Thank you all so much for entering the giveaways I had open last week!  The Dreaming of Stars blog tour was fun, wasn't it?  I thought everyone's stars were so beautiful, and so different!  It's good to see healthy variety, don't you think?  All too often it seems I find a quilting circle where things are starting to look the same.. and I can't tell who made what.  I like when you can see a quilter's style in their work.
Anyway, the news you've been waiting for..
The winner of the 6 half yards of Dream fabric is---- Joyful Quilter!

I have sent you an email!  Congratulations!

I had far fewer entrants for my survey and pin cushion giveaway, but to those of you who did, thank you.  It was really cool to see what skills people view as essential, and what you guys want to try next.   It seems that measuring and rotary cutting are skills newbies should spend significant time on.  I agree, and I like the tip to borrow your friends' tools before you invest in your own!  There's lots of good information in the comments.  When I talk to K later this week I'll be sure to read them out to her one by one :)

The winner of the pin cushion is---- MaryEllen (teachpany) of Mary Mack's Blog!

I have send you an email too!

And now for my answers to #2 & 3..

The 5 quilt skills/techniques I use most often are:
1. English Paper Piecing (I can hear you all laughing at me)
2. Rotary cutting
3. chain piecing
4. paper foundation string piecing
5. machine quilting with a walking foot

The 5 techniques I'd like to learn are:
1. free motion quilting (I need more practice)
2. using solids (!!!)  I hardly ever buy them but always wish I had some in my stash
3. fussy cutting -- I have swiss cheese phobia I think.
4. quarter square triangles.
5. using specialty rulers.

I've got another question.. have you ever taught anyone how to quilt?
I've taught workshops before, and I've converted a lot of quilting friends to the joys of EPP, but one student stands out.  I once tried to teach basic hand quilting to a complete newbie, and I forgot to teach her how to pop her knots.  She showed me her project which looked great from the front, but all her threads were showing on the back and I cringed.  How could I forget?!  I guess we just do some things without thinking.  I'd love to hear your patchwork and quilt teaching stories..


  1. Yeah for me. Thank you so much. It was a fun blog hop.

  2. Congrats to the winners. :) In answer to your question, I've never taught anyone how to quilt. I'm still learning myself. I love your story about popping the knot.

  3. Thanks so much! I've taught quite a few to quilt, but always start with machine quilting, and pulling both threads up to the top. But even I forget sometimes. Thanks again!

  4. Congratulations to the winners

    As a super newbie quilter (aka I've never actually quilted anything, I'm still at the EPP construction phase), I have no idea what popping the knot means.

  5. I am enjoying EPP as a beginner and am loving the relaxed rhythm of it so much! Made the little sewing pouch from Quilting on the Go but messed up the binding! Will make another...

  6. Hi Jessica, I am an embroidery and patchwork teacher in Perth, Western Australia. I learn something new every single time I teach - and I love so much that the learning is a two way street. Inevitably, we make assumptions about the amount of knowledge/skill our students already have.... and I often beat myself up afterwards if I get it wrong. Last year I had one student who was struggling with an embroidery technique. I was so worried that I had somehow made a mistake in my preparation. So I went home and worked a new sample just to make sure that my methods and notes were correct! The following week I worked with the same student again and she completely got the hang of it second time round. But I wouldn't have it any other way because I love sharing my passion, especially when a student has an "Aha!" moment and it all falls into place :)

    I just wanted to let you know that I bought your book as a treat for myself at Christmas. Thankyou for producing such a fantastic book - I absolutely love it! In fact, I mentioned it in my blog post about EPP today :) You can find it at

  7. I've never heard the term "pop the knot", what is that?

  8. I smiled when I read your teaching "mistake." I once saw some of the most beautiful quilts in a museum. A woman and her husband lived alone in a mountain meadow in southern Utah. She grew her own cotton and flax, spun her own yarn, wove her own fabrics, made her own batting, and made quilts. They were incredible designs! Her quilting was awesome with tiny beautiful stitches. And every single knot was on the back. That's the day I decided that it didn't really matter if we don't follow the rules all the time. Broken rules don't stop beauty from happening. Following rules doesn't MAKE beauty happen. =)


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