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December 2020 Newsletter

Spotlight: Kimberly's Fabric Stash




Let me introduce you to my friend Kimberly Chaffee and her Facebook Live on Friday nights at 7pm.  Kim has been an owner of a quilt shop for about 12 years now. She originally had a shop in Sarver (in an old bank with a drive through window - it was used by Kim for a few fun things!), and is now in a building on the property with her home in Sarver where she is primarily an online shop.  She has a live demo & shopping Facebook feed on Friday evenings at 7pm where we can see and purchase the newest in-shop fabrics, notions, & kits.  The evening is always fun with great giveaways.  Come early to the feed for early bird prizes.  If you are looking for something special, talk to Kim. I always have my longarm machines shut down for the day, a cup of hot tea & a little notepad & pencil for my shopping with Kim. I hope you can tune in & join us! Kimberly can be reached at pittsewing@gmail.com  or 724.961.7997



2021 Winter Special

The 2021 Winter Special is again a choice between 15% off of Edge-to-edge Quilting or Free Quilters Dream Batting in 80/20, Cotton, or Poly.  Wool batting is 50% off.  The Special runs from January 1, 2021 through February 15, 2021. The only requirement is that there is no due date for completion. I have already received quilts for the special so anytime you may contact me for a pick up or drop them at my home.  724.679.2709 or pmildren@zoominternet.net



New Backing Fabric

In stock is a new fabric by Moda Fabrics, Primitive Gatherings 108" wide backing in the color Pie Crust.  This is a lighter shade of the very popular Primitive Gatherings Paper Bag 108" that is no longer available.  Pie Crust is 12.50 a yard and available with a longarm order or for sale without. Shipping is available.  



It's All In the Details....

Last time we went over the important 1/4" seam.  This time let's talk about the units of the quilt.  If you think of a 9-patch quilt block, we have 9, equal size units usually arranged by light/dark colors to obtain a design.  Now lets say that we want our 9-patch blocks in the quilt to be 9" X 9" finished.  So we will start with 9 - 3 1/2" squares.  Stitch using a 1/4" seam to form the 9-patch block. Now it should measure 9 1/2" X 9 1/2".  For our quilt we construct 76 of these blocks.  Before placing these in the quilt top, each block should be measured and trimmed or re-stitched for accuracy. An 1/8" of a block being too small or large, multiplied over many blocks can result in a sizeable error.

It is even more important to accurately cut, stitch and measure when a block has a lot more pieces.  Some blocks may have 64 pieces or units. The block may have a mix of squares, half-square triangle, hour glass, & rail fence units. It is important to ensure every unit in the block is the precise size necessary for the block. The measure and trimming for accuracy or re-stitching an accurate seam allowance can make a huge difference in the final size of your block & if they will all fit together (or not :( )

Measure twice, cut once for accuracy.
Stitch then measure to ensure accuracy.
Block accuracy = Quilt blocks fit together.
Quilt blocks fit together = square quilt.
Square quilt = Happy Quilter!


Free Patterns for you Holiday Stitching

Snow Goose


Sweater Weather Pattern



Take time to do what makes your soul happy!



I wish you every blessing this Christmas season.

Pam