Happy Leap Day!

Today we have an extra day.

For me, this is a day take a step back and be grateful for everything I have – my family and friends, the knowledge I have and the opportunity to share it, and all my “things.”

every once in a while, I pull things out of my closet that I am not planning to wear any longer and I donate them to a local thrift shop.

Since this week is Secondhand Wardrobe Week, I thought maybe I’d take part of my extra day this year and figure out how I might be able to use some of my “extra” clothes in quilts.

You’ll find some ideas for dressing up wardrobe items – like adding embellishments – as well as ideas for using them in quilts:

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/articles/1077-secondhand-wardrobe.php

 

Paddle Wheel Quilt Block

We celebrated my mom’s 90th birthday yesterday. She’s happy and healthy and has plans to continue celebrating throughout this week.

Fall (or, for some of you, Autumn) is officially upon us and this week’s newsletter includes lots of ideas for seasonal gifts and decorations, as well as:

  • Secrets of 3D Illusions in Quilts Webinar replay is available for just a short time – or you can reserve your copy of the replay.
  • October Quilt Show at Major’s Inn in Gilbertsville, NY
  • Fall Quilting Projects (it’s not just about quilting anymore)
  • Turn your Quilting Passion into a Quilting Business
  • “Kwik Klip” Tool for Easier and Safer Pin Basting
  • The Weekly Crossword Puzzle – there’s a different puzzle every day so bookmark this newsletter page
  • September’s Free Quilt Block Patterns

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

Happy Quilting!

Penny

There are many ways of dating quilts and they all use historical information telling us what fabrics, styles, colours and patterns were used at a particular time in history.

Sometimes, that same information can also be used to detect in which region of the world a quilt was made.

Do you know how to tell the difference between an actual vintage quilt and a modern quilt? You’ll learn how when you visit:

http://how-to-quilt.com/articles/4092-dating-quilts.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

Thrifty Wife Quilt Block

The suitcases are unpacked and I’ve sent off packages of treasures from Scotland to quilting daughter Stephanie, and engineer son Bubba.

Now, I am looking at the small selection of fabric I brought back with me and wondering what quilt it is destined for. I may glance through the Precut Quilts book and see if there is something interesting in there.

I will, of course, keep you posted on that. But, in the meantime, here’s this week’s newsletter:

  • The Oh-So-Versatile 9 Patch Quilt Block
  • Get Organized and Quilt! Or is it Quilt and Get Organized?
  • 275 Popular Traditional Quilt Block Patterns
  • The Weekly Crossword Puzzle – There’s a new one every day!
  • Halloween Roundup for Postcard Quilts for the Troops – the deadline is September 23rd
  • August’s Free Quilt Block Patterns

http://how-to-quilt.com/newsletter/9patchquilting.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

Imagine a quilt that looks like a pan of freshly baked biscuits; nice and puffy and squished up against each other.

Well, that’s just what a biscuit quilt looks like, using batting and different sized top and bottom pieces instead of yeast and flour.

There’s an easy biscuit quilt “recipe” waiting for you when you visit:

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/articles/1436-biscuit-quilt.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

A question I get asked quite frequently, is about how to make a quilt using blue jeans material.

Not surprisingly, a blue jeans quilt is not made entirely out of blue jeans. Other fabrics (that will wash and wear well) can be included to add color and depth.

Today you’ll learn all about making a quilt out of blue jeans – including tips, tools and a how-to video:

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/articles/1181-blue-jeans-quilt.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

Eco-friendly, organic and green are terms that are becoming more and more familiar and understandable. With some set-up, conscious thinking and a desire to sustain the earth’s resources for future generations, it is easier than you might think to jump on the earth friendly bandwagon.

A while back, I sat down with professional quilter Bonnie Hunter (a self-proclaimed Scrapaholic) to talk about how she embraces the philosophy of re-using, re-purposing and recycling in her chosen craft.

You can “eavesdrop” on this conversation when you visit:

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/articles/4081-quilting-green.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

Wedding Rings Quilt Block

Now that my mom and sister are safely settled in their new digs and escrow has closed on mom’s mobile home, it was nice to finally take a breath and enjoy a leisurely dinner with my friend Jim.

Coming up next is the June wedding of quilting daughter Stephanie to fiance Cam. I’ve found my dress and shoes and am really looking forward to the festivities.

As always and in the meantime, there are lots of great quilting tips and information to be shared with you. In this week’s newsletter, you’ll find:

  • Free block and quilt patterns for the Economy Patch block
  • Another update on the Quilt as You Go Webinar Online Replay – it should be available this week!
  • The Quilt as You Go DVD Mentor with 13 FREE Bonuses
  • July 4th Roundup for Postcard Quilts for the Troops – the next deadline is May 27th
  • April’s Free Quilt Block Patterns

http://how-to-quilt.com/newsletter/economy-quiltblock.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

National Tooth Fairy Day celebrates one of children’s favorite visitors.

While losing their baby teeth may be a traumatic experience, the knowledge that the loss also brings a visit from the Tooth Fairy can make the process a little less “painful.”

You’ll find ideas for both Tooth Fairy pillows, pockets and pouches when you visit:

http://www.how-to-quilt.com/articles/1418-tooth-fairy-day.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

Windblown Lily Quilt Block

If you’ve procrastinated until today, you’re probably looking for a quick – yet impressive – Valentine’s gift for that special someone.

A tiny quilt you can whip up using scraps or fabric from your stash could be just the answer and this week’s newsletter has everything you need to make a pretty little Pieced Heart Fabric Postcard in no time.

You’ll also find information on:

  • Choosing Colors for Your Quilts Webinar – this Thursday, February 17th – Register now before you forget!
  • Quilting Tips, Techniques, Ideas and Patterns Galore
  • Keep on Quiltin’ While Saving Money
  • Postcard Quilts for the Troops – Next deadline is March 25th
  • February Free Quilt Block Patterns

You’ll find it all when you visit:

http://how-to-quilt.com/newsletter/valentines.php

Happy Quilting!

Penny

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