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…

Who Taught You to Sew?

In a recent newsletter we asked you how you learned to sew.  We accepted narrative answers and loved reading them.  In general most of us learned from our moms, grandmothers, other relatives.  Additionally so many of us learned in Home Economics classes and 4-H.  There were so many fun answers that when saved to a Word or PDF file, took up 77 pages.  Here are pages 1-3 of…

Appliqué Tutorials by Lisa Burmann

A popular designer whose projects you've enjoyed in Primitive Quilts and Projects is Lisa Burmann, of Burmann Studios.  She is a long-arm quilter, designer, and lecturer (the fun kind!).Recently she uploaded three great tutorials on appliqué.  We thought you'd be interested in seeing her tips for curves, points, circles, and a clever alternative to the starch method--she's a smartie!Clic…

Which Needles and Threads to Use?

I’ve never taken the time to learn about different needle and thread types, and which work best for different types of stitching. I asked several designers as well as my sisters Jeni and Gretchen for advice. Then, being the analyst I've always been, I created a handy chart that helps me see what’s what.  I hope it helps you, too.Needle and Thread Chart Purpose Needle Thread…

Thread the Needle: 230 Tips

In our March 28 newsletter we asked for tips on threading needles.  We received useful, enlightening, inspiring, and entertaining answers.  We edited out several repeated tips, but left many in because they were so fun to read.  We learned some great tips, and decided to share.Have patience!Needles really do have a front and back. If you're having trouble,turn it around and approa…