Tip of the day: Some folks like to put their ironing board next to their sewing table, low enough to iron while sitting, so they can sew and iron without ever standing up. However, I like to get up and walk to my ironing board and give my muscles a good stretch every now and …

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Hello friends and fellow quilters, As many of you know, exciting things have been happening in the Smith household over the past half year. We welcomed our second child, Sapphire, into our lives on August 17. She is a “woman” with a voice and is already keeping Billy (my DH), Sammy (our 3-year-old) and myself …

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At market I went to dinner with my friend Pati Fried of Red Thread Studios (http://www.patifried.com). After a lovely Greek meal, we got down to shop talk. Pati, who is a quilter and wonderful artist (we shall see great things from her soon) strongly encouraged me to seek out distributors for my designs. She loved …

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Materials (for each): 2—8.5” squares of Fabric A 1—8.5” squares of Fabric B 1—8.5” squares of Fabric C 1—8.5” squares of Insul~Bright batting (0r a similar product) 2—8.5” squares of muslin (or backing of your choice) Instructions: Make a ‘sandwich’ from 2 pieces of muslin and the batting, muslin pieces facing out. That is, layer …

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TUNA CAN HEXAGON FLOWERSThis technique was taught to me by Broach Winsley, a fellow member of the Cherokee Rose Quilter’s Guild of Douglasville, Georgia. Many thanks, Broach! First, get a tuna can – can be empty (well washed!) or full. In fact, as long as the object is a circle, it does not matter what …

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