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What Needle Should I Use for <BR>Free-Motion Quilting? <BR>Part 2: Needle Types & Shapes

What Needle Should I Use for
Free-Motion Quilting?
Part 2: Needle Types & Shapes

by RaNae Merrill July 12, 2024

Let's talk about types of needles and how their differences might affect your free-motion quilting.
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What Needle Should I Use for <BR>Free-Motion Quilting? <BR>Part 1: Needle & Thread Size

What Needle Should I Use for
Free-Motion Quilting?
Part 1: Needle & Thread Size

by RaNae Merrill June 24, 2024

The first thing you need to know: needle size is determined by thread size. 
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My Favorite Quilts: Kathy Wiley's Beauty in the Broken

My Favorite Quilts: Kathy Wiley's Beauty in the Broken

by RaNae Merrill November 25, 2023

Kathy Wiley's quilt Beauty in the Broken is something completely new: a quilt that incorporates openwork.

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King Tut's T-Shirt Quilt

King Tut's T-Shirt Quilt

by RaNae Merrill October 20, 2023

All through the process, as I looked at the words on those T-shirts, I would think "This is what I want to be able to say about how I got through it when COVID is over."
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My Favorite Eggplant Recipe

My Favorite Eggplant Recipe

by RaNae Merrill August 23, 2023

Slices of eggplant wrapped around a filling of feta, lemon, mint, pine nuts and raisins are SOOOO good!
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Non-Skid Bacon for BLTs

Non-Skid Bacon for BLTs

by RaNae Merrill August 23, 2023

Here's my trick for non-skid bacon that won't slide out of your BLT.
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My Favorite Quilts: Lori Pace's North Star

My Favorite Quilts: Lori Pace's North Star

by RaNae Merrill August 16, 2023

Expanding the quilting beyond the block and using a carefully-curated set of motifs makes this quilt simply elegant!
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Choosing a Large Print Fabric for a FMM30 Quilt

Choosing a Large Print Fabric for a FMM30 Quilt

by RaNae Merrill July 24, 2023

There are two types of large-print fabrics: allover designs and panel blocks. Which should you use?
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A Quick Quilting Warm-Up

A Quick Quilting Warm-Up

by RaNae Merrill July 03, 2023

If you haven't quilted in a while, you might feel a little rusty approaching the sewing machine to do free-motion quilting. Here's a warm-up to get you back in the groove quickly and easily.
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My Favorite Quilts: Denise Vokoun's Mid-Century Roses

My Favorite Quilts: Denise Vokoun's Mid-Century Roses

by RaNae Merrill June 19, 2023

Grow your quilting design from your piecing design.
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Do this if your Top Tension Won't Tighten

Do this if your Top Tension Won't Tighten

by RaNae Merrill June 19, 2023

Can't get your top thread to tighten up for a balanced stitch? Try this when you thread your machine.
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Do I need a slider sheet for FMQ?

Do I need a slider sheet for FMQ?

by RaNae Merrill June 01, 2023

Is your quilt sandwich hard to move over your sewing machine bed?  It's most likely caused by one of two problems. Both are easy to fix - here's how to solve them and quilt more smoothly.
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