Quilters Preview Paper

I have had a roll of Quilters Preview Paper……

….in my studio for over a year but hadn’t tried it before.

As I was planning quilting for the Fabric Challenge, I decided that it was time to test it out.

Here are my results…..

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I found the product to be easy to use and particularly helpful in planning these quilting designs.

It is DEFINITELY something that I will make use of in the future!!

If you are interested in purchasing Quilters Preview Paper, check it out on Amazon….

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Quilters advice!!

If you remember, last week I had a disaster occur with my Color wheel quilt…..

Fortunately, I was able to use Dawn detergent and a good bathtub soaking to get the stains out!! You can read more about it here…..

When I sent out the SOS to quilters around the world, I received several potentially good ideas so I thought that I would share them here….

Remember that I haven’t tried ANY OF THESE so am not advocating them.

The number one suggestion was that I add more circles!! While it was a good idea, it would have definitely interrupted the symmetry that I had worked so hard to achieve!!

There were several suggestions specifically for wool batting

Deb said that it had happened to her as well with wool batting. She had used Dawn, rubbed gently, and then rewashed. BUT, she had to do it SIX times!!

Sylvia said that she had soaked a wool-batting quilt in a mixture of Synthrapol and hot (as hot as it comes out of the tap) water in a bucket.

Dale said that she had used Synthrapol and had also had decent results with a heavy salt and vinegar soak and wash afterward.

Martina suggested Dawn detergent and HOT water. Her most important reminder was that you have to be REALLY patient because some fabrics won’t release until many hours later.

Judy reminded me that I MUST use detergent as it is the agent that will start shifting the spot.

Kate said that she uses “Shout”.

Mary suggested one of the OxyClean sprays.

Avon said that she had READ that Shaving cream would also work but had never used it herself.

Louise (in Australia) suggested that Rit has a run-remover.

And finally, both Barbara and Sylvia reminded me that threads can bleed as well. GREAT ….something ELSE to worry about.

The bottom line here is that I was going to keep trying things until either the spots came out, or I ruined it trying!!!

Thankfully, I didn’t ruin it!!

There is one other little place that I found and I can’t figure out exactly what it is. See that pinkish stain next to the circle……

It doesn’t look like a bleed but looks like a bleach mark. There was never ANY bleach around so I have no idea where it came from.

It is small and I probably won’t do anything with it, however…..

Donna had mentioned using Intense Pencils and a fabric medium, so I MIGHT try that to fill in that small area. But then again, I may just leave it!!

The quilt is now awaiting a sleeve so I can hang it and take photos, but here is the photo from show-and-tell at my guild meeting…..

I AM …..

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“The Intentional Thread”

I don’t often do book reviews on this blog, but this one was TOO good to miss!!

I picked this up in my guild library and have loved perusing it over the last two months.

It was published in 2019 and is a GORGEOUS book!!

I love her introduction about how to use the book….

Think of the book as a present and future menu–well, actually more like a smorgasbord–0f possibilities from whch you can choose the things that captuyre your interest or are appropriate to what you want to make, now or in the future.


Let’s start traveling….

She provides lovely inspirational photos…..

…..lots of directions…..

….and ideas about how to use the stitches…..

And finally, practice pieces that you can use to try the different stitches…..

This book is even pretty enough to be a “coffee table book” ( do we do that anymore??).

If you are interested, it can be purchased at Amazon……

Now I need to buy one as well because I have to return this one to my guild library!!


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Splitting Rectangles!!

When I was at International Quilt Festival back in November, I purchased a new ruler from Deb Tucker….. SPLIT RECTS….

I had been wanting to play with “Split Rectangles” and NOW was the time!!

As usual, her rulers and instructions have everything that you need, including instructions for how to layer the fabrics when cutting…..

I struggled with this part….even with these great instructions!!

The first step was to decide on a finished rectangle size (2×4 in my case) and look at the ruler to determine the width of the strips needed…..

So…..5 inch strips!!

I layered them together……

First step was to even off one end…..

….and place the ruler even with the cut end…..

Make the cut…..

Flip the ruler around, lining it up with the special marking…..

Make another cut…..

Now to the machine…..

You line the triangles up in this manner…..

….and sew a 1/4-inch seam along the edge…..

AND LOOK…..

Now it is time to trim them to size and, as usual, Deb has provided everything that you need!!

First step is to line the diagonal seam up with the ruler mark…..

….and trim two sides…..

Then you turn the block and align the outer edges with the finished size….AND trim….

The end result is TWO perfectly shaped Split Rectangle blocks….

And it was SO easy!!

Now that I have learned HOW to make them, I need to figure out HOW to use them in a quilt!!

Come back for more!!



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Pesky Screw Removal….solved

Last Monday was “Sewing Machine Cleaning Day”….both of them!!

I first pulled out the bobbin and discovered that it had JUST run out of thread…..

I call that LUCKY!!!

But as I started to remove the screws it became obvious that I didn’t have the best tool for the job…..

enter the Right Angle screwdriver……

Check out this video to see how easy it is to use…..

I was SO happy to find this tool and it made cleaning both of my machines so much easier.

I hope that it helps you too!!!