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…

Tips from Our Readers

In our October 24 Newsletter, we asked our readers to share their favorite tips.  We have over 40 pages of tips!  Here are the first group of tips.  Enjoy!Tips from Our ReadersAlways start your machine with a jump piece of fabric. This way you won’t have a birds nest in the back of you quilt. The value of basting so not having to rip out seams and saving the time and the fabricHa…

Positive Forces in the Stiching World

We have all watched in disbelief as recent hurricanes and fires devastated families, homes, and neighborhoods the past few months.  Many of you have found ways to help, and many are still eager to find effective ways to help out in the long recovery efforts.  We did a little research and found the following ways to provide money, time, or quilt-related items:Quilts of CompassionAfter the…