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Appreciate A Teacher

Whether you are a teacher of quilting, sewing, or educating the youth of tomorrow, you are valued. Today culminates the end of Teacher Appreciation Week.  As a 40 year veteran as an elementary classroom teacher in our public school system, I celebrate with my fellow teachers.  Though I retired this past December, my wonderful and …

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Looking for a New Idea for Designing Baby Quilts?

Looking for a New Idea for Designing Baby Quilts?
Designing your next new idea for baby quilts can be the hardest part of the process of making a special newborn baby gift or maybe a baby shower gift for that special mother-to-be. However, where do those original designs, color patterns, or unique heirloom quality unique handmade baby quilts emerge?

Designing a New Baby Quilt

Ready, set, go… It is not a race when I set out to design a new baby quilt.
Before I decide how I want my next baby quilt to look, I pull out the quilt books on my shelves, the magazines that I have sitting just waiting for me to leaf through their pages, and check out some of my patterns that I have saved either in boxes or on the computer files.

Quilting Designs on a Baby Quilt

Congratulations! You finished your baby quilt top. The fabric and colors are superb and match perfectly with the baby’s new room. Now it is time to do the hand quilting. But the dilemma is in choosing the perfect design. After the hours and time spent on the baby quilt top, the design of the hand quilting must be just right. But where to start?

Beginners Guide to Quilting

Would you like to transform ordinary fabric into a handmade quilt and get starting in quilting today? Have you been searching for a how to quilt resource specifically for beginner quilters that makes learning the steps and techniques of quilting easy? I have found a great resource just for you, “The Beginners Guide to Quilting.”. …

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Good Friends: Like Handmade Baby Quilts

“Good friends are like baby quilts, they never lose their warmth.”

Despite the long day at the job that pays the bills, taking time out for my craft group each week is a must. This group of wonderful ladies has been meeting each week with our crafts. There are a variety of talents being showcased from hand quilting to rug making, from crocheting to knitting and even cross stitching to mending. But whatever each chooses to bring with them that evening to keep their hands occupied, the room is always filled with the spirit of friendship and the joy of being out of the house without the kids and husbands for the night!

Any Day Spent Quilting Is a Good Day!

“Any day spent quilting is a good day!”

With teaching during the day at school, there are few hours left in the evening to enjoy my craft of handmade baby quilts. Yet I know what all quilters know and that is that any day spent quilting on my baby quilts is a good day. The time spent with needle and thread is more than often done in the solitude of my sewing room, when the peace and quiet after the busy day is a welcome relief.

Hand quilting on my baby quilts is a decorative form of sewing, a simple technique, that

Speaking the Language of Quilting

As a new school year is about to begin, I am preparing my classroom for my 38th year as a classroom teacher. Teaching our young men and women has been, next to raising my own family, the most rewarding experience of my life.

Many of our students come into the classroom today speaking languages that are not only different than English, but though beautiful to hear cause the child great hardships in classroom. Each needs to learn the basics of the language before the content can be mastered.

The same would be reflected in the quilter’s world. If you come to the world of quilting as a sewer, many of the following terms will sounds familiar. Sewing is not the basic class for quilting, so the following definitions will make it easier to understand the world of the quilter and the language that they speak.

The Best Things In Life Are Quilted

“The best things in life are quilted.”

Over the weekend I spent countless hours quilting, my passion, or blogging on many of the wonderful quilting sites on the Internet. Since quilting is a pastime that is done in solitude most of the time, taking time to observe the wonderful and beautiful artistic and colorful designs of those who have placed their work on the Internet for the world to see has been a marvelous outgoing experience.

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