Quilting Fuel: Give it a Swirl!

We’ve just finished Thanksgiving, but the season of baked goodies is not over yet. While we were looking at recipes on the web, we came across this pie crust with a real “Wow!” factor. And even better? You make it using a refrigerated pie crust from the grocery store! It seems like a shame to…

Gifts Galore

“I just don’t know what to get!” We hear this cry for help a lot. You need a gift for your mom or sister, for someone in your bee, for someone who’s new to sewing, or even someone who’s sewn for years and has a sewing room stuffed full of notions and fabric. Never fear-the Bernina…

Among the Pines

Our Block of the Month for November is the Pine Tree Block. The history of different quilt blocks and patterns is something we love to explore, but this month we’re going to talk about a personal history. When it comes to quilting, that’s the real heart and soul of it: patterns and techniques and knowledge…

Quilting Fuel: Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers

We’ve checked our calendars twice, and Thanksgiving really is next week. We don’t know how that happened! If you’re really on top of your meal planning, you’ve got the main dishes and sides sorted out. (And if you haven’t even bought a turkey yet, we feel your pain.) We thought we’d give you some links to…

Taking a Bite out of Quilt Market

It’s safe to say that most passionate quilters have heard of the Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival in Houston, Tx. The Market, which opens before the Festival, is a destination for quilt shop retailers who want to discover the next great thing in the worlds of quilting and sewing. Fabric designers and retailers, pattern designers and…

Quilting Fuel: Easy as Pot Pie

We know that you’re sitting there with a frown on your face, wondering how a pot pie can be easy, and leave you any time for sewing?  Okay, it may not as simple as buying a frozen one and throwing it into the oven, but it’s not as hard as spending all day making one…

My, What Big Paws You Have!

This is the kind of bear paw you won’t mind seeing around the house, quilters. This month’s block has been around for a long time, and comes in many variations. The Bear’s Paw probably originated from saw-tooth borders used by quilters, who then used the same methods to create quilt blocks, and was in use…

Enlightened Embroidery: The Thread’s the Thing

We’ve covered some important embroidery topics, like choosing and saving designs, and stabilizers. But what about thread? Thread is the heart and soul of embroidery, the thing that makes it, well, embroidery. Today, we continue our machine embroidery series with info and advice from two of our embroidery gurus, Pam and Sharon, on the whys…

Quilting Fuel: It’s Roasting in Here

We’re still falling for fall here at Your Needle & Me. Blame it on the pumpkin spice, or Halloween, or the holidays which are coming faster and faster. (We saw Christmas displays going up in stores before the end of September!) Fall is harvest time, and the turning of the seasons, and falling leaves, and…

Garment Gurus: Simple Steps to Choosing a Garment Pattern

You really want to sew something for yourself, but what? If you take a class, it’s easy, because the teacher decides for you. When you’re ready to strike out on your own, all those books and racks and drawers filled with patterns can be intimidating and confusing. Maybe you don’t feel comfortable with your pattern-reading ability, or…

Quilting Fuel: Pumpkin Time

Quilters, we think fall has arrived! October is upon us, and November is bound to be right behind, unless they changed the calendar. And fall means pumpkins. We know they try to make pumpkin-spice-flavored everything, but we found an easy, yummy, crock-pot pumpkin dessert that uses real pumpkin puree, and not much of your sewing…

The Queen of the Wide Prairie

The Prairie Queen quilt block, another nine-patch variation, originated in Illinois, according to Nancy Cabot’s 1933 column in the Chicago Tribune. (To learn  about Nancy Cabot and her quilting column, click here to visit the Nancy Cabot sew-along blog written by Candace Moore.) This block is also called True Blue or Monkey Wrench. The Prairie Queen creates…