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A Few Loose Threads

How does a sewing machine work?

July 10th, 2014

I came across this fascinating illustration of how a sewing machine works….

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Today’s Notion Commotion Blogger is Laura of Plum Tree Quilts!
Check out her blog to see which tool she is featuring today.

Happy Quilting

Perkins Dry Goods (Me!) – Notion Commotion Blog Hop!

July 8th, 2014

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Welcome to the Notion Commotion Blog Hop – Thanks for stopping by!

This post is about Flying Geese.  There are a few different ways to make them….Folded Corner, Cutting Triangles, Dimensional to name a few.  I like to use the No-Waste method whenever I can…and I have a great little tool that makes the job even more efficient!

What is a Corner Cutter Tool you ask?
It’s a cool little tool that you can use when you make
Flying Geese the No-Waste way
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The No-Waste Flying Geese Technique has been around for a very long time.  I don’t know who came up with it, but it is definitely a time saving method.  I’ve taken it a step further because I like to start with units that are slightly over-sized and trim them.  I find that it’s easier to get the perfect final product if I build it from the correct sized units.

The formula that I use for the over-sized units is as follows:
Example is for a 2″ x 4″ finished Flying Goose Unit…
You need One Large Square:  Finished Long side + 1.5″
Example:  4″ + 1.5″ = 5.5″; Cut One 5.5″ large square
You need Four Small Squares:  Finished side + 1″
Example:  2″ + 1″ = 3″; Cut Four 3″ small squares.
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Now for the good part ~ the PRIZES!  I will be giving away Four Corner Cutter Tools with a companion pattern that uses the No-Waste Method for Flying Geese.  You can see them on my website hereA note about these patterns….You can use the Corner Cutter with them, it is not required to make the quilt, the patterns stand on their own without the tool :-).

Increase your chances of winning by…

1) Leaving a comment on this post – be sure to tell me which Flying Geese technique you use most of the time.

2) Sign up for my newsletter. If you’re already a subscriber, mention it in your comment so you get credit.

3) Like my business page on Facebook. If you have already liked the page, mention it in your comment.

4) Follow me on Pinterest. If you already follow me on Pinterest, mention it in your comment.

Prizes will be drawn at the end of the Blog Hop, after July 17th.

Next up is Laura at Plum Tree Quilts on July 10th.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Happy Quilting

 

Among Brenda’s Quilts – Notion Commotion Blog Hop!

July 3rd, 2014

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Today’s Notion Commotion Blogger is Brenda of Among Brenda’s Quilts!

Let’s hop on over to her blog, to find out what the commotion is about!

Wendt Quilting – Notion Commotion Blog Hop!

July 1st, 2014

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Today’s Notion Commotion Blogger is Debbie Wendt of Wendt Quilting!

Let’s hop on over to her blog, to find out what the commotion is about!

Tips and Tricks – Invisible Binding Finish

June 30th, 2014

This is an older post from a few years ago. I thought I would re-visit it since I love this technique and it’s one that I can remember from quilt to quilt….

One of the things I love to do when I’m finished with a quilt is the binding. When I finally mastered making the end and the beginning invisible, I felt that I had arrived! I thought I would try to show you how I do it:

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And there you have it.  Give it a try – it’s easier than you thought.  I just know that’s what you’re thinking !

Happy Quilting


 

Seams Like A Dream – Notion Commotion Blog Hop!

June 26th, 2014

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Today’s Notion Commotion Blogger is Kate of Seams Like a Dream!

Let’s hop on over to her blog, to find out what the commotion is about!

Fat Quarter Gypsy – Notion Commotion Blog Hop!

June 24th, 2014

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Today’s Notion Commotion Blogger is Joanne of Fat Quarter Gypsy!

Let’s hop on over to her blog, to find out what the commotion is about!

Anything But Boring – Notion Commotion Blog Hop!

June 19th, 2014

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Today’s Notion Commotion Blogger is Janice Pope of Anything But Boring!

Let’s hop on over to her blog, to find out what the commotion is about!

Poor House Quilts – Notion Commotion Blog Hop

June 17th, 2014

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Today’s Notion Commotion Blogger is Kris Poor of Poor House Quilts!

Let’s hop on over to her blog, to find out what the commotion is about!

Here’s the schedule:

6/17/14 Kris Poor Poor House Quilts
6/19/14 Janice Pope Anything But Boring
6/24/14 Joanne H Fat Quarter Gypsy
6/26/14 Kate Colleran Seams Like A Dream
7/1/14 Debbie Wendt Wendt Quilting
7/3/14 Brenda Miller Among Brenda’s Quilts
7/8/14 Celine Perkins Perkins Dry Goods
7/10/14 Laura Blanchard Plum Tree Quilts
7/15/14 Susan Emory Swirly Girls Design
7/17/14 Annette Ornelas Southwind Designs

 

 

Notion Commotion Blog Hop

June 9th, 2014

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Join me and 9 other designers for the Notion Commotion Blog Hop starting June 17th.  We will tell you about new notions of note on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week through July 17th.  Click the image above for the schedule or click HERE.

July 11, 2014