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The Generosity of the Quilting Community

There’s something magical to me about the quilting community. While I’m fortunate to live in an area that embraces quilting, I’m also super impressed by the amazing worldwide quilting community on Instagram. I love all the inspiration I find, the feedback I get on my own work and the drive to give back. The quilting community is one of the most generous I’ve seen.

When disaster strikes, there’s always a call for quilters to pitch in. A quilt doesn’t change what happened – it has no control over the past. But a quilt does provide hope for the future. Most people have a positive connotation of a quilt or blanket. Think of all the times you snuggled under a quilt to watch a movie or to comfort you while you’re sick. I like to think of quilts as a warm embrace. And in times of need, sometimes that’s the best we can offer the sick, the hurt and the sad.

One of the other things that strikes me about the quilting community giving back is the ability to put differences aside. People tend to …

The Wonder of Clover Wonder Clips

I loudly and proudly admit that I am the biggest fan of Clover Wonder Clips! They are truly wonderful. It’s funny how a simple invention can change an industry. Clips have been around a long time, but marketing them to quilters and sewists as a way to hold fabric together was pure genius.

Before clips were used to hold fabric together, the straight pin was one of the most common sewing notions. I looked into the history of pins and wanted to share a few details. Some of the first pins where thought to be used in ancient Roman times1. They were known in Latin as fibula and mirrored what is known today as the modern safety pin. These pins were made of a variety of materials and some were adorned with jewels, other precious gems and metals. This exuded pride, wealth and rich traditions for families.

Straight pins were used in the 18th century to fasten clothes, as well as for sewing2. Pins came in all sizes for the variety of purposes they served, and pins were often made from metal, bon…