Free-Motion Quilting Inspired by Antique Designs

Excerpt from Inspired Free-Motion Quilting: 90 Antique Designs Reinterpreted for Today’s Quilter by Bill Volckening and Amanda Leins.IntroductionWhat do you get when you team an award-winning longarm quilter with a collector who has nearly 500 quilts spanning four centuries? A book full of free-motion quilting designs inspired by classic antique textiles.Four-Block Appliqué Quilt, cottons, unknown maker, Eastern [...]

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Open Up Your Sewing Machine

I have always been intrigued with how machines work. It is fascinating to observe how clutches, gears, belts, springs, and switches work together to make a machine operate. I own nine sewing machines; I am familiar with cleaning and oiling all of them, and I know how to make a few adjustments on the older mechanical machines. So I [...]

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Grilles and Donuts Quilt

Besides working on quilting books, several of us in the office actually make quilts, too! When we are not too busy, we have an in-house sewing group that makes blocks for one member’s quilt. For my turn last year, I chose the Lunch Box pattern in Vanessa Goertzen’s Charm School—18 Quilts from 5˝ Squares to make a quilt for my [...]

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Sweetwater's Simple Home Giveaway

We're keeping the summer party going with another great giveaway! Today we're giving away an ebook copy of Sweetwater's Simple Home and a fabric bundle from Moda, designed by Sweetwater.Sweetwater's Simple Home delights with 35 beginner-friendly projects for every room of your home, from the dining room to the bedroom to the laundry room. With easy [...]

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Bargello Inspiration

I am the lucky technical editor who got to work with Ruth Ann Berry on her latest book, Braided Bargello Quilts. I have always been fascinated by the Bargello technique, and Ruth’s newest book includes so many ideas!Of the ten bed-size projects and six smaller wallhangings she designed, these are my top three favorites:Ruth named this quilt Hoses in the [...]

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kraft-tex Wristlet Free Project

Please enjoy this fun, free project from popular kraft-tex extraordinaire, Gailen Runge! This wristlet pattern uses just a little kraft-tex and two notions. No lining, no turning inside out, no sweat! You can download the free project right HERE. Whenever using kraft-tex, don’t use pins. Glue the pieces together within the seam allowance or use clips to hold [...]

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The Story Behind Stitch & Sew

Hello, my name is Aneela Hoey, and this month sees the release of my third book, Stitch & Sew. I’m so happy to finally have the finished copy in my hands and can’t wait to share the details with you!The projects in the new book combine two of my favorite things to do: embroidery and [...]

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Quilty Goodies from Bonnie K. Hunter

Hi Everyone! I can’t believe we are already into June 2018—and with the arrival of June, I’ve got some new quilty goodies to share with you! You are going to want more than one of these on hand at all times: perfect for your own use, as well as for gift-giving to all of your quilty friends! Who wouldn’t like [...]

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Tiny Piecing

I love bright colors. I am generally not a fan of the Americana calicoes, Civil War–era muddy tones, or 1930s reproduction fabrics. Those itty-bitty motifs and somewhat dulled colors just don’t make me do a double take. However, when I saw what Donna Lynn Thomas did with some of these fabrics in her new book, Teeny-Tiny Quilts, I was stunned! [...]

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Celebrate The Seasons Giveaway

Happy almost summer! To kick off the season, we're giving away an ebook copy of Celebrate The Seasons and a fabric bundle from Moda!Celebrate The Seasons by Cherry Guidry invites you to savor the beauty of spring, summer, autumn, and winter with holiday lap quilts worthy to display on the wall. You can appliqué your way [...]

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