January 2013 - Posts

Quilting The Kaye Wood Way Week of 1.30.13 - Help Us Kick January To The Curb!!

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In This Issue....

  • Today at the Cabin
  • On Sale - We're Kicking January to the Curb!
  • Kaye's Got A New Tool Coming!
  • What's New in The Shop
  • DVD of the Week
  • History of Log Cabin Quilts Part 2
  • Q and A
  • YouTube
  • Worthy Pattern
  • Craftsy
  • Q and A
  • Sew Lazy Interfacings
  • New Quiz
  • 2014 Australian/New Zealand Quilting Cruise
  • Q and A
  • Show and Tell
  • Quilting Events
  • This Week In History

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New Lecture/Demo/Trunk Show scheduled for Phoenix in January....

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Hi Quilters!

Today at the cabin : Warm and Cold. Snow and Rain (and ice). Mother Nature is pitching her fits to a new level! We've had almost 50 degrees with rain, thunder and lightening. "What so unusual about that?" you say? It's Northern Michigan and it's still January. It's just wrong. We had a real nice snowfall a week or so ago, got real excited. Break out the skis, dig out the snowshoes and go have fun, and now it's warm and raining. So likely, there won't be any skiing or snowboarding this weekend!


We're kicking January to the curb with all of our winter patterns on sale!

Check out our SALE PAGE

Feeling Flakey Wall Quilt Pattern

Reg price $7.00

This week $5.00

Don't forget to check out our Clearance Items too. Lots of stuff on sale this week.

Check it out....
All on our SALE PAGE


Last week we offered a "One reader gets their order fr** today" and that winner was Lise from Nova Scotia who ordered the Gracie Bag Pattern. Congratulations, Lise!

So... let's do it again! All orders ordered either over the internet or called in on Thursday, January 31, 2013 will go into a hat and we will pick out one that will get their order FR**!!

There's no criteria for this one, no minimum order, no exclusions of international orders, nothing. ALL orders placed January 31, 2013 will be eligible! Good Luck!!


What's On Sale....

All this and MORE on our Sale Page!

Crystal Snow Pattern

Regular Price is $9.00

This week is $7.00

On Our Sale Page!

Snow Belles Pattern

Regular Price is $9.00

This week is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

I Believe Book

Regular Price is $18.00

This week is $5.00

On Our Sale Page!

Hanging Santa Pattern

Regular Price is $8.00

This week is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Winter Woodlands Pattern

Regular Price is $9.00

Clearance Price is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Snowman Patternlet

Regular Price is $4.00

Clearance Price is $2.99

On Our Sale Page!

Bundled Up Pattern

Regular Price is $8.00

Clearance Price is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Winter Friends Wallhanging, Pillow and Tablerunner Pattern

Regular Price is $9.00

Clearance Price is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Be sure to check out our SALE PAGE for all of our recent sale and clearance items!


New In The Shop....

Kaye has a brand new quilting tool, available soon. Every quilter will need a set. They are called XTenders. More information to follow.

My Alphabet Quilt Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section

Salt and Pepper Quilt Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section

Bali Jewels Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section

Garden Song Photo Art Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section


Stained Glass Iris Technique DVD

Regular price - $12.00

This week - $5.00

DVD of the Week....

Stained Glass Iris Technique DVD...

This quilt can be made from embroidered blocks or from printed fabric blocks.

Light and dark borders are added to the diamonds to give an added depth to the design. Size: 23" x 38"

Get the accompanying pattern HERE


History of Log Cabin Quilts Part 2....

By Jane Hall, Quilt Teacher, Author

Log Cabin quilt designs, however, have been found across the Atlantic quite a bit earlier than we have documented them in the US. Our earliest signed/dated Log Cabin quilt was made in 1869, according to Barbara Brackman's database begun with the Kansas quilt project in the 1980's. The British Quilt Heritage Project found extant Log Cabin quilts made as early as the second quarter of the 19th Century. Log Cabin patterning on the other hand, has been found in very early inlaid wood designs, in weavings, and in embroideries. In Great Britain, a square perfume bag (sachet) worked in lattice silks in the pattern is shown in a 1926 book. A beautiful small box made for sewing tools, embroidered on four sides with classic Log Cabins and a row of Courthouse Steps Log Cabins can be found in the National Museum of Scotland. Both are dated around the mid 1700's.

When you begin to explore the origins of the pattern, and its translation into fabric, it gets more and more interesting, and can turn into a treasure hunt. There are several theories, and bear in mind we quilters can find patterns anywhere we look, bathroom floors, plowed fields seen from an airplane, the back of a jacket worn by someone in a line in front of us. Unfortunately, none of these theories can be verified at this point, but wouldn't it be fun to try?

The "Mummy theory" is one of the most plausible. In the early part of the 19th Century, when the tombs in Egypt were opened, the British found thousands of small animal mummies, put there as funerary objects of respect for the departed royalty. Some of these are housed in the British Museum today and you can easily see the Log Cabin patterning in the way the strips of linen are wound around the cat or ibex. Some of the mummies are even colored, with some sort of dye, in light and dark areas on the diagonals, exactly like our contemporary Log Cabin blocks. There were vast numbers of these mummies, and not knowing what to do with them, many were shipped back to England and distributed to farmers for fertilizer. Can't you just see a farmer's wife finding the pattern sitting in her yard and copying it with strips of fabric?

Read the entire article here: http://www.womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/logcabin.htm


Q: Kaye demonstrated on a program how to prepare the back of a pillow for insertion. What measurements did she use? I know the back was sewn into two pieces.

A: For a 14" pillow, cut two 15 x 20 inch pieces. Complete instructions and diagrams are found in Kaye's book, Strip Quilting Projects #3 which is on sale for $5. Click on the link for a peek at this book.

http://www.kayewood.com/item/Strip_Quilting_Projects_Book_3/393

Kaye's on YouTube....

140 (ish) shows. Check them all out... HERE

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!


Worthy -A best seller!

You LOVED last week's feature of the Genesis Too talking pattern. Well here is the sister pattern, Worthy!

Wait, What? The pattern talks?

  • Read the printed directions, now with the most important photos printed
  • See every step of the process with 142 photos posted online at the associated web page as given inside this booklet.
  • Hear Londa's directions! It's like she's right there with you, telling you what to do step-by-step along with each photo.

This creative experience assumes a medium to advanced skill level of sewing.

Worthy is angular and asymmetrical, and grazing the high hip. This is a great sweatshirt conversion jacket destined to flatter all figure types.

PLAY with this pattern, with the goal being the creation of a wonderful one-of-a-kind comfortable jacket WORTHY of you!

Enjoy playing the role of designer, and creator as you easily learn Londa's techniques delivered to you in every way possible

Get yours HERE!


Craftsy....

Prefer to pay by Paypal? Well, now you can get any of our E-Patterns and E-Books in our Craftsy Shop and pay via Paypal!


Q: When rotary cutting, my cutter skips. I have changed blades several times and it still does it. What am I doing wrong? I'm new at this.

A: What kind of mat are you using? It could be that. You should try to use a higher quality mat and cutter such as a Clover, Olfa or Fiskars. A cheaper one will be, well, you get what you pay for. ;-)


Sew Lazy Interfacings....

New and Extremely Popular!

Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Fame has designed her own line of interfacing for those of us who quilt and sew.

This stuff totally ROCKS!

7 different interfacings/stabilizers for everything you need to do.

  • Iron On Vinyl
  • Face It Soft
  • Face It Firm
  • Stiff Stuff Lite
  • Iron On Vinyl
  • Stiff Stuff Firm
  • Fusi-Bond Lite
  • Dreamy Sew In High Loft Fleece
  • Check them all out HERE

Bottoms Up Pattern

Clearance - only 5 left in the shop, so hurry....

One pattern in the Gingerbread Lane Set Wallhanging. 17" X 12"


New Quiz....

Last winner was Maurine! Congratulations, I've sent you an email! The answers to last week's quiz are in red.

If you do not have a serger or an overlock machine, what kind of stitch would create the same effect.
  • Stay Stitch
  • Zig-Zag
  • Baste
  • Straight

Most quilting styles are "pieced" (made up of pieces of different fabrics), but in some traditional quilts, only one piece of fabric is used, and the pattern is made with the texture of the quilting stitches. What is the term for a quilt made of only one piece of fabric?

  • White quilt
  • Whole-cloth quilt
  • One-Piece quilt
  • Plain quilt

What is Silamide

  • Hand lotion for seamstresses
  • Sewing Machine Oil
  • Waxed thread
  • Handgun lubricant

What is the International Quilt Association known for?

  • Honoring a quilter every year who has made a difference in the quilting world
  • Sponsoring the World's Largest Quilt Show
  • Holding an annual conference in which 250 classes and lectures are offered
  • All of the above

What characterizes a "Summer Spread"?

  • Light colors
  • No Backing
  • No Batting
  • Smaller than bed quilts, made to be used as picnic cloths.

 

February 2014 Quilting Cruise....

Quilters, add this to your Bucket List -a Quilting Cruise.

Many quilting teachers have gotten into the cruising mode to combine quilting classes with cruising. What could be better? Visit exotic ports, shopping for fabrics, travelling with other quilters, 3+ meals a day, someone to clean up your cabin while you relax and take quilting classes while at sea.

Has this ever happened to you? A late night phone call from a man with an Australian accent asking if you would like to cruise the Caribbean with him. This happened to me in 1989. Of course, I said "what did you say?" Was this one of those phone calls I had been warned about? So, being curious, I said "tell me more", thinking I should just hang up on this obscene phone call. He turned out to be a travel agent who wanted to put together a quilting cruise with me as the featured teacher. I had no idea how this worked, assuming it was legitimate. Never having been on a cruise, I called my friend, Jane, from Florida who had been on several cruises; she agreed to join me and also teach some on-board classes.

Since all of our work is done on a sewing machine, we would need sewing machines. How do we go about doing that? We got our first taste of dealing with customs, because sewing machines are made outside the US; and we were taking these machines out of the country and then bringing them back. Problem solved. The Viking sewing machine company, which was the major sponsor for my PBS-TV show, Strip Quilting, came to our rescue; they furnished the machines and also sent one of their educators on the cruise. Little by little, everything fell into place.

In 1990, our first quilting cruise left port with fourteen of us, including three teachers and husbands.

We have grown over the years until now we average about 85-120 quilters on each cruise, many of whom have returned several times. And the rest is history. I have become addicted to cruising as well as being already addicted to quilting. What a great life! And to think, I almost hung up on what I thought might be an obscene phone call, but instead was a life-changing event.

What cruise stories I could tell -about machines blowing up, losing machines in customs, "George" (who came along on our cruise in a box), about shopping in the water, buying molas in the San Blas Islands of Panama. Many of these stories have become part of my quilting lectures and are also included in my book, Everyone Can Quilt.

In February of 2013, we will return to the Western Caribbean for my 14th quilting cruise; this time on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.

A big celebration is being planning with my 15th quilting cruise in February of 2014 with a combination 22-day land tour and quilting cruise to Australia and New Zealand.

Click HERE for more details!


 

Q: HELP!! I have a beautiful fabric that I want to use for backing. It's base color is burgundy, and it has dark red and yellow flowers with dark gold leaves. I have washed it several times with Shout Color Catchers, and I am still getting dye out. I would love to use it for the backing, but I don't know if there is a way to fix the dye permanently so it doesn't bleed anymore. Should I just use the fabric and give a box of color catchers to the recipient of the quilt? Any help or guideline would be great.

A: I did quite a bit of research on this subject and found a lot of different answers. People used everything from vinegar, to salt, to chemical catchers such as the Shout Color Catchers you used.

One lady tried a product called Re-tayne from a company called Pro-Chem. It is supposed to fix any unfixed dye and wash it away, so it will no longer bleed. The lady who used it responded that it worked really well with no additional bleeding to any of her fabrics thus far. The gallon was around $14 and she considered it well worth it.

Another product that Pro Chem suggested was Synthropol. The difference between this and Re-tayne was this. Re-tayne actually sets errant dyes so they'll stop bleeding and Synthropal "floats" out any unfixed dye and keeps it from fixing itself onto areas of the fabric that you don't want to be stained.

Another lady used vinegar when she had that problem, although some people consider this a little caustic for their fabrics. She responded that if the vinegar didn't stop the bleeding, she seriously had to consider whether to use the fabric or not.

Last but not least, since you've been using the Shout treatment already, you might want to contact them for further suggestions.


Show and Tell....

Here is a photo of my finished Tumbling Stars Centerpiece. I had a great time learning to make this.

.......Sylvia

Send is your creations. Include a picture or two and a short story about your quilt/tablerunner or wallhanging (or other) and we'll put it on our Show and Tell Page!

Send to terrye@kayewood.com


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


This Week In History....

January is.... National Apple, Apricots, Asparagus and Artichoke Month
Jan 30, 1948 Gandhi assassinated
Jan 31, 1950 Truman announces development of H-bomb
Feb 01, 1884 Oxford Dictionary debuts
Feb 02, 1887 First Groundhog Day
Feb 03, 2005 Gonzales becomes first Hispanic U.S. attorney general
Feb 04, 1974 Patty Hearst kidnapped
Feb 05, 1994 Beckwith convicted of killing Medgar Evers

Have a great week, everyone,

Terrye and Kayla

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Quilting The Kaye Wood Way Week of 1.23.13 - Cotton Tales and The History of Log Cabin Quilts

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In This Issue....

  • Today at the Cabin
  • On Sale - Cotton Tales
  • Kaye's Got A New Tool Coming!
  • What's New in The Shop
  • DVD of the Week
  • History of Log Cabin Quilts
  • Cleaning Cutting Boards
  • Genesis Too Pattern
  • TwinStar Mega Sale
  • Craftsy
  • Q and A
  • Sew Lazy Interfacings
  • New Quiz
  • Great Lakes Seaway Trail Byway Quilt Show
  • 2014 Australian/New Zealand Quilting Cruise
  • Show and Tell
  • Quilting Events
  • This Week In History
  • Q and A
  • Kaye's on YouTube

Quilting the Kaye Wood Way
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New Lecture/Demo/Trunk Show scheduled for Phoenix in January....

HERE

Hi Quilters!

Today at the cabin : Today it's bean soup and cornbread. Cooked on the woodstove. All day. Yum. Just sayin'......

Cotton Tales is our featured designer this week. From Civil War patterns to block of the month patterns, to wildlife and birds, lodge and seasonal patterns, plus some just plain fun stuff thrown in, they are all on sale!

Check out our SALE PAGE

Seasons of Change Quilt Pattern

A lodge style, seasonal quilt.

Reg price $12.00

This week $9.00

Don't forget to check out our Clearance Items too. Lots of stuff on sale this week.

Check it out....
All on our SALE PAGE


Last week we offered a "One reader gets their order fr** today" and that winner was Mattie from California who ordered the 6 Hour Quilt Pattern. Congratulations, Mattie!

So... let's do it again! All orders ordered either over the internet or called in on Thursday, January 24, 2013 will go into a hat and we will pick out one that will get their order FR**!!

There's no criteria for this one, no minimum order, no exclusions of international orders, nothing. ALL orders placed January 24, 2013 will be eligible! Good Luck!!

What's On Sale....

All this and MORE on our Sale Page!

Blue Heron Pattern

Regular Price is $10.00

This week is $7.50

On Our Sale Page!

Stars and Stripes Forever Pattern

Regular Price is $8.50

This week is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Seasons of Change Pattern

Regular Price is $12.00

This week is $9.00

On Our Sale Page!


Felicity's Garden Block of the Month Style Pattern

Regular Price is $20.00

This week is $17.00

On Our Sale Page!

Antique Stars Pattern

Regular Price is $8.00

Clearance Price is $6.50

On Our Sale Page!

Savannah Rose Pattern

Regular Price is $8.50

Clearance Price is $6.50

On Our Sale Page!

Vintage Blues Pattern

Regular Price is $9.00

Clearance Price is $7.00

On Our Sale Page!

Blaze of Glory Pattern

Regular Price is $9.00

Clearance Price is $7.00

On Our Sale Page!

Be sure to check out our SALE PAGE for all of our recent sale and clearance items!


New In The Shop....

Kaye has a brand new quilting tool, available soon. Every quilter will need a set. They are called XTenders. More information to follow.

Whispering Willows Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section

Creative Grids 60 Degree Double Strip Ruler

In Our Check It Out Section

Junk to Jems Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section

Catch Me If You Can Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Technique DVD

Regular price - $12.00

This week - $5.00

DVD of the Week....

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Technique DVD...

This popular pattern is a simple and easy to piece, fat quarter quilt. 25 fat quarters are the accent to a white background, for stunning results.

Get the DVD HERE

The pattern itself is in full color, with easy to read, precise directions....Get the pattern HERE

Size: 94" x 94


History of Log Cabin Quilts Part 1....

By Jane Hall, Quilt Teacher, Author

Log Cabin quilt designs are among the most popular and easily recognized of all quilt patterns. Beginning with a center shape, usually a square, the traditional design is made by sewing strips in sequence around the sides of the square, varying the values between light and dark.

The blocks can be set together in too many ways to list, although there are a number of named designs such as Barn Raising, Sunshine and Shadow, and Straight Furrow. Simple to construct and easily made with either scraps or planned yardage, the pattern appeals to beginning and advanced quilters alike.

Early blocks were almost always pieced on fabric foundations. The older Log Cabin quilts are often scrappy rather than color coordinated. Since the blocks were made of narrow strips of fabric, sewing them together on a foundation provided the necessary precision as well as stability.

When I began quilting, I was told with great authority that Log Cabin quilts were always tied, never quilted. Once I began to collect old quilts, I understood why. These foundations were often waste fabrics of different weights, perhaps recycled, and in the days before sewing machines were widely available, would be almost impossible to quilt through by hand.

We Americans have long considered this pattern the quintessential American design. Quilters are told that it represents log cabins on the prairie with red center squares for the hearth, light values on one side for the sunny side of the house and dark values on the opposite side for the shady side of the house. The heydey of the Log Cabin in this country was in the third and fourth quarters of the 19th Century, corresponding to the widespread trek Westward after the Civil War, so the "little-house-on-the-Prairie" figure fits nicely. The graphic Pineapple Log Cabin design, is a classic log cabin with strips laid on the diagonals in addition to those on the horizontal and vertical planes. It too derives its design from the placement of dark and light values.

Read the entire article here: http://www.womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/logcabin.htm


 

There are still a few openings on our Caribbean cruise Feb. 16-22, 2013.

Several cancellations occurred because of illness.

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas leaves from New Orleans

Ports are Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.

Classes are held while we are at sea. Most classes still have openings.

After the cruise, there is an optional quilt shop tour to the Quilted Owl in New Orleans on Saturday.

We have scheduled three other tours on Sunday and Monday to places of interest in New Orleans.

Call Bonnie at Cruise One 800-784-4480.

Hope to see you all there.


Another Idea On Cleaning Cutting Boards....

I use a gum eraser for my cutting boards and it works well getting the link out of the rotary cutting cut marks.


The Genesis Too Pattern -A best seller!

Genesis Too features a classic cardigan neckline created from the sweatshirt's lower ribbing.

Seeing the sweatshirt as "fabric and matching ribbing" serves to fast forward through fitting issues, and move the sleeve seam to the natural shoulder line.

Added features include an extensive Embellishment Library full of techniques, photos, and design principles to guide and filter your decisions. This style is developed for beginner level sewers in mind

Get yours HERE!


TwinStar Collection Sale!

Kaye's TwinStar Jacket Pattern is the star of this show, but wait, you also get Vests To Dye For, Terrific Triangles, Serger Patchwork Projects, Sunny Skies, Patchwork Pyramids, Starring The Eagle, Savage Star and Sensational Seminole.

All in all there are 7 patterns and 2 books in this collection. They are sure to sell out fast at this price, so hurry!

Regular Clearance price is $30.00 for this set, This week 1/2 price. $15.00!!

PLEASE NOTE.... Shipping on this product will be $6.00!

On our SALE page


Craftsy....

Prefer to pay by Paypal? Well, now you can get any of our E-Patterns and E-Books in our Craftsy Shop and pay via Paypal!


Christi... I just purchased the epattern for the Biscuit Quilt. I didn't realize it was a small quilt. I'd like to use the pattern, but make a twin size quilt. Is it possible to use 2 lengths of the grid? Would I sew the lengths together, or possibly fuse them with strips of fusible? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Kaye....It is much easier to work with the size suggested in the pattern. To make a bigger quilt, just make 4 or more units of this size; then sew them together after the biscuits are all made.


Sew Lazy Interfacings....

New and Extremely Popular!

Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Fame has designed her own line of interfacing for those of us who quilt and sew.

This stuff totally ROCKS!

7 different interfacings/stabilizers for everything you need to do.

  • Iron On Vinyl
  • Face It Soft
  • Face It Firm
  • Stiff Stuff Lite
  • Iron On Vinyl
  • Stiff Stuff Firm
  • Fusi-Bond Lite
  • Dreamy Sew In High Loft Fleece
  • Check them all out HERE

Silhouette Art Quilts Book

Clearance - only 3 left in the shop, so hurry....

Ready for something new? Take a journey into inner awareness as you create gallery-quality art pieces. Each of the 5 designs expresses self discovery of awakening, reflection and growth into a new you. Absolutely beautiful, combine patchwork with Fran Morgan's silhouette applique techniques.


New Quiz....

Submit your answers by emailing them to me at terrye@kayewood.com and you might win a prize!

If you do not have a serger or an overlock machine, what kind of stitch would create the same effect.
  • Stay Stitch
  • Zig-Zag
  • Baste
  • Straight

Most quilting styles are "pieced" (made up of pieces of different fabrics), but in some traditional quilts, only one piece of fabric is used, and the pattern is made with the texture of the quilting stitches. What is the term for a quilt made of only one piece of fabric?

  • White quilt
  • Whole-cloth quilt
  • One-Piece quilt
  • Plain quilt

What is Silamide

  • Hand lotion for seamstresses
  • Sewing Machine Oil
  • Waxed thread
  • Handgun lubricant

What is the International Quilt Association known for?

  • Honoring a quilter every year who has made a difference in the quilting world
  • Sponsoring the World's Largest Quilt Show
  • Holding an annual conference in which 250 classes and lectures are offered
  • All of the above

What characterizes a "Summer Spread"?

  • Light colors
  • No Backing
  • No Batting
  • Smaller than bed quilts, made to be used as picnic cloths.

Route 66 Traveling Quilts Coming to Great Lakes Seaway Trail Byway Quilt Show....

Have a quilt - any size, any style, previously-made, new, historic - that honors your local/favorite byways, share it at this quilt/storytelling event. See guidelines at www.seawaytrail.com/quilting

Great Lakes Seaway Trail, NY and PA - Mention Route 66 and for many it brings to mind the Bobby Troup 'Get Your Kicks on Route 66' song or the 1960s tv show about two young men traveling the U.S. in a sleek Corvette automobile.
In 2013, the Route 66 Traveling Quilts collection of 56 quilts honoring the historic highway that spans eight U.S. states will travel to the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Beauty of the Byways Quilt Show in Sackets Harbor, NY, March 16-17 and March 23-24, 2013.

'This spectacular collection of quilts includes open road and desert scenes, historic landmarks, road maps, and abstract designs keyed to the Route 66 byway experience in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois. We are thrilled to include this special exhibit as part of our 2013 Beauty of the Byways theme showcase of byways all across America and Canada,' says Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show Manager Lynette Lundy-Beck.

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail and Route 66 are among 150 federally-designated America's Byways.

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is the 518-mile byway that parallels the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes freshwater shoreline of New York and Pennsylvania. The route was designated a first-round National Scenic Byway in 1996 and is a National Recreation Trail route for multi-modal travel.

Route 66 began in the 1920s as a two-lane, 2,488-mile route from Chicago to Los Angeles. Initially to be known as Route 60 or 62, Route 66's formal existence as the way to motor West following a trail blazed through history lasted six decades. The route found new life with National Scenic Byway designation in New Mexico in 2000, in Arizona and Illinois in 2005, and in Oklahoma in 2009.

Patt Blair of Mt. Baldy, CA, and Kelly Gallagher-Abbott of Fort Collins, CO, created the Route 66 Quilt Challenge in 2011. Blair says, "Each participating artist created a personal favorite memory quilt to honor this magnificent highway, its eight states, and the communities through which it traveled."

The Route 66 quilts will be displayed with quilted entries from across the U.S. and Canada paying tribute to favorite byways, roadside landscapes, natural and scenic resources, and landmark destinations at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail quilting event in March in Sackets Harbor, NY. More information and show entry guidelines for the Beauty of the Byways Quilt Show are online at www.seawaytrail.com/quilting or call 315-646-100 x203


 

February 2014 Quilting Cruise....

Quilters, add this to your Bucket List -a Quilting Cruise.

Many quilting teachers have gotten into the cruising mode to combine quilting classes with cruising. What could be better? Visit exotic ports, shopping for fabrics, travelling with other quilters, 3+ meals a day, someone to clean up your cabin while you relax and take quilting classes while at sea.

Has this ever happened to you? A late night phone call from a man with an Australian accent asking if you would like to cruise the Caribbean with him. This happened to me in 1989. Of course, I said "what did you say?" Was this one of those phone calls I had been warned about? So, being curious, I said "tell me more", thinking I should just hang up on this obscene phone call. He turned out to be a travel agent who wanted to put together a quilting cruise with me as the featured teacher. I had no idea how this worked, assuming it was legitimate. Never having been on a cruise, I called my friend, Jane, from Florida who had been on several cruises; she agreed to join me and also teach some on-board classes.

Since all of our work is done on a sewing machine, we would need sewing machines. How do we go about doing that? We got our first taste of dealing with customs, because sewing machines are made outside the US; and we were taking these machines out of the country and then bringing them back. Problem solved. The Viking sewing machine company, which was the major sponsor for my PBS-TV show, Strip Quilting, came to our rescue; they furnished the machines and also sent one of their educators on the cruise. Little by little, everything fell into place.

In 1990, our first quilting cruise left port with fourteen of us, including three teachers and husbands.

We have grown over the years until now we average about 85-120 quilters on each cruise, many of whom have returned several times. And the rest is history. I have become addicted to cruising as well as being already addicted to quilting. What a great life! And to think, I almost hung up on what I thought might be an obscene phone call, but instead was a life-changing event.

What cruise stories I could tell -about machines blowing up, losing machines in customs, "George" (who came along on our cruise in a box), about shopping in the water, buying molas in the San Blas Islands of Panama. Many of these stories have become part of my quilting lectures and are also included in my book, Everyone Can Quilt.

In February of 2013, we will return to the Western Caribbean for my 14th quilting cruise; this time on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.

A big celebration is being planning with my 15th quilting cruise in February of 2014 with a combination 22-day land tour and quilting cruise to Australia and New Zealand.

Click HERE for more details!


Show and Tell....

This is called "OMYGOSHQUILT" and it really was oh my gosh what was I thinking! The little blocks are one inch, they nearly drove me out of my mind but they look good when finished.

.......Helen

Send is your creations. Include a picture or two and a short story about your quilt/tablerunner or wallhanging (or other) and we'll put it on our Show and Tell Page!

Send to terrye@kayewood.com


Florida Quilters - Feb 1 and 2 are the dates of the Quilt Fever Quilt Show. Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando.

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


This Week In History....

January is.... International Change Your Stars Month
Jan 23, 1957 Toy company Wham-O produces first Frisbees
Jan 24, 1935 First canned beer goes on sale
Jan 25, 1905 World's largest diamond found
Jan 26, 1788 Australia Day
Jan 27, 1888 National Geographic Society founded
Jan 28, 1986 Challenger explodes
Jan 29, 1936 U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects first members

Q: I have a book that shows the log cabin blocks, and I would like to know how to make the quilt smaller than it shows in the book. Do I just make a smaller number of blocks, or is there a certain pattern that you must use to make it smaller?

A: You could use less strips, you could use thinner strips or you could use a smaller amount of blocks. It's up to you, but all will work.


Kaye's on YouTube....

140 (ish) shows. Check them all out... HERE

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!


Have a great week, everyone,

Terrye and Kayla

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Quilting The Kaye Wood Way Week of 1.16.13 - Quilts With A Twist and Cutting Mat Care

In This Issue....

  • Today at the Cabin
  • On Sale - Quilts With A Twist
  • Kaye's Got A New Tool Coming!
  • What's New in The Shop
  • DVD of the Week
  • Kaye's Seminar in Arizona
  • Caddy Pad Plus on YouTube!
  • Craftsy
  • Sew Lazy Interfacings
  • Answers To Last Week's Quiz
  • Machine Quilting
  • 2014 Australian/New Zealand Quilting Cruise
  • Show and Tell
  • Quilting Events
  • Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
  • This Week In History
  • Kaye's on YouTube
  • Cutting Board/Mat Care

Quilting the Kaye Wood Way
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New Lecture/Demo/Trunk Show scheduled for Phoenix in January....

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Hi Quilters!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Today at the cabin : It's cold. It's warm. It's cold again! Today, freezing! But inside I've got vegetable beef soup on the woodstove and a full load of firewood in the stove.

In honor of our below zero temps and windchills, this week we are featuring a way cool designer from Alaska; Lisa Moore from Quilts With A Twist!

Check out our sale page, select patterns by Lisa are on sale.

View of Alaska's Bears Pattern

Reg price $9.00

This week $6.00

Don't forget to check out our Clearance Items too. Lots of stuff on sale this week.

Check it out....
All on our SALE PAGE


Last week we offered a "One reader gets their order fr** today" and that winner was Holly, from Israel who ordered some of our sale patterns and clearance items Congratulations, Holly!

So... let's do it again! All orders ordered either over the internet or called in on Thursday, January 17, 2013 will go into a hat and we will pick out one that will get their order FR**!!

There's no criteria for this one, no minimum order, no exclusions of international orders, nothing. ALL orders placed January 17, 2013 will be eligible! Good Luck!!

What's On Sale....

All this and MORE on our Sale Page!

And HERE

Moose Nuggets Pattern

Regular Price is $9.00

This week is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Alaska Waves Pattern

Regular Price is $9.00

This week is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Bass Tablerunner Pattern

Regular Price is $9.00

This week is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!


Aurora Garden With A Twist

Regular Price is $9.00

This week is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Artistic Window Pattern

Regular Price is $9.00

Clearance Price is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Bella Luna Pattern

Regular Price is $9.00

Clearance Price is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Avalanche Quilt Pattern

Regular Price is $9.00

Clearance Price is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Rainforest Rings Pattern

Regular Price is $9.00

Clearance Price is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Be sure to check out our SALE PAGE for all of our recent sale and clearance items!


New In The Shop....

Kaye has a brand new quilting tool, available soon. Every quilter will need a set. They are called XTenders. More information to follow.

Brilliant Butterfly Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section

Cross Pocket Bag Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section

Cuddle Monsters Nap Wrap Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section

Projects To Go Tote Bag Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section


Diamonds in Motion DVD

Regular price - $12.00

This week - $5.00

DVD of the Week....

Fussy-cut your favorite designs into diamonds and add border strips for depth. Join diamonds to form tumbling blocks.

 

Pattern not included (but mention the "Diamonds in Motion DVD/Pattern" and get the pattern for only $2.00!

MUST Buy DVD to get this price!!

HERE

We will take the markdown when we process your order, it will NOT show up on your order confirmation.

 


Still Openings For Kaye's Next Seminar

New Lecture/Demo/Trunk Show scheduled for Phoenix in January....

HERE

There are still a few openings on our Caribbean cruise Feb. 16-22, 2013.

Several cancellations occurred because of illness.

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas leaves from New Orleans

Ports are Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico.

Classes are held while we are at sea. Most classes still have openings.

After the cruise, there is an optional quilt shop tour to the Quilted Owl in New Orleans on Saturday.

We have scheduled three other tours on Sunday and Monday to places of interest in New Orleans.

Call Bonnie at Cruise One 800-784-4480.

Hope to see you all there.

The Caddy Pad Pattern Plus -A best seller!

Popular, and adorable iron tote allows you to pack up your hot iron and go...........no waiting for it to cool, no wrestling with dangling cords. Two buttons open quickly to a 19 1/2" x 25 1/2" pressing pad.

The Caddy Pad pattern comes with silver heat resistant fabric, enough to make one pad.

Try making this pattern with a towel for the lining. Packing it up for a lunch bag that comes with its' own placemat, or, make it in playful fabrics for an on-the-go car carrier, or to-go tea set!

Get yours HERE!


Craftsy....

Prefer to pay by Paypal? Well, now you can get any of our E-Patterns and E-Books in our Craftsy Shop and pay via Paypal!


Sew Lazy Interfacings....

New and Extremely Popular!

Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Fame has designed her own line of interfacing for those of us who quilt and sew.

This stuff totally ROCKS!

7 different interfacings/stabilizers for everything you need to do.

  • Iron On Vinyl
  • Face It Soft
  • Face It Firm
  • Stiff Stuff Lite
  • Iron On Vinyl
  • Stiff Stuff Firm
  • Fusi-Bond Lite
  • Dreamy Sew In High Loft Fleece
  • Check them all out HERE

Big Trucks Pattern

Clearance - only 7 left in the shop, so hurry....

Here comes the big trucks!

The fire truck is rushing through the city, a semi is hauling produce from the farm, and an auto transport has just made it through the mountains. They're moving fast and working hard!

This colorful quilt is for truck fans of all ages.

The finished quilt is 42x61". All yardages are based on 40inch wide fabric.

Pattern includes detailed illustrated instructions, full-size templates and paper pieced blocks.


Answers To Last Week's Quiz (highlighted in red)....

Submit your answers by emailing them to me at terrye@kayewood.com and you might win a prize!

What is the difference between tulle and nylon netting
  • Netting is more expensive
  • Netting is made of nylon, tulle is not
  • Netting has bigger holes than tulle
  • Tulle is not as wide as nylon

True or false: Polyester batting comes in 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz

How many colors do cotton calicos come in?

  • Only the colors of the rainbow
  • All of them
  • Red, yellow and blue
  • The icky colors that nobody likes

Sewing machine needles should be replaced after __1__ hours of continuous use.

True or false: Home dec trims are different from sewing trims.

Is there such a thing as suedecloth? Yes or No

What is the most common color for interfacing

  • Grey
  • Clear
  • Black
  • White

Winner of this week's quiz was Jude! Congratulations!!


Machine Quilting....

When you do machine quilting, I'm confused about which foot to use. Should it be the walking foot or rolling foot?

No need to be confused, you can use either one. Both do what they should, which is to reduce pressure on the fabric, so the top layer isn't pushed through faster. However, if quilting in the ditch, the rolling foot is better because you can see the ditch better

2014 to Australia and New Zealand Quilting Cruise

Click HERE for Info


 

February 2014 Quilting Cruise....

Quilters, add this to your Bucket List -a Quilting Cruise.

Many quilting teachers have gotten into the cruising mode to combine quilting classes with cruising. What could be better? Visit exotic ports, shopping for fabrics, travelling with other quilters, 3+ meals a day, someone to clean up your cabin while you relax and take quilting classes while at sea.

Has this ever happened to you? A late night phone call from a man with an Australian accent asking if you would like to cruise the Caribbean with him. This happened to me in 1989. Of course, I said "what did you say?" Was this one of those phone calls I had been warned about? So, being curious, I said "tell me more", thinking I should just hang up on this obscene phone call. He turned out to be a travel agent who wanted to put together a quilting cruise with me as the featured teacher. I had no idea how this worked, assuming it was legitimate. Never having been on a cruise, I called my friend, Jane, from Florida who had been on several cruises; she agreed to join me and also teach some on-board classes.

Since all of our work is done on a sewing machine, we would need sewing machines. How do we go about doing that? We got our first taste of dealing with customs, because sewing machines are made outside the US; and we were taking these machines out of the country and then bringing them back. Problem solved—the Viking sewing machine company, which was the major sponsor for my PBS-TV show, Strip Quilting, came to our rescue; they furnished the machines and also sent one of their educators on the cruise. Little by little, everything fell into place.

In 1990, our first quilting cruise left port with fourteen of us, including three teachers and husbands.

We have grown over the years until now we average about 85-120 quilters on each cruise, many of whom have returned several times. And the rest is history. I have become addicted to cruising as well as being already addicted to quilting. What a great life! And to think, I almost hung up on what I thought might be an obscene phone call, but instead was a life-changing event.

What cruise stories I could tell -about machines blowing up, losing machines in customs, "George" (who came along on our cruise in a box), about shopping in the water, buying molas in the San Blas Islands of Panama. Many of these stories have become part of my quilting lectures and are also included in my book, Everyone Can Quilt.

In February of 2013, we will return to the Western Caribbean for my 14th quilting cruise; this time on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.

A big celebration is being planning with my 15th quilting cruise in February of 2014 with a combination 22-day land tour and quilting cruise to Australia and New Zealand.

Click HERE for more details!


Show and Tell....

Ribbons from "Marlene" from Australia. This took a lot of patience but the end result was great. Still have to do the binding yet.

.......Helen

Send is your creations. Include a picture or two and a short story about your quilt/tablerunner or wallhanging (or other) and we'll put it on our Show and Tell Page!

Send to terrye@kayewood.com


Quilts of Valor - Mother Seton Quilting Angels meet twice monthly in Germantown, MD at Mother Seton Parish Center at 19951 Father Hurley Blvd. Our quilts are delivered to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Silver Spring. http://www.mspquiltingangels.org

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

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative will most likely reach the $1,000,000 mark in money raised for Alzheimer's research some time in 2013!

The work of your hands and the compassion in your hearts has brought us to this milestone. I will be forever grateful to each and every one of you for your support and dedication.

What began as one person's response to sorrow and frustration has grown into a national charity embraced by a large portion of the quilting community. More than 13,000 quilts have been donated, turning sweat equity into over $883,000 for research so far. For many donors these quilts were healing works of art which helped them grieve as they stitched for the greater good. Hundreds of thousands of people have seen the AAQI's two traveling quilt exhibits about Alzheimer's. Through this artistry came the realization for many that they were not alone on this journey of heartbreak; others understood, perhaps for the first time, what a diagnosis of Alzheimer's really means. Together quilters have funded 11 research studies at six universities and a medical school. Three more studies will be funded this month and hopefully more throughout 2013. Because of the AAQI, scientists know a little bit more about Alzheimer's than they did before. Hopefully this understanding will bring us all closer to a cure.

Visit Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative for more info!

When I created the AAQI back in 2006, I never expected it to become so successful! I also never imaged how much work it would take to keep it going. As the AAQI blossomed, board members and core volunteers have had to increase our hours and pace to keep up. While I find enormous satisfaction in nurturing the AAQI, I much prefer sewing to administrating. I miss just being a full-time quilter.

For this reason, 2013 will be the last year of fundraising for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. I hope you will help the AAQI reach our goal of One Million Dollars for research and then at the end of 2013 celebrate with everyone who made this tremendous achievement possible.

There is still much work to this year as we sprint to the finish line. I hope everyone who reads this will join in, either as a seasoned veteran or a first time quilt donor or quilt buyer. We will continue to make a difference until the very last quilt is sold. Let's make 2013 the best year ever!


This Week In History....

January is.... National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
Jan 16, 1919 Prohibition takes effect
Jan 17, 1950 Boston thieves pull off historic robbery
Jan 18, 1919 Post-World War I peace conference begins in Paris
Jan 19, 1809 Edgar Allan Poe is born
Jan 20, 1981 Iran Hostage Crisis ends
Jan 21, 1977 President Carter pardons draft dodgers
Jan 22, 1998 Ted Kaczynski pleads guilty to bombings

Kaye's on YouTube....

140 (ish) shows. Check them all out... HERE

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!


Cutting Board Care....

My cutting board has deep ridges and is getting ruined! Any ideas why this is happening?

This is from having a dull blade on your cutter. When your blade is dull, then you have to adjust the pressure you put on your rotary cutter in order for it to cut. More pressure, deeper ridges. Your blade should be changed often, so you don't have to force your blade through the cloth.

How do you choose the right cutting mat for the job? Here are a few things to look for when selecting a quality cutting mat and how to properly care for them.

Cutting Mat Types - For every project where you use either a utility knife or a rotary cutter, you also need a cutting mat. Cutting mats protect the work surface from damage, and prevent the blade from dulling quickly. Cutting mats are described as either hard-surface or self-healing (soft surface). Hard-surface cutting mats (self-sealing) are more rigid and more rugged, since the blade skims over the mat surface without cutting into it. Self-healing cutting mats are thinner and more flexible and usually have a thin layer of colored vinyl on the cutting surface. Cutting blades create tiny scratches in the mat surface that reclose afterward; thus the description “self-healing.” Both types are appropriate for sewing, quilting, signmaking, printing, and many other uses.

Cutting Mat Size - In general, choose the largest mat that fits the work and storage areas available. If using a rotary cutter to cut pattern pieces, a full-size cutting-table mat is ideal. For quilting, a fabric cutting mat 24" or larger permits cutting strips across the fabric width with only a single fold; providing greater accuracy. The largest self-healing cutting mat we offer is 4' x 8' (48" x 96"). Any size larger than this will require one of our oversize or large cutting mats available from 24" by 48" up to 6 feet by 12 feet.

Cutting Mat Thickness - Self-healing cutting mats are generally either 2 millimeters (mm) or 3 mm in thickness. 2 mm mats have more of a plastic texture and are often either too smooth or too rough. 2 mm mats are often referred to as "hobby mats" and are not suitable for straight knife use. 2 mm mats generally have thin cores which makes them much more susceptible to cut-though. 2mm mats (such as OLFA and others), are more of a "hobby grade" mat and are not a professional-grade mat. A sign of a poor-quality cutting mat is one where the laminations have separated.

Our professional-quality self-healing cutting mats are 3 millimeters thick and made of 3 plies. The outer plies are .75 mm thick and give the mat self-healing properties. The inner core is 1.5 mm thick and prevents mat cut-through and extends blade life. We have self-healing cutting mats up to 48" x 96".

Large, Oversize, and Custom Cutting Mats - Need a large cutting mat or custom size cutting mat to fit your production table? We have a great selection of tough, long-lasting, 3/16" thick, polyethylene, self-sealing large cutting mats up to 6 ft. by 12 ft. We are happy to custom cut your mats at no extra charge. Optional printed alignment grid underlays are available for all our large, oversize, and custom-cut mats. (See second photo above.)

What Tools Can Be Used? - When looking for a cutting mat, make sure it is suitable for both rotary and straight knives. Most 2 mm "hobby" mats are not suitable for straight knives. All of our cutting mats are suitable for both rotary cutters and straight knives. To prevent leaving cut marks in a self-healing cutting mat, always make sure your knife is sharp. Change blades often. Any plastic surface will leave a knife mark when used with dull knives.

Cutting Mat Surface Texture - Cutting mat texture and glare are important. Too smooth a texture and the items you are trying to cut have a tendency to slip. In addition, some cutting mats are shiny and reflect light. Too much texture and it affects the consistency of your cut. A cutting mat should have a medium “tooth” made of a non-glare surface; one that is not too slick or too rough. Thin, 2 mm mats and hobby-grade mats have a tendency to have either too little or too much tooth. All of our pro-quality, cutting mats have a medium tooth and non-glare surface.

Cutting Mat Graduations - When selecting a cutting mat, you should look for one that is graduated and fully numbered on all four sides of the mat. Hash lines should extend past the board of the mat on all four sides. The hash lines and full graduations on all sides help with alignment.

Our self-healing cutting mats are graduated on all four sides. Hash lines extend outside of the border. Mats are hashed to every 1/8-inch and graduated to every ½” with every inch marked with a heavier line. Every 5th grid has an extra-thick line. This is useful for sewing and quilting. Also make sure the mats have lines for cutting diagonals. Tip: For the most accurate measurements, use a ruler as your guide. The lines on a cutting mat are generally thick, which reduces accuracy, and they’re also subject to wear and distortion over time.

Our self-sealing large and custom size mats are available with optional 1" grid underlay for alignment purposes.

How Long Will My Cutting Mat Last? - Cutting mats eventually wear out, they do not last forever. Most of them are designed to last for years, depending on how they are used. All our cutting mats can take repeated cuts without gouging; they are made for heavy professional use. However, most any material will show a knife mark unless it is made of stone or hard metal. Do not be alarmed if you can see the knife marks. Cutting mat performance and longevity is dependent on several things:

  • Type of material being cut
  • Type of knife being used
  • Sharpness of cutting blade
  • Cutting pressure by user
  • Please be sure always use sharp, new blades when cutting and change blades often.
  • Rotate your mat often to avoid frequent cuts in the same area.
  • NOTE: Our cutting mats are not recommended for cutting cotton batting; the tiny fibers will get caught in the knife cuts. We recommend scissors for cutting batting.
Storage - It is best to store self-healing cutting mats flat. Do not roll them. Most of our self-healing cutting mats have a convenient hanging hole for easy storage. Rotary cutting mats are made from plastic materials that are heat sensitive. Improperly stored mats will warp and are impossible to repair. Keep your cutting mats away from heat such as direct sunlight to prevent warping. Don't leave your cutting mat in a hot car and do not store it in an attic. Avoid storing your mat in a cold room to prevent brittleness and cracking. Most of our large mats are shipped rolled. Remove rolled cutting mats from their packages immediately. Do not store cutting mats rolled.

Cleaning - To prolong the life of any cutting mat, keep it clean. We recommend using your favorite all-purpose household spray cleaner or warm water and mild detergent. Avoid abrasive cleansers and solvents that can damage the mat or remove the printed markings. Use a lint roller or a napped lint brush to remove surface lint and fabric crumbs. A nylon net scrubber can be used to loosen any stubborn dirt or debris on your cutting mat. Microfiber cleaning cloths/towels can also be used to remove tiny fibers from knife cuts on your cutting mats.

Thanks to the folks at Cutting-mats.net for this article!


Have a great week, everyone,

Terrye and Kayla

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Quilting The Kaye Wood Way Week of 1.9.13 - Diaper Bag Patterns and A New Blog Tutorial

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

In This Issue....

  • Today at the Cabin
  • On Sale - Diaper Bag Patterns
  • What's New in The Shop
  • DVD of the Week
  • VHS Blowout!
  • New Tutorial on our Blog
  • Kaye's Seminar in Arizona
  • Craftsy
  • Sew Lazy Interfacings
  • New Quiz
  • Washing Fabrics
  • Cleaning Your Quilts
  • 2014 Australian/New Zealand Quilting Cruise
  • Show and Tell
  • Quilting Events
  • This Week In History
  • Kaye's on YouTube

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

New Lecture/Demo/Trunk Show scheduled for Phoenix in January....

HERE

Hi Quilters!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Today at the cabin : It's Warm! Crazy warm and rain and high 40's are on the menu for later this week. Wait! What? I know! Northern Michigan in January, and rain? and above freezing temps? And I wanted to go skiing this weekend! Well..... I guess it is what it is!

This week it's all about the babies! Yup! Diaper Bags.
We've got quite an assortment to choose from and this week, they're all on sale.
See a bag that would work as a diaper bag and it's not on sale? Let me know and I'll see what I can do! (wink, wink...)

Classic For Moms Diaper Bag Pattern

Reg price $9.50

This week $6.00

Don't forget to check out our Christmas Clearance Items too. Lots of stuff on sale this week.

Check it out....
All on our SALE PAGE


Last week we offered a "One reader gets their order fr** today" and that winner was Jane Marie from Iowa who ordered the Starmaker Master Template Set! Congratulations, Jane Marie!

So... let's do it again! All orders ordered either over the internet or called in on Thursday, January 10, 2013 will go into a hat and we will pick out one that will get their order FR**!!

There's no criteria for this one, no minimum order, no exclusions of international orders, nothing. ALL orders placed January 10, 2013 will be eligible! Good Luck!!


What's On Sale....

All this and MORE on our Sale Page!

And HERE

Diaper Dock Pattern

Regular Price is $10.00

This week is $7.00

On Our Sale Page!

Haute Mama Diaper Bag Pattern

Regular Price is $8.50

This week is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Pocket Tote Bag Pattern

Regular Price is $12.99

This week is $9.00

On Our Sale Page!

Jelly Baby Quilt, Tote and Pillow

Regular Price is $8.50

This week is $6.50

On Our Sale Page!

Projects To Go Tote Bag Pattern

Regular Price is $9.50

Clearance Price is $7.50

On Our Sale Page!

Bring Your Own Tote Bag Pattern

Regular Price is $8.50

Clearance Price is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Little Sister Tote Bag Pattern

Regular Price is $12.50

Clearance Price is $10.50

On Our Sale Page!

Metro Slouch Bag Pattern

Regular Price is $8.00

Clearance Price is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Be sure to check out our SALE PAGE for all of our recent sale and clearance items!


New In The Shop....

Motif Wall Art Book

In Our Check It Out Section

Pedaling Petals Quilt Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section

River Reflections Pattern (Also available in pattern and template set)

In Our Check It Out Section

Vivid Visions Quilt Pattern (also available in pattern and template set)

In Our Check It Out Section


6 Hour Quilt DVD

Regular price - $12.00

This week - $5.00

DVD of the Week....

The ULTIMATE in Baby Quilt Techniques!

Pattern not included.

 


VHS Blowout Sale

Kaye's Quilting Friends and Quilter's Toolbox in VHS Format

Limited supply though, hurry to get the best selection!

These are the older Kaye's Quilting Friends and Quilter's Toolbox Shows

PLEASE NOTE.... Shipping on this product will be $5.00!

New Tutorial on our Blog

Caddy Pad Plus Iron Tote

Buy the pattern and then go to our tutorial for easy tips and techniques on making this hot iron tote!

Popular, and adorable iron tote allows you to pack up your hot iron and go...........no waiting for it to cool, no wrestling with dangling cords. Two buttons open quickly to a 19 1/2" x 25 1/2" pressing pad.

The Caddy Pad pattern comes with silver heat resistant fabric, enough to make one pad.

Try making this pattern with a towel for the lining. Packing it up for a lunch bag that comes with its' own placemat, or, make it in playful fabrics for an on-the-go car carrier, or to-go tea set!

Go HERE for the tutorial


Still Openings For Kaye's Next Seminar

New Lecture/Demo/Trunk Show scheduled for Phoenix in January....

HERE

Craftsy....

Prefer to pay by Paypal? Well, now you can get any of our E-Patterns and E-Books in our Craftsy Shop and pay via Paypal!


Sew Lazy Interfacings....

New and Extremely Popular!

Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Fame has designed her own line of interfacing for those of us who quilt and sew.

This stuff totally ROCKS!

7 different interfacings/stabilizers for everything you need to do.

  • Iron On Vinyl
  • Face It Soft
  • Face It Firm
  • Stiff Stuff Lite
  • Iron On Vinyl
  • Stiff Stuff Firm
  • Fusi-Bond Lite
  • Dreamy Sew In High Loft Fleece
  • Check them all out HERE

Silhouette Art Quilts Book

24 pages

Ready for something new? Take a journey into inner awareness as you create gallery-quality art pieces. Each of the 5 designs expresses self discovery of awakening, reflection and growth into a new you. Absolutely beautiful, combine patchwork with Fran Morgan's silhouette applique techniques.


Another Quiz....

Submit your answers by emailing them to me at terrye@kayewood.com and you might win a prize!

What is the difference between tulle and nylon netting
  • Netting is more expensive
  • Netting is made of nylon, tulle is not
  • Netting has bigger holes than tulle
  • Tulle is not as wide as nylon

True or false: Polyester batting comes in 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz

How many colors do cotton calicos come in?

  • Only the colors of the rainbow
  • All of them
  • Red, yellow and blue
  • The icky colors that nobody likes

Sewing machine needles should be replaced after _____ hours of continuous use.

True or false: Home dec trims are different from sewing trims.

Is there such a thing as suedecloth? Yes or No

What is the most common color for interfacing

  • Grey
  • Clear
  • Black
  • White

Don't forget to send me an email HERE with your answers to the quiz. You might win!


Washing Fabric

Christine Asks: I was browsing on the web trying to find some quilting designs for my fabric and I found your videos, while I went through them, I found one video was very interesting. On that particular video, the instructor read a letter from a viewer showing how to pre-wash fabrics, there were some steps needed before put in the washer, however, I can't find it anymore. Can you please help me with that video, I'm anxious to know what I need to do to make pre-wash fabric easier. Thank you for your help.

Kaye Answers: Fold the fabric into accordion pleats (back and forth) to finish less than one foot wide.

Put several safety pins into the selvedge edges (or into the selvedge on one end and the fold on the other end).
The pins and folds will keep the fabric from tangling.

Cleaning Your Quilts

For quilts that are very dirty, wet cleaning might be necessary. Here's how you do that.

1. Dye test all fabrics to see if any color bleeds. You can do this by wetting a soft clean cloth with room temp water. Press it against the fabric to see if any dye comes off. Check each different fabric in the quilt. If any bleeds, do not proceed. Check again with detergent mixed in the water. If any bleeding, do not proceed.

2. Prepare a bath of clear tepid water and detergent in a tub 6-8 inches deep. This is to loosen dirt and restore moisture. You need to use a cradle to lower and raise your quilt into and out of the water. This can be a nylon screen or a clean cotton blanket or sheet. Unfold the quilt and drape it in the cradle so the water can penetrate evenly.

3. Lower the quilt into the water in an accordion fold, pressing the water through gently. Keep the quilt immersed and move the water gently through.

4. Without removing the quilt, open the drain of the bath and allow the water to run off. Do not squeeze or wring, pressing it gently with a pre-washed towel, will help remove additional water.

5. Fill the tub again with tepid water, do not let water fall directly on the quilt.

6. Repeat washing and rinsing until quilt appears clean. Rinse until water is clear. This may take 6-8 times.

7. Press quilt gently to remove excess water. Lift the quilt using the cradle and place it on a clean, white absorbent surface. Remove the cradle gently and roll the quilt loosely to remove excess water. Straighten the quilt on drying surface with right side down. Turn the quilt every 30 to 45 minutes until dry. Do not fold or store until the quilt is completely dry.

A lot of work? You bet, but when you put that much time and energy and love into it, isn't it worth it? *Information from AQS


2014 to Australia and New Zealand Quilting Cruise

Click HERE for Info


 

February 2014 Quilting Cruise....

Quilters, add this to your Bucket List -a Quilting Cruise.

Many quilting teachers have gotten into the cruising mode to combine quilting classes with cruising. What could be better? Visit exotic ports, shopping for fabrics, travelling with other quilters, 3+ meals a day, someone to clean up your cabin while you relax and take quilting classes while at sea.

Has this ever happened to you? A late night phone call from a man with an Australian accent asking if you would like to cruise the Caribbean with him. This happened to me in 1989. Of course, I said "what did you say?" Was this one of those phone calls I had been warned about? So, being curious, I said "tell me more", thinking I should just hang up on this obscene phone call. He turned out to be a travel agent who wanted to put together a quilting cruise with me as the featured teacher. I had no idea how this worked, assuming it was legitimate. Never having been on a cruise, I called my friend, Jane, from Florida who had been on several cruises; she agreed to join me and also teach some on-board classes.

Since all of our work is done on a sewing machine, we would need sewing machines. How do we go about doing that? We got our first taste of dealing with customs, because sewing machines are made outside the US; and we were taking these machines out of the country and then bringing them back. Problem solved—the Viking sewing machine company, which was the major sponsor for my PBS-TV show, Strip Quilting, came to our rescue; they furnished the machines and also sent one of their educators on the cruise. Little by little, everything fell into place.

In 1990, our first quilting cruise left port with fourteen of us, including three teachers and husbands.

We have grown over the years until now we average about 85-120 quilters on each cruise, many of whom have returned several times. And the rest is history. I have become addicted to cruising as well as being already addicted to quilting. What a great life! And to think, I almost hung up on what I thought might be an obscene phone call, but instead was a life-changing event.

What cruise stories I could tell -about machines blowing up, losing machines in customs, "George" (who came along on our cruise in a box), about shopping in the water, buying molas in the San Blas Islands of Panama. Many of these stories have become part of my quilting lectures and are also included in my book, Everyone Can Quilt.

In February of 2013, we will return to the Western Caribbean for my 14th quilting cruise; this time on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.

A big celebration is being planning with my 15th quilting cruise in February of 2014 with a combination 22-day land tour and quilting cruise to Australia and New Zealand.

Click HERE for more details!


Show and Tell....

This is a Stacking My Blocks, completed by Sonya Porter at the class in Sun City , AZ March 9, 2011

.......Sonya

Send is your creations. Include a picture or two and a short story about your quilt/tablerunner or wallhanging (or other) and we'll put it on our Show and Tell Page!

Send to terrye@kayewood.com


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


This Week In History....

January is.... National Hot Tea Month (something I can really get behind!)
Jan 09, 1493 Columbus mistakes manatees for mermaids
Jan 10, 1901 Gusher signals start of U.S. oil industry
Jan 11, 1908 Theodore Roosevelt makes Grand Canyon a national monument
Jan 12, 1926 Original Amos 'n' Andy debuts on Chicago radio
Jan 13, 1128 Pope recognizes Knights Templar
Jan 14, 1875 Albert Schweitzer born
Jan 15, 1967 Packers face Chiefs in first Super Bowl

Kaye's on YouTube....

140 (ish) shows. Check them all out... HERE

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!


Have a great week, everyone,

Terrye and Kayla

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Quilting The Kaye Wood Way Week of 1-3-13 - Happy New Year Everyone!

In This Issue....

  • Today at the Cabin
  • On Sale - Whistlepig Creek Designs and Clearance
  • What's New in The Shop
  • DVD of the Week
  • Echo, Echo, Echo
  • Strip Quilting Mega Sale
  • Craftsy
  • Sew Lazy Interfacings
  • New Quiz
  • 2014 Australian/New Zealand Quilting Cruise
  • Stash Organization
  • Show and Tell
  • Batting
  • Quilting Events
  • This Week In History
  • How Can I
  • Kaye's on YouTube

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

New Lecture/Demo/Trunk Show scheduled for Phoenix in January....

HERE

Hi Quilters!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Wow, between crazy, unpredictable holiday hours, an attack of the plague, broken ribs and throw in a funeral, I for one, am glad that this is a new year! Throw out the old and welcome in the new. FOR SURE!!

So, the standard questions apply.... What are your resolutions? Finish projects before starting another? Learn another skill? Take another class? Finally get that stash under control? Whatever it is, the only way to get it done is to start it!

Today at the cabin : It's snowing. It's Northern Michigan so get used to me saying that. Yeah, it's snowing, not a lot, just a bit, but up here it pretty much snows everyday. There's a frozen stillness in the air, and if you stop doing everything, and just "be", you can hear the magic in the air.

This week Whistlepig Creek Designs parades their patterns through our shop. A few new ones, lots of older ones.

The Big Easy Expandable Bag Pattern

Reg price $9.50

This week $7.50

Don't forget to check out our Christmas Clearance Items too. Lots of stuff on sale this week.

Check it out....
All on our SALE PAGE

Last week we offered a "One reader gets their order fr** today" and that winner was Kay who ordered 3 of the Quilts With A Twist Patterns! Congratulations, Kay! Kay didn't order over the internet, she called in her order, so no matter how you get your order in, just do it!

So... let's do it again! All orders ordered either over the internet or called in on Thursday, January 3, 2013 will go into a hat and we will pick out one that will get their order FR**!!

There's no criteria for this one, no minimum order, no exclusions of international orders, nothing. ALL orders placed January 3, 2013 will be eligible! Good Luck!!


What's On Sale....

All this and MORE on our Sale Page!

And HERE

Picnic at the Farmer's Market Pattern

Regular Price is $9.50

This week is $6.50

On Our Sale Page!

Sawtooth Hue Quilt Pattern

Regular Price is $9.50

This week is $6.50

On Our Sale Page!

Pinwheel Charm Quilt and Tote Bag Pattern

Regular Price is $9.50

This week is $6.50

On Our Sale Page!

Do-Overs Sweatshirt Makeover Pattern

Regular Price is $8.50

This week is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Four Big Shots

Regular Price is $12.95

Clearance Price is $8.00

On Our Sale Page!

To All A Good Night

Regular Price is $12.50

Clearance Price is $9.00

On Our Sale Page!

Chocolate Moose Pattern

Regular Price is $12.50

Clearance Price is $10.50

On Our Sale Page!

Rainy Hat, Boot Liners and Umbrella Cover Pattern

Regular Price is $8.00

Clearance Price is $6.00

On Our Sale Page!

Be sure to check out our SALE PAGE for all of our recent sale items!


New In The Shop....

Sparks Tablerunner and Placemat Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section

Cuddle Monsters Nap/Bath Wrap Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section

Walker Water Bottle Sling Patter

In Our Check It Out Section

Projects To Go Craft, Knitting Sewing Tote Bag Pattern

In Our Check It Out Section


Flying Geese and Morwe DVD

Regular price - $12.00

This week - $5.00

DVD of the Week....

Watch Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs demonstrate Flying Geese designs using no math and no triangles.

Book not included.

Tip: Cleaning our machines.


Echo... Echo....Echo....Echo....

Can you tell me what echo quilting is?

Kaye says....Echo quilting is a quilt line repeated over the surface at even measures. It is often used to fill in a background area and the first line is generally parallel to the edges of a pieced or appliqued shape. Thus, the repeated lines "echo" that shape.


Strip Quilting Mega Sale

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.

PLEASE NOTE.... Shipping on this product will be $6.00!

Craftsy....

Prefer to pay by Paypal? Well, now you can get any of our E-Patterns and E-Books in our Craftsy Shop and pay via Paypal!


Sew Lazy Interfacings....

New and Extremely Popular!

Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Fame has designed her own line of interfacing for those of us who quilt and sew.

This stuff totally ROCKS!

7 different interfacings/stabilizers for everything you need to do.

  • Iron On Vinyl
  • Face It Soft
  • Face It Firm
  • Stiff Stuff Lite
  • Iron On Vinyl
  • Stiff Stuff Firm
  • Fusi-Bond Lite
  • Dreamy Sew In High Loft Fleece
  • Check them all out HERE

Starmakers Ablaze Book

Log Cabin Triangles are easy, just follow Kaye Wood's step-by-step quilting and piecing directions.

Tips include fabric preparation, cutting, sewing and pressing accurately, how to finish your quilts, mitered and squared borders, bindings, prairie points, tying a quilt and machine quilting.

Uses the Starmaker 6 Master Template (sold separately).


Answers and Winner from Last Week's Quiz....

(correct answers are marked in red)

Last Week's winner was Christi! Thanks for playing everyone.

1. True or False: Fabric remnants are usually under a yard long.

2. What is a bolt?

  • A very large pin used for making upholstery
  • 3 yards of fabric
  • the tube or sheet the fabric is wrapped around
  • a tool for holding your fabric down while sewing.

3. True or false: On any kind of fleece, the selvages stretch more than the other two sides. (Most of you missed this one, but to be honest, I would have gotten it wrong too!)

4. True or false: Fleece is sold all year round.

5. What is NOT a brand name of thread:

  • Sulky
  • Coats & Clark
  • Nature's Natural
  • Guterman

6. Warm and Natural is a kind of.....

  • Batting
  • Fiberfill
  • Pillow form
  • Fleece

2014 to Australia and New Zealand Quilting Cruise

Click HERE for Info



 

February 2014 Quilting Cruise....

Quilters, add this to your Bucket List -a Quilting Cruise.

Many quilting teachers have gotten into the cruising mode to combine quilting classes with cruising. What could be better? Visit exotic ports, shopping for fabrics, travelling with other quilters, 3+ meals a day, someone to clean up your cabin while you relax and take quilting classes while at sea.

Has this ever happened to you? A late night phone call from a man with an Australian accent asking if you would like to cruise the Caribbean with him. This happened to me in 1989. Of course, I said “what did you say?”. Was this one of those phone calls I had been warned about? So, being curious, I said “tell me more”, thinking I should just hang up on this obscene phone call. He turned out to be a travel agent who wanted to put together a quilting cruise with me as the featured teacher. I had no idea how this worked, assuming it was legitimate. Never having been on a cruise, I called my friend, Jane, from Florida who had been on several cruises; she agreed to join me and also teach some on-board classes.

Since all of our work is done on a sewing machine, we would need sewing machines. How do we go about doing that? We got our first taste of dealing with customs, because sewing machines are made outside the US; and we were taking these machines out of the country and then bringing them back. Problem solved—the Viking sewing machine company, which was the major sponsor for my PBS-TV show, Strip Quilting, came to our rescue; they furnished the machines and also sent one of their educators on the cruise. Little by little, everything fell into place.

In 1990, our first quilting cruise left port with fourteen of us, including three teachers and husbands.

We have grown over the years until now we average about 85-120 quilters on each cruise, many of whom have returned several times. And the rest is history. I have become addicted to cruising as well as being already addicted to quilting. What a great life! And to think, I almost hung up on what I thought might be an obscene phone call, but instead was a life-changing event.

What cruise stories I could tell -about machines blowing up, losing machines in customs, "George" (who came along on our cruise in a box), about shopping in the water, buying molas in the San Blas Islands of Panama. Many of these stories have become part of my quilting lectures and are also included in my book, Everyone Can Quilt.

In February of 2013, we will return to the Western Caribbean for my 14th quilting cruise; this time on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas.

A big celebration is being planning with my 15th quilting cruise in February of 2014 with a combination 22-day land tour and quilting cruise to Australia and New Zealand.

Click HERE for more details!



Kaye's Ideas on Stash Organization....

  1. I'm finally trying to organize my fabrics, what a job! Do you have any suggestions?

    I sort my fabric by color schemes. All my reds together, same with blues, you get the idea. I, like everyone else, have to put them in different places to accommodate all the fabric I have. My solution is to put it in wire baskets, clear plastic drawers, and regular drawers with the color posted on the drawer front. That way when I need, say a pink, I just go to that bin or drawer, and there are all the pinks I have in my stash. Oh yes, and roll your fabric. It takes less space and less digging time.

    There you have it! Now you've got no excuse to get your stash organized! lol


Show and Tell....

Here is a picture of a quilt I made with the Jumping Jacks pattern. I have yet to finish the sample I started in class.

This quilt is going to a sister-in-law who has just found out that her cancer has returned.

Thanks for the quick pattern and ease of instructions.

.......Sharon

Send is your creations. Include a picture or two and a short story about your quilt/tablerunner or wallhanging (or other) and we'll put it on our Show and Tell Page!

Send to terrye@kayewood.com


Batting.....

I often wondered just what women in earlier centuries used for batting.

They used pretty much anything they could get their hands on. Unless you were a women of means, you couldn't just run out and buy something, so they made due with the things around them. This ranged from old blankets to newspapers to feathers and even leaves. Sure makes us appreciate our century!

I have a bad habit of starting more projects before finishing others I have already begun. Any ideas on how to be more disciplined?

Why would you want to be? People who force themselves to do that, in my opinion, are taking all the fun and adventure out of quilting! Everyone tends to get bored at one time or another with a project. I think it's better to put it aside and let it rest. When you do go back to it, it will be fresh again and you'll probably have many more fantastic ideas for your quilt. If you do insist on being that diligent, maybe you should think about smaller projects that you can get done faster. Another way is to join a group or guild. It's a great way to meet new friends and get new ideas. You'll be surprised how much you can get done while chatting away with a friend.


List Your Event....

Knitting event benefits Afghan soldiers, families

As part of the Silicon Valley Reads 2013 theme "Invisible Wounds of War," the Los Altos Library has scheduled a "Knit/Crochet-in" 3-5 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Participants will make items for active-duty soldiers, wounded veterans and Afghan families.

Organizers plan to donate the items to the nonprofit Warmth for Warriors (warmthforwarriors.com), Soldiers' Angels (soldiersangels.org) and Afghans for Afghans (www.afghansforafghans.org).

Participants are encouraged to check the groups' websites for guidelines and select projects. Bring your own pattern, needles and yarn.

Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community will provide refreshments.

For more information, call 948-7683.

***********************************

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


This Week In History....

January is.... National Celebration of Life Month
Jan 02, 1980 U.S.-Russia detente ends
Jan 03, 1990 Noriega surrenders to U.S.
Jan 04, 1999 The euro debuts
Jan 05, 1933 Golden Gate Bridge is born
Jan 06, 1838 Morse demonstrates telegraph
Jan 07, 1789First U.S. presidential election
Jan 08, 1877 Crazy Horse fights last battle

How Can I....

How can I enlarge a quilt without taking away from the current design?

Kaye says: I would add one or two plain borders, one light and one dark. This will actually frame your design rather than detract from it.


Kaye's on YouTube....

140 (ish) shows. Check them all out... HERE

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!


Have a great week, everyone,

Terrye and Kayla

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