Author Archives: Kathy Kansier

Greetings, my name is Kathy Kansier. I am a quilt teacher, quilt show judge & AQS Certified Appraiser. I specialize in edge treatments, crazy quilts, hand and machine applique.

Fabric Pressing Recipes

Did you know that you can make your own water-based mixtures for pressing fabrics? Purchase a spray bottle with an adjustable sprayer in the beauty section of your local drug store or super center. Because these recipes don’t have chemicals or preservatives, they also won’t last for a long period of time. Only make what you can use in […]

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Shipping Quilts – Part I

  Our quilts are like our children. We create them, watch them develop and then need to share them with the world. David and I have seven grown children. Each time one of them got their first apartment, went off to college, got on their first airplane or got married, I had trouble cutting their […]

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The Color Wheel

Sir Isaac Newton was the first person to develop a circular diagram of colors. His color wheel was developed in 1666 and presented a logically arranged sequence of pure colors.  Purchasing and learning to use a color wheel is important for quilt makers. Color wheels can be found in art supply stores or craft stores […]

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National Teachers

Top 20 Reasons Guilds Should Hire National Teachers Prior to becoming a national teacher, show judge & AQS Certified Appraiser, I served for two years as the program chairperson of my local guild in Springfield, Missouri. During that time, I developed and organized programs and workshops for our guild. I found that the most successful […]

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Quilt Insurance

I’m often asked if there is a special insurance that can be purchased for quilts. I know of a policy that many quilt owners have purchased and they are very happy with the policy. It covers antique or new quilts and the contents of your sewing room. Your quilts are covered while they are in […]

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Cornish Pasty

David and I first had a Cornish Pasty in 1983 at a restaurant in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. When we went to England in 2009, we found a Cornish Pasty shop in Bath, England. Their  pasties came with all sorts of fillings. The pasty crust is flaky and the filling is a bit dry.  They are […]

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Calico Beans

This is another favorite family recipe.  I often make it for picnics but we also eat these during the winter months with corn bread and baked ham. When we have company, I double the recipe. The beans can be baked in a roasting pan in the oven for one hour or simmered on high for […]

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Appliqué Under the Magnifying Glass

Entering a competitive show can be intimidating.  Understand the judging process and learning just what judges look for when evaluating appliqué can help to eliminate our fears and apprehensions. It is important to remember that each show differs in their entry rules. The process of judging also differs from show to show. Quilts may be […]

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Blue Ribbon Zucchini Bread

(2 loaves) I won a blue ribbon for this zucchini bread at the 1984 County Fair in Viroqua, Wisconsin. I had actually entered 10 different items in the food category that year and had to stay up all night to get everything made and to the fairgrounds by 9 am. Whatever was I thinking when […]

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Microwave Caramel Corn

My husband thinks this is the best caramel corn he has ever had. Even the fresh caramel corn at the county fair doesn’t compare. You will need a large paper bag from a grocery store to make this recipe. Whenever I am in a grocery store that asks, “Do you want paper or plastic?” I […]

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