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A Few Loose Threads

Winter Readiness – A Binding Tutorial

November 24th, 2014

I’m going to be out of the office for a couple of weeks next month recovering from knee surgery.  While I’m stuck on the couch, I though it would be good to have something to do!  So I’m getting organized.  I’ve been working on getting WIP’s and UFO’s quilted and bound.  I don’t want to worry about pins and clips getting lost in the couch cushions, so I’m GLUING my bindings down!  GASP!

Here’s the scoop:



I prefer using the smaller applicator bottle. It’s easiest for me to control how much glue I’m using.

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100 Blocks Volume 10 winners!

November 22nd, 2014

Thanks for all of the wonderful comments and for participating in the Blog Tour.

I was overwhelmed by the number of responses and have added a third magazine to the give-away.

I’m happy to announce the winners of an issue of Volume 10!

Nicole S.

Debby E.


You’ve been contacted by email – please send your mailing address and the magazines will be sent out right away!

Happy Quilting

Welcome to the 100 Blocks Volume 10 Blog Tour!

November 17th, 2014

10 Volumes ~ 1000 Blocks!

That’s huge!


I am excited to be part of this 10th Volume with Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine.

There are going to be prizes!

Two Volume 10 magazines will be given away.

To be included in the drawing, please leave a comment at the end of this blog post telling me which colorway is your favorite. Comments will be open until midnight Friday November 21st.

Click HERE to check out Quiltmaker’s Blog!


My block is called French Twist and can be found on page 63 of the magazine. The fabric is from the first Downton Abbey line by  Andover Fabrics.

I thought it would be fun to play around with different color ways to see what happens to the secondary designs. To make the topper you need:

4 French Twist blocks 12″ x 12″ (page 63)

4 – 4-1/2″ Outer Border Strips

4 – 1-1/2″ Inner Border Strips

4 – 2″ x 12-1/2″ Sash Strips

1 – 2″ x 2″ Center Cornerstone

4 – 2-1/2″ x Width of Fabric strips for Binding

02French Twist Topper 36 x 36

French Twist Topper

Black - Add high contrast.

Black – Add high contrast.

02Black French Twist Topper 36 x 36

02Neutral Block


Fabrics are from Northcott’s Stonehenge Toast Strips.  See what Patti did with my block on her blog HERE.

02Neutral French Twist Topper 36 x 36

Brights - the center triangles use the same fabric as the chain.

Brights – the center triangles use the same fabric as the chain.

02Bright French Twist Topper 36 x 36Happy Quilting

In the works

November 13th, 2014

This has been a busy week with a quilt deadline looming….

Fabric Fun

You’ll see this project in Quiltmaker’s Quilts from 100 Blocks this spring.  I thought you might like a few tips on some of the quick tricks I like to use when I’m working.

Two Ruler Cutting
I’m right handed and my table is set up so that it works better to have the bulk of the yardage I’m working with off to the left.  This is a work-around to allow me to easily cut my strips from the right hand end of the fabric. Click on the image for a closer look.


I am also excited to be included in the newest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks – Volume 10!  Join me and Quiltmaker here next week for the Blog Tour.  My day is Monday…there will be prizes too!

Happy Quilting

Notion Commotion Blog Hop Winners!

July 21st, 2014


I am happy to announce the Notion Commotion Blog Hop winners!

Janet F.
Jamie T.
Mary Jane B.
Mary F.

Winners have been notified via email.

Prizes for each of them are a Corner Cutter Tool and a pattern.

Thanks to everyone for participating!

Happy Quilting

Southwind Designs – Notion Commotion Blog Hop!

July 17th, 2014


Today’s Notion Commotion Blogger is Annette of Southwind Designs!

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

How to make your Quilt Border fit…

July 15th, 2014

Border Fitting

The National Quilter’s Circle has a great video tutorial by Diane Harris from
Quiltmaker Magazine on how to make the borders fit your quilt.
Click here to go to the video.

Today’s Notion Commotion Blogger is Susan of Swirly Girls! Check it out!


How does a sewing machine work?

July 10th, 2014

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


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


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
Basic RGB
CC Tool 01

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.
CC Tool diagram

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


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!

January 29, 2015
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