Pressing Q & A

WHICH BRAND OF IRON IS THE BEST? Any brand of iron that gets hot and stays hot.

SHOULD YOU USE STEAM? Steam is a personal preference. Use steam, OR if you like to use a dry iron, keep a spray bottle of water handy for those stubborn creases.

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. 

A 2016 Row-by-Row WINNER!

CONGRATULATIONS TO DAWN PAUL FOR BEING OUR 2016 WINNER!

Her nine rows come from the following shops:

Bouquet (Month 9)

The Sew-Along for creating the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt continues with the Bouquet block...a bouquet of flowers that probably bloomed where Esther lived.

3-YARD QUICKIES

   All these patterns can be made with rolls of three (3) coordinating fabrics that are one (1) yard each. Click on the picture to download the pattern. 

5-YARD QUICKIES

  All these patterns can be made with rolls of five (5) coordinating fabrics that are one (1) yard each. Click on the picture to download the pattern.

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

Red/Pink Tulip (Month 5)

The Sew-Along for creating the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt continues with the Red/Pink Tulip block. Each month, Doreen Johnson and Dawn Ronningen present a block from Esther Blair Matthew's original quilt made in 1858. (There are 25 blocks in the quilt, but only 22 different designs as several are repeated.) The goal of this Sew-Along, which is free, is to introduce the world to Esther Blair Matthews and her legacy quilt and to share helpful tips, techniques, and fascinating historical narratives about each botanical block.

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