Tutorial Tuesday-Free Motion Quilting “Curls”

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

The “curl”  is really just an abbreviated spiral.   However, The Curl is much easier to sew and has so many variations and uses that everyone should have this pattern in their sewing quiver…

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

To practice the curl…I started with a series of one inch lines…These will be your guidelines or rails...

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

Starting on the left rail line, stitch upward and curl to the right… As you curl, leave a space between your stitching and the right rail This space is needed for the next line of stitching…Stop at the X

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

After stopping at the X, trace to the outside of the curl-this time stitching to the right rail

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

Trace back to the left rail and begin a new curl…

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

The left curl is similar…

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

Practice several rows of right and left curls…creating the Double Curl

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

In the practice pieces below, I left a one inch space between the Double Curls…

Free Motion Quilting, Loops, Tutorial

Coming soon…variations on the curl and projects employing our newest pattern…I can’t wait!!!

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The Art of Saying Thank-you

The Art of Saying Thank-You, Letters, Personal letters, Hand-written letters, Mont Blanc fountain pen, sealing wax

The only thing more gracious than receiving a thoughtful gift, beautifully wrapped… is receiving a handwritten thank you note.

The Art of Saying Thank-You, Letters, Personal letters, Hand-written letters, Mont Blanc fountain pen, sealing wax

Etiquette dictates a few formal rules regarding when a thank you note is required…

  • Whenever a gift is not opened in the giver’s presence
  • For all wedding and shower gifts
  • For all holiday, birthday, graduations presents
  • The note should be prompt (though it is never too late to write a thank you)

The Art of Saying Thank-You, Letters, Personal letters, Hand-written letters, Mont Blanc fountain pen, sealing wax

There are also rules about what should be included in the note, such as:

  • The letter should be specific
  • The note should be personal (no commercial sentiments)
  • The note should include how the gift will be used
  • Thank yous should not include the dollar amount of a money gift

The Art of Saying Thank-You, Letters, Personal letters, Hand-written letters, Sealing Wax

However, in order to write a gracious thank you note, one must go beyond the formal rules….The secret to saying thank you, is to be thoughtful and personal.  You are not just thanking the giver for the gift, but also for the time and thought they put into the gift.  You are thanking them for their kindness, their generosity, their time, and most of all…their friendship…

The Art of Saying Thank-You, Letters, Personal letters, Hand-written letters, Mont Blanc fountain pen, sealing wax

The art of saying thank you is in expressing your gratitude for all of those things…and that will require a gift from you…a little bit of your time.

The Art of Saying Thank-You, Letters, Personal letters, Hand-written letters, Mont Blanc, Fountain Pen, sealing wax