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Hi all my Local Friends!

Are you feeling burnt out? Have you been running so fast you just need a break?? I am speaking at the FBC Peculiar, Missouri Women's Event. We will be talking about the Sermon on the Mount and using it to learn how to study the Bible! Take some you time - meet up with some wonderful women - and have some delicious food!



Cost of the Event is $25

Date: September 22, 2023 7pm - 9pm

September 23, 2023 8am - 3pm





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Quilt Shops are amazing and wonderful but can be intimidating for the new quilter. As a new quilter, just walking in the door can be overwhelming. Creating a welcoming atmosphere in a quilt shop is important for new to experienced quilters to feel welcome.


Let's be honest. The prices in a quilt shop can be higher than what you might find at a big box hobby store. There are reasons for that - the fabric is better quality, there is a wide variety of brands of fabrics, incredible artist designs, the notions are unique, and the staff is knowledgeable.


I do a lot of online shopping, but there is nothing like going in the doors of a wonderful quilt shop. What is your favorite quilt shop?



Here are three things you should look for when you visit a quilt shop.


A Welcoming Atmosphere

The welcome says a lot....when you walk in the door of a quilt shop, you should be greeted, even if it is busy. Welcome in - Hello - How can I help you.... you know the drill. Look for that smile and genuine care that you find what you are looking for in the shop.


Part of what you are paying for when you come into the shop is a knowledgeable staff member. Someone who can help you find what you are looking for and provide helpful tips on what you are working on. At the very least, they are willing to help you figure out what you are trying to figure out. They should be a navigator who knows where things are and can help you navigate the shop.


I walked into a quilt shop one day, and no one greeted me....after being there for 30 min, no one even talked to me. When I was about done, I went to the register to ask a question, and the woman at the register asked if I "actually quilt," so I replied, "Sometimes." We should be so excited for new quilters that we ooze joy when they come in the door! Not because it means new business but because it means someone else is joining our community!


The first time I walked into The Quilted Cow, there was a

total joy to meet and help me. Inez helped me pick the fabric, do quilt math for the border, and even talked me through some quilting tips!



Fabric Variations


A quilt shop is a fabric-a-holics dream. There should be variety not only in color but in style and manufacture. You should find fabric that catches your eye, fabric that you don't like (because someone else will), and fabric that is surprisingly wonderful. We all like different things - colors, prints, styles, and even textures. A quilt shop should not only represent the owner's taste but also a variety of tastes. I love Riley Blake, Moda, and some of the wonderful big names.



I found out when visiting Prairie Point Quilt Shop that I am a fan of Tilda Fabrics.


How often do you see new fabric lines? I am not just talking about when Christmas rolls around. Did you know some fabric manufacturers will release more than 20 lines per year? Per YEAR!

The fabric should be an inspiration! When you see a whole line of fabric that has color variants in the same pattern, it helps you bring out your creativity. That is why Pre-Cuts can be so wonderful at a Quilt Shop - you get a little bit of the whole entire line!


Unique Notions, tools, and Patterns


Notions are all the little doodads and doohickeys that you need to be an effective quilter. You need to see all the unique and special rulers to thimbles, starch to thread, rotary cutters to scissors, and everything in between. A great quilt shop will have a solid variety of things to simplify your quilting life.


Some of my favorites are anything from Gypsy Quilters, Creative Grids, Olfa, and you know I love June Tailor. The quilt shop will offer all the things you need to make your quilting life easy.

The other thing to look for is patterns....patterns...patterns! Quilting & Sewing patterns are essential! You can try to do it on your own and may be successful. However, a well-written pattern is worth it's weight in GOLD! I visited a quilt shop that had a wall of unique patterns! The Quilted Cow has the Helpful Heifer series, which are unique and exclusive to their shop!


Conclusion

In conclusion, look for a friendly place where you would like to hang out with helpful staff members. Look for a great variety of fabrics (even some you don't like) because variety is the spice of life. Look for a wonderful selection of notions, tools, and patterns.

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Rotary cutters are one of the most essential tools for any quilter. They provide a fast, efficient way to quickly and accurately cut fabric into shapes, strips, and blocks that can then be pieced together in beautiful patterns. There are a number of tools available such as Accuquilt Machines with all of its specialty templates. However, the most economical and easy to find is a Rotary Cutter. An array of rotary cutters are available today, from ergonomic designs for comfort during cutting to ambidextrous styles flexible for righties or lefties no matter what hand they use. Each type has its unique features designed specifically to suit every quilter’s needs.


Ergonomic Cutting

An ergonomic cutter is important for quilters who spend long hours cutting fabric. Ergonomic cutters are designed to reduce wrist strain and fatigue, making them comfortable to use over extended periods. The Grace Company True Cut series rotary cutter is a crowd favorite. The handle is sloped and fits better in the hand of the user. It also features a channel in the cutter and ruler that allows the user to hook the cutter into place so you don't cut your finger off. On tik tok, the number one question I get asked is, "what is that rotary cutter is that?" when I use my Grace Company True Cut.


Use this amazing 10% OFF coupon at sewing parts online by clicking the link here http://shrsl.com/422cg AND selecting any of the Grace Company rotary cutting tools, sets, or rulers, then enter the coupon code SewExcited10 - you have to do both things for it to count!


Ambidextrous Cutting


Ambidextrous rotary cutters are a great option for both right and left-handed, as they provide the same level of comfort and convenience regardless of which hand is used. Teaching my youngest to cut, it never occurred to me that he would have a harder time since he is left-handed. Then I handed him the Quilters Select Rotary Cutter that I picked up at The Quilted Cow. He could cut with his left hand, and then I could use the same cutter to cut with my right hand. The design is wonderful. Quilters can easily use their dominant hand without making any adjustments or switching hands between cuts. This makes it much faster and easier to complete projects that require intricate patterns with multiple layers or small pieces.


One of the most challenging things when cutting is the pressure you have to apply. The Quilter Select Rotary cutter is heavy-weighted, so you don't need to press down as hard to make it work. Cheaper cutters often require you to press harder to achieve the desired result. My friend Jennifer, owner of the Quilted Cow, has all of her team use it, and they all told me that it has saved a lot of arm strain!



The Different Sizes


When it comes to rotary cutters, size matters. Depending on the project and how much fabric needs to be cut, the type of cutter used can make a huge difference in terms of accuracy and speed. There are several different sizes available on the market today, each with its own unique features that best suit certain cutting tasks.


The most common sizes for quilting projects are 28mm, 45mm, 60mm, and 75mm; however, there are other specialty sizes as well. The 28mm is small enough for intricate detail work such as corner cuts or tight curves while also being suitable for more general cutting tasks like straight lines or patchwork piecing. For larger pieces of fabric or when working with thick layers of material such as batting or multiple layers of cloth at once, a 45mm cutter may be better suited. This size has an increased amount of blade exposed, making it easier to slice through large swaths without applying too much pressure, which can cause uneven edges or misalignment issues later down the line.


For even larger jobs requiring precision cuts in high-traffic areas like borders around quilt blocks then you should consider using a 60 mm rotary cutter instead – this bigger model offers greater control over every slice so you won’t have any problems lining up your pieces correctly after they’ve been cut! Finally, if you need something even stronger for tough materials like leather, there’s always the 75 mm option – this powerful tool will get through almost anything. However, it can still provide accurate results due to its wide blade coverage area and adjustable depth setting feature, allowing users to customize their experience depending on their specific needs at any given time!


When deciding what size rotary cutter is right for you, consider both your current project requirements and future plans so that you don’t end up wasting money by buying unnecessary equipment now only to find yourself needing something else later down the road!


Conclusion


In conclusion, having the right cutting tools is essential for any quilting project to ensure you get professional-looking results every time. Rotary cutters are a great choice for fast and easy fabric slicing with improved accuracy compared to scissors or knives. Ambidextrous models provide maximum comfort regardless of which hand is used, while various sizes can accommodate different types of projects from detailed corner cuts to larger swaths of material. By taking into account your current needs as well as plans when selecting a cutter size, plus following simple maintenance steps like cleaning off blades after each use and storing them away safely, you can make sure that your rotary cutter will be in top condition no matter how much activity it sees! With these tips in mind, there’s no doubt that you’ll have the perfect tool at your disposal whenever a new sewing or quilting project pops up!

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