From RaNae's Studio

What do you do when you can't draw?

What do you do when you can't draw?

by RaNae Merrill September 26, 2019 2 Comments

"What do you do when you can't draw? My hand shakes and my lines are all squiggly, never nice and smooth. Is there anything I can do?"
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How to Make a Pet Bed from a

How to Make a Pet Bed from a "Retired" Mattress Pad (and practice free-motion quilting in the process)

by RaNae Merrill September 20, 2019

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Three Tiny Tactics that will SUPERCHARGE your Machine Quilting Practice

Three Tiny Tactics that will SUPERCHARGE your Machine Quilting Practice

by RaNae Merrill September 12, 2019 2 Comments

Here are the three things you can do to fit into your busy, busy life the small free-motion quilting exercises that will make a BIG impact on your free-motion quilting skills.
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A Zippered Case from Free-Motion Mastery in a Month Practice Blocks

A Zippered Case from Free-Motion Mastery in a Month Practice Blocks

by RaNae Merrill September 06, 2019 1 Comment

In early August I got to spend a couple of days at Nashua Sew & Vac in Nashua, New Hampshire teaching Free-Motion Mastery in a Month. Here are a couple of photos I received from Sherry, the Education Director at the store, who had invited me there to teach and took the class with me. I love what she did with her practice blocks!
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Simple, Handy Ruler Storage

Simple, Handy Ruler Storage

by RaNae Merrill August 29, 2019

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Pretty. Nasty. Stuff. <BR>A warning about Wild Parsnip

Pretty. Nasty. Stuff.
A warning about Wild Parsnip

by RaNae Merrill August 22, 2019

How one tiny drop of sap from a really nasty plant can REALLY mess with you.
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An iron that's ready when you are

An iron that's ready when you are

by RaNae Merrill August 19, 2019

Lately my iron seems to know just when I'm going to need it, and turns itself on to be hot and ready for me.  How does it know?
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Make a Quick & Easy <BR>Tabletop Ironing Pad

Make a Quick & Easy
Tabletop Ironing Pad

by RaNae Merrill August 16, 2019

Put together this ironing pad in just a few minutes to use right on your work table instead of an ironing board!
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From Throw-Away Blocks to a Masterpiece

From Throw-Away Blocks to a Masterpiece

by RaNae Merrill August 08, 2019

My nephew Weston is leaving for college this week, and so it' his turn for a going-to-college quilt. I sped up making it by using "throw away" pre-quilted blocks . . .
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Free-Motion Quilting <br>and the

Free-Motion Quilting
and the "AHA!" Moment

by RaNae Merrill July 13, 2019

Learning to do free-motion quilting is a lot like learning to ride a bike. It can take a lot of wobbling before you finally get to that "AHA!" place where you can quilt confidently and beautifully. But what if you could skip the wobbling? 

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The Long Arc of Kindness

The Long Arc of Kindness

by RaNae Merrill July 13, 2019

We always see the beginnings of our stories. Sometimes we get to see the end.
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Wings of Love

Wings of Love

by RaNae Merrill February 11, 2019 4 Comments

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