Pressing Half Square Triangles

Here’s a new little video showing how to press half square triangles so they do not warp. If you have ever tried to press half square triangles and have the bias seam stretch, you know how frustrating it is to end up with a wobbly diamond shaped unit. No matter how hard you try to fix it when you are sewing it into the block, it can be frustrating and still come out awful. This simple trick will make your units come out consistently square and reduce the urge to grit your teeth and toss your hard work in the trash!

If the video is taking a long time to load, you may want to visit the YouTube site and watch it from there. If you hover over the vid frame you can find a link that will take you there. Or click here.

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New Vid

Just a quick note to let you know that I just put out a new video (well, three actually) on how to press for success!!

Pressing is really important when you want your quilt to come out looking good. If you don’t press correctly it is easy to get pleats, mis-matched points, truncated points!, and your units ends up being the wrong size…. of course that makes your quilt look like a big wobbly mess so watch this video to see how to press when you are sewing strips into bands.

That’s one of the worst problems! When we are trying to sew bands together for strip pieced quilts it is so easy to get that “rainbow”… and then your units get cattywampus.

Have fun stripping! BTW, I noticed, when I previewed this, that it took a long time for the video to load. If you mouse over the screen it gives you the option of watching it on YouTube. Let me know if this is a real problem. I will see if I can come up with a solution!

It’s our 27th anniversary today!

Today is my 27th wedding anniversary! I can hardly believe my husband has stuck around for that long, even through the hot flashes. Wow. No wonder we got married right before Thanksgiving… we have so much to be thankful for.

My son, Matt, just got into a lease/purchase program for his own truck!
On his way through he stopped and spent the night… here’s a picture of him with his new ride.
While he was here, Brandy decided to crawl up in his lap and pretend she was still a baby and could be a lap dog. It’s a good thing my son is 6’4″. Otherwise he would have been crushed.

I’ve been sewing together a new quilt, the Blue Jam that I will be teaching in Austin at the Chisholm Trail Quilt Guild January 5 & 6. I can hardly wait to get there and meet everyone. Here are a few shots of the quilt.


I’ve also been working on a new pattern that I plan to have ready to go… think you can guess what it is?

Talk to you soon. I had a question recently about fusible applique and am planning on showing some options and results soon so check back.
Have a great Thanksgiving if I don’t see you before then! Ta.

Quilt Festival, etc.

Just wanted you to know, I realize I haven’t posted in a while, things get away from me.
It’s great out… we’ve had lots of rain (over 30″ in one month) so things are a little soggy, but the sun has been out for the past two days and I love it. I washed the dog outside today, too. A bit chilly but she was starting to smell like swamp… eeeeuww.

I went to CA and had a wonderful time teaching. My pictures are all still in my phone but I called Sprint and talked to a nice young man and I think I know how to get them out now. I’ll post the pictures of the class soon.

Quilt Festival in Houston was amazing, as usual. I was in Cindy Surina’s booth “Custom Creations”. She invited me to sign books at her booth and I was happy to meet so many of you while I was there. It was really nice not to have the responsibility of my own booth, so I got all of the bennies but none of the stress.

If you didn’t attend Houston I have to tell you the quilts that won awards were fabulous. And there was a display there from Germany… a “forest” of quilts. Very interesting. There were a lot of incredible ideas that were inspiring and it was so interesting to see how different textures were created. I am sorry. I didn’t have a camera so I don’t have pictures to share this time. I won’t do that again. Next show I will be sure to take pics to share with you so you can at least see some of what I experienced.

My favorite of all of the quilts was a quilt done on black wholecloth. It was awarded by Superior Threads and was a scene of the wetlands called “Protection” done by Hollis Chatelaine of Hillsboro, NC. You can see it at this link:

I am so enthralled by Hollis’s work. What an artist!

BTW, I have about 20 Jamaica Vanilla Patterns left over after what was needed for the cruise. If you are interested please order soon. They are moving very quickly. The applique is full size line drawing so I don’t plan on printing that again… it was pretty expensive to do the oversize printing.

Click on the picture and it will take you to the online store where you can order it. I’ll put more in soon, with pictures, next time! jamaica_vanilla
Oh, one more thing… if you are interested, we are offering a Christmas Special. It is one of everything in the QuiltArt series of books and DVD’s. Click on the Jamaica Vanilla pattern and it will take you to the online store.