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

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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


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.


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!

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

Published Wed, Jan 23 2013 1:36 PM by Kaye Wood