Sewing Better with Finger Pressing
Dec06

Sewing Better with Finger Pressing

Finger pressing can be a time saver when piecing a lot of multi-part quilt block units.

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Sewing Better with Mood Music
Nov29

Sewing Better with Mood Music

One of the things I emphasize in my lecture on “P/AMing It” is setting up your optimal sewing environment.  Ergonomic concerns like sewing machine set-up, cutting counter height, and weight of your iron all contribute to sustainable physical health in sewing and quilting, but just as important is the mental and emotional environment you have in your sewing space. I learned in college that putting on headphones with some...

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Sewing Better with Immediacy
Nov22

Sewing Better with Immediacy

This week I’d like to confirm that adages are often true because they are time-tested. “Out of sight, out of mind” works, you guys! Take for example this quilt center, and my one true UFO. It’s been hanging in my powder room, unfinished, for years.  For a while I was convinced I didn’t finish it because I fell out of love with it. Having pulled it out for a Virtual Stitch-In in September, I think,...

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Sewing Better with Design Choices
Nov16

Sewing Better with Design Choices

Sometimes you just gotta lean into those mistakes and make a design choice.

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Sewing Long Seams Better
Nov08

Sewing Long Seams Better

A quick tip to help avoid overpinning on long seams!

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Sewing Better with Simple Math: Just Count to 20
Nov01

Sewing Better with Simple Math: Just Count to 20

In which we discuss the magic of counting to 20 in the sewing room.

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