Matthews Alive! 2012 Quilt Show

Welcome to Matthews, NC where every year during Labor Day Weekend there has been a quilt show inside the community center. Megan Shein is the organizer whose vision 10 years ago was to showcase quilts from local quilters. In her own words “My vision was a show where quilters of all levels could share their quilts , educate the public about our art and inspire others. It is not a formal group or guild, just local quilters with a passion for the art!”

Last year over 2,000 people came through the quilt show.

Although she hands out 3 ribbons for viewers choice, there are no judges, no stressing, just inspiration from the locals who’s ages range from 8 to mid 90s. Last year the show grew to one more room … over 60 quilts now fill 3 classrooms in the community center. One room is filled with red, white and blue quilts to celebrate our great country.

Pressing Matters

You’ve probably watched me pressing seams in many of our video lessons. I usually set my seam and then press from the right side of the block. But there are times when pressing from the back side is more important … like when I’m working with a four patch and it needs to have the center lay nice and flat. Here’s an easy way to press your seams so that your center will not have a lump.

I’ve been addicted to the stack and Whack process. This 4 patch is part of a members only video that shows you how to make a 4 patch Kaleidoscope block.

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Cutting on the 45

I’ve been working on Sweet Sugar Swirls from Fig Tree and Co and thought this would be a good video to show how to properly cut at a 45 degree angle.

Make sure you have a fresh blade on your rotary cutter and a ruler that has a 45 degree angle. I like using a square ruler as well as it allows me to make sure that my angle stays at a 45 degree.

I hope you enjoy it!

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Memory Tees

With graduations right around the corner, what better time than to pull out those t-shirts and make them into a quilt?

Here’s a video on prepping them before sewing them together to make a lasting memory.

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Joining the Ends of a Binding

Just back from our annual Quilting in the Woods Retreat. So many of the ladies had questions about binding and how to finish. “What is the formula?” one asked. So I decided to do a short video on how to join the ends of the binding.

The formula is simple, take the size of your binding and subtract 1/8″ (e.g. 2″ – 1/8″ = 1 7/8″) this is the measurement you use when overlapping the binding.

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P.S. new dates for QITW for next year is Jan 10-13th 2013. Price is $325 (includes lodging, food and laughter!).

Adding Pizazz with Piping Hot Binding

This week I got to play with Piping Hot Bindings. I wanted to add pizzazz to a panel, but I wanted to add the piping to the border instead of the binding. So here it is, how to stitch piping on borders. Have fun!

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Patriotic Block of the Month – Block #5

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Block 5 is a review on a four patch and a flying geese unit. Remember to drop your stitch to a 2.0 for a flatter seam and when pressing, always set the seam first and then with a swooping motion press towards the dark. Refer to blocks 1 and 3, the only difference is you have different color placements.

Borders: You have six 6 1/2″ blocks to make. Instructions are written for just one block, make sure you cut enough for 6. This smaller block has a rectangle unit with triangles on each side. Pay attention to the placement of each color. It also has half square triangle units. By now you should be getting better at making these half square units.

For our members:

  • Program will be included in your membership.
  • Each month you’ll be able to download the block instructions.
  • Each block will have a video to follow along with the instructions.
  • Blocks will stay on the member’s site so you can start anytime you wish.

For non members:

  • The program is $3 per block.
  • Purchase your block each month via the online shop.
  • Blocks will be added monthly to the online shop.