Do You Appliqué?

What is your favorite quilting technique? Are you a precision piecer? An improv aficionado? An extreme paper piecer? An appliqué artiste? Bet you didn’t say appliqué! People either love or hate appliqué—there doesn’t seem to be an in-between! I used to be an appliqué skeptic, but I learned that there are many ways to appliqué; I just had [...]

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Front Cover Design: Start to Finish

The process of designing a cover usually begins during a meeting called the Focus Meeting, attended by the Publisher, the Marketing and PR Manager, the Creative Director, and members of the book team. The title and subtitle are discussed, and decisions are made on how best to approach the cover. What is the main purpose of the book? Is it a [...]

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My Obsession with Precuts

Ask any quilter what his or her favorite precut bundle is, and you will get a lot of different answers. Some people favor fat quarters or even half-yard bundles, while others are all about strips or squares, or perhaps triangles, or hexagons. It's exciting to be a quilter today because thanks to innovative and forward-thinking fabric companies there are [...]

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Circle Takes the Square Quilt

Happy National Sewing Month! Please enjoy this free project taken from Double Vision Quilts. You can enter to win your own ebook copy of Double Vision Quilts right here: a Rafflecopter giveaway. Finished Size: 42" x 42" Materials and Supplies FIRST LAYER (BRIGHT COLORS): 49 squares 6 1/2˝ × 6 1/2˝; 25 squares are for the inner quilt and 24 [...]

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How to Clean a Self-Healing Cutting Mat

Hello sewing friends. My name is Sarah Markos from Blue Susan Makes, and I have a little tip to share with you today in honor of National Sewing Month. My very favorite sewing tools are my rotary cutter and my self-healing mat. I use them with almost every sewing project I ever make. Seriously, what did people [...]

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A Leaving-Home Sewing Kit

September is National Sewing Month. It is also the month when many families launch their children into independent lives. One of the things I am sure young adults miss most when they leave home is the on-call sewing services of someone to sew that lost button back on or to repair that hem. But not to worry. If your [...]

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Fastest Sew in the West!

Instead of the fastest draw in the west, I’m writing to tell you about the fastest way to make a pillow. This title should not be confused—I'm definitely not saying I’m the fastest sewist! (Not that every time you make a pillow it needs to be the fastest and the easiest way. I recognize that sometimes slow [...]

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Free Create a Card Project

With this free project from the second edition of  The Best of Sewing Machine Fun for Kids, children can create their own one-of-a-kind greeting cards and discover stitching around curves and corners. Plus, to celebrate National Sewing Month, we're giving away a free ebook copy of The Best of Sewing Machine Fun for Kids, Second Edition. You [...]

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Make a Foxie Pillow

I am obsessed with pillows! Lately I want to make pillows of every shape and size, but my favorite is the rectangular sofa pillow. Let’s put together three of my paper-pieced blocks to create the rectangle. This pillow will fit a 14” x 28” pillow form. One of my favorite animal blocks is the Fox from my  Cute [...]

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Trying New Techniques

I’ve done my fair share of teaching workshops on a variety of quilting techniques, and I’ve learned quite a bit from my students. Not necessarily about quilting, but about learning styles and confidence levels. I’ve observed so many different attitudes and perspectives on ‘trying new things’ or ‘reaching beyond one’s comfort zone.’ For me, as a teacher, giving quilters [...]

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