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Quilted Christmas Stockings

  When I first started sewing I wanted desperately to make Christmas stockings. I understood the basics of sewing a ...

Investing in a Wool Pressing Mat

When I first started quilting, my amazing husband built me a pressing board. It was a piece of wood with a layer of foil to reflect the heat back, covered with three layers of batting, and then topped with fabric that we stapled around the back of the board. I have three of them in different sizes and use them for very different reasons. One I take on retreats, one I use for pressing backing and full quilts, and a medium one I leave up all the time next to my sewing machine. I loved them. I thought they were the bomdiggidy, until I first used a wool pressing mat. 

Steps for Trimming Flying Geese Blocks

Trimming a flying geese block to the correct size is simple if you turn the ruler in the correct direction. This tutorial will walk you through trimming a flying geese block to 2.5" x 4.5" and it works for trimming to any size.  After making flying geese using the No Waste Method (4 at a Time), it will look like the image below. It will have little tails at the top and on the bottom two sides. 

Standard Quilt Sizes for Planning a Quilt Top and Batting

Use the chart below to help you plan out your quilt design. Some folks prefer a long drop on three sides, so they never come out of the covers when they roll around in their sleep. If this describes you, look at the bedspread size as your ideal quilt top size. 

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