Category: Reflections

How to Use a Seam Ripper with Heart

There is one tool in my collection of quilting notions that I use more than any other. Among all of the quilt clips, pins, tapes, rulers, cutters, templates, irons, and variety of other devices my number one go-to thing is my seam ripper! I chalk this up to a combination of factors including my underdeveloped skills

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Quilting for Charity: Celebrating the Generosity of Quilters

One of my favorite things about quilting is being part of an extended community of givers. Quilts are for giving, and quilters are the kind souls devoting themselves to share their lovingly made creations with others. The constant dedication of charitable organizations quilters run and participate in is inspiring. Quilters make quilts year-round for veterans,

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The Perfect Quarter Inch Seam Allowance?

I’m pretty sure that the perfect quarter inch seam allowance is a beautiful myth, something that quilters chase in the never ending pursuit of flawless corners, perfect points, and straight lines. I’m still not sure I’ve ever found it. Not really. Not consistently anyway. And that’s kind of what counts when you’re working with seam

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Why I Quit my Job to be a Full-time Quilter

It’s not an unusual story for someone in her mid-to-late cough-thirties-cough, cough. I’ve become increasingly dissatisfied with my job in financial services for a while now. Being a product manager gave me the chance to be creative and tackle various intellectual challenges; to learn and grow into a highly relevant and valued profession. But, for me, working in

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