Category Archives: Hints/Techniques

March 12, 2014

Old Quilts Never Die

By Donna di Natale Quilts that are made to be used all have one thing in common: They eventually wear out. I call them much-loved, but in reality, it is more than love that causes them to become threadbare. Laundering quilts is just as hard on the fibers as having the dog sleep on them. Continue Reading

July 6, 2013

The Hunt for Red Fabric

By Donna di Natale Summertime is vacation time. Time to get away from the daily grind and visit family, relax in a favorite spot, or go somewhere you’ve never been before – and check out some quilt shops along the way. I recently spent a relaxing week in the Rocky Mountains. We drove through Nebraska Continue Reading

July 30, 2008

A Few of My Favorite Things

I’ve been accused of working at my local quilt shop. For example, there is a case containing Dovo scissors right there on the front counter. The case is about 25” x 12” and is about 3” to 4” high and has a glass top. You can clearly see all the different types of scissors, and it’s the correct height so you can lean over and drool and make out your wish list. Anytime I’m out at the shop, I tell other quilters what wonderful scissors are in that case. Many a quilter has given me a puzzled look and asked, “Do you work here?”

Well, no, I don’t work at a quilt shop. I work from my Some of my favoritesSome of my favoriteshome, but it’s pretty easy to sing the praises of something you love to use and work with. Dovo scissors happen to be very high on my list of favorite quilting tools. Not only do they have a great edge on the blades, they tend to stay sharp. They are balanced, easy to handle and just plain lovely.

June 26, 2008

Weekend in Mexico

Okay, so I didn’t go south of the Border. I really went to Mexico, Missouri. It’s a place where I speak the language and I can drink the water without fear. Plus the people are exceptionally nice and friendly.

Friday evening I gave a lecture to the Prairie Pine Quilt Guild. We had a pretty good crowd. Some brought in their notebooks of old Kansas City Star patterns. I love hearing about how quilters end up with all those old patterns! Usually I hear about how their mothers or grandmothers cut them out of the paper and saved them very carefully. Personally, I like looking at the backs of the patterns to see what was going on in the newspaper that day.

On Saturday I taught a workshop on a wall hanging I call “Welcoming Windows.” The block has two mitered corners, and there is invisible machine appliqué on the borders of the quilt.

Here are a few suggestions that I offered:

Tip: We talked about the merits of different types of threads when doing invisible machine appliqué. My favorite thread for this method is Aurafil, which is a fine, long-staple cotton thread. The group was surprised to find that I seldom have more than five colors of thread that I use for machine appliqué. I look for thread color that will sink into the fabric I am appliquéing rather than trying to find a perfect match.