Seeing Stars: Books, Blogs, and Quilts with Barbara H. Cline
4.30.2016

As a quilt designer and teacher with 35+ years of experience, Barbara H. Cline knows her quilts. She uses her experience to inspire and instruct fellow quilters on her popular blog, QuiltinGal, gives various lectures at shops throughout the world, and has published four quilting books in the past six years. Her newest book, Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars, focuses on the process behind the creation of a beautiful quilt, including how to impart your …

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Stains and Spiders: A Product Review
4.28.2016

Judy is our resident merchandising manager and storyteller, two roles she frequently combines with great effect. At our last meeting, she shared a story that was both a product review and a hilarious personal anecdote that left us rolling.
This is her story.
The Set-Up:  My husband was in the bathroom putting some greasy ointment on our dog’s ear. I was going to bed. As I pulled back the covers before climbing in, a BIG, black, thick-legged, sturdy-looking spider took off running …

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Beginner’s Luck: A Hand-Quilted Rainbow Coaster
4.18.2016

Though I’m not the most experienced quilter (or sewer, for that matter!), I really enjoy creating things I can use to decorate my house or gift to the people I care about. Not only does the ability to give something that comes from my heart make me feel good, but seeing the improvements I make each time I pick up a needle and thread is icing on the cake! As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t use a sewing machine (for …

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Book Review: Scrap-Basket Strips & Squares
4.14.2016

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I love looking through Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares because the projects have a good balance between modern and vintage-esque fabrics–and the yardage requirements are listed for both precuts and stash options. Kim Brackett’s quilts have a fun optical illusion to them. The blocks seem to appear to overlap and give dimension to the patterns. This book has clear instructions and illustrations …

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