sewing curves


With Halloween coming up, I thought it would be fun to feature a Halloween-type block – Ghostwalk.

While it may be tricky to imagine these “ghosts” walking, by using the right fabric choices – and some simple techniques for sewing curves – you’ll be treated to a fun and whimsical Halloween motif:

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/articles/1339-ghostwalk-quiltblock.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

Georgetown Circles Quilt Block

My mom celebrated her 90th birthday last week by getting together with family and friends, including some of her college sorority sisters.

In honor of my mom’s birthday, I thought I’d concentrate on the subject of grandmothers… my mom is the grandmother of my two kids, and I’m looking forward to the time when I become a
grandmother too.

In the meantime, here’s this week’s newsletter:

  • TheQuiltingCoach.com – Specializing in Information for Quilters
  • Block of the Month – Grandmother’s Fan
  • Ideas for Grandmother’s Fan Quilts
  • The Weekly Crossword Puzzle – there’s a different puzzle every day so come back often
  • Postcard Quilts for the Troops – Year End Holidays Roundup!
  • October’s Free Quilt Block Patterns

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/newsletter/grandmothers-fan.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

My uncle Ray was a commercial airline pilot, and uncle Ken was a B52 bomber pilot in the US Air Force.

My dad invented cleaning compounds for airplanes and my kids have always been interested in aviation.

Me, I just love to fly.

Since August 19th is National Aviation Day, I thought I’d share some airplane-themed quilt blocks – including how-to-sew video instructions for one with some simple curves:

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/articles/1307-plane-thinking-quiltblock.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

Harrisburg Quilt Block

Quilting daughter Stephanie and Cam’s wedding is coming up next weekend. I’m looking forward to meeting Cam’s family and enjoying what is certain to be a special day with family and friends.

And, speaking of special days, as this Memorial Day weekend marks the “unofficial” start of summer, it is an opportunity for us to take a moment to reflect upon the ultimate sacrifices made by those in service to our country.

This week’s newsletter includes:

  • Secrets for Sewing Perfect Curves in Quilts DVD Mentor
  • One Method for Embroidering a Dresden Plate Quilt Block
  • Using Your Embroidery Machine for Quilting
  • The Weekly Crossword Puzzle – Come back for a new one each day!
  • Halloween Roundup for Postcard Quilts for the Troops – the next deadline is September 28th
  • May’s Free Quilt Block Patterns

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/newsletter/embroiderymachineforquilting.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

My parents did a lot of travelling and enjoyed sending unique and exotic Christmas greetings, often inspired by their adventures.

In this week’s newsletter, you’ll hear a bit about these cards, as well as:

  • Secrets for Sewing Perfect Curves in Quilts DVD Mentor
  • Coming up tomorrow, May 24th – the How to Bind a Quilt Webinar. Be sure you register and print out your handout now
  • Stabilizers in Embroidery/Quilting Projects – Yes or No?
  • Your Weekly Crossword Puzzle – You’re loving these!
  • July 4th Roundup for Postcard Quilts for the Troops – the next deadline is this Friday, May 27th
  • May’s Free Quilt Block Patterns

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/newsletter/stabilizersforquilting.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

Jacobs Ladder Quilt Block

Wow, how time flies! Not only are my “children” grown and on their own, but they’ve both established great careers, and Stephanie is going to be married in June (that’s next month!).

I’m excited about the wedding, but not so sure I’m ready to be called grandma just yet.

I’ll just let life play itself out and adjust to the changes as they present themselves.

In the meantime, this week’s newsletter includes a picture of Stephanie and my soon-to-be-son-in-law Cam, as well as:

  • Secrets for Sewing Perfect Curves in Quilts DVD Mentor
  • Coming up on Tuesday, May 24th, the How to Bind a Quilt Webinar – Be sure to register and print up your handout soon
  • A Little Bit About the Jacobs Ladder Quilt Block
  • A new and different crossword puzzle to enjoy – no eraser needed
  • July 4th Roundup for Postcard Quilts for the Troops – the next deadline is May 27th… less than 2 weeks away
  • May’s Free Quilt Block Patterns

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/newsletter/jacobsladderquiltblock.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

Even if you are one of those people who has yet to embrace “smart phones,” you can’t deny that these phones have some pretty handy “apps”.

Originally, the concept of “quilt as you go” simply meant making a quilt project block by block – anywhere, anytime.

Now, you can design your next project, plan your fabric selection, and calculate exactly which supplies and tools you might need – anywhere, anytime.

You might be surprised to learn there are quilting “apps” available for smart phones, with many more sure to come. Check out this new quilting technology at:

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/articles/4082-smart-phones.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

Back when I started quilting, I only knew of one kind of thimble. The one that looks like a tiny metal wastebasket and completely covers the finger tip.

Along the way, I discovered ring thimbles, open sided thimbles, leather thimbles as well as a few other options.

Today we also have some innovative and less bulky choices. They are adhesive discs that stick to your fingers and you’ll learn all about them when you visit:

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/articles/6077-thimble-pad.php

Oh, by the way, I did a quick Google search on thimble pads and found a number of sites, including amazon.com, that carry them. Chances are good that your local sewing or quilting shops also have them.

Happy Quilting!

Penny

Three Cheers Quilt Block

I’m back from Chicago and had a great Mother’s Day. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day as well!

Jackson has been a bit skittish today and I can’t figure out why. Hmmm.

Anyway, in this week’s newsletter, Quilter Roberta joins us again with some great ideas for saving money on your quilting without sacrificing quality.

You’ll also find:

  • Secrets for Sewing Perfect Curves in Quilts DVD Mentor
  • A fun – and relatively easy – crossword puzzle for you to enjoy
  • July 4th Roundup for Postcard Quilts for the Troops – the next deadline is May 27th, less than 3 weeks away
  • May’s Free Quilt Block Patterns

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/newsletter/quiltingbargains.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

Tulips Quilt Block

I’ve been in Chicago the past several days and have been scouring the city for interesting architecture and scenes. You never really know when the inspiration for a new quilt project may present itself.

Quilter Roberta Hartley was inspired by the program from an event honoring her father-in-law.

In this week’s newsletter, you’ll hear Roberta’s lovely story in “A Quilt Idea – Commemorative Quilt,” as well as learn about:

  • Secrets for Sewing Perfect Curves in Quilts DVD Mentor
  • Bubble Jet Set – for soaking fabric you want to print on
  • July 4th Roundup for Postcard Quilts for the Troops – the next deadline is May 27th, less than a month away
  • May’s Free Quilt Block Patterns

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/newsletter/commemorative-quilt.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

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