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Caroline’s Story of Just One Quilt

This video really made my day today. Jenni Smith sent me this video tale from her “Just One Quilt” video series. This is an interview with Caroline, and in it she discusses the craft of making her second quilt. Don’t you love her version of the quilt “Value” from Wise Craft Quilts. Caroline really got the essence of what his project was meant to be about. This quilt was about me wanting to create a beautiful piece of patchwork that didn’t require us to go out and buy loads of new fabrics (that’s what swapping with friends, and getting creative with our stash, is for).

 

It is truly not necessary to follow a pattern to the letter to create beautiful patchwork, or feel you must be super precise or exact. As Caroline says, its a lot like baking. You gain some basic skills. Get an understanding of the basic ingredients. And for goodness sake stop trying to achieve a level of perfectionism that is unrealistic (and frustrating). Begin a quilt project with this mindset and you will find success.

 

You just start!

 

Find more lovely “Just One Quilt” stories and inspiration, subscribe to Jenni’s YouTube Channel.

Live Q & A next Friday, May 24

Live Q & A

 

Facebook groups have been incredibly helpful to me over the past couple of years. I’ve gotten business guidance, help finding things in my community, found out about a newly released social media feature, you name it. I started the Wise Craft Quilts Facebook Group when my last book, Wise Craft Quilts, was published. Facebook Groups were emerging as a new resource for those of us who wanted to reach our audience online where they were at already. Since my group began, we have remade some of the projects in my book, live and in the group with others participating live. We have shared advice and projects, and have formed community around quilting. Its been a real source of support and enthusiasm for my work and I am so very grateful.

 

As our community within the group continues to grow, I want it to be a source of advice, inspiration, and a shared love of patchwork and sewing. I will be in the group, live, on Friday, May 24 to answer questions and get feedback and what the group’s members would like to get out of the group going forward. (Note: If you are a member of the group, but are unable to watch the live stream, you can always watch the replay.)

 

Not a member of the group? Join up before Friday and you’ll be able to tune in to the FB Live.

 

To RSVP to the Q & A, if you are a member, or once you are approved, you should see the event at the top of the page, click to RSVP.

If you have questions you’d like to me answer, send them to me here. I’d like to see them beforehand in case there’s something physical (like a quilt or block) that I can grab and have ready. Got a question about a quilt idea? My Ruby Ruler™ and how to use it? How I run my business? I’m happy to share!

 

Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm for what I do. I couldn’t do it without you.

 

 

2 Easy Tips for Choosing Fabric Prints for Scrappy, Value-based Quilts

Tufted Quilt

 

The challenge a scrappy quilt poses fascinates me constantly. They are bit like a puzzle, with all the pieces fitting together to create a scrappy story that is most successful when it creates a visual story. Creating a good visual story with scraps is a great challenge for me. I start every one of these quilts from my fabric stash. I love the idea that I am constantly dipping into and using up all those fabrics. That’s why I bought them, right? But did you know that some fabrics are better to use than others? I have two tips for you!

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Introducing the Ruby Minder™

The Ruby Ruler™ is now just over a year old. Hard for me to believe! I had so much fun creating that product and getting it to market. There’s is a huge amount of satisfaction around thinking of “hey, what if…”, seemingly kooky idea (at first), and actually making it happen. Ruby Rulers have now shipped all over the world and I’ve now restocked 4 times!

Late last year, I once again recognized that familiar itch to design a new product creeping in. I was stitching a new version of the Boro quilt from Wise Craft Quilts for the live stitching sessions of #wisecraftstitchalong in my Facebook Group.

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