Interview with Thom Atkins

Today we're getting an inside perspective from the author of Beading Artistry for Quilts, Thom Atkins! You can see more of Thom's breathtaking quilts over on his website, thomatkins.com. What projects are you working on right now? I try to work on one quilt at a time ... that way I don't have to keep changing hats. I'm currently [...]

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I Want These!

Instead of writing this blog post, I texted my mom saying I have to make these. Instead of writing this blog post, I sat here slowly clicking through each project and muttering, “Oh my gosh. So cute!” more times than I’d ever dare to admit. Instead of writing this blog post, I went ahead and started [...]

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Free Project from Foolproof Crazy-Quilt Projects

Sew a bright and funky sewing pouch with these instructions from Foolproof Crazy-Quilt Projects! Finished size: 5˝ × 10˝.FABRIC AND SUPPLIES •  Small scraps at least 5˝ square for the crazy design •  1 piece of foundation fabric 9˝ × 13˝ •  2 pieces of lining fabric each 9˝ x13˝ •  1 piece of backing fabric 9˝ × 13˝ •  2 pieces [...]

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Boxes and Pouches and Totes, Oh My!

Finding a bag, tote, or organizer that fits your style can be difficult. Often a piece fulfills your needs in one aspect but falls short in another, leaving you to sacrifice function for looks (or vice versa).This frustration was what inspired me to take up sewing: I was tired of going to department stores only [...]

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The Freedom of Apppliqué!

Disclaimer: This post contains the opinions of an appliqué lover. Felicia Brenoe is the author of popular appliqué pattern pack  My Cozy Village and her new book on appliqué, The Quiltmaker's Butterfly Forest, came out in December 2016. “You know,” a fellow quilt designer said to me over dinner one night. “Only about twenty percent of quilters do appliqué. The rest [...]

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Crazy Cats and Adorable Dogs

Hi! I'm Mary Hertel, author of Cute & Clever Totes and Sew Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, two new paper-piecing book out this spring from C&T Publishing. I am constantly creating new block patterns and lately I have been obsessing over cats and dogs. Pets are a favorite subject matter for many of my customers. They send [...]

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Braid Quilt from Finders Keepers Quilts

One of the quilts found in the abandoned house that inspired Finders Keepers Quilts was this old carriage robe. It had been tossed on a mattress and a pillow thrown on top of it. Of the quilts found in the house, this one was in the worst shape. Even though the quilt was tattered in places, [...]

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Quilter's Block

Artist’s block, quilter’s block—it’s all the same. Every once in a while (or more often than that!), the ideas stop coming. But when one’s creativity is stymied, life can provide the best muse. In her new book, Quilt Traditions, Devon Lavigne draws inspiration from lived experiences that make her lovely quilts relatable.  Mad Housewife, which is made entirely [...]

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Interview with Cindy Grisdela

Today we have a wonderful interview with Cindy Grisdela, the talented and charming author of Artful Improv. She shares some of her newest projects and how she came up with the idea for her book. What are your go-to colors? Right now I'm definitely into lime green and purple! I just finished a small piece, Improv Tower, that [...]

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Interview with Michele Hill

We have a wonderful interview today with author Michele Hill, best known for her William Morris–inspired appliqué designs (check out More William Morris Appliqué). Her new book, Stitching with Beatrix Potter, will be out soon. Who has inspired your creativity? It is my quilting friends and students who constantly inspire and encourage me to create new designs. Of course William [...]

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