From RaNae's Studio

The Trip to International Quilt Festival, Houston 2021 (Part 1)

The Trip to International Quilt Festival, Houston 2021 (Part 1)

by RaNae Merrill November 08, 2021

Every year since 2017, I've driven to Houston in October for International Quilt Festival. Each trip turns into a unique adventure -- this year's trip included buying a Steinway and dodging tornadoes!
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Why is my thread breaking?

Why is my thread breaking?

by RaNae Merrill October 05, 2021

Recently several students have brought me questions about why their thread was breaking repeatedly. Here are the solutions I suggested -- and why.
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Got Galette?

Got Galette?

by RaNae Merrill September 03, 2021

I LOVE fruit pies, but they can be a hassle to make. Galettes make fruit pie easy -- just unroll a sheet of frozen pie crust, put some fruit on top, fold over the edges, bake and yum! Here's how!

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This Little Lite of Mine....

This Little Lite of Mine....

by RaNae Merrill July 27, 2021

A keychain light is just the right size to get down into small spaces.
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6 Words That Will Change Your Life!

6 Words That Will Change Your Life!

by RaNae Merrill July 21, 2021

You already use this phrase whenever you make a quilt. The key is to learn to use it consciously in every aspect of your life. 
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Keep Your Bobbins Neat with this Fast and Easy DIY

Keep Your Bobbins Neat with this Fast and Easy DIY

by RaNae Merrill June 29, 2021

Do your bobbins get tangled up in your sewing tools drawer? Mine used to until one day I found this simple solution
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Always Get Your Binding Seams Right Side Out

Always Get Your Binding Seams Right Side Out

by RaNae Merrill June 22, 2021

Sometimes when using a two-sided fabric for binding -- a  dyed solid or a batik mostly -- I accidentally joined my binding strips together with a seam sewn backwards so that the seam allowances were on the outside of the binding strip. Here's how I ALWAYS avoid that problem now  . . . .
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What is Bas Relief and what does it have to do with quilting?

What is Bas Relief and what does it have to do with quilting?

by RaNae Merrill June 16, 2021

This panel of St. Michael and the Dragon from the front of a building on my street in NYC is an example of bas relief. Here's what you can learn from it for your next quilt . . . .
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Rub a Dub Scrub!

Rub a Dub Scrub!

by RaNae Merrill June 08, 2021

Hard to get a good scrub on your back?  "If only my washcloth were longer and had handles" . . . . Wish granted!
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Haiku + Quilt = Haikuilt

Haiku + Quilt = Haikuilt

by RaNae Merrill May 24, 2021

My haikuilts are tiny -- 5" x 7" -- art quilts that illustrate and express a haiku. 
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What Fabrics Work Best for Learning Free-Motion Quilting? (Part 2)

What Fabrics Work Best for Learning Free-Motion Quilting? (Part 2)

by Melissa Winters May 05, 2021

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What Large Print Fabrics Work Best for FMM30?

What Large Print Fabrics Work Best for FMM30?

by Melissa Winters April 23, 2021

When you start learning free-motion quilting, begin with a large print fabric and stitch around the design. Look for these characteristics in a fabric.
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