Midlife Quilter

The Holiday Quilt Gift Guide

The Holiday Quilt Gift Guide

Hello fellow quilters! It is that time of year when we start to plan what quilts we will be making for loved ones!  Is there anything better than the joy of a quilt wrapped under the Christmas tree?  I think not! 😊 But it can be tricky to find the perfect pattern for that someone special so I've hunted down some of the best patterns for you to make this holiday season and even included some info on who might like them best.  Read on for all the info. 1.  The Christmas Tree Farm Quilt by Brittany Tunison of White...

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How to Build a Proper Stash, Part 4

How to Build a Proper Stash, Part 4

Hello fellow quilters! We have come to the final lesson in building a proper stash!  Today we are going to talk about low volumes--another "unsung hero" of the quilt fabric world. Before I talk about the importance of low volumes, I want to give you a little history about myself.  I graduated with a degree in Art History and spent significant time doing gallery work at the campus art gallery.  I also worked part time in custom framing.  One of the most significant things I learned from these two things was about a little thing called "visual rest." If you...

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How to Build a Proper Stash, Part 3

How to Build a Proper Stash, Part 3

Hello, my fellow quilters! Today we get to the exciting part of stash building--how do you elevate your stash to get that professional, "oh-I-just-threw-this-together-from-my-stash" look? I remember when I was a new quilter and I would look on with a touch of envy when quilters on Instagram would casually flaunt their coordinated pulls all "from their stash."  Meanwhile,I would look at my bins and felt it was every kind of fabric under the sun, yet I couldn't put even four colors together.  For me, the secret ended up being....blenders. I said last week that prints are my favorite, but I...

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How to Build a Proper Stash, Part 2

How to Build a Proper Stash, Part 2

Hello quilty friends! This week, I am going to talk about my favorite category, PRINTS!! Prints are the star of the show…the scene stealer…the main attraction.  You don’t even know how hard it was for me to resist making prints the part 1 of this blog series, but I didn’t for one very important reason—this is about stash building—not bundle curating. What’s the difference?  I’ll answer that with a question of my own. How many of you have bins full of fabrics you love and when it comes time to make a quilt—nothing coordinates?  My guess is you fell prey...

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How to Build a Proper Stash, Part I

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How to Build a Proper Stash, Part I

I can still remember it clearly—standing in the middle of a big box fabric store, bolts of fabric in my cart, and being COMPLETELY confused  Isn’t it the most disappointing feeling to be buying lots of fabric, but every time you want to make a new pattern you feel like you have to go out and buy all new fabric? Or that nothing you bought matches what you already have? It’s the equivalent of a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear 😟  I believe, firmly, that you should want to buy fabric, not need to.  Every quilter needs...

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