Unraveling the Mystery of Fancy Thread

Wondering how important thread is in machine quilting? Wonder no more! Christine Maraccini answers all of your questions in this extract from The Quilting Manual.The Value of QualityThe most important thing to keep in mind when considering fancy thread is to get the good stuff. It’s worth your time and money to purchase quality thread. You will encounter less breakage [...]

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June Best Sellers

The numbers are in! These are the top ten books you loved the most in June. Count down with us to find out what was number one, and hear a little bit about why these books are so popular along the way.10. Sew It!Coming in at number ten is Sew It! by Allison Nicoll, a FunStitch [...]

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Spotlight on Wool Titles

We're introducing a new feature here on the blog! Each month we will highlight one of our favorite quilting and sewing trends, share tips and tricks from our books on that topic, and, drumroll please, offer 25% off all the featured books! This month we're featuring one of our favorite trends, wool appliqué. Recently it [...]

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Paper Piece a Sand Castle for July!

Please enjoy this free paper-piecing pattern, taken from Cute & Clever Totes by Mary Hertel. This block can be mixed and matched with any of Mary's patterns (or your own)!MaterialsScraps of light blue, dark blue, orange, red,black, brown, and tan DirectionsFor detailed directions, refer to Paper-Piecing Basics in Cute & Clever Totes.1. Make 4 copies of pattern (A, B, C, D). You can download the [...]

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Sew Emojis!

Excerpt from Sew Emoji: Mix & Match 60 Features for Custom Emoticons, Make a Twin-Size Quilt, Pillows & More by Gailen Runge.My pre-teen daughter loves emojis! And while I made this bedroom set for her, I wanted to write the projects in a way that she—or anyone else, whether they were new to quilting or an [...]

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Staff Favorites Round-Up

We're so pleased to introduce a new feature on the blog: C&T staff interviews! Every month we'll be sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing and talented people who bring you the books you love. We're kicking the series off with a massive round-up of our favorite C&T Publishing books and products. Enjoy!Todd: My all-time favorite [...]

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The Story Behind Quilter's Date Keeper

The Quilter's Date Keeper is all about taking an idea and running with it! Bonnie has already shared her side of the story, so I thought I’d share mine.I regularly read Bonnie Hunter’s blog posts. Eleven months ago, I read that she had discovered one of our previous versions of the Date Keeper in a vintage shop. And she thought,Oh [...]

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Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler Giveaway

Giveaways all summer long! Today we're giving away an ebook copy of Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler and a Kansas Troubles fabric bundle from Moda.Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler features fifty quilts blocks created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Each block is accompanied by a story from history, with period photos and [...]

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Whimsical Wool Appliqué

Whimsical Wool Appliqué: 50 Blocks, 7 Quilt Projects is a fun, new book from Kim Schaefer that combines wool appliqué with hand stitching on cotton backgrounds for colorful, whimsical quilts. It includes basic instructions for fusible wool appliqué and hand stitching, seven projects, and fifty 6’’ x 6’’ block designs. Mix and match to your heart’s [...]

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A Few Thoughts about Designing for Dolls

Excerpt from Doll Dress Boutique: Sew 40+ Projects for 18˝ Dolls A Dress for Every Occasion by Erin Hentzel.Foreword: A Few Thoughts about Designing for DollsDesign well. Choose high-quality fabric, add delicate details, and keep a consistent scale. Complete each step carefully and to the best of your ability, and your designs will get noticed.Simplicity is [...]

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