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30 Sep '14

Let's Cut Fabric!

Posted by Ann Sandler in Uncategorized
My very favorite part of cutting out a quilt is cutting out the pattern. Well, I also love the very last stitch. Grab your templates and lets get started! For the petals, simply place your template (that you adhered to card stock) on top of your fabric and cut.   I will admit, I trim 2-3 at a time. Using the 45mm rotary cutter works great as these are gentle curves. Save your scraps for the centers!Cut 168 (or more) petals on print fabric and 168 snowballs out of the light or low volume [...]
26 Sep '14

Flowering Snowball Templates

Posted by Ann Sandler in Uncategorized
Thanks for joining along in this, the most spectacular snowball fight!First of all, have your gathered your fabric supplies? To make this 60" x 70" quilt top you will need: 4 yards or a lot of scraps that are at least 6 inches wide2 1/2 yards of light or low volume fabricHere is the template for a Flowering Snowball block.   6_inch_flowering_snowball.pdfFile Size: 283 kbFile Type: pdfDownload File 10_inch_flowering_snowball.pdfFile Size: 294 kbFile Type: pdfDownload File [...]
26 Aug '14

Flowering Snowball

Posted by Ann Sandler in Uncategorized
This pattern caught my eye a few times.  It went by several names like Royal Cross, Cross Block and Flowering Snowball.  Digging in, I wanted to find the true name and discovered it is part of the Orange Peel Family and documented in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Quilt Patterns.  3081 is the pattern number and the official name is Flowering Snowball. Again, a beautiful block brought back into the spotlight. Love it! A dear friend o [...]
14 Aug '14

Voile Disappearing 9-Patch Quilt

Posted by Ann Sandler in Uncategorized
Anna Maria Horner's voile prints kept catching my eye.  But I had felt the buttery softness and maybe slippery texture of voile in person and was very intimidated to sew with it.  After hearing only good things about it, I took on the challenge.  With the help of awesome Instagram friends, my voile collection grew and was plentiful enough for a queen size quilt.  And so it began, the Voile Disappearing 9-patch Quilt.  Here are the details....To refresh my memory on [...]
14 Aug '14

Top 10 Tips for Sewing with Voile

Posted by Ann Sandler in Uncategorized
The idea of sewing with Voile can be intimidating.  Really, down right scary.  BUT the actual process, is so enjoyable and the resulting quilt is fantastic! Here are my top 10 tips for sewing with voile 1. Press and Spray Starch fabric before cutting. Best Press is a great product and great to use with voile. 2. Always backstitch (knot) at the start and finish of a seam.  Voile does not seem to grab thread like quilters cotton, so this is really [...]