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

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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!


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!!


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....


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!


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.


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!

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

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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

Published Wed, Jan 16 2013 2:03 PM by Kaye Wood