Quilt Size Measurements

Quilts come in all shapes and sizes. As far as quilts are concerned, there is no “right” size. If you’ve followed us for any length of time, you know that I still consider myself a novice quilter. Jeni, Gretchen, and Mom are the experts in our family. So far, the only bed-sized quilts I’ve made are for two full-sized beds. We recently replaced one of those full-sized beds with a queen…

Organization Tips from Designers

In our Fall 2013 issue, we asked the project designers for their favorite organization tips.  Here are their tips.  We hope you can find some new ideas. Laural Arestad I am a very visual person. My favorite tip is to keep your fabrics organized by color and easily accessible. Sometimes I find myself just staring at my stash (below) for inspiration.…

5 Tips to Boost Creativity for 2018

Need a boost to your creativity? Here are 5 steps I've learned over the years that really work.1. Step away from the technology.There are scads of great editing and graphic design tools that make it easier to complete our work: quilt design applications, photo editors, word processors, and the like. For me, the role of these tools comes after I’ve sketched, scribbled, colored, and created my ideas…

The 2017 Falcsik Family Sing-a-Long

Our large loving family gathered at Jeni's house last weekend for our annual sing-a-long.  You might notice lots of quilts, rugs, and wool appliqué displayed throughout--we were at Jeni's house, and she has the nicest stitchery decor.  Mom and Dad were surrounded by all 5 of their grown "kids" (and spouses), several of their grandchildren (and spouses), and numerous great grandchildren.&…

Baking with Mom: Pineapple-Raisin Cookie Squares

I don’t know how Mom did it all those years, as a full-time working mother of 5 children (one boy and four girls). She sewed clothing for herself and her four daughters, attended all our events, and managed to bake over 80 dozen Christmas cookies every year.Of all the cookies she made, my favorite has been the “Pineapple-Raisin Cookie Squares”. Mom and I got together to bake a batch. To give you a…

Tips from Our Readers, Group #2

The image above is "Redbird Pincushion" by Nancy Conn, published in our Winter 2011 issue.This is group 2 of our Reader Tips from our October 24th newsletter survey. These make for enjoyable reading. Tips cover topics ranging from taking your time and enjoying yourself, to various ways of holding pieces in place, to myriad favorite products, and so much more. Enjoy! I grew up with…