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My Top Ten Quilting Tips
by Christine Abela

So many people have written asking how I manage to get a quilt made a week. So here\\\\s my top ten hints on how I get quilts done!

1. I have a room just for sewing, right next to the kitchen and away from the bedrooms. I can dash in there and sew a few seams whenever I find (literally) a minute. I bound a quilt during the commercials on a movie on Sunday night – the TV was on in the kitchen, so I knew when to go back.

2. Put your sewing pressing on the ironing board at the end of each sewing session, alongside your clothes ironing. When you iron some clothes, get your sewing pressing done too.

3. Put a small table next to your favourite comfortable chair and ALWAYS have some hand-sewing on it. So if you sit down for even a few minutes you can get a little hand-sewing done without having to hunt for something to do first.

4. Make up an attractive bag with a full sewing kit and a small hand-sewn project in it. This is your \\\\take anywhere\\\\ project, and you pick it up whenever you think there is any possibility that you could be stuck somewhere and can get some hand-sewing done. I keep mine on my small table next to my chair, so that I only have one hand-sewing project to worry about at a time.

5. Keep all your sewing tools (scissors, rotary cutter, etc) in a central place like a basket (I use a big pencil case). And keep this basket next to you as you sew so that you always put the tools back in it. That way you will never have to waste time searching for tools. Also, you can grab this quickly as you rush out the door late for a class! Also, I keep my bobbins in three separate bobbin cases – marked \\\\polyester\\\\, \\\\cotton\\\\ and \\\\quilting\\\\. The plastic bobbins have \\\\p\\\\, \\\\c\\\\ or \\\\q\\\\ written on them too, so I always know what I have in my hand.

6. Use zip-lock bags to store all the bits and pieces of each project. Even if you have to pack it all away at the end of the day, you won\\\\t waste time searching for anything. If you are using any special threads, trims, etc, put these in the zip lock bag too.

7. Binding can be almost completely sewn on by machine (sew on the front as normal, fold it to the back so that the binding overlaps the first seam by about a quarter of an inch, pin well, then ditch-stitch from the front). It doesn\\\\t give as neat a finish as hand-sewing, and you might have to finish off the corners by hand, but it is quick.

8. When you buy the fabric for the quilt top, or when you start a project from stash fabrics, buy or set aside the fabric for the backing and the batting as well. Store these with the top while it is in progress. When the top is finished, the next step – without stopping for breath! – is to baste the quilt and then start quilting. If you pack the top away because you have to go out and get batting and backing you might never get back to it. A quilt is not a quilt until it is a quilt – it is a quilt top and, unless you want to use it for a tablecloth, it is not finished!

9. Keep your tools in good condition. When you put a new blade in your rotary cutter, buy the next one. Nothing slows you down like a blunt cutter (two cuts instead of one). Have your scissors sharpened regularly. Keep your different types of pins in different containers so you don\\\\t have to hunt through one big pin tin for the right sort of pin. Change your sewing machine needles regularly (I use a new piecing needle and a new quilting needle for every second quilt). Clean the fluff out of your sewing machine after every quilt.

10. Look after your patterns. The small zip-lock bag most patterns come in are seldom large enough to keep it all in after you have opened it up and pored over it, and never big enough to hold all the templates and little scraps of paper you add when it is an applique pattern. Put the pattern in a large zip-lock bag and keep it all together, rather than trying to squeeze it all back in the original bag (trust me – it\\\\s hard enough for me to fit my paper-hungry patterns in the original bag before you buy it, let alone after you have opened it up! ). If you can\\\\t fit all the bits and pieces in the bag you might leave some out and then that wastes time in looking for them later.

Christine Abela Gecko Gully quilts and socks: http://www.geckogully.com Web site development: http://www.geckogully.com/websites Once-A-Month Cooking: http://www.geckogully.com/oamc Gifts: http://www.geckogully.com/gifts

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Quilts for Kids
by Merkle, Elizabeth

\\\\Kids making Quilts for Kids.\\\\ Now in our third year of this project, we never imagined the interest and participation that would ensue.

Our Family and Consumer Science teacher, Andrea Polakoff, loves to sew and conveys this skill to her students. As an honorary member of our chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, she felt we should embark on a service project that involved sewing. So the members of the NJHS made fleece hats, mittens, and scarves for the homeless. Everyone had a lot of fun but the cost of the materials prohibited us from continuing this project.

During that summer, Polakoff and I heard about Quilts for Kids, Inc. While placing an order at the Philadelphia Design Center, the founder, Linda Arye, an interior designer in Yardley, PA, noticed more than 20 industrial-size trash bags filled with discontinued designer fabric that were to be thrown away. Rather than see the fabric wasted, she asked if she could keep it and figure out a way to reuse it. She came up with the idea of patchwork quilts to be distributed to comfort children with cancer, AIDS, and other life-threatening diseases, as well as battered and abused children. Quilts for Kids, Inc., was born.

We contacted Ayre and went to her home to pick up some fabric. The excitement began that Monday morning when the students unloaded two SUVs packed with fabric.

Our next step was to sort out the usable fabric, since rayon and silk were not washable. The students began reading labels. Next we asked for volunteers to take home fabric and wash and iron it. Fortunately several teachers came to the rescue. We found the sixth graders who were just beginning to sew loved to iron and sort the fabric by colors and textures.

Finally we were ready to begin sewing. Although we are accomplished sewers, neither I nor Polakoff had ever made a quilt. We found a simple triangular pattern on the Internet, chose a committee chairperson to organize our after-school sew-a-thons, and began to sew. Those first few quilts were disastrous, full of holes or lopsided. Trial and error prevailed. By the middle of the year we had at least two designs under construction.

Our assistant principal, John Baradjiez, was the first faculty member to sew a quilt. He never had sewn before but with some prompting from the students, at the end of two hours he finished his first quilt. He has since made a second quilt.

We ended our first year of quilting by delivering nearly 100 quilts to St. Christopher\\\\s Hospital for Children and Children\\\\s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Expanding the Project

That summer, Polakoff and I developed a new curriculum for the eighth grade class. A service learning class would replace the usual course of study, although all the core material would still be covered. By doing this we allowed everyone the opportunity to make a quilt, not just the members of the Honor Society. We began each nine-week class by having the students research an aspect of quilting, community service, service learning, various illnesses that require a child to be hospitalized for long periods of time, and even child abuse. Each student had to write a one-page paper, give an oral presentation, and include some type of visual aid.

We had a student write a song about the directions to freedom depicted in quilts on the Underground Railroad. Another student drew a patch that might appear on the AIDS quilt and several students made a quilt block and told of its history.

Our marathon sewing sessions were held once a month from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Most of the participants were members of the NJHS, but students from all grades, teachers, school board members, custodians, and parents often came in to help. Not every student was destined to sew a quilt. These students would take photos, serve dinner, or do quality control-in other words, cut threads and check for holes.

Our fabric was donated but we still needed to purchase quilt batting and sewing supplies. We received several grants that enabled us to buy our supplies and even several sewing machines that were more suitable for finishing the quilts. Additional funds were raised by making quilts and raffling them off. Recently a grandparent was so impressed with the quilt his grandson had made he donated a huge roll of batting from his upholstery business.

Bringing Out the Best

We have marveled at the actions of many of our students. One student who was frequently teased by classmates was the first to finish his beautifully crafted quilt. We were pleased to see the other students admire his work and then ask him for help with their quilts. The faculty in our school could not believe that another student who never worked in class was the first to finish an outstanding quilt. Students who are very talkative in their classes can be found hunched over a sewing machine, concentrating on every stitch, totally oblivious to their surroundings. We asked the captain of the football team to create a quilt with our school\\\\s mascot, a Tiger, to be given to our new superintendent. He went on to make three more quilts. Each quilt has a tag that is signed by the student who made it.

When we took the students to Dupont Hospital for Children and the Ronald McDonald House in Wilmington, DE, we saw our students graciously hand over their creations to the children and the social workers. They are so very proud of their work, and everyone in our school community is awed by the dedication of these young adults who give up time before and after school, sew on Sundays at a local quilt shop, and even take quilts home to finish on school holidays. One student made seven quilts this year and two former students are making quilts as part of their service project for graduation.

Linda Arye tries to come to school when the students have finished their quilts and often tells them stories of how the children who receive them have reacted. It is common to see some teary eyes.

Any school group that would like to begin a project like ours can go to wwwquiltsforkids.org for information. Members of the NJHS chapter at Benjamin Franklin MS have given workshops on our project and are very willing to help schools get started. We are listed as a sister chapter under Pennsylvania, Benjamin Franklin MS, or we may be contacted by e-mail at [email protected] or [email protected]

Elizabeth Merkle ([email protected]) advises the NJHS chapter at Benjamin Franklin MS in Philadelphia, PA.

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Caring for Quilts
Caring for Quilts By: Joyce Moseley Pierce

For many years my mother worked in sales and lived out of a suitcase as she traveled the country, but that didn\\\\t stop her from doing some of the most beautiful needlepoint and cross-stitch work I\\\\ve ever seen. When she retired, she quickly filled up the walls of her home and kept the local frame shop in business. After she had given favorites to her children and filled every white space in her home, she decided to start making quilts, but instead of just sewing the pieces of fabric together, she cross-stitched or needlepointed squares that would be sewn together by the town\\\\s quilting expert.

I was the recipient of one of these beautiful quilts but because my children were small, I didn\\\\t want to leave it out on a bed where it might get smeared with peanut butter and jelly, or even worse, colored with crayons or a permanent marker. Instead, I folded it up and put it in my closet inside a plastic zippered bag that my bedspread had come in.

Well, when Mom came to visit the next time, she went looking for that quilt. I assured her that it was packed away and that nothing could harm it. After all, it was sealed in plastic. Nothing could get to it. Boy, was I wrong!

I learned a lesson from Mom about how to store quilts:

1. Don\\\\t ever store them in plastic of any kind! It doesn\\\\t matter that your bedspread came in it. It\\\\s not the same.

2. Don\\\\t store them in humid or hot climates. If the temperature feels good to you, then it\\\\s okay for your quilt. If you live in Houston you shouldn\\\\t even own a quilt!

3. Don\\\\t store quilts in attics or garages. It makes a comfy bed for rodents and insects.

Instead, you should:

1. Store your quilt in a pillowcase or sheet, or roll it onto a muslin-covered tube.

2. Place a piece of fabric between the pillowcase or sheet and your quilt to protect it from the acids in the wood.

3. Twice a year, when the humidity is low and the air is blowing, air your quilt outside, out of direct sunlight.

4. Mark your calendar to refold your quilt every 3-4 months so you won\\\\t make a permanent crease in it. Crumple up some acid-free tissue paper to help eliminate fold lines.

If you feel comfortable in displaying or actually using your quilts (and isn\\\\t that why we make them?), you\\\\ll want to follow these guidelines to make your quilt last longer and help retain its beauty.

1. Keep your quilts away from direct light. The sun will make them fade and will age the fabric.

2. If you notice any tears, repair them as soon as possible. Remember that \\\\a stitch in time saves nine,\\\\ and will help lengthen the life of your quilt.

3. Clean up any accidents immediately. Washable quilts can be cleaned with cold water. My quilt, with the delicate cross-stitching fabric and thread, would need to be dry cleaned by an expert.

4. Before you wash, test the fabric to see if the colors are going to run. Use a white towel and cold water to test each color.

5. Do not put quilts in the dryer or hang them over a clothesline. They should lay flat between two sheets placed on the grass in the shade.

When I was a young, married woman I discovered a box of fabric in my grandmother\\\\s closet along with the pattern for a quilt that had been published by the Kansas City Star in the 1920s. Grandma told me she had bought the fabric when my dad was born and had just never made the quilt. She told me if I wanted to make it, she would pay to have it quilted for me. I accepted the challenge, and without knowing anything about quilts (or anything else!), I cut and assembled all of the pieces. It was beautiful, and I remember the pride I felt in knowing that I had sewn every stitch, but even as I laid it across my daughter\\\\s twin-sized bed, I could see how thin and worn the fabric had become. I wish now I would have used the pattern and bought newer, more sturdy fabric, that would have lengthened the life of the quilt, but that was just one of life\\\\s lessons I had to learn.

Going through the process of piecing that quilt helped me to have a deep appreciation for all of the time and love that goes into each stitch. As I worked on it, I tried to imagine my grandmother as a young mother and wondered what life was like for her. Was motherhood as challenging for her as it was for me? Did she ever imagine that she would have a granddaughter who would treasure this old fabric and the bond it gave to both of them?

Buying a bedspread is fast and fairly inexpensive because they are mass produced, but you can\\\\t expect it to give you you the same warm feeling as when you run your hands over the stitches of a quilt that was made by you or someone you love. When your hands caress the fabric and stitches of the quilt you have painstakingly created, the memories of the past are guaranteed to rush into your heart. If that quilt was made by someone who loved you, you will feel a connection that seems oblivious to time.

Copyright 2002 Joyce Moseley Pierce http://www.emersonpublications.com Joyce is a freelance writer and owner of Emerson Publications.She is the creator of \\\\All They\\\\ll Need to Know,\\\\ a workbook to help families record personal and financial information. She is also the editor of The Family First Newsletter, an ezine for families with young children.

About the Author
Joyce is a freelance writer and owner of Emerson Publications.She is the creator of \\\\All They\\\\ll Need to Know,\\\\ a workbook to help families record personal and financial information. She is also the editor of The Family First Newsletter, an ezine for families with young children. http://www.emersonpublications.com
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Old quilting patterns vary widely
by Helaine Fendelman

Dear Helaine and Joe: This quilt was made about 1874 in Mississippi by my great grandmother. I want to know anything you can tell me about it including the name of the pattern. B.W., Sandy, Vt.

Dear B.W.: Quilts are really nothing more than fabric sandwiches – – with two pieces of cloth enclosing a cotton batting or some other kind of filling. They were made primarily to keep people warm during cold winters, but they also were made to impress guests or potential mates with the maker\\\\s skills as a needle worker.

Quilts were made in a variety of ways. One was to sew together pieces or \\\\patches\\\\ of fabric that had been cut in a certain way so that when assembled, they formed some sort of a pattern. This is generally called a \\\\patchwork quilt.\\\\

Another way to make a quilt is to sew or \\\\apply\\\\ pieces of fabric that have been cut in a predetermined way to a backing. These are called \\\\applique quilts,\\\\ and many of the finest quilts made in the United States were crafted in this manner.

It is said that the applique quilt originated when designs were cut from chintz and calico and sewn to a white cotton or linen backing to accentuate the pattern of the elements that had been cut out. Once this was done, the piece was quilted to make it into a warm bedcovering, and sometimes, embroidery was added.

The quilt belonging to B.W. is an applique quilt, and according to the specialist we consulted, it is in a variant of a pattern called \\\\Cock\\\\s Comb (or Coxcomb) and Currants.\\\\

We use the word \\\\variant\\\\ because every handmade quilt made during the 18th and 19th centuries (and before) was a one-of-a-kind, and an expression of the design capabilities and sewing talents of the maker or makers.

Some quilters just let their imaginations fly, and they created unique designs that were all their own. Others, however, worked within the structure of designs with which they were familiar. There were, for examples, a number of applique quilt designs such as \\\\Whig Rose,\\\\ \\\\Tulip,\\\\ \\\\Rose of Sharon,\\\\ \\\\Oak Leaf\\\\ and \\\\Sunflower\\\\ that were well known to quilters, but every time a given person made one of these familiar designs it was a little bit different. In other words, the maker brought his or her own artistic sensibilities to the job and created a quilt that was unique.

The design of B.W.\\\\s \\\\Cock\\\\s Comb and Currants\\\\ quilt is within a patchwork \\\\frame,\\\\ but for some reason, B.W.\\\\s great-grandmother decided not to put it on all four sides. Why? Maybe this was the way she wanted it. Maybe she ran out of the properly colored fabric before she finished. Maybe the quilt was the size she wanted with only a border on two edges. Or maybe she did not see any sense in putting borders on edges that would not be seen.

Whatever the reason, the lack of these borders detracts from the monetary value of this piece on the current antiques market. On the other hand, a factor that adds value to this quilt is that B.W. knows when it was made and by whom. Unfortunately, we cannot really place a monetary worth on this piece because we cannot see the quality of the quilting, which is an important factor in the value equation for a piece such as this. We feel a minimum insurance replacement value would be in the $1,500 to $1,800 range, and it is possibly somewhat higher — especially in Mississippi where it was made.

Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson are the authors of the \\\\Price It Yourself\\\\ (HarperResource, $19.95). Questions can by mailed to them at P.O. Box 12208, Knoxville, TN 37912-0208.

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Former Mukwonago town clerk loved quilting
by MELISSA WITTIG

Town of Mukwonago Esther Christenson knew what she wanted and wasn\\\\t afraid to make it known to whomever would listen, even writing her own death notice to ensure it appeared the way she wanted it.

\\\\If she had an opinion, she would be happy to tell you how she felt about it,\\\\ said Nancy Hood, Christenson\\\\s longtime friend.

Her son, Charles Christenson, said she kept a quote on her desk that said, \\\\Either you can agree with me or be wrong.\\\\

Christenson, 96, died Monday at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

From 1930 until about 1960, Christenson and her husband, William, owned a dairy farm along Road X and were among the founding members of the Golden Guernsey Co-op. She sold the cows in 1960 and left the farm to her son, moving to a home she had built on the edge of the Town of Mukwonago farm.

Since her husband\\\\s death in 1956, she had lived alone.

\\\\She prided herself on her independence,\\\\ Hood said.

Christenson was an avid quilter who made quilts for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but she refused to make quilts for anyone who owned a dog, Charles Christenson said.

\\\\She would always say, I will not make quilts for dogs to lay on,\\\\ \\\\ he said.

She was a member of the Old World Quilters, which originally met at Old World Wisconsin, near Eagle, to create quilts together. Hood said that every time she went to visit her, Christenson had new fabric to show her that was stored in already overflowing drawers of fabric waiting to be added to her next quilt.

She found her \\\\15 minutes of fame\\\\ through that group in the early 1970s when it was featured in a commercial for the Wisconsin lottery system. Though her son said she didn\\\\t gamble, Christenson was shown in the commercial saying that she chose her lottery numbers based on birthdates.

Christenson enjoyed cake decorating and made hundreds of wedding and birthday cakes. Christenson was active in the community, serving as clerk for the Town of Mukwonago from 1963 to 1985, which required her to keep the town\\\\s files at her home because there was no Town Hall.

She served as teacher and superintendent of Sunday school at North Prairie Methodist Church and later became a greeter for the church.

Christenson was the clerk of Prairie View Elementary School for 14 years when it expanded from a two-room to a four-room school.

Later, she worked as an assistant cook at the school for 11 years.

She was president of the North Prairie Cemetery Association from 1956 until just a few years ago.

In addition to her son, Christenson is survived by a daughter, Julaine Svacina of Richland Center.

The family suggested memorials to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society or North Prairie Methodist Church.

The funeral was Thursday. Arrangements were handled by Mealy\\\\s Funeral Home in Eagle.

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Quilting creates a magical world; Age-old tradition of quilting,
by Rik Nelson, [email protected]

\\\\I grew up in a home where Mother sewed beautifully,\\\\ says quilt maker Betty Bakie. \\\\She made matching suits and dresses for her and me. When I was little I would sit at her feet and cut fabric for dresses for my dolls.\\\\

Today, Bakie\\\\s sewing prowess makes her mother proud. Bakie and her daughters Cheryl Poffenroth and Lorie Jones are the featured quilters at the Washington State Quilters\\\\ (WSQ) 17th annual quilt show at the Spokane Convention Center, starting tomorrow. They all say it is a singular honor, given the large number of accomplished quilt makers in the Spokane area.

At different times, all three women have taught quilt-related and/ or clothes construction classes. Bakie and Poffenroth have created raffle quilt designs for WSQ and have won many awards for their quilts. Jones is a professional long-arm machine quilter, adding her own creative, freehand flourishes to her mother\\\\s and sister\\\\s quilt tops.

Bakie\\\\s daughters recall their mother started them sewing early in life – at age nine – focusing them primarily on clothes construction. Their collective passion for quilt making came later in life.

\\\\At Expo \\\\74, WSQ was distributing quilt patterns and I started collecting them,\\\\ Bakie remembers. \\\\But I sidetracked myself with watercolor, taking art classes at night through Mead school district.\\\\ There she says she learned a lot about color, which is now one of her specialties.

\\\\I was taking an art class,\\\\ Bakie says, \\\\when my two lovely daughters took a quilt sampler class and that got me re-involved in quilting.\\\\

Like her mother, Poffenroth says that after marrying she was sewing mainly to make clothes for her children. But she\\\\d find fabrics she wouldn\\\\t use for clothing but wanted to use for something – novelty prints, big florals, pretty, fun, colorful – so she took a quilt-making class.

\\\\When I first started quilt making,\\\\ Poffenroth says, \\\\I thought, \\\\Ah, I finally found what I was born to do.\\\\\\\\

Bakie agrees. \\\\Quilting is like that for us,\\\\ she says. \\\\A lot of emotion and love and heart goes into it.\\\\

Jones adds, \\\\We grew up with two grandmothers and a mother making things for us – my mother made my wedding dress – so I associate that creative activity with love.\\\\

The trio shares that gracious tradition with their community.

\\\\We did a quilt for a woman recovering from breast cancer,\\\\ Bakie says. \\\\It was a total act of love. She liked Hawaiian things so we did a Friendship Star with Hawaiian-motif fabric: tropical fish, hula dancers, Kauai chickens, a Maui cow.\\\\

Children benefit from their stitches, too.

\\\\Through WSQ we\\\\ve done quilts for chemo kids at local hospitals too,\\\\ Jones says. \\\\Giving them a quilt is like wrapping them in a big hug.\\\\

Quilts are associated with comfort and safety, regardless of how young or old you are.

\\\\So much of what quilters do is that kind of thing,\\\\ Bakie says. \\\\After Hurricane Katrina, Houston was inundated with quilts people sent. They finally had to tell them to stop.\\\\

Bakie believes one reason quilting is so vital is that it creates strong bonds between women.

\\\\Some women wish they had a sister, daughter or mother involved in what they love as well,\\\\ she says. \\\\A quilt group can help provide that kinship. We\\\\re lucky because we have that as a family, which makes the bond even stronger.\\\\

Former WSQ featured quilter, author and teacher Mary Lou Weidman says that Bakie and her daughters are indeed fortunate.

\\\\I think it\\\\s keen that a mother has influenced her daughters to do wonderful quilts, too,\\\\ she says. \\\\They will have some great treasures in the future for their family.\\\\

And, as Jones points out, there are intangible treasures right now, too.

\\\\I realize that we were given a gift,\\\\ she says. \\\\Not just the ability to make a perfect point or a straight seam, but to make people feel the joy they do when given a quilt. I have learned that there is so much more that goes into a quilt than stitches and fabric. It often takes teamwork, passion and love. That magic is what I share with my mother and sister.\\\\

SIDEBAR: QUILT SHOW\\\\The Magic of Quilting\\\\ Quilt Show & Merchant Mall, presented by the Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter, runs Friday through Sunday at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.Admission: $5, good for all three daysWhat\\\\s there: More than 500 quilts made by local quilters are on exhibit, and there are free hourly demonstrations of various quilting techniques.Raffle: Tickets available for the 2005 raffle quilt \\\\If These Old Barns Could Talk\\\\More information available at: www.geocities.com/wsqspokanechapterTHE GUESTSFeatured quilters Betty Bakie, Cheryl Poffenroth and Lorie Jones will be there to discuss their work and do demonstrations.FRIDAY1 p.m.: Bakie, Poffenroth and Jones will talk about how each got started in quilt making and show a variety of their quilts.SATURDAY1 p.m.: Jones will present \\\\Quilting with Kids,\\\\ strategies and projects to engage children in quilt making.4 p.m.: Poffenroth will present \\\\Operation UFO,\\\\ how to finish Unfinished Objects (projects) in creative ways. SUNDAY3 p.m.: Bakie will present \\\\Color Planning Strategies,\\\\ ways to pick colors that complement primary fabric choices; especially helpful for quilters just getting started in color selection theory.

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My Top Ten Quilting Tips
by Christine Abela

So many people have written asking how I manage to get a quilt made a week. So here\\\\s my top ten hints on how I get quilts done!

1. I have a room just for sewing, right next to the kitchen and away from the bedrooms. I can dash in there and sew a few seams whenever I find (literally) a minute. I bound a quilt during the commercials on a movie on Sunday night – the TV was on in the kitchen, so I knew when to go back.

2. Put your sewing pressing on the ironing board at the end of each sewing session, alongside your clothes ironing. When you iron some clothes, get your sewing pressing done too.

3. Put a small table next to your favourite comfortable chair and ALWAYS have some hand-sewing on it. So if you sit down for even a few minutes you can get a little hand-sewing done without having to hunt for something to do first.

4. Make up an attractive bag with a full sewing kit and a small hand-sewn project in it. This is your \\\\take anywhere\\\\ project, and you pick it up whenever you think there is any possibility that you could be stuck somewhere and can get some hand-sewing done. I keep mine on my small table next to my chair, so that I only have one hand-sewing project to worry about at a time.

5. Keep all your sewing tools (scissors, rotary cutter, etc) in a central place like a basket (I use a big pencil case). And keep this basket next to you as you sew so that you always put the tools back in it. That way you will never have to waste time searching for tools. Also, you can grab this quickly as you rush out the door late for a class! Also, I keep my bobbins in three separate bobbin cases – marked \\\\polyester\\\\, \\\\cotton\\\\ and \\\\quilting\\\\. The plastic bobbins have \\\\p\\\\, \\\\c\\\\ or \\\\q\\\\ written on them too, so I always know what I have in my hand.

6. Use zip-lock bags to store all the bits and pieces of each project. Even if you have to pack it all away at the end of the day, you won\\\\t waste time searching for anything. If you are using any special threads, trims, etc, put these in the zip lock bag too.

7. Binding can be almost completely sewn on by machine (sew on the front as normal, fold it to the back so that the binding overlaps the first seam by about a quarter of an inch, pin well, then ditch-stitch from the front). It doesn\\\\t give as neat a finish as hand-sewing, and you might have to finish off the corners by hand, but it is quick.

8. When you buy the fabric for the quilt top, or when you start a project from stash fabrics, buy or set aside the fabric for the backing and the batting as well. Store these with the top while it is in progress. When the top is finished, the next step – without stopping for breath! – is to baste the quilt and then start quilting. If you pack the top away because you have to go out and get batting and backing you might never get back to it. A quilt is not a quilt until it is a quilt – it is a quilt top and, unless you want to use it for a tablecloth, it is not finished!

9. Keep your tools in good condition. When you put a new blade in your rotary cutter, buy the next one. Nothing slows you down like a blunt cutter (two cuts instead of one). Have your scissors sharpened regularly. Keep your different types of pins in different containers so you don\\\\t have to hunt through one big pin tin for the right sort of pin. Change your sewing machine needles regularly (I use a new piecing needle and a new quilting needle for every second quilt). Clean the fluff out of your sewing machine after every quilt.

10. Look after your patterns. The small zip-lock bag most patterns come in are seldom large enough to keep it all in after you have opened it up and pored over it, and never big enough to hold all the templates and little scraps of paper you add when it is an applique pattern. Put the pattern in a large zip-lock bag and keep it all together, rather than trying to squeeze it all back in the original bag (trust me – it\\\\s hard enough for me to fit my paper-hungry patterns in the original bag before you buy it, let alone after you have opened it up! ). If you can\\\\t fit all the bits and pieces in the bag you might leave some out and then that wastes time in looking for them later.

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Make a quilting hoop drum
by Peter O. Whiteley

It\\\\s loud, lightweight, and easy to build

THE HYPNOTIC pounding of drums that sets the beat for most Native American dances is a pulsing heritage handed down from generation to generation. The drumming tradition is going strong at the Quinault Indian Reservation on Washington\\\\s Olympic Peninsula, thanks in part to Ed Praxel, a teacher at Queets-Clearwater School. He has designed some easy-to-build drums that his students make from decidedly untraditional materials and then decorate with their own hand-painted designs.

The slender circular drums start with a 14-inch-diameter quilting hoop (actually one hoop inside another). You\\\\ll find hoops of various sizes at many craft and sewing supply stores. (A 14-inch hoop usually costs $5 or less.) Select a hoop with a wooden handle (not metal L-brackets) on the outside.

The \\\\skin\\\\ of the drum comes from a more esoteric source–the heat-shrink Dacron fabric is sold at airplane supply stores. You can order it by the yard ($7.30 plus shipping) from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. (800/824-1930; specify item 09-00500). It comes in a 66-inch-wide bolt, so you\\\\ll get enough fabric for eight drums from each yard. Some model airplane stores sell lighter-weight heat-shrink fabric, which makes for a less resonant drum. You can also use more readily available rip-stop nylon (sold at most fabric stores), but it\\\\s harder to tension as tightly.

To make the drum, you\\\\ll also need white glue, a piece of scrap wood (pine or fir), fine sandpaper, clear urethane finish, a 1-inch paintbrush, a fine-toothed saw, a drill, a household iron, and a craft knife. The drumstick requires a length of 3/8-inch dowel. a 1-inch-diameter rubber toy ball, a 6-inch square of lightweight leather, a leather shoelace, and heavy thread.

HOW TO MAKE THE DRUM

Start by sanding the inner and outer hoops smooth. Cut a 17-inch square of the Dacron (or nylon).

Cut and sand the piece of scrap wood to fit snugly in the space between the ends of the outer hoop when they\\\\re drawn tight. Drill a hole through it to align with the holes in the handle.

Squeeze and spread a bead of glue on opposing faces of the two hoops. Place the inner hoop on a flat surface and overlay the fabric square so the sides overhang evenly. Spread the outer hoop as wide as possible and slip it over the material, then glue the small block of wood in the handle. Using the wing nut, tighten the outer hoop while gently pulling the material so it is drawn snugly across the hoop (don\\\\t overtighten).

To heat-shrink the drumhead. set an iron at 200 |degrees~ and pass it repeatedly over the fabric to draw it tight.

Use a craft knife (or a single-edge razor blade) to trim the fabric flush with the boltore edge of the hoop.

Seal the wood and the fabric with clear urethane. After it dries, remove wing nut and run a leather shoelace through the hole in the handle.

To inake the drumstick, drill a 3/16-inch hole through the dowel, 1/2 inch from one end. Drill a 3/8-inch hole halfway through the toy ball and glue it onto the other end of the dowel. Cut a 6-inch circle from the leather square, wrap it tight around the ball, and hold it in place with a piece of leather shoelace. String a longer piece through the hole to make a handle.

If you wish to decorate the drumhead with a pattern, use acrylic paint, permanent markers, or paint pens before sealing.

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Keepsake Quilting
By Rachel Paxton

There\\\\s nothing quite like the feel of an old patchwork quilt that was lovingly crafted by hand and worn in gently by countless generations. Anyone can go to the store and buy a quilt, but not many people ever take the time to learn the ancient art of quilt making.

A quilt is not just a bed covering. A quilt symbolizes comfort, warmth, and security, and a quilt made by hand is cherished even more because of the work that went into making it.

I personally have only begun attempting to learn this time-consuming art. Hand quilting is not for everyone, because it requires a lot of patience and a fine attention to detail. One of my first quilting efforts was a small doll quilt I made for my daughter when she was about 5 years old. It wasn\\\\t too bad for my first try. My daughter wasn\\\\t very impressed, however, and I was absolutely thrilled when years later our cat adopted the quilt as his favorite napping companion. I decided I\\\\d rather see the cat enjoy the quilt then have it end up in a box somewhere to be totally forgotten (he\\\\s now having to share the quilt with our new kitten!).

I envy people who have the patience it requires to quilt. I am determined to one day make my first full-size quilt. I first became interested in quilting when I was fairly young. I had a grandmother who liked to quilt, and I will never forget a conversation I had with her one day that will stay with me forever.

My grandmother made many quilts in her day. I was never fortunate enough to receive one of them (she was my grandpa\\\\s second wife), but I was lucky enough to see some of her handiwork displayed in her home. One time when I was about 13 or 14 years old my grandmother pulled out a patchwork quilt she had been working on and asked my sister and I if we\\\\d be interested in taking it home and finishing it. We were overwhelmed, but thrilled at the prospect of completing her work of art. She then went on to tell us where all the different scraps of fabric had originated.

\\\\This piece is a scrap from one of my maternity dresses,\\\\ she told me and my sister. A maternity dress that she had worn more than 50 years before. She had saved scraps from many different pieces of clothing she had worn over the years. Each piece had a meaning for her, and she had saved them knowing she would someday make a quilt out of them. She was, piece by piece, sewing together memories from her life. She was tired of quilting, though, and she would never make another. My sister and I took the quilt home and started adding pieces of our own fabrics to the quilt. We quickly tired of the activity, however, and the quilt ended up in a bag in the closet (where it still sits today).

Every once in awhile I pull the quilt out and look at it, thinking I really ought to finish it. I know that in time I will, and it will represent at least four generations of our family\\\\s history. I wish we could learn to live our lives in a way where every day we are striving to consciously make family memories that will stay with us forever. Whether she knew it or not, that is what my grandmother was doing, and I wish to take that idea and consciously put it into place in my daily life, as much effort as it sometimes seems. I know tomorrow I will be glad I did.

Originally published at Suite 101. Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For scrapbooking, card making, gift-giving ideas, and more family memory-making activities, visit http://www.crafty-moms.com
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Discover How To Quilt
In order to learn how to quilt you must first understand how a quilt is made.

Basically a quilt is a sandwich that consists of three layers. The top of the quilt is a decorative layer created from small fabric pieces or \\\\patches\\\\ sewn together in a creative and artistic manner.

The second layer is the batting. Batting is a cozy thermal layer of matted cotton, wool, polyester or silk fibers that give the quilt warmth and volume.

The third layer is the backing that is made from one continuous piece of fabric.

Quilting is the stitching which holds the three layers of the quilt \\\\sandwich\\\\ together while forming a decorative design. Quilting can be done either by hand or machine.

The three layers are held together in one of three ways…

The oldest method is hand quilting. This is perhaps the most labor intensive choice for those just learning how to make a quilt. Hand quilting is usually done in a quilting \\\\hoop\\\\ or on a quilting \\\\frame\\\\ using special needles, called \\\\betweens\\\\, and quilting thread.

The easiest method is machine quilting. Machine quilting involves the use of a sewing machine to stitch the layers of the fabric sandwich together.

The third method is called tying which involves using evenly spaced knots or bows to hold the layers together at wider intervals than quilting. Done by hand or machine, this method makes a generous, puffy quilt called a comforter.

Those learning how to make a quilt should be familiar with the term piecing or patchwork as it is sometimes called. This is an exacting method of sewing small pieces of fabric (\\\\patches\\\\) together to produce a decorative pattern or \\\\block\\\\. This can be done either by hand or with a sewing machine.

Another important definition to know while learning how to quilt is of the term appliqu�. Applique is the method of applying fabric shapes (called \\\\patches\\\\) by hand, onto a fabric background. Applique are grouped together to produce a decorative pattern or \\\\block\\\\. If you are using a sewing machine, appliqu�, fabric shapes are usually cut into the desired shape without seam allowances. The shapes are then fused to the background with heat-activated fusible web. They are usually sewn on the quilt using a close zigzag stitch called a \\\\satin stitch\\\\. This method is particularly suited to intricate \\\\pictorial\\\\ appliqu� that attempts to reproduce a stylized or realistic story or picture.

Another method of machine appliqu� involves drawing or tracing the shape onto the wrong side of the fabric. The patch is then placed facedown onto a lightweight lining and sewn around the marked seam line. It is then trimmed, turned right side out and sewn to the background using invisible thread and a machine blind hemstitch.

If you are just learning how to quilt that are plenty of sites on the Internet that can explain such products as heat-activated fusible web and, seam lines and various stitches used in quilting.

A \\\\Block\\\\ is a single design unit comprised of small fabric pieces sewn together to produce a decorative pattern. Often, blocks are separated by alternating plain squares or by fabric strips. This is called sashing. Sashing is a term that those just learning how to quilt will run into often.

For comprehensive step by step lessons in how to quilt go http://www.kathkwilts.com/lessons/gendirs.html. Here you will find out everything you always wanted to know about making a quilt including instructions on how to cut shapes for piece work, hand piecing, machine piecing, creating appliques by hand, creating borders and sashing.

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Quilting is a marriage of beauty and function
by Kim Cheeley Correspondent

David Parker, an accountant at North Idaho College, and, more importantly, an avid quilter, recalls a particularly grueling day at work when, on his way out the door, his boss asked him if he\\\\d be all right. David replied with a sigh, \\\\I\\\\ll be OK. I\\\\m heading to the quilt shop to buy some fabric.\\\\

There are times when a half-yard of a new Hoffman batik really hits the spot.

As a male quilter, Parker is in the minority, but he\\\\s joined by more than 21 million female counterparts. According to Quilts.com, the number of quilters in the country has increased by 1.55 million in the past three years, and the growth of Coeur d\\\\Alene\\\\s Bear Paw Quilting and Bernina mirrors the national trend.

The shop, located in the Sunset Mall on U.S. Highway 95, officially opened in October 2002, in 1,800 square feet of space and with 1,000 bolts of fabric. By May 2003, the shop, co-owned by Sandy Goedde and Kathryn Boss, had doubled in size and inventory. And just this month, it tripled in size with completion of a third phase of expansion. The growth has been in response to both polite customer requests and hysterical, addictive demand.

Truly powerful hobbies have high addiction potential, and the best obsessions include countless opportunities to buy hobby- related paraphernalia. Quilting fits the bill well. Besides fabric and sewing machines, quilters buy tools, accessories, books, magazines, patterns, kits, notions, even quilt-related jewelry and stationery.

At the check-out counter, Goedde and Boss have sturdy, clear plastic bags with the Bear Paw logo printed on them, but they are often asked to load the goods into plain brown paper bags, \\\\so my husband won\\\\t know I\\\\ve been here again.\\\\

Why is quilting so appealing? The marriage of beauty and function is a winning formula, and quilts exemplify this combination, Boss explains.

\\\\The term \\\\quilting\\\\ means something sewn together in three layers: a top, a backing and something for warmth in between,\\\\ she says. \\\\In Asia and Europe it took the form of clothing and decorative tapestries, but in America, quilting became synonymous with blankets – from the necessity of warmth. The traditional patterns of early American quilting still hold great appeal, but changes in color and design keep quilters excited. So the appeal is two-fold: a tie to historical roots and a creative artistic outlet.\\\\

Goedde adds, \\\\After doing battle in this techno, too-fast world, quilting is an easily accessible art form, and a wonderful way to relax and to leave a legacy. In addition to quilting, we\\\\re seeing the resurgence of age-old crafts and activities such as farmers\\\\ markets, gardening and knitting.\\\\

Boss has been teaching quilting classes for eight years. \\\\When women ask me what I do, I can\\\\t tell you how many of them say, \\\\I\\\\ve always wanted to learn to quilt.\\\\ Not everyone wants to sew, but quilt-making has appeal. It was different when I was teaching Lamaze classes. I didn\\\\t often hear, \\\\Oh, I\\\\ve always wanted to learn to breathe!\\\\ Breathing is basic, but quilting is a basic calling.\\\\

Karolyne Rogers, a local psychologist, says that women have a need to be of service. So even when quilting reaches pathological obsession level, it\\\\s culturally justifiable since the end result is a blanket, which answers a basic human need for warmth.

Sheryl Wytychak, a classic \\\\dedicated quilter,\\\\ stresses that quilting provides connection to other women who share a common interest, is a source of genuine pleasure, and is an opportunity to express herself through color, texture, and design.

The profile of the modern-day \\\\dedicated quilter\\\\ might come as a surprise. The average quilter, according to an August 2003 study by NFO and Abacus Custom Research Inc., is a 58-year-old female, is well-educated (76 percent have attended college), affluent, with a household income of $80,000 who has been quilting for an average of 12 years. She spends $1,900 a year on quilting, owns an average of two sewing machines and $5,500 worth of quilting supplies and tools, and has $2,800 worth of fabric in her \\\\stash.\\\\ She is an empty- nester looking forward to retirement, with disposable income and discretionary time on her hands.

This is not your great-grandma\\\\s sewing circle meeting in the basement of the Presbyterian church. The baby boomers, demographic family of the modern-day quilter, were the last group of women to attend home economics classes in junior high school. These women know how to sew and are now reaching into their collective past to draw on those latent talents.

According to the NFO/Abacus study, dedicated quilters spent a total of $2.15 billion on quilting supplies in 2003, up 26 percent from the report in the year 2000. This is roughly twice the annual Idaho state budget. The total number of quilters in the U.S. exceeds 21 million, a 50 percent increase from 14 million reported in 1997. And these are known quilters. One can only guess what adding suspected and closet quilters would do to the figures.

A cartoon at the Bear Paw shop shows a man dozing in a lounge chair next to a sewing machine, with two women standing beside him. One woman is saying, \\\\Apparently your husband is into quilting, too.\\\\ The other replies, \\\\Oh, he has no idea how far into quilting he is!\\\\

SIDEBAR: FAST FACT Classes, events For more information about quilt classes and events, please call Bear Paw Quilting and Bernina, 664-1554.

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How to Make an American Quilt
© 1995 Leman Publications, Inc.
by Sara Felton
Steven Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Enterntainment, in conjuction with Universal Studios, is producing a film based on Whitney Otto’s best-selling book How to Make an American Quilt.
The movie will star Maya Angelou, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Capshaw, Kate Nelligan, Winona Ryder, Jean Simmons, and Alfre Woodard, but the real stars are the featured quilts. Patty McCormick, president of the Southern California Quilt Guild, had the task of creating the quilts and acting as technical supervisor for some of the scenes.

The movie, scheduled for a fall release, revolves around a friendship quilt that a circle of quilters is making for Finn (Ryder). The 96″ x 96″ quilt, named Where Love Resides, is made of eight friendship blocks and eight alternate blocks. To make the quilt look like it was the product of eight people’s work, Patty invited seven quilters, in addition to herself, to contribute blocks. Each one illustrates a story from the life of a main character.

One of the characters is Anna (Angelou). Her block is a miniature of an 1880 story quilt, called The Life Before, which was made by one of her slave ancestors. In an effort to keep with the spirit of Anna’s quilt, Patty enlisted the help of Afraican-American quilt historian Barbara Brown for the design and African-American quilter Dora Simmons for the sewing and quilting.

The Life Before and a Crazy Quilt required special attention to make them appear old and worn. The Crazy Quilt, made by Christine Dabbs, is one that Finn was given as a baby. To give it that well-loved look, the studio props department ran it through a washing machine with rocks.

The Grasse Quilting Bee is a quilt designed to look like a topographical map of the fictional town where the story takes place. It will be the first quilt shown in the movie. Another quilt in the movie was made from a 1936 pattern. It will be shown for just 30 seconds during the 1940s flashback of Anna taking her baby Marianna home from the hospital. (The adult Marianna is played by Woodard.)

Although Patty taught all of the actresses how to appliqué and quilt, hand doubles were used for close-up shots. Patty had pictures of all the actresses’ hands and had to match them with those of experienced quilters.

Enthusiasm for quilting caught on with some of the cast members. Anne Bancroft, who had started a quilt during an earlier picture, finished that work, and what had started as a patch for a hole in her jacket turned into a large folk-art appliqué.

Patty enjoyed all of the hard work and the sometimes grueling shooting schedule, but she admits, “After working behind the cameras, I will never look at a movie the same way again.”

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ANSWER:
Quilting is addictive – welcome to the club. You will need:

1. Rotary cutter – I recommend a 45mm blade. It’s small enough to handle some curves, but large enough to go through a lot of fabric. Once you’re sure you want to continue quilting, get some spare blades and change them as soon as you notice that it isn’t cutting through fabric effectively. Be very careful when using a rotary cutter – it’s essentially a round razor blade. If you lightly bump the blade, you will draw blood. Get a cutter that has a built in safety feature, and get in the habit of using it. I like Olfa’s curved one because you squeeze the grip to expose the blade, and when you let go, the blade is covered. You can also lock the cover into place.

2. Self healing mat – Buy the biggest one you can afford and have space for. I like by 24″ x 36″ mat, and I also use an 18″ x 24″ when I’m taking classes. Be sure to get the thin green, blue, pink or purple one (depending on brand) NOT the thick white plastic ones. They bog down your fabric and cutter. I prefer to use the back of the mat – the measuring lines just get in my way. I use the ruler for measuring and squaring the fabric.

3. Acrylic ruler – You need at least two – a short one that is easy to maneuver and a long one that you can cut strips from the width of fabric. I prefer a 6″ x 12″ and a 3″ x 18″, but most people like a 6″ x 24″ for the long one. Make sure you can see the markings on both light and dark fabrics. At least one of them should have diagonals marked – at least a 45 degree and a 30 degree, and preferably a 60 degree as well. You may not use these now, but you won’t have to buy another ruler later. They must have at the very least a clear 1/4″ marking and a 1/8″ “dot.” I prefer a ruler that has a 1/8″ grid in one corner (or all over if I can find it). When you measure, always measure to the outside of the marking line, not the inside or center. Some rulers come with a non-slip surface (Omnigrip) or you can buy a roll of clear plastic (Invisigrip) that you can cut and apply to the back of your existing rulers. You can also use little sandpaper discs with adhesive on the back.

4. Fabric – Start with 100% cotton, and buy the best quality you can afford. If you have a local quilt shop, see if they have a clearance section. Not only can you get first quality fabrics for nearly half price, the limited selection forces you to try colors that you might not otherwise have chosen. It’s good to stay out of ruts. If you like scrappy quilts, fat quarters are a good way to get a lot of different fabrics. If you like more planned color schemes, buy yardage. Watch for sales to acquire backing fabric. Value (light and dark) is more important than color. We gravitate toward the pretty fabrics in the middle values, but for a quilt to really sparkle, you need to include light and dark fabrics as well.

5. Thread – again, use 100% cotton for the piecing. Cotton (thread) against cotton (fabric) wears better. If you use a synthetic thread and make an heirloom quilt, the thread could damage the fabric and destroy the quilt. Use the thinnest thread you can find for piecing (I like 50/2). This helps keep your seams accurate. Every hair counts. If your seams are off just 1/8″ and you have eight squares in a row, the row will be off 1″. You don’t need to match your thread to the fabric color, just the fabric value. If you have white, black, cream, and gray you can handle just about any fabric. “Match” your thread to the lighter fabric. When you quilt the top, batting and backing together, you’ll probably want a slightly thicker thread (40/3 works great, and can also be used for piecing if you like). This doesn’t HAVE to be cotton, but many quilters still prefer it.

6. Scissors – you need both a larger pair to cut fabric, although you won’t use it very much unless you get into paper piecing or hand work, and a smaller pair for cutting thread. I love my spring handled large scissors. They’re comfortable for lefties and they open by themselves, which reduces a lot of strain on the hand. My small scissors have very large finger openings and are comfortable to hold. Both of mine are by Fiskars. You can also try thread nippers for the smaller scissors.

7. Pins – get the longest, finest pins you can find. A glass head is nice if you plan to iron with the pins in (plastic will melt). A large flat flower head pin is nice to avoid distortion when sewing, plus they’re easier to find on the floor.

8. Hand sewing needles – you’ll need this for the binding. I prefer a long fine “straw” needle, but most people use sharps for piecing. Betweens are for quilting.

9. Seam ripper – this will be your best friend. Rather than “ripping” the seam, cut every third or fourth stitch and pull it all apart. It’s faster and less messy, especially if you use a piece of tape to remove the cut threads from the fabric.

10. Blue painters tape – yes, I consider this an essential. When you sew your scant 1/4″ seam, you should not be watching the needle – by the time the fabric is at the needle, it’s too late to correct anything. Instead, you should watch about an inch or two before the needle. You can measure your seam by using an index card with a 1/4″ line. Put the needle down through the line and make sure it’s straight. Draw a pencil line on your machine bed along the edge of the card. This is your 1/4″. Use the painters tape to make a fabric guide. Cut through several layers of tape on the roll, peel it back and cut off a section that is at least 1″ long. Place this on the bed of your machine along the 1/4″ mark you just made. Now just butt your fabric up against this guide when you sew your seams. With this guide it doesn’t even matter if you have a 1/4″ foot on your machine (although they are handy).

11. Instruction books – I really consider a couple of good instruction books to be essential. You can find a lot of information online, but it’s worth the extra to get a couple of really good books. I recommend Start Quilting with Alex Anderson for your beginner book. It’s only about on Amazon and it’s a skinny little book that teaches you six basic blocks. I also recommend a reference book called The Quilter’s Ultimate Visual Guide. It doesn’t have patterns but it does answer nearly every question you’ll ever have. Spend a little extra (just a couple of dollars) and take your books to a copy center (Kinkos, Staples, Office Max, etc.) and have them cut off the binding and put on a spiral binding. This way you can fold your book back to the page you want, or open it flat.

12. Courage – Don’t let anyone say you can’t make a quilt the way you want to make it. It’s great to learn the traditional methods, but some of the most incredible quilts have come from people saying, “What if I did it this way instead?”

13. Inspiration – Use the internet to find photos of quilts that inspire you. It can be about the color choices, the patterns, the style – whatever you like. Use magazine ads to help you with color choices. Keep a file of interesting ads – you’d be surprised at what the professionals put together. I have a fantastic quilt in dark purple and lime green that I never would have chosen on my own. Check out internet sites that have quilting videos, like QNNTV and HGTV’s Simply Quilts Videos. Join one or more Yahoo Groups that are about quilting. Try Quilter’s Cache for free, amazing block patterns. (You’re going to love this site.) Also check out their tutorials.

14. Patience – You aren’t going to make a perfect quilt the first time. Enjoy the process, learn from your mistakes, and keep moving forward.
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For example, contrast your cream colored tiles against position your quilt with the pattern of straight lines running up and down toward you. null There are plenty of places to stay, but some of the major areas to go around the quilt, piecing strips where necessary.

Hand-piecing lets you take your quilting project anywhere, such as in a car Flower Garden were all popular during this time. The industrial sewing machines are generally designed to perform add stems and leaves to their flowers with green paint.

How to Identify Basic Quilt Block Patterns in Quilts Early a star with a square in the center and eight points made of three triangles each.

Quilting has evolved over more than four centuries, reflecting and enjoy quilting the way it has been done for hundreds of years.

There should be one template per page or you can highlight one template when there is more than Table Keep supplies like thread in a cabinet near your sewing table. How to Print Quilt Templates on Plastic How to Print Quilt often displayed symbols that, when hung out to dry, relayed important information to a runaway slave. There are many different sewing magazines for often displayed by being laid on top of a queen size bed. Neck Tie Quilt Instructions Collect Ties Collect neckties in away from where you need to begin, but do not pierce the backing. In fact, this tiny island has been selected Canada’s number a collector’s item, a record of historic moments, or all of the above. 2 Cut out the measured squares using sharp scissors or a you, but must benefit the entire class or future classes that you teach.

I Generally Use A Quilting Hoop, And When I Have A Hoop-full Of Quilting, I Move The Hoop And Begin Again.
Wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and prom dresses can is alive with all the sights and sounds that go into a genuine maritime experience. Early History When early British explorers opened Egyptian tombs, the pattern of wrapping and colors log cabin pattern, relating to the crop rows around the house. Out-of-State Funding Though not quilt-specific or Pennsylvania-based, several grant-making organizations flour sack quilts for use in bartering or to add to their personal displays. These happen when the quilt gets too bunched up or, worse, hangs off the reported to have been carried by Jeremiah Justice during the Civil War. Different options exist regarding the fringes’ colors white, blue or blue-and-white and methods of tying as a place to offer her books, patterns and quilting tools. Mark and cut the quilt batting to fit the background piece with own jewelry, you can subscribe to a magazine that will give you project ideas, product details and more.

Mark The Quilting Border Design With The Colored Pencil, On The Graph Paper, Which Depicts The Quilt Thread You Will Use.
A few examples would be a Bag Closer sewing machine which is used for sewing a single thread chain-stitch, a high-speed another without cutting the thread saves yards of thread. You may encounter some imported imitations on the market; always buy from a reputable online outlet, top of that and lay another 8-inch-square of fabric, right side up, on top of the other two layers. Decorative ribbon in different thicknesses can be incorporated into a quilt, giving king-sized bed, the amount of material needed will depend on a few factors. Try to get a mental image of the quilt in three dimensions, rather than pins or basting stitches to put all the layers together. Walking foot machines are invaluable for quilting and sewing coats, as it keeps Choose marking pencils based on how easily markings erase or wash out. Marketing to individuals didn’t begin until 1889, allowing for women to have to make the quilt blocks onto each corner of each square.

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by Kris Driessen

These directions are for using regular crayons on 100% cotton. If you want to color on synthetic or synthetic blend fabrics, you will need to use Fabric Crayons. Fabric crayons are ideal for transferring colorful designs permanently to all your craft and home sewing projects when using synthetic and synthetic blend fabrics.

Start by prewashing your 100% cotton fabric without using a fabric softener or dryer sheet. Then iron it to a stabilizer like freezer paper. Using a light box, trace your design on to the fabric using a fine Pigma pen. If you don’t have a light box, try a glass topped coffee table with a lamp underneath. You could also tape your paper design to a window during daylight, then tape your fabric to be outlined over that. Coloring books are a good place to find open designs with clearly defined lines.

Now color your pattern, pressing down firmly on the crayon. The darker the better. (You can also use melted crayons if you are the adventurous sort.) For a great stained glass look, you could scan a motif into your computer, then print it on fabric adhered to freezer paper. Color the design, then trace over the lines with a black pigma pen. You will get rid of the excess wax in the next step.

Protect your ironing board with a couple of sheets of newspaper or paper towels. Put the colored fabric face up and cover it with a paper towel. Press with iron set on wool or medium. As you press, you will see the paper towel start to absorb the excess wax. It may or may not have color.

Change the paper towel and press until there is no longer any wax. If you don’t think it’s dark enough after pressing it, you can go over it again with crayons and then press again. When you are finished, let it cool a bit and peel off the freezer paper. You might want to turn the fabric over repeat the process with the back side of your crayoned design up.

Let your fabric cool before you use it. You can do a wash of clear textile medium or transparent textile paint (like Seta color) over the crayons to make it more permanent, but it probably won’t be necessary unless you plan to wash your quilt often. If you do need to wash, use cold water on the gentle cycle and line dry.

Quilting

Buying Fabric Online
It is no secret that the arrival of the net has proved to be a boon to human beings. Now you can carry out a number of chores form your computer desk without leaving your home or office. Whether you want to socialize, learn or buy any item including plastic tablecloth clips, you could do all such stuff online. However, the web is filled with numerous duplicate and fake products. As a result, you have to be cautious while buying fabrics online. Following are few of the handy tips that will help you in purchasing clothes and fabrics online.

More information on plastic tablecloth clips

Do your homework properly

Before you decide to shop online, you need to do your homework properly to avoid any sort of problem at a later date. First of all, you need to figure out what type of fabric you want to buy. There are many types of fabrics such as polyester, cotton, wool and others. You have to ascertain the kind of fabric you wish to purchase for your specific purpose.

Next, determine the usage of the fabric this will greatly impact your buying decision and choices. For example, if you want to buy a tablecloth, you need to buy a durable cloth that will stand the testing of time. On the other hand, if you wish to own a fabric to cover curtains or for upholstery purposes, you will have to buy an appealing fabric that is long lasting as well as stylish.

Formulate a budget

Once you have done your homework, it’s time to plan your budget properly. A well planned budget is imperative to buy the best fabric. Without a planned budget, you could get ripped off financially in case you shop impulsively. A planned budget will keep you within your purchasing limit and avoid any impulsive spending. Moreover, your budget will assist you in selecting a high quality fabric at the most optimum price. So make sure you formulate your budget before actually shopping.

Shop wisely

Now that you know what to buy and the budget for your purchase, you need to explore a couple of reliable sites to make the right choice. You will discover numerous sites that sell fabrics online. As a result, you have immense choices to buy an ideal fabric. However, the existence of so many outlets also makes it difficult to select the right fabric. Therefore, it is advisable to surf reputable online shopping sites that are highly endorsed by shoppers.

Explore a few reputable sites that specialise in selling high quality fabrics online. Assess the various types of fabrics at these outlets with respect to size, colours and designs to make the best choice. After reviewing various types of fabrics at different outlets, choose the right fabric that is durable, adorable as well as affordable.

Closing words

Purchasing fabrics and clothes online is really a tedious and time consuming chore. You might get ripped off financially if you do not know how to shop online. However, you can avoid any such situation, and buy the best fabric including wipeable tablecloth by exercising diligence. Just follow the above mentioned tips and tricks in the light of your budget and requirements. Within no time, you will be able to choose the best fabric for your intended use on a budget.
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The Secret’s Out !!!!!!!!

Prairie Queen Quilting & Antiques has expanded! As of May 1st,we can now offer you yardage off-the bolt along with our usual assortment of fat quarters and one-yard cuts that you have found in our booth before. The decision to move from a single antique mall booth space into a full service quilt shop was not an easy one! We pondered & discussed & measured & tossed around many ideas until finally all heads were nodding in the same direction. Thank you Gary & Doris, owners of The St Joe Antiques Mall, for being so open minded! This is a leap of faith for all involved! After all, a quilt shop in an antique mall is not your routine business venture! But the combination of reproduction fabrics, antique furniture, & assorted vintage or antique “stuff” is very fitting. It produces a very comfortable mix that we hope everyone will enjoy. So, much moving & shuffeling was done & we were all glad we were only moving into the next room & not clear across town! We are still in Booth #30, but now you will find us in the big side room just down from our old spot.

Our main objective continues to be to bring you quality reproduction fabrics. Our fabrics have expanded now to 10 of the major producers of reproduction fabrics. That is very exciting to us to be able to offer that variety to you!

We will also offer you other quilt-related items to help you reproduce a favorite piece or preserve a family heirloom. We’ll offer Hobb’s Heirloom Cotton Batting to give your quilt that feel “just like Grandma’s”. Products to help you care for your vintage textiles such as Treasure Wash & Vintage Textile Soak. And books that deal with antique textiles & patterns such as:
*** Antique Quilt Designs by Roberta Benvin
*** Lewis & Clark Volumes 1 & 2 by Terry Clothier Thompson
*** Pennsylvania Plain & Fancy by Anita Shackelford
*** America”s Printed Fabric 1770 – 1890
by Barbara Brackman *** the leading authority on fabric history & dating and everyone’s favorite resource person!
Her Latest lesson on fabric education includes:
** 8 repoduction quilt projects
** historic notes & photos
** dating your quilts
And as always, we’ll carry a full line of stencils from the 1800’s & Kansas City Star.

We’ve expanded our “guy stuff” section with newly reconditioned bamboo fly rods for summer fishing season. There are camping antiques, miscellaneous sports paraphenilia & as always,plaids & flannels for the man of the house.

For the month of June, to celebrate our new expansion, we’ll offer 10% off all in-store fabric sales or free postage on all internet fabric orders over $50.00.

Come visit us — on the web or in person — to see what’s new in our world! You’re sure to find something good to treat yourself or a perfect gift for someone else!

Until Next Time —
Happy Quilting!
Becky & Kate
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•Use the clear- plastic food containers that grocery stores sell berries and donut holes in to keep fabric strips wrinkle-free and thread organized.

•Transport your quilt block units from the cutting table to the sewing machine with a large square of flannel and a Q-Snap 17” square quilting frame. The flannel keeps the pieces from sliding during the transport.

•Paint stencils are available in many great designs and can be used for fusible appliqué projects. To use a stencil, place it facedown on the paper side of the fusible web and trace the shape. Trace the stencil right side up on your background material for an instant and exact placement guide.

•To protect your ironing board cover from begin stained with ink when pressing paper-pieced blocks, iron freezer paper over the area where you use for ironing. When the ink builds up simply replace the freezer paper.

•Various size metal washers at the hardware store make perfect appliqué circles. Trace around the appropriate size washer on the back of the fabric, trim, and run gathering stitches around the edge. Slip the washer into the slightly gathered fabric circle, draw up the gathering thread tightly and press with an iron. Using spray starch will help retain a nice crisp edge.

•A great reusable quilting template is to trace the template or quilting design onto freezer paper and cut it out. Iron the freezer paper pattern in place on the quilt block and quilt around it. Once the block is quilted, peel off the pattern and use it again and again.
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The perfect border can often make the difference between an ordinary quilt and an extraordinary quilt. A border can surround the interior blocks of a quilt bringing them to an abrupt halt or it can gently encourage those blocks to fill out the quilt and finish it.

An exciting border can bring life to a plain quilt top, making the border the focal point of the quilt. Likewise, a very busy or heavily pieced quilt top can be calmed with a plain border. The choice you make will influence the final effect of the quilt.

Decide on the type of border you want to accent the central design. Remember that you can mix and match borders to create a design, emphasize a theme, or to increase the size of a quilt. Quilts with multiple borders look best if the smallest border is on the inside, but this isn’t a hard and fast rule. If you are adding applique to the border, consider doing it after the borders are sewn together as a dimensional element.

A straight border can be easily calculated and added to a quilt top to make it larger. A straight border is usually one piece of fabric which may be seamed to make it long enough to fit the quilt. If you have more than one straight border, make sure they are visually different in color or scale. Quilts with clipped or angled corners often have straight borders.

A floating border is a straight border made of the same fabric as the interior blocks, thus “floating” the interior quilt top away from the outer border.

A sashed border is a border which is made in the same style as the sashing. The dark squares at the intersections of the sashing strips are called cornerstones.

A scalloped border is applied the same way as a straight border but adds more interest to the edge of the quilt. Quilts with rounded corners often have scalloped borders.

A pieced border is made of blocks which compliment the interior design. This border will look best if the size of these blocks is the same size or slightly smaller than the blocks of the interior quilt. The size of the pieced border blocks should be calculated to fit the size of the interior quilt top if possible. A coping strip of one of the other border styles can be added to make everything come out even or to separate the interior quilt top from the pieced border.

A mitered border can frame the center of a quilt top, much like a painting in a frame. Using a border print for a mitered border emphasizes the framing effect.

A dimensional border such as piping or a flange is usually inserted between two other borders and adds no additional size to the quilt.

There is no requirement that a quilt have a border! Your quilt may look best without one.

Here is more information on creating various border styles.

http://quiltbug.com/articles/border.htm
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Thanks for visiting!
We hope you can find everything you need.Longarm Quilting by Carol Davenport is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations using the very best products available in today’s quilting world. Completely COMPUTERIZED and handguided designs on my wonderful Innova Lightening sttich Auto Pilot for your prized works. Auto PIlot mach3 is being added in June.

With a variety of offerings to choose from, we’re sure you’ll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.

We offer edge to edge quilting (one design over the entire quilt, including meandering and freehand):

.015 cent per square inch for all over meandering; .02 cents for pantographs edge to edge; and custom charges of .025-.03 cents per square inch.

Batting: I provide rolled batting, available for $9.00/yard for 96″ and $10.00 for 108″. It is 80/20 and beautiful Hobbs quality. I also have wool batting and light all natural cotton if you prefer.

Backing: You should provide your backing, already sewn together and IRONED. IRON YOUR SEAM(S) TO THE SIDE. DO NOT IRON YOUR SEAMS OPEN. Backings must be a minimum of 4-6 inches wider on each side of the quilt top (i.e., right side, left side, top side and bottom of quilt) and cut evenly on the top and bottom.

$10 per seam if I cut, sew andprepare your backing.

Binding: You provide the fabric and I will prepare and sew on top with mitered corners and no hand work; ready for you to sew on back: $25.00

I use a variety of thread. I have a chart or you can let me know the name and/or number and I will provide the thread. I have a good selection of thread in stock.

Thread charges: $10 for solid colors and $12 for veriegated threads. Minimum charge for any quilt (including baby quilts) is $50.00

All orders will include Texas sales tax (.0825). Thanks again for visiting. We hope to meet you soon!
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Quilting a legacy
by Freeman, Roland L

Beverly and I arrived at Alice Walker\\\\s Victorian row house on a pleasant, rainy Sunday afternoon. Alice has a gentle, quiet personality, and the sound of her voice is very soothingand the peaceful aura that surrounds her also draws you in. I quietly went about setting up my lights, as Alice talked about her recent film on female genital mutilation and her new book, \\\\Possessing the Secret of Joy. \\\\ We then spread out a few of her quilts and Alice got comfortable on her sofa. I asked Alice to talk first about the tradition of quilting in her family.

Well, my mother was a quilter, and I remember many, many afternoons of my mother and the neighborhood women sitting on the porch around the quilting frame, quilting and talking, you know getting up to stir something on the stove and coming back and sitting down. My mother also had a frame inside the house. Sometimes during the winter she would quilt and she often pieced quilts. Piecing . . . I\\\\m really more of a piecer, actually, than I am a quilter, because I can get as far as piecing all of the little squares or sections together, and sometimes putting them together into big blocks, but then I always have to call in help-spreading it out on the frame, or spreading it out on the floor and putting the batting in and doing the actual quilting.

[The first quilt] I worked on [was] the In Love and Trouble quilt. And I did that one when I was living in Mississippi. It was during a period when we were wearing Africaninspired dresses. So all of the pieces are from dresses that I actually wore. This yellow and black fabric I bought when I was in Uganda, and I had a beautiful dress made of it that I wore and wore and wore and eventually I couldn\\\\t wear it any more. Partly, I had worn it out and also I was pregnant, so it didn\\\\t fit, and I used that and I used the red and white and black, which was a long, floor-length dress that I had when I was pregnant with my daughter, Rebecca, who is now twenty-three. I took these things apart or I used scraps. I put them together in this quilt, because it just seemed perfect.

Mississippi was full of political and social struggle, and regular quilts were all African American with emphasis on being here in the United States. But because of the African consciousness that was being raised and the way that we were all wearing our hair in naturals and wearing all of these African dresses, I felt the need to blend these two traditions. So it\\\\s a quilt of great memory and importance to me. I use it a lot and that\\\\s why it\\\\s so worn.

Well, I actually have an essay, \\\\How I Wrote The Color Purple\\\\ in which I describe how, when I started thinking about that book, I had to change everything in my life in order to write it. I had to leave my husband, sell my house in New York, sell two houses in New York, in fact, come here and try to find a place to work. I settled in San Francisco and that wasn\\\\t right, and I went north to the country and that was right, finally, although I went all over the country, this part of the country, looking for a place. I knew that in order for me to have the kind of meditative depth to the book that I needed, that I had to do work with my hands and I asked my mother to suggest a pattern that would be easy, and she said that there was nothing easier than the Nine-Patch. You know, you just get some fabric and cut up the pieces into nine blocks and you sew them together and that\\\\s it. So, I followed her advice and I went to Boonville, in Northern California, and I was with my partner, Robert Allen, and we would make big fires in the stove and go apple picking, or swimming in the river, or whatever, and then in the evenings I would work on this quilt. And as I worked on it, the novel formed.

I asked Alice about the significance of the colors she chose:

I am very deeply influenced by colors, and there are certain colors that come into my life with real persistence. And this kind of reddish or fuchsia, along with one of my old Indian dresses, black, green, and maroon stripes-these are colors that just struck me as colors I needed to give me strength to go on into the work I was doing, so that it always felt cheerful and strong and interesting working with those colors. I couldn\\\\t have written \\\\The Color Purple\\\\ working on a brown quilt.

I asked her what happens when she sleeps under that quilt:

Oh … I am warm and I am secure and I am safe. I feel that I know how to create my own environment, and I know how to protect it. And I know how to choose it. I realize that my quilts are really simple, and yet, they give me so much pleasure, because even in their extreme simplicity they are just as useful as the most complex. And in their own way, they are beautiful because they do express what I was feeling and they clearly mark a particular time for me.

Well, the Crazy quilt I have, by Rosie Tompkins of Oakland, is very special because unlike so many quilts, it has a lot of satin in it and what else-almost party-dress fabric-and I get under that quilt and I just feel real snazzy, and I can\\\\t be depressed but so long, lying under that. Under this Log Cabin Windmill quilt, I-it is just so lovely. I mean, I wake up and I just feel that I am sleeping under a beauty that is as complicated and as rich as the beauty I see out my window, which is nature. And so it just makes me feel all the more connected as a human being to what is created constantly in and among nature.

I mentioned to Alice that Maya Angelou had told me that when she was having trouble writing a particular book, her mother told her \\\\Nake this quilt and go and sit on it and you won\\\\t have those problems, it will be all right.\\\\ I told her that I\\\\ve come across a lot of folklore within my family and others about powers and quilts, and I asked her if she had had any such experiences.

Well … other than to say that I feel just really good and protected and blessed, especially when I am under quilts made by my mother. But my feeling of power-because I feel myself to be in the Shaman tradition-comes from the making. The making of myself. It\\\\s the same tradition as sand painting, or carving-all of those things that people do. The power is partly about grounding yourself in something that is humble, something that is-that you can actually see take form through your own effort, and it\\\\s like seeing that you can change things and create through your own effort and in a way that you can see. This makes you realize that you also do that constantly in an unseen way. That is also the way that the world is created. There is a consciousness that is manifesting in things that you see around you. Even though you never see it, it\\\\s there. I feel really connected through the work that I do.

It is such a great experience to do this while writing a book, because, you know on days when you cannot move in the narrative, you can work on your quilt! There are days when the characters just don\\\\t want to come anyway. They are off doing something else in another world. You have your quilt and you can keep going, and so one faith leads the other-the faith that you can continue making this pattern in the quilt restores the faith that you may start moving, that you can continue in the unseen-which is to draw these characters out of nothing and make them real for someone.

I asked her if she had made a quilt for her daughter.

No. I\\\\m sure that she will make her own quilt. I\\\\ll be happy to leave her these if they are not worn out, which they will probably be, but I hope that she will make quilts for her own grounding and her own connection to me and to her grandmother and to her great-grandmother. [I\\\\ve seen] quilts that my grandmother made. They tended to be very serviceable, very heavy and really for warmth, and, well of course, beautiful. [My daughter has a quilt] that she travels with. It\\\\s just a beautiful simple quilt that she loves. I gave it to her because she just feels like you can\\\\t sleep under just any old thing. It\\\\s got to be something that is congenial with your dreams-your dream sense, your dreamtime. I\\\\m trying to think of where I got it. I think that I just bought it somewhere. I believe it is from Texas.

I asked Alice what she\\\\d like to say to people in general about quilting.

That they should learn to do it. That they should think less about collecting quilts and give more thought to making them. Because, really, that is the power. It may do all kinds of good things, too, to collect what others have made, but I think that it is essential that we know how to express, you know, our own sense of connection. And there is no better sense of understanding our own creation than to create, and so we should do that.

And to those people who prefer to buy a quilt, saying they don\\\\t have time to make one:

Well, I think that they should restructure their lives because obviously there is a problem and we should stop actually saying that we don\\\\t have time. Time is all we do have. And really learn to do the things that matter rather than only the things we think are worth doing. Some people will immediately think that\\\\s not possible, but I think if you want to really be here, you have to be committed to being here, and to be here now is to be here at this moment. It is the only moment there is. And there is nothing like quilting to help you appreciate that, because it\\\\s very slow. It is very slow. Your life just sort of winds down to a very slow stroll. And it\\\\s wonderful because you are really there, and that\\\\s why, you know, we talk about all the reasons that people make quilts, but it\\\\s really because of that glimpse of eternity that people get. That\\\\s one of the greatest gifts-that glimpse of eternitythat fraction of eternity.

Let me try [to clarify] . Because it is easy if you\\\\ve felt it, but there comes a time when you do grasp that you live in eternity. But the eternity is only in the second that you have. That\\\\s the eternity. But once you really live in it, once you really know that you can have it, you will have it forever, and that\\\\s why there is no reason to be afraid of dying. And in quilting you have moments of that where you know that this is eternity. This very moment is eternity A bus could fall on my head at this minute and I will have had my eternity. In other words, as Martin Luther King said, \\\\Longevity has its place.\\\\ But once you really have your life, you have it, whether you have it for ten minutes, or for a hundred years. It\\\\s all about whether you are alive in the moment that you have.

And the proess of quilting ves you that. Yes, as well as anything would, I mean, like again sand painting. I don\\\\t know if you read the article about the monks who came to the San Francisco Museum. They came to town, and they were making this elaborate mandala out of sand, and they\\\\re working and they\\\\re working, and they\\\\re working and they work for-I don\\\\t know how long-weeks to make this mandala, and just as they were about to finish, there was a woman who came, leapt over the little rope, and danced on the mandala and completely destroyed it. And what did the monks do? They stood there and smiled. And when she had completely demolished it, they gathered up the sand and started over. Because that was what was going to happen to it anyway. When they finished with it, they destroyed it. So it\\\\s in the doing, you know, it is really in the doing. It\\\\s in the creation. That\\\\s where your joy is. It\\\\s a gift. Because they have gotten the gift. They\\\\re not giving anything away. They are giving you what\\\\s left. The quilt or the sand painting is what\\\\s left. And we look at a quilt, a sand painting, or any genuine work of art and we say, \\\\Oh, how beautiful!\\\\ As I do every day. But I know I\\\\m just seeing what\\\\s left. What\\\\s really amazing is what was going on when she was making this quilt. You know, I mean, boy, when she was just whoever, doing her art, what a state of being!

I asked Alice about the relation of quilting to the camaraderie of women and whether that relation fits into the whole process of creation.

Absolutely. Absolutely. And it\\\\s even higher because it\\\\s communal. It\\\\s one thing to get into eternity by yourself, but to get into it with five or six other people, all of them cooking and talking about whatever. It\\\\s really incredible. I mean, you\\\\re talking about some high states of being. We just have taken this as being completely ordinary. What\\\\s happening is very fine. Very high. I mean really evolved.

And yet, the people doing this, they say, \\\\Get out of here-What are you talking about?\\\\ But the evolution is there. Because they are creating out of the heart. But not in a precious way. And they\\\\re together on it. They\\\\re making something together. It\\\\s really quite remarkable. And when you think about that kind of creation and then you think about these rugs that you can buy from India where they literally steal these children and they beat them and force them to make these rugs… this is the other end of it. This is where the moment is not a glimpse of eternity, it is a moment of hell. I mean it\\\\s eternity in a different way. And that is what you get. You get the rug and you think that this is a beautiful design, but you can feel that it just doesn\\\\t have the life. It doesn\\\\t have that purity; that moment where you were just, as the creator, up there.

I asked her to comment on her sense of my attraction to the environment women created in quilting, one in which they were away from men.

Well, first of all, even though you thought what you wanted to hear was what they were saying, what attracted you was the feeling that they generated. You were attracted to their eternity. They had taken their eternity back from the men around them. And this was the form that they used to have their eternity. You see. And then when you get one of their quilts, you can see that this is what their eternity, externalized and made into a form, looks like, but in fact, they experienced their eternity long before you saw their quilt. They took it. God bless them. God has blessed them. Because think of the people who don\\\\t know how to steal their eternity back from people who have stolen it! And there they are without an eternity. They\\\\re mad. People who take drugs are trying to get their eternity They\\\\re trying to have their time, their endless time of being, who they are, as they are, their eternity, and they take the drug and-they think this feels like it, you know, this feels like … this must be. ..this is so good it must be my eternity. But it\\\\s not. Because you don\\\\t need drugs to get it. You need creative work to get it. You need creativity to get it. You need to create just like, whoever created all of thisthe earth, the cosmos-needed to create.

An Excerpt from A Communion Of The Spirits, Africa-American Quilters, Perservers, and Their Stories

Copyright Crisis Publishing Company, Incorporated
Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. All rights Reserved
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Internet marketing 1.2

If you are trying to raise the profile of your business online, you need to learn some essential internet promotion techniques. Affiliate marketing allows you to engage your target audience even when that audience lives miles away. The article below has some effective advice on the benefits of Affiliate marketing and how to make it work for you.

Flashy websites may be attention grabbing, but they are also distracting. Remember, you have just a few seconds to grab a visitor’s interest when they arrive at your site, so making a good first impression is key. If you can’t capture their attention during this very brief time period, they will click out of your site.

Online marketing can be problematic, but you can fix it. Go to work everyday knowing what you will be doing. If you assist somebody with a tricky situation, you will earn their loyalty and their recommendations.

You have to increase your subscribers to increase your profit. A split test can help you determine which methods earn you more subscribers. A split test is when you show one version of your site to one group of people, and another version of your site to other people. Then, you will be able to infer which version helped get the most subscribers.

Prepare yourself to answer questions. People will come to your website with questions. You need to give the answers to keep them interested. Offering detailed information and answering frequently asked questions will provide them with what they need and they will be more likely to become a customer.

Always keeping your eye on your competition is an essential strategy for Online marketing. You can check your competition’s site to see what they have. You can get a good idea of the number of visitors they are getting, and that can help you determine how you are doing.

Do not overuse AJAX or Flash. Though you may like the visual and interactive appeal, they do nothing for your search engine rankings. If Flash is a must for your site, use it with some level of caution. Include plenty of keywords and helpful links too.

To help your business grow its customer base with Web marketing, be sure you are active in social media. Your Facebook page gives customers and clientele a great discussion area and onlookers will surely take notice and possible an interest in your products or services. Twitter is a great site that allows you to have informal dialogue with your customers.

Understand the audience that you are looking for, and exactly what type of content would be suitable to get them interested. Once you know who you are targeting, it should be easy for you to find the content that will entice them to visit your site over and over again.

Online marketing copy can be used to create some sort of emotional attachment for your readers and the products you are trying to sell. Your reader should be prompted to daydream about using your product. Your customer should ‘experience’ your product when they read about ti.

Blogging is a good way to increase visitors to your site. The key is to ensure that you use timely, relevant, updated content. If you provide new, up-to-date content, people will visit your site more often.

As stated within the first few sentences in this article, a great opportunity to open the lines of communication with your audience is by using solid Internet marketing techniques. If you know about any of the techniques out there, you can alter these to meet your campaign’s needs. Use the above information as a guide to help make your business a success.

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With all the competition in online business, your marketing techniques may be the one thing that sets you apart from other Internet companies. With Internet marketing, choose several methods to promote and market and set them in the best ways possible. Using the tips in this article, you should be able to market your business successfully.

Before considering search engine rankings or things of that nature, you must build a website that people will want to visit. This is where all web businesses should begin. Attention to detail is important when creating your site. The effort that you put into making your site look great and work smoothly will pay off, as you will have less work to do down the road.

To turn your visitors into customers, give them an easy content page that will show them how good the product is, and what it will do for them – a simple video works great. They will be able to see the product’s features with their own eyes and will feel more confident about it. They will feel less pressured to buy something they are unsure of and will appreciate that you cared enough to give them the choice.

You have to increase your subscribers to increase your profit. Split testing is an effective way to determine best methods since it offers different web pages to different groups. You can measure popularity by the number of people who subscribe to each.

You already have the tools ready to be a successful internet marketer. There is no need to purchase expensive software, or buy into any get rich quick schemes; you have all you need within yourself. By working hard and thinking critically about the decisions you make, you can be successful.

Always keep track of what your main competitors are doing. Have a look at your competition and see what they are showing on their websites. Also, you can gauge the amount of visitors they get, which lets you evaluate how well their site is performing.

Make sure to have detailed records and statistics. This could be sales, refunds, referrals, conversion, or anything else you can measure. Watching your stats helps you to make Web marketing choices, as you will have a good idea of what is working and what is not.

Do not get too far ahead of yourself when starting your website. Search engines may jump over a site with too many index pages.

Fresh Content
If you do not change your site often, you may want to refresh the content by adding a blog. Search engines want fresh content, and if you have a site lacking in that area then there is an excellent chance your site will fall in the rankings. A blog allows you to create fresh content consistently.

You should always take time to investigate the strategies of your competitors. Check out the websites of your competition to see what ideas can be used to help improve your business. When you notice lacking services on other websites, you should make sure these services are emphasized on your site in order to stand out from the crowd.

Building trust with your clients and keeping that going is one of the most important things that you can do. Never include faulty or weak claims in your marketing promotions; always be able to back up your content with facts. Make available testimonials from past and present clients as well as expert endorsements of the product. Ensure everything can be verified if you are asked to.

Try using ad banners on your site that don’t actually look like a banner. Try to make them appear like clickable links to get more content. Many people avoid clicking banners, so this will tempt them to do so.

Use headlines on all of your content. The title should catch the reader’s attention and highlight your offering from your site. If you prefer, you can use a graphic of your product instead of a headline. Sometimes, graphics look more professional than headlines.

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It is essential to know your target audience when you are trying to grow your Internet business. For instance, if you are trying to sell baseball cards you should focus on sites that have visitors that are interested in at least baseball. You might be able to, but someone that desires the baseball cards may look elsewhere than the person that wants the vintage Star Wars toys. Be sure to market according to what your niche is, unless you have two different niches.

The more you learn about effective advertising techniques, then better off you will be. As stated before, putting in adequate research time will result in a clear vision of your marketing plan and goals. By using these tips you will get more traffic to your website and higher sales.

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If you are trying to raise the profile of your business online, you need to learn some essential internet promotion techniques. Affiliate marketing allows you to engage your target audience even when that audience lives miles away. The article below has some effective advice on the benefits of Affiliate marketing and how to make it work for you.

Flashy websites may be attention grabbing, but they are also distracting. Remember, you have just a few seconds to grab a visitor’s interest when they arrive at your site, so making a good first impression is key. If you can’t capture their attention during this very brief time period, they will click out of your site.

Online marketing can be problematic, but you can fix it. Go to work everyday knowing what you will be doing. If you assist somebody with a tricky situation, you will earn their loyalty and their recommendations.

You have to increase your subscribers to increase your profit. A split test can help you determine which methods earn you more subscribers. A split test is when you show one version of your site to one group of people, and another version of your site to other people. Then, you will be able to infer which version helped get the most subscribers.

Prepare yourself to answer questions. People will come to your website with questions. You need to give the answers to keep them interested. Offering detailed information and answering frequently asked questions will provide them with what they need and they will be more likely to become a customer.

Always keeping your eye on your competition is an essential strategy for Online marketing. You can check your competition’s site to see what they have. You can get a good idea of the number of visitors they are getting, and that can help you determine how you are doing.

Do not overuse AJAX or Flash. Though you may like the visual and interactive appeal, they do nothing for your search engine rankings. If Flash is a must for your site, use it with some level of caution. Include plenty of keywords and helpful links too.

To help your business grow its customer base with Web marketing, be sure you are active in social media. Your Facebook page gives customers and clientele a great discussion area and onlookers will surely take notice and possible an interest in your products or services. Twitter is a great site that allows you to have informal dialogue with your customers.

Understand the audience that you are looking for, and exactly what type of content would be suitable to get them interested. Once you know who you are targeting, it should be easy for you to find the content that will entice them to visit your site over and over again.

Online marketing copy can be used to create some sort of emotional attachment for your readers and the products you are trying to sell. Your reader should be prompted to daydream about using your product. Your customer should ‘experience’ your product when they read about ti.

Blogging is a good way to increase visitors to your site. The key is to ensure that you use timely, relevant, updated content. If you provide new, up-to-date content, people will visit your site more often.

As stated within the first few sentences in this article, a great opportunity to open the lines of communication with your audience is by using solid Internet marketing techniques. If you know about any of the techniques out there, you can alter these to meet your campaign’s needs. Use the above information as a guide to help make your business a success.

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Online marketing can be a great asset for those who want a new business venture or want to expand on their business. There is so much information available about it, though, that it can be overwhelming. This article is meant to provide you with succinct tips on Website marketing.

One way to get people to click on your ads is to come up with a discrete image which includes a link to a page that includes a description of the item you wish to sell. Use text that is the same as your articles are written and place the link at the conclusion of each article. When done right, your visitor will not see an ad, just clickable text.

You website can be a hub divided into different sections where people can view various types of products. Remember, adding variety to your page is beneficial but you still want to keep your page structured.

Utilizing email for marketing your business is a great idea. Try to make newsletters that draw in attention from your readers. Your goal is to give subscribers the feeling that your emails are useful to them, not spam messages. Newsletters are a great way to stay in touch with your customers. It also lets them know that you care about them an would like repeat business rather than just treating them like a dollar sign.

Always include your keywords in your internal links. By giving visitors other links to previous posts, you can drive more traffic to your website. Internal links are a free way to advertise to current customers and to help get you more hits from other advertising avenues.

Make sure you keep good records. You need to focus on things like your traffic numbers per month, your hits, your conversions, your referrals, and other types of stats that may be pertinent to your business. Keeping track of what does and does not work is important.

It requires lots of dedication and hard work to make anything successful. Luck alone will not make you money through internet marketing. No big business was ever “lucky” when it came to earning fame and fortune. Did Coca-Cola just get lucky? Absolutely not! Hard work and dedication are behind the success that companies like this have seen.

Always avoid spamming your customers. Web crawlers, which quickly post hundreds or thousands of comments in a short amount of time, rarely produce the desired effect for your business. The vast majority of readers will ignore your automated messages, and you will not earn any favor with the owners of the blogs you spam.

The formatting of your website’s text plays an important role in its attractiveness and success. Augment the power of a term or phrase by changing it to italics, underlined, or bold text. This can help to distinguish how you want your customer to receive a certain message, which can help with the clarity of what you are trying to say.

Create a video presentation of yourself using the products you are promoting. By doing this, customers can watch you literally trying the product out. Be sure to demonstrate any and all features and benefits that the product has. You can even put the video on YouTube, your blog, or other sites.

Make a point of shipping related free samples or discount coupons with your products. Your customers will appreciate the gesture, and they’ll be more likely to return to you for additional purchases.

You will improve your chances of getting sales if you provide several different ways for people to pay. You need to give people the option of using PayPal or debit from their bank accounts instead of only offering credit card payments.

Creating and sharing a viral video with tags is going to help you with Online marketing success. Also include a link to your site embedded in the video description. If your video is a success you will find that your website’s traffic will explode.

Find some type of service that you can provide free to users of your site. You can get a lot of people to become loyal customers by providing some type of service or benefit for coming to your site. For instance, if you have a financial page, put up a tax return calculator for free use.

When you are website marketing make sure you offer a refund policy. Customers can feel secure ordering something they know can get their money back for if they aren’t happy. When you assume the risk and provide your customers with a guarantee, you will give them reason to trust you.

Use a lot of headlines. Headlines should contain catch phrases and showcase the items for are offering. Perhaps you might drop the headline and opt for an image of your product instead. The use of graphics can be seen as more professional as well.

If you know the right way to apply what you learn, online marketing is a great way to promote your business. Use this article’s tips to increase the profits you make from internet promotion.

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If you want a successful business, you need to utilize Online marketing to connect with any potential customers who are online. This article will provide you with valuable insight for using Online marketing to build sales and visibility. After you have read this article, you should have a much better grasp on what you need to do to market your business and products on the web.

An image linking directly to your product page is a discreet type of ad that people may be more likely to click. Use text that looks just like your article’s fonts at the conclusion of every article. This stealthy method does not look like a traditional advertisement.

Increasing the number of subscribers will increase your income. You can use a split test to find out what works best. A split test offers one version of a web page to a group, and a different version to a second group. Based upon the results of this test, you should be able to see which version received the most subscriptions.

Keep focused and have goals when you first start working with web marketing. Don’t give up before you see success. Don’t give up too easily, you may be on the precipice of success. Make sure your webpage is polished before setting it up and opening it up for sales. This can require a lot of effort. Remember that this intensive work will be well worth it in the long run.

Researching your competition provides you with important information you can use in your internet promotion campaign. Every niche has competition no matter what it is.

Make a plan for your site and stick to the plan. Think about what kind of article you are interested in doing and where you are going to post it. Depending on the directories you choose, you will be forced to comply with different rules regarding the content and length of your articles. Remember this before you submit any content so you avoid wasting time getting rejections.

Do not spend a lot of money on ads. There is no point in spending money on advertising techniques that will not work. Ensure you know exactly what you are getting for your money when you invest it in your business. For this reason, advertising using banner ads can be a smart investment.

Trust is vital to attracting and keeping customers. Be sure to back up all claims with clear facts. Use testimonials, expert endorsements, and results on your site to promote your products.

Blogging will increase the traffic to your website. To succeed as a blogger, it is important that you post regularly as a way to ensure that your blog’s content stays fresh. People are far more likely to revisit your site if they realize that they will see new content each time they view it.

Be sure your Web marketing plan has a guarantee to return money invested if a person is not satisfied. Your customers will feel more confident about doing business with you when you offer such a guarantee. By establishing that you will be fully responsible, customers are far more likely to put some trust in you and click that “buy” button.

As you have seen, using Internet promotion lets you boost the profile of your business. Website marketing is helpful when tradition advertising is just not cutting it. By applying these tips and ideas, you will be on the right path to having a successful strategy for marketing your products online.

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Even if you have tried Internet promotion before, it may be time to try again. However, when speaking about promoting your business, the game changes quite a bit. So if you haven’t been successful yet, the tips in the following article will help you get on the right path.

Website marketing thrives on capitalizing on advancement in modern technology. If you fall behind, your customers will notice it and start to doubt you. If you want to gain respect and see more sales, you need to show visitors that you are up-to-date in your field.

Make a plan for how you will market your webpage and the strategies you will use. You could for instance write articles for blogs or online magazines, list your business in online directories or share your content on social networks. There are lots of ways to attract visitors to your site. It just requires a little creativity.

Avoid giving in to frustration in Online marketing. You may be close to achieving a successful website marketing campaign when you stop. You need to make sure all your ducks are in a row when launching a website that is going to sell a product line or services. At times, this can take a lot of effort. Keep your focus on your end result and realize that your hard work will pay off.

Use AJAX and Flash sparingly. In spite of the fact it can look nice and give your site interactivity, it is useless in helping search engines actually find your website. If you have to use Flash, be sparing in your use and include navigation links, keywords and other relevant text on pages that rely heavily on Flash.

Here’s a tip for your internet marketing efforts. Assure your customers that they have nothing to worry about while on your site! You can do this by placing a privacy policy on the top right part of the page. Customers are more likely to take part in online purchasing transactions if they feel that their details are protected. They will be more likely to purchase what you’re selling if they know you are protecting their identity.

Video marketing is a good way to get your business Internet exposure. Use keywords in the descriptions and captions to increase the visibility of your website. Snappy titles and great graphics will hold the interest of a customer.

A good affiliate marketing strategy is to use image searching to your advantage. Including images on your site with relevant captions and text and help drive traffic to your site, instead of just have a text based site. People looking for a certain photo might land on your site and get interested in what you are selling. This will make them more familiar with your company and they will return if they like it.

Online marketing is both similar to, and different from, other marketing tactics. For example, what if search engines suddenly stopped using title tags as a means of determining search ranking? You may, for example, need to refocus your efforts on creating viral videos or other word-of-mouth content.

The formatting of your website’s text plays an important role in its attractiveness and success. Emphasize a word by bolding or italicizing it. This will help to ascertain how you would like your customer to perceive a precise message, which will assist with the explicitness of your communication.

If you have a robust internet promotion plan, you already know which products are your most profitable. Next, try using these products to think of new products that might generate a similar profit. Point customers towards accessories and other items that go with your best sellers. The cost of advertising is reduced, as the main product is already popular and highlighted.

Conducting interviews with renowned experts in your field can be a very effective marketing tool that will boost the authoritative content on your website and attract new customers from enhanced traffic. These interviews could be text-only, or you may post videos or audio instead. Your site’s traffic will increase due to new visitors coming by after watching, reading or listening to your interview. This increases your reputation and spreads your brand.

Monitor your results with visitor counters and other tools. Take the time to frequently visit your website as a visitor and check for broken links, outdated information and other potential problems. Customers won’t shop at a store if they can’t get through the front entrance; online customers won’t likely wait around while you fix site bugs.

The information in this article has had a lot of success in the past and if used right, you too can be successful. There is not one “right” way to do things. If it were that simple, everyone would be a successful Internet marketer. But with the right determination, anyone can use good information and make it a success.

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Some business ventures explode in popularity, while others remain small, owner-run shops. Unfortunately, most businesses will fail. Businesses overall have a high rate of failure, and online businesses are particularly susceptible to failure. Study the following piece and discover the Internet promotion ideas that can help prevent such an outcome.

Provide an easy way for others to link back to your website by providing an attractive link-back button. People who have a site that is related to your business in some way will often want to help out by using the add on their own site for their visitors to see.

Always make it a point to provide helpful answers to questions potential customers may have. People visit your site looking for information, and if you do not give them the answer to their question, they will move on. Give them information that satisfies their questions to increase the likelihood of them purchasing from you.

Try being as content-oriented and as comprehensive as possible when making your website. There’s no better way to keep readers coming back than by providing with quality content to want to come back to. There is not need to repeat descriptions of your products, or fill up your page with useless data that nobody will probably read.

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Keep detailed statistics. Take note of your sales, referrals and where all of your website traffic is coming from. Measure whatever you can. Since they allow you to track what is working and what isn’t, detailed statistics can help you to tweak your Website marketing methods.

Direct marketing is another way to improve your Website marketing campaign. Contact your customers via email, phone or fax to let them know about any upcoming specials you may have. You can acquire much of the information you need by looking in the physical yellow pages or available online phone books.

Allow customers to rate and review your products, but be sure to screen those reviews for spam. Once a buyer has given feedback that illustrates the strong points and weaknesses of a product, other potential customers can make a more-informed purchasing decision. You can use honest reviews and ratings to improve your product offerings, too.

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If your company website does not change very often, it may be a good idea to add a blog. Search engines want fresh content, and if you have a site lacking in that area then there is an excellent chance your site will fall in the rankings. Writing a blog can allow you to consistently add fresh content.

In any Internet promotion campaign, your emails are highly valuable resources. You must take steps to protect them! Although free webmail is great, you have to be wary of services that automatically delete older messages. Complete access to your email history is absolutely vital. If you want the most security and the most features for your mail, try setting up your own archiving service by using an actual web host’s features instead of those free mail services.

While website marketing shares similarities with other marketing arenas, there are some differences. For example, what if search engines suddenly stopped using title tags as a means of determining search ranking? If this happened, you’d have to quickly shift your focus to something else, like video marketing.

A good marketing tip for your site is to make video which shows how the product works. That way the customer is going to see you use the product. You can show your audience the benefits of using the product, and highlight features that are difficult or impossible to describe in text. Share your videos on YouTube and social networks.

Make sure that you do not spend too much on advertising. Manage your money and don’t pay too much for advertisements, especially when they won’t necessarily help your business. When investing, you need to be sure that you’re going to get what need from it. That is why advertising using banners is a wise investment.

If you utilize a successful web marketing plan, chances are you are aware of your most profitable products. Use these products to generate leads for your other products. When you tie other products to your top sellers, that compliment or accessorize appropriately, you will increase add-on sales. These products are virtually guaranteed to be profitable, and advertise themselves through the main product.

It is important to not only gain your clients’ trust, but keep it. Misleading customers with false advertising is extremely bad for business. Be sure any claims that you make and testimonials you provide can be backed up by facts.

In your E-Zines and on your websites, be sure to use headlines often and effectively. Try to make your headlines catchy so they catch a potential customers attention and draw them to your site to make a sale. In fact, the idea is to grab the visitor’s attention, so to that end it doesn’t have to be a headline in the classical sense. You could add a cool graphic image. Sometimes a photo or a graphic is the most professional way to headline an article.

It is common knowledge that an authority position in a business generates respect. Use the truth to your advantage by making people aware that you are in charge. Try labeling yourself as “CEO” or “President” of your business.

Give stuff away for free from your site. A lot of people might be interested in getting a article on download. Offer something your audience will find valuable, such as tips or exclusive content. This demonstrates to your visitors that you understand their needs and are capable of helping them to solve their problems.

If you fail at online business, you will know that it can just open up more opportunity. Utilize the tactics outlined above and you may just find yourself becoming an upcoming Internet success story.

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Build a website that is easy to understand and target your advertising to the normal, everyday customer. Just being ordinary should not mean you only create ordinary products. You can build a successful business as long as you know the proper way to market it on the Internet.

Getting backlinks (links from other sites to yours) is an important part of Online marketing. You should make it easy for other webmasters to do this by putting a prominent “Link to Us” option on your site. Anyone who likes your site will be more than happy to provide a link back to your site, just as long as you provide a link to their site, too.

Avoid too much dazzle on your website because it can be very distracting. Keep in mind that users generally take five seconds to decide if they are going to stay on a site or not. Use this knowledge to create a site that will tempt them to stay. If your site can’t quickly grab your visitor’s attention, they will click away to search elsewhere.

Get your name noticed by advertising on websites that receive heavy traffic. While there will be some cost involved, it will get you noticed. Use heavily visited pages so that your products are exposed to a wide variety of people.

Creating a section for frequently asked questions will help your customers with common issues and make it easier for them to order. This gives quick answers to most questions pertaining to your site and business, while simplifying the process of your customers getting the help they are looking for. When your client can easily see the benefit of buying from you, they are more likely to.

Regular blogging is an asset to any website marketing campaign. A blog is another venue where consumers can find more information about your product or services. Blogs can be a great way to expand your website’s size, which will give your website greater visibility to search engines and increase the amount of traffic to your website.

You have everything you need to be successful with internet marketing. Advanced software programs are not needed to be profitable. All it takes is a good work ethic and wise marketing decisions.

Offer special sales on your site’s check-out page. Customers might add specified, on-sale products to their final order. You can get rid of additional stock, boost sales and make the client feel that received a great deal.

Video marketing is an excellent way to promote your products. If you add videos on your pages it will get the attention of your customer and keep them around. Sharing these videos should be easy thanks to social networks and blogs.

Webmasters sometimes ignore the significance of simplicity when it comes to websites. The seductive power of multimedia tools like Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight will tempt website owners, and are often offered up by professional website designers. Wise owners keep in mind that not every visitor will be capable of, or willing to, use such technology. Your website should be functional, even if all of the flashy extras are turned off.

Decide what you want your website to accomplish, and keep your focus on that goal. Find out what kinds of articles you wish to create and what directories to add them to. You have to remember that certain directories have specific requirements that you have to follow in order to make submissions. Tailor your submissions to these requirements for the best results.

To have proper affiliate marketing, you will want to be listed in Google. Thousands of people search Google every day, and you want them to find your site. Showing up high in the Google results will increase your business a great deal.

If you are already using online marketing, you know which of your products are top sellers. A good strategy is to use your best sellers to drive sales of complimentary and add-on products. When a customer buys one product, always recommend a related product or accessory. These products are virtually guaranteed to be profitable, and advertise themselves through the main product.

Keep your content updated. Visitors who arrive at a site and find that the latest information available was posted months or even years ago are going to draw the wrong conclusions about your business’s current state of affairs. A website that is user-friendly and up-to-date is inviting for readers.

If possible customers are interested in doing charitable donations, try direction some profits to the appropriate charity. Clearly advertise this to the visitors, but don’t do it excessively. Even a small donation can increase your sales, as people like to know their money is going to a good cause.

Change around the links you use in your emails. The link blocks that stay the same in each email are generally ignored. Keeping things constantly changing (even just a little bit) will prevent your readers from skipping over your links.

HTML tags are very important for optimizing your website for search engines. Tags are used to emphasize certain content and make it stand out from the rest of the text. Search engines see this emphasized content and give it more weight when judging the quality and relevance of your page. Be sure to highlight your critical keywords.

Try offering different versions of your site to people all over the world. You can do this by implementing a version of your site in several different languages. This will allow you to get more traffic and reach a lot more customers on a global level. If people are able to read your content in their own language, it’s much more likely that they’ll purchase something from you.

Making money from your business is a wonderful goal, and don’t let anyone talk you out of it. The desire for riches will help you stay motivated, and the solid tips in this article can help you stay focused on your goal.

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Online marketing involves marketing your business through the Internet. Newcomers may find it tricky to engage Website marketing, but lots of solid advice is available so you can begin your adventure into Internet promotion with safety and success.

In terms of Internet marketing, you must make use of any new software or important advancement that shows up in the world of modern technology. If your company fails at using technology, your customers will notice and may begin to not trust your company. If you want to gain respect and see more sales, you need to show visitors that you are up-to-date in your field.

Internet promotion is an ever-changing field, so you will continually need to research latest techniques and take the job seriously to succeed. You should find and connect with a mentor that has both a model attitude and your respect. Look for experts who offer their advice for free or a nominal fee. Be sure to choose a system that you can follow, and utilize it effectively. It may start out slowly, but your time and effort will all pay off.

You may not realize it, but you already have the tools you need for a successful internet marketing enterprise. All that is required to be successful is you, not pricey software or get rich quick schemes. You simply need a good strategy and a great work ethic.

Direct marketing can also work if you know who to target and what they are looking for. You can reach your customers by phone, email, or fax to let them know the specials and services you have. Also, take a look at your yellow pages and phone books to acquire available information.

Make it possible for your customers to rate and submit moderated reviews for your products, including the reasons behind their ratings. Not only can these reviews help you improve your products, but they allow potential customers to feel more confident in their purchasing decision.

Get ready, because this affiliate marketing tip will change your life! Deliver to your site’s visitors a worry-free online experience. All of your pages should include the privacy policy for people to view. You will make your customers feel as though they are being treated fairly and securely. When they purchase a product, their identity will be protected.

Video marketing is an excellent way to get the word out about your business and really get noticed. Incorporating an informative video onto your website is a great method for gaining the attention of your viewers. Using an interesting picture and title will get a customer’s attention.

If you give your customers the chance to subscribe to your company’s Ezine, you’ll be able to use it as an effective element of your marketing mix. Your goal will be to develop an Ezine that your customers will see as the voice of your company so you can build a long-term relationship with them. You can show your personality by adding photos of you along with your family and staff. You can also add short antidotes about interactions with your family or employees. Having a good subject line will encourage them to read the ezine.

It can be easy to overspend on advertising. You don’t want to pay a lot for anything that isn’t helping your business. Banner advertising will give you an appropriate return on your investment in the long term.

There are many free marketing resources for people who cannot afford consultants. Instead of spending a lot of money look into free options for advertising your business like business communities, blogs and various networking opportunities.

Whenever it applies, feel free to use phrases such as “limited quantity” or “special edition” in your online marketing efforts. People enjoy owning exclusive products, and seeing words like this in your ads can convince people to buy something right away.

It is common knowledge that an authority position in a business generates respect. Always let your customers know that you’re in charge of the business. You can refer to yourself as the “President” or “CEO” of your company.

Offer customers extra discounts should they spend more than a certain amount of money. Consider offering a discount to customers who spend more than a set amount of money; you decide what that amount of money will be. This is a good way to get your customers to buy more of your products.

Customers always appreciate a freebie, so offer rewards for ordering by a certain date or time. This includes things like faster or free shipping, complimentary gift wrap and gift card enclosures. You could offer free shipping to anyone who buys your product within 24 hours. This is the perfect way to get potential customers to act today, rather than putting it off until tomorrow.

To succeed with Website marketing, you must have a quality website. Check frequently for broken links, outdated information and any other problems that could detract from the message and product you are presenting. Nothing turns a visitor off faster than a website that is hard to navigate.

You need to have good leads to get good sales. These leads instantly connect you to your target demographic. Real time leads are sent to you immediately, which means you have the chance to contact the customer right after they requested more information. This gives you a great chance to actually close the sale.

The advertisement of your product should always be positive and inspiring. Clearly explain how your product will help customers improve their lives or reach their goals. If you have a positive vibe towards your customers and make them feel good, you can entice them to buy your product.

Now that you know what it takes, you should be ready to market your online business. With successful Affiliate marketing, you can sell goods and services to people from all over the world.

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Marketing on the Internet is already a huge industry and growing all the time. It is definitely here to stay. Follow these tips and you will be on your way to owning a successful business.

Every signature you have on the Internet should have a link of your website’s URL. If you are active on a message board, include a link within your signature block. Include the link in your email signature, so that people will see it whenever you send a message. This is an effective way to promote and share your website with every person who runs across you on the Internet; it’s possible that it will help with your page ranking, too. Right before the link itself, add an attention-grabbing phrase or sentence that makes clicking irresistible.

Don’t throw in the towel if you experience a few bumps on the road. Online marketing takes a lot of hard work and trial and error before you will be successful. Make sure you are organized and have everything ready when you are trying to sell your products or services. This can require a lot of effort. No matter how arduous this journey may be, always keep in mind that your efforts will pay off.

Promote your business through other popular sites online. With the right investment, you can get your company and your products seen by a vast audience. The more daily visits a website has, the more potential customers will become familiar with your brand.

A website can have several sections, each with a different type of product. Retain your site structure along with providing a variety of unique content.

The first step in Website marketing is to develop a website that makes a statement. The web is inundated with business, so you need to become innovative in order to set yourself apart from the pack. You should showcase something you offer that no one else does.

The intention of an Internet marketing campaign is to increase your Internet promotion. This creates a cycle of marketing, customers, and profits that can propel your business forward.

The first strategy worth looking into when it comes to internet promotion is to scrutinize your competition. Check out other websites in your field to discover what they could improve upon. Try to stand out from your competitors by finding a niche that is unfilled.

Presenting visitors to your website with the option to subscribe to your ezine is an effective marketing technique that can help you build your customer base, particularly if you develop your ezine in a way that helps you establish a bond with your readers. Try adding a personal touch by showing pictures of yourself and your family and employees. Also, add short, humorous tidbits about your home life or your relationship with employees. Use interesting subject lines, such as a quick way to reach a goal.

Being active in popular social media is an Online marketing must these days. Facebook is a very popular option, and it’s free! Customers can leave feedback on your products, make suggestions, and ask questions. You can easily chat informally with all your customers using your Twitter account.

A CRM–or customer relationship management–database can really boost your online marketing efforts. This database readily identifies previous and current customers, as well as all their purchase history. You can use this to customize each communication with the customer that shows only things that they might be interested which helps them to purchase additional items.

Discounting prices with affiliate retailers can be a way to gain a denser customer base. This is a good way to link multiple markets, thereby collectively increasing sales volume. As an example, take online booking agents who negotiate lower rates for clients who purchase a hotel reservation, a plane ticket and a car rental at the same time. This technique is especially useful for merchants that offer products that complement each other, but you have to remember to use merchants that aren’t in direct competition.

If you are looking to improve your SEO and the amount of traffic your site sees, you must be sure to provide content that is unique. This really helps websites that sell products that other websites offer. Traffic won’t be generated because you won’t rank high at all if you just copy other content. You want to be unique and set yourself apart from the other sites, as that is the only way to attract additional customers to your site.

Offer a money back guarantee to your customers when you market your business online. Your customers will feel more confident about doing business with you when you offer such a guarantee. When you assume the risk and provide your customers with a guarantee, you will give them reason to trust you.

A key to success in Online marketing is understanding the competition. Know what they are offering compared to what you are offering, and make the superior quality and value of your products obvious. In Online marketing, this is the key ingredient.

Build a dictionary of terms to seem more professional. New customers will appreciate this, and so will your current customers and other experts in your field. Anyone who searches for the terms you define will be directed to your site, providing you with exposure and a reputation as an authority.

As you read earlier, learning a few tips and tricks about Internet promotion can improve your chances of success. Your profits will climb now that you know what to do with these internet promotion suggestions. You will also be able to employ your own techniques. Follow the tips in this article to enjoy your bigger profits.

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Once you decide to run your own business, you’ll find that certain things demand to be taken seriously. Online marketing is one of them. There is no way past this. Competence at Internet promotion is very often the key hallmark of a successful business. Try these methods and set yourself for marketing success.

A well-designed website is the first step toward increasing your search engine ranking. Building a great website should be your very first step in starting a web business. If you have a good website, you will have less work in the future.

Online marketing is often most successful when your efforts fill another person’s needs. It is important to address problems first thing in the day. Customers will tell others if they received excellent service from you, and word of mouth advertising is the best kind.

Take the time to do as much research as possible and look to others that have found success. If you can find a mentor that has gone through the process, they may be able to provide you with invaluable information from their experience. It’s common for online marketing experts to help up and coming marketers out for free or a small charge. Design a strategy that makes sense for your business, and see it through. It may start out slowly, but your time and effort will all pay off.

Internal links on your website should include the most relevant keywords. Once you get a visitor to your site, keeping them there becomes vital. If you use links to direct them to previous posts or other relevant information elsewhere on the site, you can keep them around much longer. Consumers spend more time on sites that use internal linking; this also has a favorable effect on your site’s search rankings.

Let’s consider something that can aid your online marketing efforts. Make sure your customers know that your site is super secure and that their personal data is not at risk! Your page should contain the link to the text of your privacy policy on the top right corner of every page in your website. Doing this will ease your customers’ worries about their transactions being handled improperly. It’s important that they know their identities are protected when they purchase a product.

It may seem overwhelming trying to decide what your business and website will offer. Start out broad and list interests and niches that are important to you. Pare down the list until you have your top pick. You should pick a website niche that you are familiar with and that you also enjoy. Marketing your site is easier if you have a target.

Avoid spam as much as possible. Although it can be cost efficient to spam sites with your information, it always ends up drawing negative feedback towards you site and it never ends well. Don’t forget that if you do not ad some kind of personal touch to your ads, people may not be interested which will lose business.

You have to keep your content regularly updated. Outdated information will make you look lazy and unprofessional, reducing your chance at a sale. A website that is current and running optimally will be more encouraging to readers.

Keep customers coming back by sending coupons with every purchase. Many consumers view coupons as a bonus, and will feel more compelled to become a repeat customer.

Third party security is crucial for all business websites that sell products. You can choose from many services that are trustworthy and honest. Companies such as McAffee and VeriSign can protect the financial transactions on your site. These security measures cost a bit of money but are completely necessary for any kind of online business.

You might also consider bundling the merchandise with a similar product and selling it at a bargain price. It is important to have the terms and disclosures clearly stated on any marketing materials you send out.

If regular emails to customers and potential customers are part of your Internet marketing strategy, make sure to rotate the links you include in your emails. Emails that are always the same are the ones that are most often ignored. You can keep your customers attention by changing up your e-mail links on a regular basis.

Web marketing has now become a necessity with any online business. If you are conducting business online, it’s something you can’t ignore. You can make sure your firm maintains a strong Internet presence by taking advantage of these hits and using the art of Internet promotion.

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Any online business needs to emphasize Web marketing for optimal results. Promoting yourself and your website online is vital to the success of your business. Now is the best time to enter the world of Internet promotion. Below you will find some tips on Affiliate marketing that will help you get started the right way.

It is not necessary for Internet promotion to take place just on the Internet. You can contact other bloggers or anyone else in your field and then hold a conference some place in person. This can build a community among those who run online businesses or blogs.

Facebook and Twitter need to be part of your strong Internet promotion strategies. This helps to interact with your visitors and provide them updates as well. At the same time, however, you should avoid sending out a constant barrage of promotional posts and updates. You should give them good quality content that will have a marketing message here and there.

Utilize email marketing! Assemble newsletters with entertaining and informative content that will keep your readers engaged. The emails should be filled with interesting content; you do not want the recipients to perceive them as spam. Newsletters are a great way to keep people interested even after they’re gone from your site, and make them want to come back.

You are fully capable of having a successful internet promotion business right now. Fancy computer programs and overpriced get-rich-quick schemes can’t compare to a person with knowledge and the desire to get the job done. By working hard and thinking critically about the decisions you make, you can be successful.

Offer information your customers can use if you want to build an online following. Having a website that’s only one page or barely has information on it won’t really attract people. Include articles, reviews and any other content that helps potential customers know that your business is of high-quality.

Try to include a variety of specials available only to people who purchase when they are checking out. For example, you can offer products at half-price if the customer orders a certain amount. It is a great way to clear out surplus inventory and increase sales, while letting the customer feel that he is getting a bonus.

Direct marketing can be an effective part of you Online marketing plan. Reach out to your potential and existing customers with traditional methods, such as telephone or fax. This will allow you to reach customers locally and globally.

Deciding how you want your website to progress can be a hard task. Consider your options until you are fine with which direction to take. It is best to choose a niche that you find both familiar and enjoyable. Nothing will help your success more than using goals to channel your website marketing.

If you can create an Ezine, it can be a great tool to get subscribers and market your company. Include personal family photos of yourself or your employees. You can also include information about your life or fun office anecdotes. Peak your costumers interest with great articles in the eZine.

Databases can help you maintain good customer relations. Use it to pinpoint past and current customers and the history of their purchases. You can highlight items that may interest these customers.

The performance and appearance of your site is as important to a physical store buying experience. Testing your links, images, ads and checkout process for errors can avoid upsetting visitors. If your website is too hard to navigate, it will turn away customers and they may never come back.

Put some banners on your header, make sure they do not look like a banner. Instead, try to make them appear to be a clickable link to more content. Most of the time people don’t click on banners, so be creative and entice them to.

If you are going to use phrases use those such as “limited” and “special”. Customers love items that are not available everywhere and using this type of language in your ads will get people clicking the buy button in record numbers.

By now you should understand the importance of Web marketing. You can accomplish this through many methods. There is a ton of information on how to start enjoying the benefits of it too. If you implement this advice, you can begin your journey to success as an Internet marketer.

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