Quilting The Kaye Wood Way - Decorate Your Home As You Learn To Sew! 2.9.11

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In This Issue....
  • What's On Sale
  • New In Our Store
  • New on KayeWoodTV.com
  • Ask Kaye
  • Show and Tell
  • Tips
  • Introducing...Rhapsody!
  • How Kaye Chooses Fabrics For The Back of Her Quilts
  • Useful Links
  • February Project/Contest
  • Valentine Fun Facts
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Hi Quilters,

It's Valentine's season. HEART your home with our extensive Home Dec line!

You can get by with a purchased bed spread and the use your Imagination to decorate your bed for different seasons. Quarter Quilts are relatively inexpensive and quick to make so they are perfect to take for that house gift when you visit with friends. And if you visit a quilting friend, take all the supplies with you and you can work on her gift together.

With products from Donna Babylon of More Splash Than Cash as well as Kaye herself, your home can take on a whole new appearance!

On Sale This Week....
20% off Our Entire More Splash Than Cash Home Dec Line!


20% off Kayes Quarter Quilt Line

Hide the Under The Bed clutter with this easy to sew Gathered Dust Ruffle!

This Pointed Valance makes it easy and fast to create a custom window treatment!

Learn to sew as you decorate your house with Decorating Sewlutions!

Pillow Shams! Create your own one of a kind quilt, then top it off with our easy pillow shams pattern.

Be your own designer and create the Window Treatments you've always wanted!

Path of Light

Tumbling Winds

Follow The Squares

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New Items In Our Shop....

What's NEW in Our Shop?

Soldier's Pride & More Book

This book includes instructions for seven different projects. The projects are everything from table toppers to wall hangings to lap quilts to samplers. See the table of contents below. The blocks are both pieced and paper pieced, so there is something for everyone. If the history of a block is known, it is stated, and all illustrations are in color.

Decorating Sewlutions Book
Never before has so much practical decorating advice and sewing know-how been assembled in one place. Best of all, you need only three simple sewing techniques to make all the projects in this book. These techniques are described through easy, illustrated, step-by-step instructions to ensure success. Any of the projects will make a powerful decorating statement in your room. So jump right in and kiss that "I don't know how to sew" excuse goodbye!

Window Treatments Book

Tired of staring at naked or unexciting windows? Then it's time for a new approach to window decoration. More Splash than Cash Window Treatments gives you beautiful solutions for every window in your home plus the confidence to make the window treatments yourself.

Tumbling Winds Quarter Quilt and Pillow Pattern
The winds and sagebrush that tumble across the prairie will lull you to sleep as you create your own personal haven in your bedroom. These Quarter Quilts and coordinating pillows are easy enough to make, and fast too, with Kaye's techniques, that you can change them out as often as you change your mind.

Today On KayeWoodTV.com!

Join Diane Weber and Kaye! This unique and lovely envelope quilt is the perfect way to convey how you feel. Whether it be treats, fond memorabilia or your own personal messages, fill the envelopes with your favorites! Fat quarter friendly, Love Letters can be made in 3 different sizes, all included in this pattern with full instructions and supply lists. Use your imagination and choose a fabric to make it your own such as: a baby quilt with cute little baby surprises, racing car fabric with little Hot Wheels in each envelope, sweet treats fabric with little candies as a surprise, or fish fabric with lures in each envelope, the possibilities are endless!

Watch Diane!

Love Letters

Ask Kaye...

Sally asks: Is there a rule of thumb for using topped and topless triangles?

Kaye answers: Let's look at why we use topless triangles. They are used when 2 or more strips are sewn together into a strip set. The strip set is used to cut triangles. In this case, topless triangles will give you a triangle that, when sewn to other triangles, has equal finished width pieces within the triangle. In other words, a seam allowance is built into the triangle so the small piece at the top of each triangle does not finish to a narrower width.
There is no reason to cut a topless triangle if the strip being cut is a single strip of fabric. In this case, cut a full triangle with

Show & Tell...

This was a true quilt-as-you-go quilt. I wanted to do something with pictures, so I used my 3 grand children and made it out of 12 blocks. At this point I wasn't sure if it would be a wall hanging or a quilt. I sewed the picture on the batting with the backing then sewed a black border also. Next I decided to do something with decorative stitching. I liked it so much I attached it together with the centre. From there I laid it on the bed and created the rest. I was really proud of this quilt seeing that I was only a beginner. My mother-in--aw was the lucky one that got it for Christmas in 2006 and it looks really rich on her bed; so rich that she sleeps in another room so she can keep it clean for when she has company over. My specialty was garment sewing but to this day I do mostly quilts and enjoying it....Nancy

To see the rest of our Show & Tell Entries, go to our Community Tab at the top of our page and then click on the Show & Tell box!

Tips From Our Readers....

Binding my quilts hint: I use a needle holder box that is magnetic inside, I thread 5-6 needles put them in the box so I don't drop any of them and close the lid. This helps so much because you already have a lot of needles threaded ready to go for the binding. To me it's faster and it seems I'm not always stopping to thread needles all the time. This helps me so much because my fingers on my left hand are numb and this helps get me started. Love hints!!....Shirley

We want your tips....

Do you have a special little tip that has worked for you, that you'd like to share? We are always open to new things and would love to hear about them! Just e-mail your tip to me at the address below, and it will find a place in our newsletter! terrye@kayewood.com?subject=sharewithus


Is the name of Kaye's newest quilt. Congratulations, Ginger for coming up with the Perfect Name. As soon as this pattern is ready, you'll get a free copy! Kaye used her View & Do Circle Shapes for this one.

How Kaye Chooses Fabrics For The Back Of Her Quilts....

If you want your wonderful quilting stitches to really show up, use a solid all-cotton fabric.
They now manufacture 120 inch wide fabrics for the back of quilts that is great if you want a seamless back.

If you want your less than perfect quilting stitches to be hidden, use a patterned fabric.

The back does not have to be all the same fabric. Some quilters like to use extra blocks to piece into squares and rectangles for a decorative back. Or several large pieces (the width of the quilt) can be sewn together to fit the quilt.

I like a patterned or a batik fabric for the back of my quilts. Then when the quilting is done to accent the front, a secondary quilting pattern is formed on the back. It makes the quilt reversible.

For a lap robe for the sick, consider flannel for the back (with or without batting). It won't slip as easily and will be warmer.

So, now that the quilt top is finished, it is your choice what you do with the back.
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February's Project/Contest...

Send in pictures of your quilts, wallhangings, pillows, placemats, tablerunners... whatever you've made using Kaye's Shapes, Tools and Templates. Get creative! Just because it's a quilt pattern doesn't mean it has to end up as a quilt! This contest will end on Feb 28, so hurry! Don't think you can make the deadline? That's ok, keep sewing because we'll offer this again during the year!

Email me the pictures, and the story behind your project and you could win your choice of one of Kaye's Tools, Templates or Shapes along with a selection of patterns specially designed for that item.

Valentine's Day Fun Facts...

  • 15% of US women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
  • 73% of people who buy flowers on this day are men, while 27% are women.
  • About 1 billion cards are exchanged on Valentine's Day topped only by Christmas.
  • About 3% of pet owners will give a gift to their pet on this day.
  • Hallmark has over 1330 different cards especially for Valentine's Day.
  • Approximately 110 million roses, mostly red, will be sold and delivered with a three day time period.
  • Only the US, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Mexico and France, celebrate Valentine's Day.
  • Teachers will receive the most Valentine's, followed by kids, mothers, wives and then sweethearts.
  • Children ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million cards with teachers, classmates and family members.
  • Consumers will spend an average of $77 on V-Day gifts this year.
  • E-commerce retailers expect to have about $650 million in sales of food, candy, flowers and other V-Day gifts!

I think that's all for this week!

Have a great week, remember, Phil saw his shadow....

from The staff at Kaye Wood, Inc!