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Thank you for your feedback on my tutorial! This is the process that I have used to baste my quilts for over 20 years and I haven't had any issues with any of the layers distorting. To be clear, however, by stretching I don't mean to pull anything out of shape, but to put just the slightest amount of tension on each layer to ensure they are completely smooth. There are so many great ways to baste your quilt and the right way is the way that works best for you!
Hi Lisa! I'm so glad that you found them to be helpful. I do not personally machine baste around the edges of the quilt before doing the machine quilting. I like to quilt from the center outward so that any extra bulk gets pushed to the edges, which can be squared up after the quilting is done. However, there isn't a wrong way to do it! If basting around the outside edge is helpful to you then go for it!
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Mic check! Testing 1...2...3... It's been quite a while since I last updated this blog and I've been pretty quiet on social media too. The last couple of years have been a doozy for everyone and we all reacted in our own ways. For me that was a need to step back and take each day one at a time and reduce the number of things that needed my attention. Like regular blog posts. I'm hoping to get back into writing for the blog this year, however. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2022 at Tangible Culture
Hi Erin! Thanks so much for your kind comment! I'm glad that you found my tutorial helpful. Happy quilting!
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Good news! I am back on a regular schedule for finishing all custom orders and can now guarantee a one month turn around on your order from the date of receiving your clothing items. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at Tangible Culture
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Hi everyone! How are you doing right now? Have you been finding ways to take care of yourself and check in on others during this stressful time? Like everyone, I’m having good days and bad days. Days where I can be productive and days where getting anything done is a challenge. But we are safe and so far healthy and that’s what is important right now. I wanted to share with you a couple of things I have done in the past few weeks that bring me joy or help me cultivate a little bit of peace in the hopes that these ideas may help you as well. If you are looking for something to help you relax, if you need a new craft to distract yourself with, or if you need something uplifting for yourself, your friends, or your family, this post is for you. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2020 at Tangible Culture
Hi Martha! Thanks for the comment. I'm glad to hear that you are doing what you can to reduce textile and sewing waste! In answer to your question, if you are quilting your t-shirt quilt on your home machine you do need to interface the back of the blocks to keep them from stretching out of shape while you quilt. I just piece the t-shirt quilt blocks on my regular home machine, no need to use a serger as I would think this would add more bulk to your seams. If you want some additional help in putting your t-shirt quilt together I am offering one-on-one digital consultation services. You can email me to get more details on that.
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It’s time for the 100 Day Project again! Originally hosted by Elle Luna and now led by Lindsay Jean Thomson, the 100 Day Project is a global art project. Participants come up with a project or task or challenge and commit to doing it for 100 days. Learn more about my 2020 100 Day Project: 100 Days of Drawing Quilting Motifs! Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2020 at Tangible Culture
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UPDATE: If you missed this you can still see it! I've uploaded it to IGTV on my Instagram and to my Facebook page. I'll also be doing more Instagram Live sessions in the future so stay tuned! Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Tangible Culture
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We are already well into 2020 and it seems like it went quick and extremely slowly at the same time! I've been busy with lots of great things in the works for Tangible Culture over the past few months. Stay tuned for more info on a few of these ventures soon! But first I wanted to share with you all of the great quilts I made over the holiday season! Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2020 at Tangible Culture
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With spring 2020 graduations postponed due to COVID-19, let me help you make an extra special graduation gift that celebrates and commemorates all of your student's memories and experiences in a t-shirt quilt or memory quilt! Here is what you need to know about ordering a quilt as a graduation present. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at Tangible Culture
Thank you Kitty! I loved hearing that sustainability was a factor in the creation of your tiny piecing. It is tough to be sustainable in quilting but if we all take small steps we'll make a big impact!
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Learn the steps I'm taking to reduce wasted fabric and other textile materials here at Tangible Culture and get a sneak peek at one of the quilts that will be available soon in my forthcoming Etsy shop! Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Tangible Culture
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I have had the honor of making a number of very special quilts over the past few months and wanted to share some more of those stories with you! Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2019 at Tangible Culture
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It’s time for an update on the Finish-A-Long! I previously wrote about my third quarter goals for this fun, free, and no pressure challenge intended to help motivate you to finish some of your Works in Progress (WIPs) or Unfinished Objects (UFOs). Now that the fourth quarter is starting its time to check in, tell you how I did, and make my list of projects for the last three months of the year! I hope you'll be inspired to make your own list and play along! Sign ups close this Friday October 18, so you still have a little time to join in. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at Tangible Culture
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I have an exciting announcement today! My research on early European and American patchwork quilts is being published by the Modern Quilt Guild in Modern Monthly, their quarterly online magazine! I'm writing a series of three posts and the first article just came out. The series explores European influences on colonial and early Euro-American quilting as well as the shift from these early styles to the block style layout we often think of when we hear the word quilt today. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Tangible Culture
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Today we are headed back to Penzance to explore some of the fun things to do in the area after you have visited all the textile related shops in town. One place you should not miss while you are staying in Penzance is St. Michael’s Mount. It’s a fairy tale-like castle on an island accessed by a magical causeway that appears and disappears with the tide. It also happens to be the place where, according to local lore, Jack defeated the giant and this folklorist could not resist that combination! Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Tangible Culture
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Today we’re going to learn tips and tricks to help you pin baste the three layers of a quilt together. Basting allows you to temporarily hold all the layers together as you quilt, ensuring that you don’t get wrinkles or puckers on the back of your quilt. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Tangible Culture
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Have you heard of the Finish-A-Long? It's a fun, free, and no pressure challenge started by Rhonda of Rhonda's Ramblings and hosted by a number of different bloggers around the world that encourages you to make a list of Works in Progress (WIPs) or Unfinished Objects (UFOs) that you want to finish in each quarter of the year. I've been participating for a couple of years now and really enjoy the community, seeing all the different types of projects that people are working on around the globe, and getting that little bit of extra motivation to finish something on my to do list. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at Tangible Culture
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Making any piece of art can be a long process. I know I have some quilts from 15 years ago that still need to be finished and I’m sure you have UFOs (UnFinished Objects) and WIPs (Works In Progress) too! It’s so satisfying to finish the that last step and feel the excitement of a completed project. But it is important to remember that a project isn’t really done until you label it! Why are labels important? It’s your one chance to tell the story of your quilt (or any piece of art that you make) the way you want it to be remembered. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Tangible Culture
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It’s been an exciting few months here at Tangible Culture with the first orders for custom quilts coming in and a lecture on the development of the block-style quilt for the Bloomington Quilters Guild! I thought it would be fun to share a few highlights from the custom quilts that I have made in the past few months. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Tangible Culture
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We’re in full blown summer-type weather here in southern Indiana and it has me dreaming of beach vacations and slowing down for a bit. A vacation isn’t in the cards right now as this new start-up business means a slow initial cash flow. In the meantime though, I can dream about one of my favorite vacations ever, when I visited Penzance, Cornwall, in the United Kingdom last summer and hopefully inspire some of you to travel there as well! Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Tangible Culture
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The 100 Day Project officially began yesterday but it isn’t too late to join in! You can start this project at any time but joining in now is extra fun since there is a whole global community taking part. What’s the 100 Day Project? It’s a free global art project. You pick a project, do it for 100 days, and share it. I’ve been participating since the first 100 Days Project was launched by Elle Luna in 2015 (it's now led by Lindsay Jean Thomson) and this will be my 5th year joining in. I haven’t finished every year but I have made progress, and progress and community are the whole point. Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane to see what I’ve learned and accomplished each year, even when I didn’t finish and then I'll tell you about this year's project! Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at Tangible Culture
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Historical quilts and textiles are one of my passions and last summer I had the chance to see a truly amazing piece of quilting and patchwork history! The 1718 Coverlet is the oldest dated patchwork in the United Kingdom, that we know of at this point anyway. The piece is made predominantly from silk and is pieced over papers which are still intact in the coverlet, a process that we refer to as English Paper Piecing today. It is not quilted, hence the reason why it is called a coverlet and not a quilt. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Tangible Culture
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