quiltHacks - Jess

The Quilt and Needle originated in the creativity and energy of designer Jessica J. E. Smith. Inspired by her experiences as a new mother and after leaving a career at a non-profit international agribusiness group, Jess started her home-based business in the summer of 2007.

Since then, Jess has developed, hosted, and taught more than 30 successful mystery programs that focus on helping quilters overcome self-imposed limitations. Between mystery projects, she works with various fabric designers and manufacturers to design custom projects for new fabric lines. Her digital and paper patterns can be found in our online store and in quilt shops across the globe.

**This post first appeared on QuiltWoman.com; it is reposted here with permission. It’s binding time! You’re in the home stretch…your quilt is almost finished…if only the binding would behave itself! How many times has your binding become twisted as you roll it around your hand or a cardboard tube for easy handling? Or come unrolled …

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It’s day six of quiltwoman.com‘s first blog hop and time for a quilt hack! Excited about the “water” theme for this hop, we pulled out an old work-in-progress-pattern, Deep Blue Sea. This pattern presents several opportunities for great tips and tricks. Having recently discovered a new quilt hack that uses everyday household items to make our applique …

Continue reading machine applique hack – dryer sheets and chopsticks