Quiltcast #5

Thanks for tuning in this week! April and I share our wish list of new skills to learn – what’s on your list?  Our Top 5 includes tools and notions for learning our new skills.


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The wedding quilt – at last! I made this quilt for my sister-in-law and her new husband, who is really tall! When I learned that they were planning to purchase a California King size bed, I super-sized my design!


We all have skills we want to learn, or perfect. Here’s what April and I have on our lists :



– Long-arm binding application

– Needle-turn appliqué

– Consistency in curved piecing

– Hiding/burying knots



– Perle Cotton appliqué

– Hand quilting also with perle cotton

– 1/4″ Paper pieced hexagons

This is the quilt I mentioned in the cast, click the picture to read more about my process in making the quilt.

Techno Flakes


Top 5 tools for learning/perfecting our skills –


AccuQuilt GO! Drunkards Path – 3 1/2 inch Finished

Lapel Stick or Sewline Water-Soluble Glue Pen

Black Gold Needles Applique, maybe Clover Gold Eye Milliners

– More perle cotton threads

– Papers for paper piecing  – paperpieces.com



Janet-Lees favorite ruler (wide long arm ruler)

Superior Threads Prewound Bobbin Assortmentfor applique

– Lapel Stick or Sewline Water-Soluble Glue Pen

Color Catcher

– Google a method to find your best way to work



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By | 2017-02-06T09:18:09+00:00 September 25th, 2013|podcast, Quiltcast|3 Comments


  1. NONNIE September 29, 2013 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Enjoying the content of your podcast but having a little problem hearing it. Can you ramp up the sound? Sound can be turned down but if it is too soft it is hard to get the voices to be loud enough to hear.

    Might be because of how most people listen… iPods / MP3 players can only be turned up so high and I can not use the speakers when I am exercising… machines are noisy.

    I tried listening in the car by the heater and road noise drowned you out… My car is kind of old and does not have the connection that would allow me to hook into car’s speaker system ( a function on newer cars.)

    Most effective way to listen to you was to burn disc and listen on the car speaker system via the cd player. Even then to hear your voices I have to crank the system full blast … and no I am not deaf.

    If you are using AUDACITY try increasing the volume when recording. I am not sure if you can in other software but I am sure there is a way.


    Keep the conversation flowing… LOVE listening to you two.

  2. Heather October 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    I’m wondering if you have any more info on using the lapel stick for curved piecing? A link maybe, showing the technique? Curves scare me but if there’s something that can make it easier, I’m all for it!

  3. Jaye May 5, 2014 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    I use a lot of Perl Cotton on my art quilts. I love the way it looks on the spool. I love the way it feels. I love the way it adds some texture to my art quilts. You can see one at: http://www.artquiltmaker.com/blog/2010/02/beach-town-finished/

    I do different stitches and use a stitch dictionary to find the most appropriate as well as how to execute the stitch. What I find hard is the needle. I have a lot of different needles and have tried several. None are perfect. I just got some self threading needles in hopes that it won’t be so hard to get the thread on to the needle. Stay tuned for that.

    I want to try Big Stitch with Perl Cotton on a quilt. I think it would look really nice.

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