Annette Williams, Tonya Alexander, Laura Piland, and Catherine Redford chat with host Pat Sloan on the American Patchwork & Quilting podcast.

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Guest: Annette Williams

Topics: fabric selection

She says: "I always think when you buy a collection of designer fabrics (which there are beautiful ones out there) or if you've bought a quilt kit, add a piece of fabric out of your stash that is memorable to you -- something you really love or something that you've bought on vacation. That way, when you look at that quilt, it reminds you of where you were and what you were doing and where you bought that fabric. And that makes your quilt more homey."


Guest: Tonya Alexander

Topics: string piecing

She says: "I like to have an extra bin at the ready, so when I'm cutting other projects (not matter what kind of project it is), and you have a little bit left over of anything, I immediately cut it down to the largest working piece for string piecing. And sometimes that may just be a strip or two, and I always cut them down to 1.5"-wide strips of any length. And I just toss it in the bin. It doesn't matter what color or what project it may go into in the future. When I pull them out later for a specific project, I may need more of one color. Then I go to my stash shelves and pull out the color and may do some specific cutting of 1.5" strips."


Guest: Laura Piland

Topics: blogging

She says: "A friend of mine suggested I keep a scrapbook of my quilts. And I'm not a scrapbooker at all, but I love that idea. So I discovered blogging, and I just started writing where I got the fabric, how I made the quilt for every quilt that I've made. So, that's what my blog is -- a recording of every single quit I've made since 2010. At the end of the year, I had my blog printed as a book. I can keep it and pretend that my children will one day look back and they will love the history of all the quilts that their mom made."


Guest: Catherine Redford

Topics: machine quilting tips

She says: "When people come to my machine-quilting class, I don't need them to look at me and think, 'I can't do that'. I like them to say, 'Oh, you make it look easy'. I really want them to go home inspired that they can do that if they practice. If somebody really takes to machine-quilting, then once you've got a smooth stitch and an even stitch length, you can do your own thing. It's really those beginner steps I want to inspire people to start."