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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Finally! A new tip

Hi Everyone!

The pressure has gotten to me...time to start blogging again.  My mom keeps reminding me that I haven't blogged in a while.  So, here I am again.

I look at Carrie Nelson of
Miss Rosie's Quilt Co's blog and think...I wish I could blog like her but I am not quite the chatterer that she is, but I will do my best.  Carrie is a wonderful person, very intelligent and one of my favorite people.  I met Carrie at Market one year and we became quick friends.  After all, she loves quilting, the Phoenix Suns, dogs and flying geese, what more could you want?!? 

Tips...my mom mentioned that I should offer a tip again so here it is.  How do you fussy cut?  Here is how I do it:  I find the unfinished measurement of the square I want.  For example, 3 1/2", then I divide it in 1/2, so 1 3/4".  On a square ruler, I locate the 1 3/4" mark from the corner.  Find the center of the motif and place the 1 3/4" mark right in the center.  Cut two sides, rotate 180 degrees and place the cut mark on the 3 1/2" marks.  Cut the last 2 sides. 
For a border, it is done very similarly.  From the side, measure to the center of the motif to where you want it to end, add 1/4" for seam allowance.  Double that measurement and that is your unfinished measurement.  Lay your ruler with the center measurement on the center of your motif, cut your side.  Turn your fabric and cut the other side using your entire measurement.  Hope this helps!

What have I been up to for the past 6 months of no blogging?!  Let's see...as you know, Sue and I started an online store
www.bundlesandboltsquiltco.com and we have been vending at quite a few show.  We were in MI, WI, IN, IA and of course, IL.  I have also been doing several lecture and workshops at different guilds.  It has been a busy but fun late summer and fall.  We met many wonderful people and have made some wonderful new friends!

I also have come up with some new patterns.  
Windsor, Washington Row, Quarter Karat, Tea and Scones (designed by Sue), Blue Moon (one of my favorites!), Star Power, and Soft & Sweet.  All of them are on my website and kits for most are available on Bundles and Bolts website. 
Sue and I are also doing a block of the month using our latest book,
Circle of Friends.  We are doing 2 different versions, Woodstock Garden in blues, creams and oranges from Moda's newest designer's Bonnie & Camille and Roundabout made from reds, blues and creams mostly from Coverlet II by Windham.  (LOVE this line!!)

I guess I did chat more than I thought but I will try and do another blog more often. 
Thanks for being patient with my chatting.

Until next time,

Quilt, bind and enjoy!

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