Quilting The Kaye Wood Way Week of 1.9.13 – Diaper Bag Patterns and A New Blog Tutorial
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Quilting the Kaye Wood Way
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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.
Silhouette Art Quilts Book
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.
Submit your answers by emailing them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and you might win a prize!
What is the difference between tulle and nylon netting
True or false: Polyester batting comes in 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz
How many colors do cotton calicos come in?
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
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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.
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
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.
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This Week In History….
January is…. National Hot Tea Month (something I can really get behind!)Jan 09, 1493 Columbus mistakes manatees for mermaidsJan 10, 1901 Gusher signals start of U.S. oil industryJan 11, 1908 Theodore Roosevelt makes Grand Canyon a national monumentJan 12, 1926 Original Amos ‘n’ Andy debuts on Chicago radioJan 13, 1128 Pope recognizes Knights TemplarJan 14, 1875 Albert Schweitzer bornJan 15, 1967 Packers face Chiefs in first Super Bowl
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Have a great week, everyone,
Terrye and Kayla