May 2012 - Posts

Quilting The Kaye Wood Way Week of 5.30.12 - Let's Get You Ready For The 4th Of July!

In This Issue....

  • On Sale - All of our DVDs and Patriotic, Americana and Flag Patterns
  • What's New in The Shop
  • Tips and Humor from Kaye
  • Quilting Events
  • Fun Facts For Today
  • Kaye's on YouTube
  • Show and Tell
Quilting the Kaye Wood Way
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Any order over $50.00 now ships free to the US!

Kaye has lots and lots of seminars and teacher certification classes scheduled in Arizona. Check out her schedule HERE

 

Hi Quilters!

We're going to get you ready for July 4th, this week. We've got ALL of our patriotic, americana and flag patterns on sale, and we've got ALL of our DVDs on sale - most marked down to $5.00!

Plus TONS of new items in our store - Read On.....

Home of the Brave

On Our Sale Page!


What's On Sale....

All of our DVDs and Patriotic, Americana and Flag patterns!

All that and MORE on our Sale Page!

Superstar Quilt Pattern

On Our Sale Page!

Soldier's Pride

On Our Sale Page!

Patriotic Dog

On Our Sale Page!

Americana

On Our Sale Page!

Star Spangled Quilt DVD

On Our Sale Page!

Cardinal DVD

On Our Sale Page!

View and Do Techniques DVD

On Our Sale Page!

Starmaker Design Concepts Technique DVD

and LOTS more!

On Our Sale Page!

Fat Quarter Sampler Packs.

Kaye is cleaning out her stash. That's right, and you have to realize, she's got a QUILT SHOP's worth of fabrics in every color of the rainbow, all quality quilting fabric!

You get 8 of them for 8.00 in the color of your choice.

We'll even mix and match them. Just let us know what you want in the comments section of the shopping cart.

Now, the shipping charges will show up in the shopping cart as $3.00 but please know that these are heavy and we will have to charge a bit more.

the image to the right is just an image, not an actual photo of one of the sampler packs.

What's New....

Tips and Humor From Kaye....

Quilting Cruises

I have been fortunate enough to take quilters on a cruise once or twice a year. We have classes, lectures, and sharing while at sea. In the ports we are free to shop or take the tours. This is one of the funny things that has happened while we have cruised.

"George" The Quilter

One of the quilting cruisers came to dinner carrying a small box.

I asked, "What's in the box?" She said, "It's George."

I knew I should not have asked, but.... carrying on, I said, "George must have really liked to cruise."

She said, "George would never go on a cruise, George would never let me cruise and George did not like quilters or quilts. Now George goes on a quilting cruise twice a year."

So George came to every meal and every class. We all said, "Hi, George." His box was featured on a quilt in the center of our group pictures.

Join us on our next quilting cruise, Feb 16-23, 2013 in thge Caribbean.

Click HERE for more details!

 

List Your Event....

All across the land, Quilt Guilds and Groups are gearing up for their shows. Get yours listed!

Looking for a Quilt Show to attend? Check out our listing. If you have an upcoming event or show you'd like to post on our events page, just click the link!
mailto:terrye@kayewood.com?subject=events


Fun Facts For Today, May 30, 2012....

May 30, 1783 - The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first daily newspaper published in America.

May 30, 1922 - The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was dedicated. The Memorial was designed by architect Henry Bacon and features a compelling statue of "Seated Lincoln" by sculptor Daniel Chester French.

May 30, 1943 - During World War II in the Pacific, the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska were retaken by the U.S. 7th Infantry Division. The battle began on May 12 when an American force of 11,000 landed on Attu. In three weeks of fighting U.S. casualties numbered 552 killed and 1,140 wounded. Japanese killed numbered 2,352, with only 28 taken prisoner, as 500 chose suicide rather than be captured.

Birthday - Founder of the Russian empire Peter the Great (1672-1725) was born near Moscow. He vastly increased the power of the Russian monarchy and turned his backward country into a major power in the Western world. Among his accomplishments, he completely overhauled the government and the Greek Orthodox Church as well as the military system and tax structure. He built St. Petersburg, established printing presses and published translations of foreign books, modernized the calendar, simplified the Russian alphabet and introduced Arabic numerals. He died at age 52 and was succeeded by his wife Catherine.


Kaye's on YouTube....

http://www.youtube.com/user/kayewood/

Are you having problems with a particular video? Let us know what you are experiencing and the name of the video so I can check it out!


Show 'N Tell....

I started this quilt way back in 2000-ish. Found the Cowgirls (Moda - Lynn Brown paintings) at Quilt Festival in Houston and knew that they were perfect for a quilt for my Mother in Law, who was a cowgirl in her younger days and a darn good barrel-racer with her horse Goldie....Rebecca

Canned Frogs! LOVE IT!!.....Antonia

Submit your creations to us. We'll put them on our Show 'N Tell page and in the newsletter! Be sure to send a picture as well as the story behind your quilt, wallhanging, tablerunner, or

send them to terrye@kayewood.com?subject="show-n-tell"


Hope you have a Great Week. Summer is coming!

Terrye and Kayla

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Quilting The Kaye Wood Way Week of 5.24.12 - Phillips Fiber Art and Happy Memorial Day

Can't Read This In Your Email? Click HERE for the Real Deal!

In This Issue....

  • Memorial Day
  • Our Entire Line Of Phillips Fiber Arts
  • What's New in Thse Shop
  • Tips and Humor from Kaye
  • Quilting Events
  • Did You Know?
  • Kaye's on YouTube
  • Show and Tell
  • Memorial Day Quote
Quilting the Kaye Wood Way
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We're pinning our little fingers off. Tell us what you'd like to see on our boards!

Come On, Tell Me


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Kaye has lots and lots of seminars and teacher certification classes scheduled in Arizona. Check out her schedule HERE

Hi Quilters!

We're back, this week, with Cheryl Phillips of Phillips Fiber Art!

Rather than just focus on one of her tools and the patterns that go with it, we've got them all!

From the Jewel Box Jems, Wedge Tools, Arc Tools and the Cut-a-Rounds, the Squedge... if Cheryl has it, so do we. Be sure to take advantage of this tool, pattern and book sale for new, innovative and easy ways to create her stunning quilts.

Then, check out our YouTube channel, where we have a plethora of instructions and ideas for these Tools and Patterns!

Plus TONS of new items in our store - Read On.....


Question to Our Readers....

We've been doing our Designer of the Week sales for awhile now. What designer would you like to see? Who are your favorites....Let us know HERE

Simple Harmony

On Our Sale Page!


Memorial Day....

Memorial Day was established to honor U.S. men and women, who have died during military service for our country. It first began to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. The first "proclaimed" Memorial Day, was on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan. The first Memorial Day "observance", was on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of both the Union and Confederate soldiers, at Arlington National Cemetery. After WWI, it expanded to include those who have died in any war or military action, while serving our country. Memorial Day should be important to all of us who enjoy freedom, but it especially hits home to the people who have lost a loved one, while serving our country. If you have kids or grandkids, make sure you tell them about Memorial Day, how it started and why it is celebrated. Tell them about the brave men and women who gave up their lives in the past and still do today, to ensure we have the freedoms we all enjoy, and sometimes take for granted.


What's On Sale....

Our Entire Line of Phillips Fiber Arts DVDs, Books, Patterns, Tools and Rulers!

All that and MORE on our Sale Page!

Simple Bands

On Our Sale Page!

Water Wheel Pattern

On Our Sale Page!

The Swirl

On Our Sale Page!

Simple Curves Tool

On Our Sale Page!

Sea Blossom

On Our Sale Page!

Jewel Box Junior Tool

On Our Sale Page!

Framing Pattern

On Our Sale Page!

Dresden Runner Pattern and Tool

and LOTS more!

On Our Sale Page!

Strip Quilting Projects Mega Collection. Regular Sale Price is $40.00

This Week, only 8.00!!

Get Kaye's Strip Quilting Project Books 2-9 as a set for $8.00 that is only 1 dollar a piece. These book's sell for 5.00 a piece. That is a savings of $32.00.

What's New....


Tips and Humor From Kaye....

Pressing For Accuracy

Pressing is different from ironing. Pressing is done in two different ways;

  • an up-ad-down motion to set the seams
  • and moving the iron with the grain line to press the seam allowances.

Pressing for accurate patchwork should be done:

  • 1. WITHOUT steam. Steam can stretch and distort the fabric.
  • 2. From the right side of the fabric. This will avoid pleats that form at the seamline.

Setting seams

This means pressing the seamline exactly as the seam was sewn. This sets the stitches in the middle of the fabric and makes a sharper seamline.

Rolling the strips

Pressing from the right side of the fabric can be done by rolling the strips.

  • 1. Place the iron on the strip that will not have the seam allowances pressed toward it.
  • 2. Hold the other strip or strips up in the air.
  • 3. Move the iron from the first strip across to the other strips, unrolling the strips as you press across them.

Once the seams are pressed in one direction, make sure they stay in that direction during the sewing process.

Sometimes my techniques call for the direction of the seam allowance to be temporarily changed to help match seams; but, before sewing, the seam allowance is returned to it's pressed direction.


List Your Event....

All across the land, Quilt Guilds and Groups are gearing up for their shows. Get yours listed!

Looking for a Quilt Show to attend? Check out our listing. If you have an upcoming event or show you'd like to post on our events page, just click the link!
mailto:terrye@kayewood.com?subject=events


Did You Know....

May is:

  • National Egg Month
  • Better Sleep Month
  • National Salad Month
  • National Photo Month
  • Date Your Mate Month
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Good Car Care Month
  • Fungal Infection Awareness Month
  • Revise Your Work Schedule Month
  • And, today, May 24, is National Escargo Day! lol

Kaye's on YouTube....

http://www.youtube.com/user/kayewood/

Are you having problems with a particular video? Let us know what you are experiencing and the name of the video so I can check it out!


Show 'N Tell....

....Leona

"Circles of"Circles of Black, Circles of White 3" - The third in a series of quilts embellished with buttons and beads.....Nancy

Submit your creations to us. We'll put them on our Show 'N Tell page and in the newsletter! Be sure to send a picture as well as the story behind your quilt, wallhanging, tablerunner, or

send them to terrye@kayewood.com?subject="show-n-tell"


Hope you have a Great Week, go to a parade, have a cookout, go to the lake but whatever you do, don't forget to honor the men and women who made this country great! (And, please, take your hat off and stand as a show of respect during the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance).

Terrye and Kayla

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Brand New In The Shop... Christmas Favorites by Art to Heart!

Christmas Favorites from Art To Heart

Written in a block of the month style, this cute quilt pattern is a must-have for your holiday decorating. Celebrate this special time of the year....

Click HERE to get your copy!

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Quilting The Kaye Wood Way Week of 5.9.12 - Wooden Bear, Blog Giveaway and New Cruise Scheduled.

Can't Read This In Your Email? Click HERE for the Real Deal!

In This Issue....

  • Our Entire Line Of Wooden Bear Designs
  • What's New in The Shop
  • New Fabric Lines and Blog Giveaway
  • Ugly Quilt Contest
  • New Quilting Cruise Scheduled
  • Free 1 Yard Piece of Tru-Grid
  • Question of the Week
  • Cutting Techniques - Tips and Humor from Kaye
  • Quilting Events
  • Kaye's on YouTube
  • Show and Tell
  • Call For Entries
Quilting the Kaye Wood Way
Like us on Facebook for special offers!

"Pitter Patches", our Twitter Bird is loving her flowers....Follow us!

We're on Pinterest Now!

We're pinning our little fingers off. Tell us what you'd like to see on our boards!

Come On, Tell Me


Questions? Email Us!


Please Visit Our Sponsors, They Help Keep This Newsletter Free!Quilting, Sewing and Crafts Expos

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New Policy.... Any order over $50.00 now ships free to the US!

Kaye has lots and lots of seminars and teacher certification classes scheduled in Arizona. Check out her schedule HERE

Hi Quilters!

You LOVED our Ellen Medlock sale last week, and this week is guaranteed to be just as good! For quite awhile now, we've carried some of The Wooden Bear pattern line, and this week, we've put the entire line on sale! How's that? Adorably cute patterns and appliques for towels, quilts, wearables, aprons, seasonal designs, you name it. Kelly of The Wooden Bear is a genius when it comes to cute. Be sure to check it out!

And, we have their new book, Hugs and Holly!

If applique is your thing, this versatile collection will thrill you to the gills. And I do mean versatile! Just because a pattern is written for an apron or wallhanging, doesn't mean you can't take that applique and put it on a sweatshirt, pillow or towel! Their whole line revolves around this idea of versatility.

We have a little contest going on - guess a product and get a free sample, a big contest going on - send in pics of your ugly quilts and a blog giveaway. Plus TONS of new items in our store - Read On.....

Hugs and Holly Book

On Our Sale Page!


What's On Sale....

Our Entire Line of The Wooden Bear Applique, Quilt, Wearable, and Seasonal Designs

All that and MORE on our Sale Page!

Woodland Mallards Pillow, Towel and Wallhanging Pattern

(and more Woodlands series patterns)

On Our Sale Page!

Straddling Moose Notepad

(and more Notepads series)

On Our Sale Page!

Just 2 Tea Towels Apron, Towel and Wallhanging Pattern

(and more Just 2 Tea Towels series patterns)

On Our Sale Page!

Straddling Bear pattern

(and more "Straddling" series patterns)

On Our Sale Page!

Fall Sampler Pattern

On Our Sale Page!

June Bugs Pattern

(and more monthly themed series patterns)

On Our Sale Page!

Bumble Bee Patternlet

(and more of the "Patternlet" series patterns)

On Our Sale Page!

Happy Haunters Book

On Our Sale Page!

Miscellaeous Copies of the older Kaye's Quilting Friends and Quilter's Toolbox VHS copies of the sho - regular price is $18.00

Now, only $4.00!!

Miscellaneous copies of Kaye's Quilting Friends and Quilter's Toolbox shows in VHS format.


What's New....

Fabric....

From the Ellen Medlock Studio, we have all of her lines!

This pictured below is the turquoise fabrics, there are also lime green, lavenders, citrus, and fuscia colors. Awesome!!

Plus... until 5.14.12, you can enter to win a FREE fat quarter sampler pack featuring Ellen's newest line - Enchanted Damask!

Go here for the deets....

Ugly Quilts Contest....

Ugly Quilts. Wait, What? No Quilts Are Ugly, right?

Well, there are some, and we all have them, and now we're going to celebrate their existence!

Send us pictures of your "ugliest" quilts.

You have until the end of May. That's right, 2 weeks (roughly) to send us pics of your ugliest quilt, and if we choose yours, you won't have to cry because you will win

Get a Free 1 Yard Piece of Tru-Grid....

Free 1 Yard Piece of our new product

Pellon Tru-Grid while supplies last. All you have to do, is this:

Tell us in which pattern Kaye uses the Tru-Grid. Quantities are limited, HURRY!!

Tru-Grid is HERE

My Dance Pattern

Quilting Question of the Week....

Q: I would like details for quilting a log cabin design.
K: I like to have my log cabins quilted in anything but squares. Try this: quilt a motif in the center of each block then quilt curves or circles around the center block.


Tips and Humor From Kaye....

What machine techniques are special?

Along my quilting road, I've discovered that special techniques were needed for rotary cutting and machine sewing, some of which I developed, and some of which are general knowledge. Among those techniques are

  • Rotary cutting
  • Strip piecing to cut diamonds
  • Starmaker Master Templates for accurate angles, any size
  • Anchor seamlines
  • Perfect Y-seams
  • Finger pinning
  • Pinning with the grain line
  • Starter scraps
  • Sewing over seamlines

Cutting Techniques

Cut Strips

Strips for most projects are cut cross grain (from selvedge to selvedge). These strips are a convenient length (42"/44") to use in your piecing.

The lengthwise grain has less stretch and is sometimes used for vertical (up and down) sashing and border strips.

Strips need to be cut straight

If the fold of the fabric is visible, cut at right angles to the fold. It's OK if the selvedges do not line up.

If the fold is no longer visible, fold the fabric in half with the selvedges together. Lay the fabric down and slide the top layer to one side until the fabric lays flat.

Straighten the fabric by cutting it at right angles to the fold.

do this by placing a cross line on a ruler on the fold, and then rotary cutting the fabric.

The shorter the distance to rotary cut, the easier it is to cut accurately; so after straightening the fabric, fold the fabric in fourths and cut strips, lining up a ruler with the folded edge.

I like to undo one fold of the fabric and re-straighten the edge after cutting five or six strips. Then refold, restraighten, and continue cutting strips.

After a strip is cut, do an accuracy check.

Accuracy Tip: Fold the cut strip in half, end to end. Is the strip the same width at both ends and at the center of the strip?

Straighten the strip or strip set

Before cutting squares or rectangles, trim the end of the strip or strip set to straighten and remove the selvedge.

If you are cutting the strips or strip sets for diamonds, don't bother to straighten the ends.

Right handed quilters, trim on the far right side.

Left handed quilters, trim on the far left side.


List Your Event....

All across the land, Quilt Guilds and Groups are gearing up for their shows. Get yours listed!

Looking for a Quilt Show to attend? Check out our listing. If you have an upcoming event or show you'd like to post on our events page, just click the link!
mailto:terrye@kayewood.com?subject=events


Kaye's on YouTube....

http://www.youtube.com/user/kayewood/

Are you having problems with a particular video? Let us know what you are experiencing and the name of the video so I can check it out!


Show 'N Tell....

Call For Entries....

Picnic blanket and bag......Jodie

Submit your creations to us. We'll put them on our Show 'N Tell page and in the newsletter! Be sure to send a picture as well as the story behind your quilt, wallhanging, tablerunner, or.....

send them to terrye@kayewood.com?subject="show-n-tell"

Hope you have a Great Week,

Terrye and Kayla

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New Fabrics From Ellen Medlock Studio In Our Shop!

New fabrics in our shop. These are some ofthe turquoise prints available. We also have pinks, lavenders, and lime. All from the Ellen Medlock Studio!

http://www.kayewood.com/category/Fabrics/c90

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Giveaway - Enchanted Damask Fat Quarter Sampler Packs from The Ellen Medlock Studio!

New in our shop from the Ellen Medlock Studio, we have 2 Fat Quarter Sampler Packs to giveaway!

This is a cute little ribboned pack of 6 Fat Quarters. One each of the Enchanted Damask Fabric Collection~ (3) Enchanted Damask- fuchsia, citrus, and turquoise colorway. (3) Spring Dot- fuchsia, citrus, and turquoise. Each of the 6 cut pieces of fabric are 18"h. x 22" w. 100% quality quilting cotton~

How to win....... Browse our store and tell me what you would create with this fabulous pack! but hurry, there's only 1 week to get your entries in!

Let us know, HERE

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Classic Miniaudiere - This Week On Our YouTube Channel!

Today on Kaye Wood's YouTube Channel
Classic Miniaudiere DVD (on sale this week!) Click HERE to watch Ellen demonstrate this chic little clutch! And Find all of our Ellen Medlock Studio line on sale this week! But hurry, sale only good for one week.......... On our sale page HERE
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Quilting The Kaye Wood Way Week of 5.2.12 - Fresh and Funky From The Ellen Medlock Studio!

Can't Read This In Your Email? Click HERE for the Real Deal!

In This Issue....

  • Our Entire Line Of Ellen Medlock Studio Products is On Sale!
  • What's New in The Shop
  • Another Quilting Ebook!
  • Ugly Quilt Contest
  • Attention So-Cal Quilters
  • Free 1 Yard Piece of Tru-Grid
  • Question of the Week
  • Tips and Humor from Kaye
  • Tips From Our Friends
  • Quilting Events
  • Kaye's on YouTube
  • Show and Tell
  • Call For Entries
Quilting the Kaye Wood Way
Like us on Facebook for special offers!

"Pitter Patches", our Twitter Bird is loving her flowers....Follow us!

We're on Pinterest Now!

We're pinning our little fingers off. Tell us what you'd like to see on our boards!

Come On, Tell Me


Questions? Email Us!


Please Visit Our Sponsors, They Help Keep This Newsletter Free!Quilting, Sewing and Crafts Expos

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Quilt Qua!

Attention: Please keep an eye out for these stolen quilts by Karen Combs. Read more and see pictures HERE


Fave Crafts


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New Policy.... Any order over $50.00 now ships free to the US!

Kaye's lots and lots of seminars and teacher certification classes scheduled in Arizona. Check out her schedule HERE

Hi Quilters!

Do you like cute, funky, fresh and fun? This week, our Designer of the Week is Ellen from the Ellen Medlock Studio, and it doesn't get any cuter!

We have purse patterns, purse handles, findings and hardware, charms, ribbons, gift items, and of course quilt patterns from Ellen, and the whole she-bang is on sale this week!

And with the weather this week calling for nothing but rain and storms (although I LOVE a good storm!) quilting is right up there on our to-do list!

We have a little contest going on - guess a product and get a free sample, a big contest going on - send in pics of your ugly quilts and a blog giveaway. Plus TONS of new items in our store - Read On.....

Fat Quarter Sampler - Enchanted Damask

On Our Sale Page!


What's On Sale....

Our Entire Line of Ellen Medlock Studio Patterns, Purse Hardware, Handles and Chains, Gift Items and Fabrics

All that and MORE on our Sale Page!

Picture This Bag Pattern

On Our Sale Page!

Reversible Tote Bag Pattern

On Our Sale Page!

Preppy Tote Pattern With Wooden Handles (available with just pattern too!)

On Our Sale Page!

Charmant Clutch

On Our Sale Page!

Interchangeable 1 Bag Pattern and Handle Set (also available in just pattern)

On Our Sale Page!

Interchangeable 2 Bag Pattern and Handle Set (also available in just pattern)

On Our Sale Page!

Entire Line of Fine and Regular Clip on Chains in a variety of finishes and lengths.

On Our Sale Page!

An Assortment of Ribbons, Charms, Trims and other goodies!

On Our Sale Page!

The Classic Miniaudiere Technique DVD

Only $5.00 On Our Sale Page!

Check out one of our Mega Sale Packs

Strip Quilting Projects Mega Pack!

More Info

Strip Quilting Projects Mega Collection - regular sale price is $40.00

Now, only $8.00!!

Get Kaye's Strip Quilting Project Books 2-9 as a set for $8.00 that is only 1 dollar a piece. These book's sell for 5.00 a piece. That is a savings of $32.00.


What's New....

We Have Another Ebook For You....

Strip Cut Quilts, previously available only in print, now we've "E'd" it! And since we don't have to print it, put it in an envelop and ship it, you can get it for just about 1/2 price! $15.00

Strip-Cut Quilts has over 200 illustrations, 30 projects and 23 quilt block techniques. More than 30 color photos let you see what grand projects they truly are. This book is great for the beginner or advanced quilter, with projects to suit every skill level. Enjoy a trip through the seasons with quilts like, Glacier Ice, Spring Rain, Flying Gander and Rainbow Sherbert. Create a beautiful Christmas table runner or be swept away as Kokopelli Plays Again. Techniques include fussy cuts, tree borders, flying geese, topless triangles and much, much more. Tips include everything from fabric preparation, accurate cutting, measuring and pressing tips, to squaring up your blocks, borders, sashing and mitered corners....Wow!!

HERE

New Contest....

Ugly Quilts. Wait, What? No Quilts Are Ugly, right?

Well, there are some, and we all have them, and now we're going to celebrate their existence!

Send us pictures of your "ugliest" quilts.

You have until the end of May. That's right, 4 weeks (roughly) to send us pics of your ugliest quilt, and if we choose yours, you won't have to cry because you will win

  • 1 Starmaker or View and Do Shape of your choice and
  • All the patterns that go with that item!
  • Hurry, start sending them to us HERE
Attention So Cal Quilters....

SoCal Quilts of Valor, free sew day, May 6, Lakewood American Legion Post 496 at 5938 Parkcrest, Long Beach, CA from 10-4,creations4u7@aol.com

This is a great cause, Quilters, be sure to show up and help if you can!

Get a Free 1 Yard Piece of Tru-Grid....

Free 1 Yard Piece of our new product

Pellon Tru-Grid while supplies last. All you have to do, is this:

Tell us in which pattern Kaye uses the Tru-Grid. Quantities are limited, HURRY!!

Tru-Grid is HERE

Quilting Question of the Week....

Q: I have bought some vintage fabrics from a yard sale and was wondering if I should launder them before making them into a quilt?
K: Yes, definitely launder them if they need it, but remember that older fabrics especially, tend to shrink and their colors can run.

Q: I was wondering if a button stitch setting could be used for satin stitching.
K: The buttonhole symbol is not for satin stitching. Center the needle and adjust the width of the stitch as needed. Try a 3 width and adjust the length to a 1 or use the satin stitch feature on your machine if it is available.


Tips and Humor From Kaye....

Do I Wash My Fabric?

I usually do NOT wash my fabric unless there is a real reason for me to wash it.

Some valid reasons to wash fabric:

  • You plan to wash your quilted project.
  • If you lose sleep about colors bleeding.
  • If your fabric has too much sizing.
  • If shrinking would be a problem.

If you decide not to wash your fabric, you have to be able to live with the above-mentioned problems.

If you wash your fabric, cut diagonally acrosee each corner before washing. This will keep the edges from raveling.

Tip From A Quilting Friend:

Mary Jane Holcomb shared this tip with us.

If you want to wash a large piece fo fabric, accordion-fold the fabric along one selvedge.

  • Pin the folds in place with large safety pins.
  • Hold the fabric by the pinned edge and let it hang.
  • The bottom selvedges will also fold; pin these.
  • Then wash and dry with no tangles.

List Your Event....

All across the land, Quilt Guilds and Groups are gearing up for their shows. Get yours listed!

Looking for a Quilt Show to attend? Check out our listing. If you have an upcoming event or show you'd like to post on our events page, just click the link!
mailto:terrye@kayewood.com?subject=events


Kaye's on YouTube....

http://www.youtube.com/user/kayewood/

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Show 'N Tell....

Call For Entries....

Made my 2 great granddaughters for Christmas.....Ellen

Rail Fence I made my daughter for Christmas.....Ellen

Submit your creations to us. We'll put them on our Show 'N Tell page and in the newsletter! Be sure to send a picture as well as the story behind your quilt, wallhanging, tablerunner, or.....

send them to terrye@kayewood.com?subject="show-n-tell"

Hope you have a Great Week, get your sewing room all ready for these QuiltSmart Creations!

Kaye, Terrye and Kayla