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I have decided to end the Paid Memberships Program and just go with the Points Program. If you are a paid member, you signed up for a lifetime membership and are no longer paying for memberships. I am not really making any money from new memberships so it does not make sense to keep that part of my business going. Instead, membership is going to be point based. I do not plan to change this again. My income will be from sales of Paper Bead Rollers, downloads for people who don't want to be a member, books I publish in the future on Amazon, templates and template bundles, ads on the site and YouTube revenue.

All downloads, that cost points, no matter what level you are at, will now cost 20,000 points each unless otherwise noted on the individual pages. 

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Just Plain Fun

Daily Update - April 3, 2022

Membership is Now Free!

I have decided to end the Paid Memberships Program and just go with the Points Program. If you are a paid member, you signed up for a lifetime membership and are no longer paying for memberships. I am not really making any money from new memberships so it does not make sense to keep that part of my business going. Instead, membership is going to be point based. I do not plan to change this again. My income will be from sales of Paper Bead Rollers, downloads for people who don't want to be a member, books I publish in the future on Amazon, templates and template bundles, ads on the site and YouTube revenue. All downloads, that cost points, no matter what level you are at, will now cost 20,000 points each unless otherwise noted on the individual pages.

I am working on the next Quilt as You Piece Block! I recorded the video on Sunday and hope to edit and upload Monday 3/7. The instructions have been finished, except for the photo of the finished block, for a couple of days. I am not quite done with building my inventory back up but I needed to take a break from that so I can make the next quilt block.

Coming Soon!

Pre Cut Paper Bead Strips. One size for now. More information soon. I am waiting on a new machine for the die I bought. The electric one does not like my new die. So one with a crank, The Accuquilt Go will work for the paper bead die I got custom made for me. I wasted quite a few sheets of paper and cardstock trying to get the electric one to accept my new die. It kept spitting it out backwards. So I have ordered a new crank machine so it will have no choice but to let it go through. I cannot wait to start offering Pre-cut strips.

All of the Pre-cut strips will be one size for now. I have only one die for paper bead strips. 3/8" at the wide end, 1/8" at the narrow end and 8½" long. If they sell well, I will order another die.

Reply to the email or contact me and let me know what you think!

What am I Doing?

Quilt as You Piece Block

I am working on a series of Quilt Block Videos done in the Quilt as You Piece method. When I am done, there should be 30 quilt blocks that I will then put together with sashing in between the blocks. I do plan to make a video of putting the quilt together. This is the primary way I make quilts.


The photo is the front of the quilt block, the back is the same pattern, just different fabrics. The patterns and materials list are on the site as well, the same day I post the video I make for each block. The very first block, Five Strip Rail Fence is free for everyone, no points needed and no membership needed. Most of the rest of the blocks for this quilt will be for Members. You can get them with points or for $1.99 each or as a Gold member, you will not need to redeem points or pay anything for the PDF files.

Oh My Goodness! I have an Accuquilt Go Big Electric Die cutter! I am now also an affliate for Accuquilt. I have placed Ads for Accuquilt on every page across the site. If you click on them and decide to make a purchase with the links, I do get a small commission from your purchase.

If you are interested in knowing about the Accuquilt die cutting system, you can check it out at this link: Accuquilt Web Site. This is a referral link. If you buy anything at their web site, with this link, you will get 20% off of your purchase and I get a discount as well!

Featured Pattern

Today's Featured Pattern

This pattern is Free on April 3rd Only..

This Easter Egg pillow is fun and fairly easy to make for people who have worked with ripple stitches before. It starts from the bottom up and is worked in the round. If you want the colors to look more balanced, you can start making your color changes at around round 16 and add the color lavender at the end of your color changes for a true rainbow of colors.

Rippled Rainbow Easter Egg Pillow

Now the PDF file for patterns that are not normally free are also available for free download for one day only.

Over time, as I feature a pattern each day, when it is no longer free, I will make the HTML page available to anyone who is registered on the site (Not just Gold members.) This will take time, there are over 600 Gold Member patterns on the site. I am changing them to Registered Member patterns one at a time. The PDF file of each pattern will be available for points.

From now on, new patterns, projects and printables I add to the site will still be gold level pages until they are over 2 years old. This keeps things fair to the members who actually paid for membership.

Featured Bead Sheet

Today's Featured Bead Sheet

This bead sheet is Free On April 3rd Only.

Beads from this sheet would be pretty combined with pearls, clear crystals, or even natural brown jasper gemstones in any piece of jewelry!

Country Pink Camouflage

Now the PDF file is also available for free download for one day only.

Recent Video


Recent Addition!

Recent Addition

This is the 26th quilt block tutorial in a series on how to make quilt blocks using the new Quilt as You Piece Method.

Cornered Kite Block

Video Available!

This Week's Tip

Starching Fabric For Quilting

Fabric Drying Rack

I starch my fabrics before I cut them with my AccuQuilt cutting system. You can do this with scraps or yardage. I primarily like to do this to fat quarters and smaller. I like to starch my fabrics, for quilting, in layers. I hang my pieces of fabric on a wall mounted indoor clothes drying rack. I spray the starch on the fabrics as I stack them. I get enough fabric wet at one time to fill the rack. I let the fabric sit, stacked, for a few minutes after spraying the top layer to give the fabric a chance to soak up all of the starch. The fabrics have soaked up enough fabric to hang on the rack without dripping so I don't need to put anything on the floor to protect it. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to completely dry. I then take the pieces of fabric off of the drying rack and iron them. I let the fabrics dry completely before ironing them so the starch won't transfer to my iron and make a mess on it.

Here is how to do it.

  • Work on a large table such as a dining or cutting table protected by layers of brown paper topped with a teflon pressing cloth. This protects the table from the starch.
  • Lay fabric in one layer on your surface and spray the starch on it.
  • Lay 2nd layer of fabric on top of wet first layer, smooth it down with a little pressure to help soak up excess starch from first layer and spray again.
  • Repeat step 2 until you feel you have enough fabric to fill your drying rack.
  • Let the wet fabric sit for about 15 minutes before hanging.
  • Hang the wet but not dripping fabric pieces onto your drying rack, spacing them so they are just touching each other. You can fold them if needed to make more room, the fabric may take longer to dry.
  • Once completely dry, iron each piece to smooth out any wrinkles.

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