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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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.


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!


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.


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!

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

Published Wed, Jan 30 2013 12:05 PM by Kaye Wood