Monica Schmidt's Blog (6)

2017 Schedule for Arts, Crafts, Teaching & Sharing (ACTS) Ministry

Here is the 2017 schedule for meetings of the ACTS Ministry (Arts, Crafts, Teaching & Sharing) at West Hills Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN.

This is a group of people who get together to crochet, quilt, sew, needle tat, knit, make jewelry, and enjoy each others company. We multiply our joys and divide our burdens while we meet with each other. Many members of this group are not members of this church, as we met through classes that I taught. Beginners in these or other arts &…

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Added by Monica Schmidt on April 18, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Dresden Plate Block of the Month

I plan to reoffer my class to make a simplified Dresden Plate quilt block using machine piecing & applique techniques. Several students have requested this class. I hope to schedule it in August or September, 2015. You can find additional details for this class under My Events in January 2014, where the original sessions were listed. The class will now be 2 sessions of 3 hrs. each, as this is a complicated block using piecing, applique…

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Added by Monica Schmidt on July 6, 2015 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Caution: Be Careful Cleaning Rotary Cutting Rulers

Be careful how you handle & clean your plastic rotary cutting rulers. The grids and markings (on the bottom surface) can be damaged or removed if cleaned with the wrong solvents or liquids.

A friend just tried cleaning rulers with rubbing alcohol, and found that this removed the grid lines from 1 brand of ruler but did not damage a different brand of ruler. (So this can vary between different brands of rulers.)

I recently read that fingernail polish (which may contain…

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Added by Monica Schmidt on May 19, 2014 at 8:04pm — No Comments

New Quilting Group in west Knoxville, TN

I am starting a new group for quilters in west Knoxville, TN, at my church. The first meeting will be Wednesday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (if we want to stay that long). It is at West Hills Baptist Church, 409 N. Winston Rd. (across from the West Side YMCA and behind Toys-R-Us) in room 39. We will discuss when to schedule future meetings, probably once each month. Bring whatever project you want to work on and everything that you need. Also bring a sack lunch &…

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Added by Monica Schmidt on March 28, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Rotary Cutting Tips - Rulers & Blades

I have been teaching quilting for over 2-1/2 years.  Here are some of my tips for more accurate rotary cutting. For those quilters who want their blocks to be "square" and their points to match, it starts with how accurately you cut the fabric. Fabric always has some stretch in it, so you have to deal with that even if you cut perfectly. Applying spray starch to the fabric when pressing it before cutting will help, but that is not a good option if you are doing fusible…

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Added by Monica Schmidt on March 28, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Basic Skills Classes for Beginner / Intermediate Quilters

I am offering a progression of basic skills classes for beginning and intermediate quilters. These are Trend classes which I taught at the local JoAnn's craft store(s) in Knoxville, TN. Private lessons are also an option. Most of my students start as beginners, just learning to use the rotary cutter and some just learning to use the sewing machine. Several students have taken my Block of the Month classes in 2013, and their skills are increasing with each class - to become intermediate…

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Added by Monica Schmidt on November 4, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

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