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 [...]
Organizing your scraps for improv is a little different than
organizing them for more precise piecing.
Improv scraps don’t have to be any particular size, and
sometimes those awkward cuts are just what you need to add a spark to an improv
I keep small, colorful baskets at the back of my cutting
table, organized roughly by color. Any scraps [...]
I love having choices. Yes, there are times when blind-stitching the binding by hand is the way to go. But since I developed my method
for a professional-looking machine topstitched binding, I find that most of my
quilts can be finished this way.
The secret to my method is hand basting along the fold of
the binding (on the [...]
The holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to get
started on those winter decorating projects. Marian Gallian and Yvette Jones
have taken the Dresden design from the
quilt in their book Dresden Carnival and done it up in festive green holiday fabrics.
Dresden designs make perfect pillows to decorate your home
for any holiday occasion. Just pick one of [...]
Hello and welcome everyone!! I am SO excited to kick off my blog hop for Making Connections—A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook! This is indeed a celebration of a dream come true: the opportunity to share my quilting passion and design tips with so many fellow quilters.
I began longarm quilting over fifteen years ago and started teaching shortly [...]
Tomorrow is September, and that means the start of National Sewing Month! We're celebrating by sharing some exciting features from some of our best-selling authors, free patterns, and big giveaways! We'll kick things off tomorrow by introducing the blog tour for Making Connections—A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook by Dorie Hruska—and from there, you'll just have to [...]
Hello! Lucy (editorial photographer) and Mai (photo assistant) here.
We thought we would not only give you some insight on what magic we have been creating here at the C&T studio, but we would also share with you some helpful hints in case you wanted to photograph your beautiful projects too!
Styling and photographing projects for a [...]
Do you have problems naming your quilts and other projects?
Some of the C&T authors love naming their quilts. Others
find that the hardest part of the process. As publishers we spend hours
discussing names (AKA titles) for our books.
As both an author and the Creative Director here, I had to think long
and hard about the title [...]
excerpt from The Savvy Seamstress: An Illustrated Guide to Customizing Your Favorite Patterns
by Nicole Mallalieu
“I’ve always been a garment maker. I was a child who made doll clothes, a teenager who was obsessed with sewing my own clothes, a fashion student, a designer pattern maker, and then a pattern designer and teacher. I still make most [...]
What makes the new Lucy's 3-in-1 kraft-tex Bag Pattern sew great? As Gailen says:
“The key to this collection of bags [3 sizes] is versatility… The bands with the handles are attached to the bag with snaps, so you can make bands in many colors—or with different features—and swap them out as needed.”
Some of the great band [...]