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Great Quilt Shops: Real & Virtual

Great Quilt Shops: Real & Virtual

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There is nothing like walking into a great quilt shop. In addition to all of the beautiful fabric to be seen, I especially appreciate the kinds of service available: staff recommendations, classes and the opportunity to talk about quilting with others that share my passion. While there is nothing like the live experience there are plenty of places to visit online. Here is a list of my favorite places to shop, real and virtual.

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Quilters Take to the Road

Quilters Take to the Road

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The craft of quilting has always been a huge community enterprise. Today, quilters can not only forge new connections online but they will also travel great distances just to be with other quilters who understand exactly what it is that drives a quilter’s passion. Here is a list of some upcoming quilt shows and festivals that just may get you packing.

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Building a Fabric Stash

Building a Fabric Stash

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Most quilters and sewers are fabric aficionados and have the stashes to prove it. There are several ways to build and manage a fabric stash to make it both useful and inspirational. Here are some important considerations and strategies to help.

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Thread holds it together and embellishes too.

Thread holds it together and embellishes too.

Choosing the right quilting thread can make your project much easier to work on and it can also give your quilt the visual impact that inspires a great big "wow!"

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A Quilted Lingerie Bag

A Quilted Lingerie Bag

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What girl doesn't need a lingerie bag? This sweet version is a great way to learn some quilting basics and the best part is when you're done you'll have the perfect gift to give or a special reward to keep all to yourself.

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Batting Stats

Batting Stats

I’m not talking about baseball—although that’s one of my passions! I’m talking about the material that forms the middle layer of a quilt. Batting has evolved so much over the years.

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Learn the Lingo

Learn the Lingo

Every discipline has its own jargon. Here are some familiar words that have new meaning when applied to quilting.

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What are the three most important things to consider when making a quilt? Fabric, Fabric, Fabric.

What are the three most important things to consider when making a quilt? Fabric, Fabric, Fabric.

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It’s what you see and what you feel and for most of us, it’s why we sew in the first place–we just love working with fabric. If you’re new to quilting I recommend starting out with cotton because it’s easy to sew and the cotton fabrics available nowadays are just so gorgeous you may not want to consider anything else.

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My Top Ten List of Tools and Equipment I Can’t Live Without

My Top Ten List of Tools and Equipment I Can’t Live Without

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Every craft endeavor necessitates some tools and equipment to make the process more enjoyable and the results better. But if you’re tempted by every gadget available, you won’t have space to create and you’ll spend your time figuring out how to use them or trying to remember where you put them.

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Welcome to the CraftStylish Quilting Blog

Welcome to the CraftStylish Quilting Blog

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My name’s Mary Ray and I’m thrilled to be doing this blog for Craft Stylish because I love everything about quilting and, believe me, there’s a lot to love.

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How to Create a Bedcover from a Sheet and Tablecloth

How to Create a Bedcover from a Sheet and Tablecloth

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While looking for a new way to beef-up my bedding, I found inspiration by layering coordinating curtains and tablecloths.

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Pulling Up at Puyallup

Pulling Up at Puyallup

Threads staff members recently flew to the always fabulous 2008 Sewing and Stitchery Expo near Seattle for a few days of fashion shows, sneak peeks at the latest sewing products and classes.

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