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Feathered Circles

Jan 26 2014 10:10 AM | Suzanne Earley in How To Articles

The insides of feathered wreaths can be tricky to get consistent and symmetrical when stitching freehand. Several days ago, someone posted about troubles with the insides of wreaths, and I promised to put together a post with my tips for easing the fru...

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Dividing up oddball spaces for quilting

Jan 09 2014 06:00 AM | Suzanne Earley in How To Articles

Have a block or sashing that's an odd size and won't divide up easily? Here's an easy trick!

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Frogging 101

Jan 04 2014 11:04 AM | Suzanne Earley in How To Articles

frog (frôg, frŏg) verb: to take out stitches from a quilt top. named for the sound a frog makes: rip-it, rip-it, rip-it

It's a fact of life: if you are a machine quilter, you have had to frog some stitches. Maybe lots of stitches. Maybe an entire quilt full of stitches. Having to do some heavy frogging over the weekend, I got to thinking about the Art of Frogging, and thought I'd share some of my tips and tricks for successful frogging. Unfortunately, these pearls of wisdom have been gained over a long and unfortunate career of having to frog an awful lot of stitches.

No matter what you call it -- frogging, ripping, unsewing -- the chore is an unpleasant (but occasionally necessary) undertaking. Before you get started with your frogging, though, you need to ask yourself a question.

(This article was originally posted in 2008. The original photographic illustrations are all gone, and I've updated to the text to remove references to images. I will try to add some images back in eventually....)

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