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Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3opposite directions when you sew patches orblocks together.Folding the seam allowances in oppositedirections will allow the seams to match upbetter, stay in place as you sew, and give yousquare corners and pointed triangles. Onecaution is that you want to check any seams thathave already been sewn to be sure that the seamallowance continues to face the same directionwhen you sew the other end.Just a Few Simple Techniques Can Turn YourMachine Quilting Nightmare into a BeautifulQuilting Dream Come TrueFrom Puckers and Tucks to... a Smooth BackUnlock the secrets for beautiful machine quilting usingyour home sewing machine by simply watching this videoon your TV or computer.My machine quilting journey began with quilt backingsfull of puckers and tucks. Now, after sorting out hundredsof machine quilting tips, the backs and fronts of mymachine quilted quilts are flat and my quilts are beautiful.Using just a few simple techniques, your machine quiltingwill be beautiful and your quilts will be treasured asmasterpieces for generations. You'll see exactly how tostop and start your stitching, hiding your knots insideyour quilt.Using the techniques presented in Secrets for BeautifulMachine Quilting, your stitches will be even, and yourquilts will be pucker-free!© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 5

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3The reverse side of an Iowa Barn Quilt Block(above). Notice that the seam allowance wherethe blue sky and yellow silo come together, theseam allowance is pressed toward the yellow -even though it is the lighter fabric. This is becauseI wanted the silo to stand out, which will happenwhen the patch has the seam allowance foldedbehind it.less bulk in the tips and lie flatter. The seamallowances in the 4 corner patches could havebeen pressed to either side. As you press yourblocks, you may notice that some seamallowances go naturally to one side. This wouldbe the time to let them face the direction theywant to.As with everything with quilting, these are justguidelines. As you sew your blocks and quilts,some of these techniques won't work, and youwill need to adjust your sewing or pressing to fityour quilt and the look you want.When you press a seam allowance behind apatch, it will stand out from the patches next toit.The seam allowances in this DragonFly block havebeen folded away from the center of the trianglesin the corner patches to allow the points to haveWhen joining patches to previously sewn patches,check to see how the seam allowances have beenfolded in the previous seams, and fold them thesame direction in the new seam. This will makeyour quilt easier to quilt and lay flatter.© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 6

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3You may also consider how you will quilt yourquilt before you decide which direction to faceyour seam allowances. Quilting on top of seamallowances looks different than quilting "in theditch." If you plan to quilt in a grid, you may wantto attempt to keep the seam allowances facingthe same direction along your potential stitchinglines. Your hand quilting will be easier when thereare fewer layers of fabric to quilt through.About the Author: Penny Halgren Penny has been aquilter for more than 29 years and enjoys sharing herquilting knowledge with beginner quilters so they canavoid the mistakes she made as she was learning toquilt.© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 7

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3Embellishments Give Your QuiltPersonalityBy Jan MyersNowadays, embellished quilts are the 'in-thing'.Embellished quilts look very trendy and we canexperiment with a variety of options with whichto decorate the quilts. The primary objective of agood quilt is to keep us warm in bed. But manyfamilies use quilts also to celebrate differentevents of our life like weddings, birth of a baby,Christmas and other festivals and events. Manyare used simply for decorations.There are two important ways to guarantee thatan embellished quilt is attractive to the eye. Firstand foremost, the quilt making has to betechnically sound. If it is not constructed well, nomatter how much we adorn it, the quilt will notlook good and will wear out.Second, we must keep in mind that theaccessories not only make the quilt attractive butalso add weight to it. Thus the foundation fabricor the fabric with which the quilt has beenconstructed, must be strong enough to supportthe embellishments.Lace, Ribbon, Beads or Paillettes, and OtherEmbellishmentsThe list of potential quilt embellishments islimited only by your unique creativity. Followingare just a few of them:o Paillettes - These are small, circular pieces ofluminous metal or plastic sewn on garments fordecoration. They shine wonderfully when theycatch light or sunlight. They can be used todecorate clothes, handbags and accessories. They© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 8

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3are also great accompaniments for crafts such asframes, jewelry, lamps, and more. They are alsofashionable as a knit, crochet and quiltembellishment.o Beads - Beads can be used to add visual appeal.They can be attached anywhere while adorningthe quilt top or block and/or after the quiltsandwich has been created. We can attach thebeads to the top coating or through the top layerand batting or through all three layers aftercreating the quilt sandwich.o Buttons - Buttons can be sewed on in smallclusters to enhance the appeal of a plain area.Buttons stitched onto folded ribbon orembroidery can also go a long way in making yourquilt look exciting.o Charms - Charms have gained tremendouspopularity and can be found in discount stores,jewelry stores, flea markets, garage sales, and allover.o Doilies - Doilies and other specks crochet canplug a plain shape marvelously.o Embroidery - Embroidery can be done with thehelp of floss or silk ribbon. They go a long way inadding a delicate touch to the quilt. We can alsouse French knots for consistency and use outlinestitches to characterize the edges of an area,which might need more focus.o Lace - Lace can be added in numerous ways. Itcan either be stitched on flat or assembled to giveit a full, more three-dimensional look. Lace canalso be used in a pieced seam or inserted underthe rim of an appliqué patch. We can even befasten it on top of a seam to conceal it.Lace can successfully set up a contrast of textureyet is light and appealing to sew. Embellishmentused on top of a lace such as stitching or beadingareas intensifies the visual texture. It creates aintense feel both literally and visually and alsohelps the eye to slow down as it considers thearea.o Ribbon - Ribbons can be added in the shape ofstreamers and bows.However, we must remember that the heavierthe embellishment we use, the more quilting is© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 9

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3required to prevent it from sagging. If the quiltingis not done with care, the quilts will not lie flat.If heavy embellishment is used, hand quilting maymake for a better quilt to avoid ruining theembellishments with machine quilting.Or, for the safety of the embellishments, thequilt, and the machine, machine quilt first, thenembellish.With a bit of care, embellishments can add awhole new personality to your quilt and make it aone-of-a-kind creation.LUDLOW QUILT AND SEWDiscover new and exciting projects to quiltand sew each month with clear and easy tofollow instructions.Visit the website and subscribe to LudlowQuilt and Sew’s free monthly the Author:Jan Myers is the author of numerous articles andbooks on topics from organizational development andleadership to quilting. It was her avocation, the love ofquilting, that inspired the popular online membershipsite for quilters known as the "world’s largest quiltingbee" at© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 10

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Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3Suggestions for a Perfect 12 ½ InchSquareBy Judy BrowndThis article came from our Reader Judy and wethought you'd appreciate her tips too...I am involved in a block of the month, and someof the blocks are, to say the least, a bit smalland/or wonky.When we quilt for ourselves, all the blocks endup the same size and it doesn't matter if they area bit too small. But when doing a block exchange,we really work hard to make the blocks to a 12-1/2" size.When I first started to make quilt blocks thehardest thing was, and still is, to make themsquare and to the right size. The bigger the blockand the more pieces to the pattern, the smaller itgot!Experienced quilters know how to get things towork out perfectly but I am still a novice, so Iknow the things I do are not conventional, andthe Quilt Police will have a field day with mymethods.The main thing I found was that the more piecesin the block, the smaller it became! I must makesure the original pieces are cut to the right size. Ifpieces are off as little as even 1/8", by the timethe block is put together, it will make a differenceand your block will come out smaller than youanticipated.By adjusting your machine's needle needle one ortwo positions to the right, you are making aslightly smaller seam, and it works like a charm.© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 12

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3You will have little or no material to trim tosquare up the block. Experiment with yourmachine’s settings.When making a block with many seams, whenpossible I cheat on the last row. (and it usually ispossible.)For example, a standard log cabin block startswith a 2-½” center square, with 1-½” strips added- 5 strips of each color combination, to make a12-½“ block. At least it is supposed to come outthat size!the fabric store. (And there are more sizes thanthe 12-½”)Mark the CENTER of your square ruler with a redor blue sharpie and draw a circle around the dot.Place the dot in the center of your center square,square up the lines on the template with thepieced block and trim.The main thing you MUST do, is to MEASURE yourblock to make sure it is to size. Don”t guess, anddon't assume it is rightMy solution: I cheat on the last row - cut all fourpieces of that last row 2” instead of the 1-1/2”wide. Then press, square up and trim. Works likea charm and you don”t need to adjust the needleposition.I found that a 12-½” square ruler was aninvaluable tool, the best and easiest way to get a12-½” block to perfect size. They are not thatexpensive when you have a 40% off coupon at© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 13

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3Hints and Tips From BrannieBy "Brannie" Mira-Batemanme, pat me some more, talk to me, pat me again,talk to me, get more food - not much really. Sowhen she gets busy sitting at that little whirringthing that goes ta-ta-ta-ta-tat putting bits of fluffystuff together, sometimes she forgets my dinner!!Usually, I just have to go in and enquire nicelyand she will hop up and feed me. Occasionally itrequires a bit of a smooch on the leg and a ticklewith the tail to get her moving, but the other daynothing seemed to work. On and on she wentgoing ta-ta-ta-ta-tat with the whirring thing and Icouldn't get her attention.I have just discovered a foolproof way to getdinner. I thought I would pass it on to other'quilty-cats' to use when all else fails.My Mum sometimes forgets that it is my dinnertime. She doesn't have all that much to do forme - you know, get my food, pat me, play withFinally I did a very big smooch right down her legand finished with a really hard head butt on herfoot. The whirring thing got louder, the ta-ta-tatatwent real fast and she said "Oh no!!" andjumped up in a flash! Wow that got a reaction!"You can't DO that!" she yelled, but I HAD,apparently! Not sure what I did, but I think it was© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 14

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3pressing hard on her foot that did it. Then shesaid, "All right. All right. I'll get your food while Iam up."At last, I thought. My Dad will be in for his teasoon and I can't smell any of that coming either.Finally my plate was handed down. "Here youare." she said. "Now eat up, and leave me alone."It's nice to know that food is there. I wasn't reallyhungry by then, so I went and sat in front of thewindow to look at the birds while I pondered onmy success.Try it on your Mum if she gets carried away withthe ta-ta-ta-tat thing and forgets the food. It is allto do with priorities. Let me know if it works. Iwant to tell you about fur next time.Love Brannie,the Quilt Block of the Month Club Cat!© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 15

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3What's New from The Fat Quarter Shopby Kimberly Jolly from www.FatQuarterShop.comWe're pleased to be able to bring you a selectioneach month of the Newest Fabric Releases andthe new season fabric "must haves".Find the ultimate pink and brown collection inFaith – Collections for a Cause by Howard MarcusDunn for Moda.Forty-two pieces remarkably reproduced from anantique quilt bring the 1800s textiles to life.Proceeds from the Collections for a Cause benefitnumerous charities, including breast cancerresearch, juvenile diabetes and Quilts of Valor.Faith – Collections for a Cause is available in FatQuarter Bundles, Fat Eighth Bundles, Jelly Rolls,Layer Cake, Charm Pack and yardage. Be sure tocheck out our Moda quilt kit.For more information go to:Faith – Collections for a Cause by HowardMarcus Dunn for Moda© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 16

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3well a complete collection Charm Pack, yardageand coordinating satin trim and woven fabric.You’ll love our cute, exclusive Bunnies & BowsQuilt Kit.Check out this range at: & Will II by Bunny Hill Designs for ModaElegant and playful, meet Lily & Will II by BunnyHill Designs for Moda! Whisper soft shades ofaqua and yellow blend stylishly with chocolatebrown.Bunnies, toile medallions, dots, small flowers andmore offer beautiful possibilities for baby oradult!Lily & Will II is available in two colorway FatQuarter Bundles, Jelly Rolls and Layer Cake, asPom Pom de Paris by French General for Moda© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 17

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3Ever been to Paris in the Spring? If not, here's thesecond best thing - Pom Pom de Paris by FrenchGeneral for Moda!This 40 piece collection is filled with birds, flowersand a French toile print. The fresh color palette ofbutter yellow, pink and red will add a touch ofSpring all year long!Pom Pom de Paris is available in Fat QuarterBundles, Fat Quarter Bundles, Jelly Rolls, LayerCakes, Charm Packs and yardage. Enjoy a Springfling with our exclusive Parisian Romance Quilt Kitand coordinating backing set.View this range at: and Spice by Quilted Fish for Riley BlakeDesignsExuberant splashes of color will appeal to all agesin Sugar and Spice by Quilted Fish for Riley BlakeDesigns. Vibrant turquoise, pink, lime and melonwill brighten your world. This collection offerswide stripes, whimsical flowers, big dots andmore. Sugar and Spice is available in Fat QuarterBundles and yardage.See this range at:© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 18

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3Fat Quarter QuiltsBy Rose Smith from you find yourself picking up fat quarters of fabric because you love the fabric? Do you then find thatyou're not sure how to use them? Yep, that's me. I have loads of fat quarters that I've picked up overthe years, but somehow they are never quite big enough for any projects that I do. So, I decided that itwas time to think up a fat quarter quilt so that I could showcase some of my fat quarters.I made a lap quilt measuring 40" square using the BuildingBlocks quilt block. I used four fat quarters. Each fat quarterwas used to make one Building Blocks quilt block, one piece ofsashing and the rest was used in 2.1/2" squares in the border.The total requirement for this fat quarter quilt is fourfat quarters, 2.1/4 yards of light fabric for thebackground fabric, 42" squares each of wadding andbacking fabric, four 2.1/2" strips of border fabric.Yes, I know - the backing fabric can be made from one piece of fabric with no piecing!That was an unexpected bonus.In fact, I used three fat quarters and then used another fabric for the fourth quarter sothat I could make the binding from it as well.© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 19

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3The Building Blocks quilt block is a lovely quilt block. It is quitestriking to look at but very easy to assemble - not a triangle insight!To make each Building Blocks quilt block you will need:Dark fabric: 8 strips 6.1/2" by 2.1/2", 16 squares 2.1/2"Light background fabric: 4 strips 6.1/2" by 2.1/2", 20 squares2.1/2", 1 square 6.1/2"The easiest way to make the Building Blocks quilt block is to cut2.1/2" strips across the width of fabric and sew them together asshown: one strip of dark, light, dark fabric and one strip of light,dark, light fabric.The strips of the fat quarters are not full length so I sewed twolengths of fat quarter fabric to one length of background fabric.Cut eight 2.1/2" strips from the light, dark, light strip and four2.1/2" strips from the dark, light, dark strip.Sew three strips together as shown to make a nine patch squareand then repeat the process to make three more squares.© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 20

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3Cut four 6.1/2" lengths of dark, light, dark fabric to make 6.1/2"strip squares.Arrange the Building Block quilt block patches as shown, with anine patch square in each corner, the light 6.1/2" square in themiddle and the 6.1/2" strip squares between all the nine patchsquares.Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and thensew the rows together.Repeat with the other three fat quarters to make four 18" quiltblocks.© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 21

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3Sew one 18.1/2" length of 2.1/2" fabric to the right of one ofthe quilt blocks and then sew a second quilt block to the right ofthe sashing.Sew the other two quilt blocks together with sashing in thesame way.Sew an 18.1/2" strip of sashing to either side of a 2.1/2" squareof the background fabric (using the two colours that youhaven't yet used in sashing). This will be the sashing joining thetwo pairs of quilt blocks together.Sew this strip of sashing to the bottom of the first pair of quiltblocks taking care to match the central block with the sashingbetween the pair of blocks. Sew the remaining pair of quiltblocks to the bottom of the sashing.Sew the remaining strips of the fat quarters and backgroundfabric together in pairs and then cut these at 2.1/2" intervals tomake pairs of squares. Sew the squares together to make longlines of squares for the border. I sewed these togetherrandomly rather than in a fixed order of colours.© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 22

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3Sew a strip of 19 squares across the top and bottom of the quiltand a strip of 21 squares down each side. That's the fat quarterquilt top complete and you should have used up all of the fatquarters. Press carefully on wrong side and on right side.Place the backing fabric right side down, lay the wadding on topand lay the quilt top above that. Quilt and bind.I quilted straight lines across both diagonals to make a crosshatch quilting pattern.There: that’s a few of my fat quarters used up. I’m not evengoing to count how many still to go!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~About the Author:Rose Smith was born and brought up in Zambia in Africa. She moved to the UK when she was 18 and now lives inShropshire, indulging her passion for quilting and sewing.She has sewn all her life - ‘anything that stood still long enough’ in the words of her children - but now finds thatpatchwork and quilting have taken over her life. She indulges this passion by posting patterns and tutorials onher website for all to share.© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 23

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3Poem For Computer Users Over 40(Author Unknown)Every eveningAs I'm laying here in bedThis tiny little prayerKeeps running through my headGod bless my mom and dadAnd bless my little pupAnd look out for my brotherWhen things aren't looking upAnd God, there's one more thingI wish that you could doHope you don't mind me askingBut please bless my computer too?Now I know that's not normalTo bless a mother boardBut just listen a secondWhile I explain to you 'My Lord'You see, that little metal boxHolds more to me than odds & endsInside those small compartmentsRest a hundred of my 'BEST FRIENDS'Some it's true I've never seenAnd most I've never metWe've never exchanged hugsOr shared a meal as yet....I know for sure they like meBy the kindness that they giveAnd this little scrap of metalIs how I travel to where they liveBy faith is how I know themMuch the same as youI share in what life brings themFrom that our friendship grew"PLEASE" Take an extra minuteFrom your duties up above© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 24

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3To bless this scrap of metalThat's filled with so much love!A computer was something on TVFrom a science fiction show of noteA window was something you hated tocleanAnd ram was the cousin of a goatMeg was the name of my girlfriendAnd gig was a job for the nightsNow they all mean different thingsAnd that really mega bytesAn application was for employmentA program was a TV showA cursor used profanityA keyboard was a pianoMemory was something that you lostwith age.A CD was a bank account,And if you had a 3-in. floppyYou hoped nobody found out.Compress was something you did to thegarbage,Not something you did to a file,And if you unzipped anything in publicYou'd be in jail for awhile.Log on was adding wood to the fire.Hard drive was a long trip on the road.A mouse pad was where a mouse lived,And a backup happened to yourcommode.Cut you did with a pocket knife.Paste you did with glue.A web was a spider's home,And a virus was the flu.I guess I'll stick to my pad and paper,And the memory in my head.I hear nobody's been killed in acomputer crash,But when it happens they wish theywere dead.© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 25

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3Extended Quilt Care & Hanging DisplayQuiltsBy Kim WutzkeAunt Mable spent two years making thatcharming quilt with the quirky border for yourcabin. You can extend the life of her efforts bytaking the time to implement a few preventativesteps and cleaning precautions. Today's handstitched cabin quilt with the quirky border couldbe one of your family heirlooms someday.Sunlight and artificial light will cause fading and intime, fabric deterioration. Light damage isirreversible. If you choose to display your quilt tryto place it in a location where the light isdistributed evenly on the entire quilt. Never usenails, staples or pins to hang a quilt. Instead, sewa sleeve or tube of fabric along the top back sideof the quilt, stitching through all layers every inchor so, then run a rod through the sleeve andattach the rod ends to the wall (wood curtain rodand wood curtain hangers work perfect). Thisdistributes the weight of the quilt evenly andeliminates stretching and maintains the quiltsshape.Even hanging display quilts need cleaning.Occasional light vacuuming and airing will removesurface dust. Do not through your quilt over aclothes line and beat it. If you hang it outside onan overcast day and either lay a sheet over it orat least hang with the backing face up to preventsun damage to the top.Do not dry clean a soiled quilt unless directed todo so by the manufacturer. Improper dry cleaningwith harsh chemicals may damage your quilt. Towash it safely first test for color fastness by gently© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 26

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3rubbing each fabric with a wet (water only)cotton swab. If no color comes off then the dyesare set.If you choose to machine wash your quilt use thegentlest cycle with warm/cold water and a verymild detergent such as Dreft, Ivory or Orvis. Orvisis an extremely gentle, Ph balanced detergentthat leaves no residue. It is used for animals andcan be purchased at your local feed supply orveterinary hospital. Never use bleach. Removethe quilted item from the washer promptly.Leaving them in the washer too long will haveyour quilt smelling like mold or mildew quickly.These odors can be very difficult to wash out.Dry your quilted items in the dryer. If you chooseto line dry, hang the quilt with the backing facingthe sun and put a clean sheet over it to protectfrom sun exposure. While the quilt is still damp itcan be fluffed in the dryer to reduce wrinkling.For cleaning your quilt to preserve as a futureheirloom it is preferred you hand wash with coldwater and a mild detergent letting the quilt soakfor up to four hours in the tub. Squeeze outexcess water by pushing the quilt against the sideof the tub, never wring it out. Rinse several times.If you have very hard water with a lot of mineralsyou may wish to do the last rinse with distilledwater. This maintains the crisp colors. Again,gently squeeze out water and lay flat to dry. Lay asheet over the quilt if you are drying it outside.If you plan to store your quilt use an acid free boxwith only one item per box, acid free tissue wrap,an old pillow case or a piece of pre-washedmuslin. Be sure to replace the tissue wrap orwash the fabric wrapper once a year. Also, refoldthe quilt along new fold lines.Never store quilts in plastic bags, cardboardboxes or blanket chests. Besides poor aircirculation they can also be stained and theweight of stacked quilts can cause fibers to breakdown.© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 27

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3Museum quality, heirloom and antique quiltsneed to be preserved and cared for by specialistsand should be referred to a professional quiltconservator.By keeping your quilt out of harmful light,cleaning carefully, hanging your quilt properlyand storing them properly you will decrease thedamage to your quilted items. Following thesebasic procedures will greatly increase the life ofyour quilted treasure. That cabin quilt with thequirky border and fond memories of Aunt Mablewill be around for your family to enjoy for yearsto come.About the Author:Kim Wutzke owns Log Cabin Fever Gifts & Decorwhere you will find additional articles on cabindecorating, rustic bedding, fishing quilts and uniquewildlife gift ideas. Experience Rustic Cabin Quilts foryour home and family!© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 28

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3The Way to Use Templates in QuiltingBy Leo R ReynoldsWith the recent increased involvement in quiltingand other crafts, makers are forever searching fornew products to make quilting easier for activemodern crafters. One of the innovations that hasbecome essential is quilting templates.Usually comprised of sturdy clear acrylic, anddesigned to be used over and once again,templates make marking and cutting pieces for aquilt block a breeze.Templates generally have seam line and othermarkings on them for the convenience of quilters.The best templates are laser cut to make certainexact precision for measurement.With quilting templates, a rotary cutter, and amat, you can cut the pieces for numerous blocksat one time. Before templates and the use ofrotary cutters, a quilter used paper patterns andcut block pieces with scissors, in comparable waythat dressmakers cut patterns.For quilters who are sometimes cutting smallpieces for blocks, cutting in this manner meantprecision in measuring was very hard. In quilting,accuracy is crucial.One of the frustrations of quilting was ensuringthe pieces of the quilt block fit together, and withthe dated archaic style of cutting, it was aconstant problem. But with templates all suchworries are a matter of the past.Quilting templates are available in every size andshape imaginable. Every geometric shape isrepresented, and you can obtain a set of basictemplates for squares and circles and rectanglesso you always have them on hand.© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 29

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3You can also buy sets of templates for a certainquilt block. For instance, if your daughter isgetting married and you want to make her aDouble Wedding day Ring quilt, you can obtain aset of templates for that pattern. Or perhaps yourbest friend is having her first baby, a son. You'dlike to make a quilt for him, and so you select aset of templates for a square that appears like anairplane. The options are truly almost infinite.Beginning quilters will want to commence withsimple shapes like rectangles, squares and circles.The process is simple-lay your neatly ironed fabricon the rotary mat, put the acrylic template atopit, hold it tightly and use the rotary cutter to trimabout the edges.Once you get the hang of it, you can trim severallayers of fabric at once. Using templates, you canspend sixty minutes or two cutting pieces for quiltblocks, and get through the actual sewing andquilting so much more speedily.Quilters may in addition want to spend sometime to browse the world wide web or go to thelibrary or local bookstore for books. Manyquilting sites and books contain useful detailsabout using templates, with hints and systemslisted that will make the process even easier.The quilting sites contain are regularly also ladenwith photos showing the application of templatesin a pace-by-step manner, which can be veryuseful. Although the process of using templates issimple, there are always trade secrets that canmake it even easier.Investigate the employment of templates inquilting right now, and you'll discover renewedpleasure in your craft.Article Source:© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 30

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3Online Quilt Magazine.comThis is purely personal, but I'm hoping you can help (And a BIG thanks to those who havealready)...I've had a dream of growing our Free Online Quilt Magazine to a reader base of 50,000, and when I toldmy Dear Husband that it was kind of a New Year's Resolution of mine to do this, this year, heLAUGHED!! He couldn't believe that there would be that many quilters (in the World, mind you!) whowould be interested in my 'little magazine'. Obviously I told him he was wrong, but now I have to proveit, and this is where I'm asking for your help...As much as I love him, I would LOVE to be able to prove him wrong and get to that number as quickly aspossible. (I'm not a betting woman, but I reckon there's potential for Him to add to MY stash if we cando this!) We've made a great start, but as a personal favour to me, if you have quilting friends, orcolleagues at Guilds or Online Forums that you think would be interested in our Free MonthlyMagazine, PLEASE refer them to our website where they can Registerfor Free, and receive their first copy straight away. And to say a Big THANKS to you All for your help –When we reach that number, I will send you ALL out a couple of new patterns to show you myappreciation for your support in the best way I know how.Thanks so much,Jody© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 31

Block of the MonthOnline Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3This month's block is a stunning pieced block thatyou will be happy to add to your Quilt BlockLibrary. You will be able to chain piece much ofit, and remember to take extra care with theseam allowances.To make this 12 inch block as shown, you willneed four different fabrics and once you haverotary cut the pieces according to the CuttingDiagram, you can piece them together as shownbelow.© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 32

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Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3Today's tips:This first tip was sent in by Toni from Tailoring ByToni, in Sleaford, England."I have to change the thread colour in mymachine many times a day, and one of thetime saving and nerve saving tips my mastertailor first taught me was to cut the threadfrom the spool you are using and remove thespool from the machine....Replace it with the new colour and tie the newcolour to the old colour and from theneedle, take hold of the old thread and justpull it clear thru the machine and through theneedle. A gentle nudge sometimes helps coaxit thru the needle, but don't just pull if itdoesn't want to come thru.This works for sergers as well, but you have torun the machine thread thru using the footpeddle."And Judith said:"A hint a friend told me, as I am notmuch at Quilting in the ditch, ditch withone of the fancy stitches on themachine, works great."And we liked these too...• Before you start cutting fabric for yourblocks, look for pattern pieces that can bechain pieced or strip pieced together tosave you time• When loading the needle in your handquilting, you can use the visible bits of theneedle to check on the evenness of yourstitches. It is easier to withdraw theneedle and correct it at this point ratherthan having to unpick stitches you havejust made.• Make sure the wadding you select foryour hand quilted project is smooth andeven in texture, without lumps orotherwise to interrupt the flow of yourstitches.© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 34

Quilters' HoroscopeOnline Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3By Pauline Rogers from humourous compilation of character traits of quilters according to their zodiac signs. Compiled by aquilting tutor with over twenty years experience teaching patchwork and quilting but zero years writinghoroscopes.Pisces are dreamers. When they quilt they usually are creating poetry.Although they are kind and make projects to bestow on friends andfamily they are most likely envisioning themselves snuggled beneaththe very quilt they are working on. Although they can lack selfconfidencetheir imagination and intuition makes them artistic quilters.There sensitivity can lead them to shy away from displaying theircreations. Generally you will find that a Pisces has more then oneproject on the go and can easily manage both.Whatever they choose to work on they need a project that requiresplenty of variety. Patchwork that includes embroidery or otherneedlework is well liked by them.Pisces design from the "Quilting With The Stars" quilt from the Quilt Block of the Month© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 35

Online Quilt Magazine – Vol. 2 No. 3YES, We Want to Hear FromYou!As our Online Magazine continues to grow eachmonth, we need your feedback in order for us tocontinue to improve our publication for you.• We want to know how you liked it.• We want to know the topics you'reinterested in.• We want to know if you have anysuggestions, Hints or Tips of your own thatyou'd like included, or if you know anyonewe should include a story on!Please send me an email with your Testimonial,Suggestion or Enhancement – I'd love to hearfrom you!Send all emails to:"Quilt-y" Sayings…• Quilters are the PieceMakers• A fat quarter is not abody part!!If you'd like to submit an Article, or a Projectfor Publication, or take advantage of our VeryVery Reasonable Advertising Rates, pleaseemail details or queries to Jody© Online Quilt All Rights Reserved P a g e | 36

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