Hey Quilting Friends!

I’m busy preparing and packing for my road trip — I’m leaving this Monday, July 10! I’m driving from NYC to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, then on to Colorado where I plan to visit a number of stores to promote Free-Motion Mastery in a Month . (Keep reading….)

Here is #2 of my favorite tips for quilting on the go.

Tip #2 – Paper Piece by Hand

Did you know you can do paper-piecing — also called foundation piecing — by hand? Most people think it has to be done on the sewing machine, because you need lots of little stitches to make the perforations that let you tear away the paper foundation when you’re finished sewing.

BUT, if you don’t have to tear away the foundation, you don’t need all those tiny stitches, so you can stitch by hand. How do you do that?

I use EQ Printables Foundation sheets for all my foundation piecing (and believe me, I do a LOT of it). They are a lightweight non-woven fabric sheet, sort of like a stabilizer. The key factor here is they don’t have to be torn out. This means you don’t need all those tiny machine stitches for perforations, so sewing by hand works just fine. Since they are fabric, they are easy to sew through, either for piecing or for quilting. Another thing I love about these is that they can go through a printer, so it’s fast and easy to create multiple copies.

Another tip for foundation piecing — by hand or at the sewing machine — use a lightweight thread (70 up to 100 weight) to minimize bulk in your seams. The folds will lie much flatter.

Now, back to details about the road trip…….

If you own a shop or have a favorite shop and would like me to stop there along the way (I’ll be traveling along I-70 — click here for a map) please call me at 917-660-2970 or email me at ranae@ranaemerrillquilts.com, respond to this email, or click on the “Email” button above. As I set up stops along the way, I’ll post the stores and times here, so check back to see your favorite store added to the list!

It looks like I’ll be teaching a Free-Motion Mastery workshop near Pigeon Forge, TN during the first week of August. If you are interested, please email me and I will connect you with the organizer. Stay tuned for more details!

I’ll be looking for places to stay overnight along the way for the nights of July 10 and 11, so if you have a guest room, or can recommend a beautiful camp ground or a charming B&B along the way, let me know!

And remember, I’m teaching a 3-day Magnificent Spiral Mandalas workshop at the Museum on July 13-15. Come take the workshop while I’m there.

See you on the road!

Happy quilting!  ~ RaNae

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