History of the Penny Rug

Penny rugs were traditionally stitched by thrifty Pioneer, Victorian and Civil War era homemakers. Back in the 1800’s most women had to make the best of the resources that they had, especially when it came to things such as “splurging” on decorations for the home. So, they would keep the small bits and pieces of the wool and felt that they collected from their clothing, hats, coats, blankets, etc., and then use these precious bits of fabric to make beautiful decorations for their homes.

How to keep Triangle Points Pointy

After taking the time to sew crisp and consistent triangles, it would be a shame to lose your points in the seams of your blocks. By following a few helpful hints, you can easily maintain sharp points when sewing the units together. In Martingale's STITCH this! blog, Jenny Cardon shared the following tips from Pat Sloan’s "Teach Me to Sew Triangles"that work for any type of triangle piecing.

Kim Diehl’s Tips for Centering Appliques

A few quick prep steps before beginning to sew results in a more efficient—and more pleasant—experience. Here are some tips from Kim Diehl's book Simple Appliqué.

Murphy's Law for Quilters

Did you know there was a real Murphy? Murphy's Law ("If anything can go wrong, it will") was born at Edwards Air Force Base in 1949 at North Base.  Capt. Edward A. Murphy, an engineer working on Air Force Project MX981 found a transducer wired wrong and commented about the technician who installed it, “If there is any way to do it wrong, he’ll find it.”  The contractor’s project manager kept a list of “laws” and added this one, which he called Murphy’s Law. 

Westering Women

On the last Wednesday of each month Barbara Brackman posts a free pattern and history lesson celebrating the women who walked west on the overland trails in the 19th centuryWestering Women will have patterns for 12" block designs, each chosen for a traditional name that recalls a location along the old trails from the Missouri River to the Pacific coast. The blocks use fabrics from two of Brackman's latest collections - "Old Cambridge Pike" and

Tumbling Pumpkins

Here's our block for the 2017 Wooly Block Adventure!
~~The theme this year is Harvest Time~~

We have kits available for $10.00.

What is Toile?

Recently I was talking with some friends about "Toile" and coincidently ran across this article about the subject that I thought was interesting. Toile fabric, with its bucolic country scenes in contrasting colors, is quintessentially French. It fits squarely into the French provincial style. You may therefore be surprised to learn that it did not originate in France. Rather, it was part of the “Indienne” cottons that were imported from India in the sixteenth century. The cloth was an instant success because it was not only beautiful, but lightweight and washable as well.

Meet Our Outstanding Staff

We thought it would be fun to have everyone on The Quiltery team pick their special sales. Therefore - for six days from July 16-21 -  Ann, Sandy, Carol, Sue, Kim, and Mary have chosen what they want to put on sale. Percentages can vary from day to day - and within each day - but never go below 20%!

Make a Tuffet!

A tuffet is defined as a low stool (think "Little Miss Muffet...") and is a delightful piece of furniture to add to any decor. The variety of design/fabric choices provide you with infinite possibilities. For example, in the tuffet classes we've had to date, there have been tuffets designed for living rooms, for rec rooms, for children's rooms. Once they have taken the class and have learned the process, a number of people are planning to make one or two to use as unique gifts for special people. We have all the parts you need.

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