National Quilting Day 2021

This, my friends, should be a major national holiday! March 20 is National Quilting Day. You should take a few minutes to wander around the internet because there will be lots of quilty goodness out there this weekend.

I have been so busy I didn’t have time to build a full quilt pattern for the event, but this throw sized quilt pattern was mostly done and sitting on my computer as a digital WIP, so I managed to get it finished so I could share it with YOU!

This throw finishes at 58″ x 58″ and is made up of half-square triangles and plain blocks. You can do this! I designed the quilt so you could use a layer cake and make it scrappy or use yardage for a more modern appeal like I went for.

If you make this. . . TAG ME! Or E-mail me! I love to see your work! #OKQMedallion Star @ohkayequilting

Improve Your Piecing with Starch

My collection of “starchy” sprays.

When I was a new quilter, I thought success was all about sewing.

I was wrong.

On the back of a Sherwin-Williams paint can I learned a valuable lesson many years ago. It said, “Preparation is the key to a satisfying project.” I think the same goes for quilting.

I do not usually pre-wash my fabric. (We will talk about that another day.) I now know that having REALLY flat fabric is the first step in making a quilt that goes together nicely. Since I keep my fabric in bins, it gets fold lines and wrinkles. The first thing I do when starting a quilt is to spray a pretty decent spritz of Quilter’s Moonshine on the piece of fabric and press it with a hot, dry iron. I used to use a lot of steam, but I kept getting rust spots on my fabric, so now I don’t add water to my iron. If the fabric is a real disaster, I might just soak it with a spray bottle of water that I keep at my ironing station and steam it well before I move to the Moonshine.

If the quilt is mostly strips or squares, I am good to go.

If there are going to be lots of bias cuts, I use spray starch on the fabric and iron it again. I am OK with pretty stiff fabric. It is much easier to sew.

Once the blocks are complete and I am giving the final press from the front, I will use starch or Best Press- depending on my mood. The other product pictured is new, but came highly recommended by a friend. . . I haven’t worked it into my system yet!

Want to try Quilter’s Moonshine? Here is a link to a recipe. I mixed mine a little stronger. . . Isn’t moonshine supposed to be strong?

I have a new opportunity!

I am so excited to announce that I have the opportunity to be a National Educator for HandiQuilter. I just love quilting and I am thrilled to be able to travel the country teaching people to love longarming as much as I do.

There are four other new field educators:

Karen Arnold of Ohio

Fiona Egan of Texas- but soon, Connecticut

Jeannine Grabowska of Arizona and

Chris Davidson of Florida. Learn more about her at MemoriesinStitches.com

We had some great training this week and today Johnny Barfuss did a Facebook Live video while we were practicing some free-motion quilting in Handi Quilter’s beautiful education studio.


Make a Quilt Block Apron

Kaye explains the nuts and bolts of putting together a quilt block apron.

I love being one of the designers for Quilt Block Mania, but I’m not always interested in making a quilt with all the blocks.  A few months ago I made a tutorial on how to make an easy pillow cover. PILLOW COVER TUTORIAL

This month I am sharing one of my favorite ideas for using a quilt block- an apron! And I even made a video to talk you through the process.

Apron made from an orphan quilt block.

I made this apron and it fits me well, but I am about a size 14 and I can get away with the 12″ width across my chest. I think it would also be fine if your chest was more ample, if ya know what I mean! If you are smaller, you might want to reduce the block size to 10″ or use a block that has white space on the outside so that you could trim it down a bit. Or you could use a few quilt blocks across the skirt part and just use fabric for the bib part. It’s up to you!

In addition to the quilt block, I used about 1 yard of main fabric and ¼ yard of a contrast fabric. I also used a piece of fusible fleece about 12” x 12”.

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