Secret Santa

We will have all year to prepare packages for our Secret Santa quilter. Tutorials for gift item ideas will be posted. We can share photos of items we've made or ideas for gifts. Share if there is a fabulous sale going on so we can take advantage of sale prices to purchase gifts. We will fill a medium Priority Mail box with lovely and fun gift items for that special Secret Santa quilter. Come join us!

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Christmas in July Tea Towel Contest

This is where you should post your tea towel photos for the Christmas in July contest. All entries must be submitted no later than July 16. Judging will be July 16-20 via pm to Linda. Winner will be announced July 21 after votes are counted. Good luck everyone! Can't wait to see the photos!!

Mary A. tea towel....

Kathy C. tea towel....

Ginny's tea towel....

Kathy G's tea towels....

Linda's tea towels...

Mary's towel....

Kathy M's tea towel....

Wilma's tea towel....

Discussion Forum

Me too!

Started by Kathy Cassidy Jul 15, 2017. 0 Replies

I have finished my towel, too.  It was fun to play around with a small project.   I hope I posted this correctly!   Kathy C.…Continue

Finished my towel...

Started by Wilma Schirra-Kays Jul 11, 2017. 0 Replies

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Comment by Beth A. North on September 7, 2017 at 4:48pm

So glad someone likes that hand piecing with fabric and paper.  I tried it once.  I have one little piece that is great as my coaster.  I can say I tried it and know I would not do it again. 

Yeah, that add stuff.  It is my world as well. 

Comment by Chris Michelle on September 7, 2017 at 3:15pm

Are you interested in or currently a fan of English Paper Piecing? Is there a shape or pattern you would like to try or a set of acrylics you need for a project. (for example, New Hexagon or Millefiori) or other supplies you can't get enough of.

I like EPP. I have several projects started. I like the LaPassion pattern and have bought the Accuquilt Go for cutting my papers and fabrics. LOVE IT! I have the templates and papers for the Millefiori quilt but have not started that and have completed 3 rosettes on the New Hexagon quilt. (What can I say I have quilters Attention Deficit Disorder...) One can never have too much glue or thread for these projects. Also, handy storage options for hand quilting are always welcome.

Comment by Beth A. North on September 7, 2017 at 12:21pm

Silk thread is fabulous to use for applique.  It is fine enough that it just hides.  I use it for machine applique. 

My applique is machine 99%.  That "hand" stuff is not my thing.  If it can be done by a tool or machine, lets do it.  Been interested in trying the appliquick tools.  They say they work like a charm for those of us with issues on applique.

I like the new Quilters Select Rotary Cutter is fabulous.  I have gone thru so many Fiskars and Olfa cutters, that I had to do something else.  It is easier on my shoulder and hand.  You get a chance to try it, do so.  I like the rulers also.  They have a matted side and really holds the fabric when cutting.  Still partial to my accuquilt for hst and certain shapes. 

As for my favorite bonding agent for applique, I am a Steam a Seam Lite girl.  Some have issues with it, but it always seems to work for me. 

My favorite scissors are the Kay Buckley.  Now I did buy an expensive pair from Becky Goldsmith and they are super cool.  They are Kai with the serrated edge.  They really do cut better than the Kay Buckley, but pricey. 

Comment by Mary Moore on September 7, 2017 at 12:04pm

I do old fashioned needle turned applique, and with that elephant quilt coming on  I could use gray thread and some good longer needles.  They say to use silk thread..but I've never tried it.

These Questions are great!

Comment by Kathy on September 7, 2017 at 8:05am

I don't do a lot of applique, when I do I usually use a very light interfacing sewed to the front and then turn and machine sew.

Just got the pattern Luminary by Jamie Swanson, I'm trying to figure out how to make it larger than a 42 x 55.

Comment by Linda Koller on September 7, 2017 at 12:56am

Funny, Mary!!! LOL

I love raw edge and machine applique! I use a ton of wonder under (or heat 'n bond). As a matter of fact, I've come to the end of my packages would be greatly appreciated. I have more patterns than I'll ever use. Plus, I create some of my own using coloring books and children's books. If I see something that I think would be a good applique, I will draw it. I don't care for hand applique mostly because my hands cramp. I use used dryer sheets for stabilizer since I can't afford to buy stabilizer. My small curved scissors were ruined when I was in the nursing home. I used them to trim appliques and the stabilizer from the back. They were about the size of embroidery scissors. I loved them.

Comment by Chris Michelle on September 6, 2017 at 7:01pm

I forgot to answer the rotary cutter question...

I have 3 different 45 rotary cutters, Olfa, Martelli and Fiskars. I pretty much only use the Olfa and Martelli and can always use blades for that. I also have an Olfa 60 cutter that I really like for cutting several layers at once.

Comment by Chris Michelle on September 6, 2017 at 6:59pm

Do you applique? What style is your favorite? Are there supplies you use for your applique that you can never have enough of? Is there a pattern you have been considering purchasing but haven't made the purchase yet?

I have only done machine applique with fusible heat n bond so far. I like this method but have recently decided to try my hand at hand applique. I bought the appliquik rods a while back and am going to try using those. I am working on the Baltimore Christmas pattern currently...go big or go home...and have started the center Santa block. I could use some 12 wt thread for this project. Also always need glue pen refills.

Comment by Mary Moore on September 6, 2017 at 4:34pm

Are we supposed to change rotary blades???

Comment by Linda Koller on September 5, 2017 at 11:26pm

I have so many rotary cutters, mostly Fiskars, 45 blade. My favorite rulers are 6x24 and 6-1/2 square and 12-1/2 square. I have others but I use these 3 all the time. Can't think of any that I'm dying to have. I have the ones I want.


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