot of time, hours and hours, and more hours! One of these days, I will share a little behind the scenes with you! I do get to work with two very talented ladies who make my pattern look they way they do. I am most grateful to them.

My BEARING GIFTS pattern is ready, and you may purchase the pattern or kit from Keepsake Quilting by clicking HERE.

Now, back to my 2-cents for this week. So, I recently made largest quilt ever, with a finished size of 95″ x 95″. Unfortunately, I will have to wait till June to share the quilt. It is quite an exciting project for me, but more about that in June.

Background to my 2-cents: I have to admit sewing the blocks together in order to make the quilt isn’t my favorite thing to do. I like making the blocks, but sewing them into long rows — not so much! Sometimes I also find that long row units tend to be wonky.

2 cents: So, I came up with this little trick. When I look at a quilt layout, I try to see if there’s a way to do a “divide and conquer” on the quilt top construction. That way, I minimize having to deal with long seams.

Here is what I mean — for an 8 x 8 quilt layout as shown in the picture below, instead of sewing 8 rows of 8 blocks and sewing the 8 rows together (8 long seams!), I divide the layout into quarter sections. I make the sections, and then sew the sections together (1&2, and then 3& 4) — and then sew the halves together. By doing that, I only have to deal with ONE long seam (RED line). See how that works? This trick came in really handy when I was working on that 95″ quilt!

You may ask — what if my quilt layout is a rectangular layout? Then, you will have rectangular sections. Premise remains the same.

And that’s my 2-cents for you this week! Now it’s your turn! Happy Quilting, my Friends — I shall catch up with you again!

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Get an early start on your Saturday!

Hello Friends, I hope you have had a blessed holy week. Please allow me to wish you a lovely and blessed Easter!

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If you would like to get an early start on your Saturday, you are welcome to join Pat Sloan and myself watching her new YouTube episode live! The episode is live at 7:15am, but it’s there for you to watch later as well. The link is here: https://youtu.be/-ruB7F4X7mA

It’s a fun chat between friends — so, grab your cup of coffee/tea and spend your Saturday morning with us? Pat is a pro, me — not so much, but do check in and see if you could spot my Asian accent! Do subscribe to Pat’s channel — she always has fun stuff to share!

Have a great weekend, Friends!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope you are well, and are enjoying the warmer weather!

I thought I would put the word out… Blue Beauties is a new quilt kit designed by me for Marcus Fabrics. You may purchase the kit from Keepsake Quilting HERE. The thing is Keepsake Quilting generally only carries a certain number of kits, and once they are gone, they are gone. Over the years, I have many write to ask where they can find kits designed by me that were previously carried by Keepsake Quilting. I always hate to disappoint quilters by telling them the kits were no longer available once Keepsake Quilting sold them out.

So, if you like design and want to make the quilt — pre-order your kit before the kits sell out.

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Back to our regularly scheduled 2-Cents for the week — I always tell my students mastering the curves is the KEY to domestic machine quilting, even longarm too! ONE GREAT WAY to get the brain used to curves is to doodle curves on paper first, and lots of doodling on just a paper pad!

You are more than half-way there once you get the curves down! And that’s my 2-Cents for today. Now it’s your turn!

Thank you for stopping by!

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I am late, I am late… for an important

2-CentTuesday Date!

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well! It’s been a crazy, crazy week so far…. and I totally ran out of time the last few days to make sure I had a 2-Center Tuesday post up for you!

First, please allow me to thank those of you who had written to tell me you are liking my 2-cent posts. I really appreciate you letting me know!

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My 2-cents for this week are safety-related…. way back when I was really really new in quilting, I heard a lady at a club meeting share about using an old prescription bottle (with label removed etc) to store old needles for safe disposal. I remember going home from the meeting, and immediately looked for an old prescription bottle. I STILL collect my old needles that way before I dispose of them.

So, that’s my rather late 2-cents for this week! It’s now your turn… Have a lovely rest of your week, and Happy Quilting!

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I hope you are well! It’s time for my 2 cents AGAIN!

The quilt you see is actually a log-cabin-ish variation that is featured in the March/April 2021 issue of American Quilter magazine. My 2-cents today pertain to sewing narrow pieces like in log cabin blocks. Some would sew the strips onto paper because the paper stabilizes the blocks with narrow strips so that the blocks don’t go wonky. I don’t mind paper/foundation piecing, but I kind of mind having to rip the paper, and paper remnants end up being everywhere. So, for sewing straight and narrow pieces, I actually cut my pieces wider. And then I trim the pieces to size after the pieces are sewn.

For example, the strips are 1″ finished. So, instead of cutting them at 1 1/2″ wide, I cut them at 1 3/4″ – 2″. Then after they are sewn, I trim them to measures 1 1/4″ — because that extra 1/4″ is going to be the seam allowance for the next round of sewing. That way, I also square up my block as I sew.

And that’s my 2 cents for today. It’s now your turn. Thank you for stopping by!

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It’s for the kids!

Just a quick piece of news! You may now purchase ALL my for-sale patterns in pdf format on Fat Quarter Shop’s website. They have paper patterns for some of my patterns, but not all. So, if you haven’t seen the full offerings of my for-sale patterns, check them out HERE.

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Now back to what this post is about… baby quilts, kids quilts, child quilts!

Kids are fun, and that’s why so many of quilters love baby/kids quilts designs!

Of course, there are the panel quilts that are super quick and easy to make. The following quilt has zero piecing! It’s just a panel that I made happen solely by free-motion quilting on it.

Then, there are child quilts that require just a bit more piecing. Recently, two of my kids quilts designs are included in Annie’s Fast & Fun Quilts for Kids. The book is available or purchase HERE.

First up is my jigsaw puzzle quilt.

Then, there is my Pick Up Sticks child’s bed quilt.

And I just released my Duckling, Duckling, Go pattern. Fat Quarter Shop has both paper and digital patterns! Click HERE to order. I do have to note that the paper patterns are just now shipping to the distributor, so there will be a little lag time getting to shops. You may also purchase the pattern in pdf format directly from me HERE.

I know my quilting teacher Barbara has blessed many many many babies with baby quilts! I always think of the silent prayers uttered by the quiltmaker for a child when she is making that quilt for the special child; and one day, that quiltmaker will be recognized in heaven for being a prayer warrior for that child!

Tell me about the baby / child quilts you have made – I would love to hear them!

Thank you for dropping by! I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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2-Cent Tuesday

Hello Friends, I am back again for 2-Cent Tuesday. I hope you are doing well. March is national quilting month, and I hope you are enjoying working on your WIPs, and even new projects! Here is a quilt recently returned to me from an editor – Sudley in Spring. This quilt is featured in a new Fat-Quarter-Friendly pattern book. You may purchase the book HERE.

My two-cents today will be short. It’s something I just started doing recently. I don’t know why I hadn’t done so earlier before.

Go ahead and label your BACKGROUND FABRICS (white/cream/neutral solids) leftover from projects because — there is white, there are snow white, cream white, parchment white; and there is also ivory white!

WRITE DOWN on your labels: Fabric Manufacturer and Sku identification.

For the longest time, all my leftover cream and white and light gray yardages were just thrown into a bin after I complete my quilts. While cleaning out my bin recently, I was overwhelmed by the various whites and creams that had accumulated over time with me not know what fabric is which.

I have a few go-to whites and creams, and chances are you do too. The good thing in labeling your background fabric leftovers is that you might accumulate various leftover yardages of a certain background fabric over time, enough to make an entire quilt without having to purchase any background fabric!

That’s my two-cents for today — it’s now your turn!

Have a lovely rest of the week. I will try my best to visit with you again before the end of the week. Happy Quilting.

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