Embroidery for Children: A Tapestry of Benefits

An advanced skill that has been practiced and appreciated since the times of ancient civilizations, the art of embroidery is thought to date back as far as 30,000 BC, originating in the Middle East and Asia. With such a rich history and tradition of using embroidery to enhance the beauty of materials, it is no surprise [...]

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Get Back into Garment Sewing!

I have been sewing clothes since I was ten years old. Projects I’ve sewn include swimsuits, shirts, pants, vests, coats, jackets, and even my wedding dress. I’ve learned a lot in the decades I’ve been playing with fabric. The thing is, sometimes the clothes fit, but other times I definitely wished they would have fit better. For the last [...]

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Introducing the Modern Quilts Notebooks

Introducing the Modern Quilts Notebooks!After flipping through Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, you’ll definitely have a few ideas for your next quilt project. Jot, doodle, and brainstorm your designs with these matching notebooks featuring quilts from the book! Each set of notebooks includes three colorful designs: Echoed Arrows by Silvia SuttersFrom the maker: “I decided to play with Half-Rectangle-Triangle [...]

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Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book

Hey everyone! My name is Amanda Murphy, and I'm an author with C&T Publishing, a BERNINA Quilting and Longarm Spokesperson, and a teacher. I also design fabric for Contempo of Benartex, embroidery patterns and quilting collections for OESD. Some of you may know me from one of my previous books, like Modern Holiday or [...]

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Modern Plus Sign Quilts Blog Tour Kickoff!

We're so pleased to be the first stop on the blog tour for Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander's new book,  Modern Plus Sign Quilts! In Modern Plus Sign Quilts, Cheryl and Paige have designed sixteen modern quilts based on the ever popular plus sign motif. The book contains patterns for everyone using a variety of techniques including traditionally [...]

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Bonus Buddy Bonanza!

Hi everyone!I’m here on the C&T blog today to let you know of a little gadget that I can’t live without.Every go-to-class bag, every sewing machine NEEDS a Bonus Buddy! It’s the perfect size for marking lines, measuring units, and setting your correct seam allowance by using the needle holes for either 1/4’’, 3/8’’, 1/2’’ or 5/8’’. But [...]

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Free-Motion Framework at Road to California

Did you make it to Road to California 2018? If so, you may have seen a stunning wholecloth quilt hanging there: Platinum Garden by Jen Eskridge. This beautiful piece, stitched in pink thread on satin, was made using the techniques Jen lays out in her new book, coming out in April, Free-Motion Framework.To accompany the book, Jen [...]

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Try Appliquilting with a Table Runner!

This fun project combining appliqué and quilting comes from Appliquilting—Appliqué and Quilt at the Same Time! by Gina Perkes.FINISHED QUILT: 15 1/2 ̋ × 34 1/2 ̋MATERIALSNote: Yardage calculated with 42 ̋ usable width of fabric. (WOF = width of fabric)Gray felted wool: 5 ̋ × 9 ̋Teal Ultrasuede: 4 ̋ × 5 ̋Gray gradation: 1/2 yardGold solid: 7 1/2 ̋ × 9 ̋Purple print: 5 [...]

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Nine-Patch-based Quilts

Excerpt from Nine-Patch Revolution: 20 Modern Quilt Projects by Jenifer Dick and Angela WaltersWhen Angela and I [Jenifer] decided to write this book together, we knew that Nine-Patch–based quilts were the perfect avenue to teach a new generation of quilters. This both honors our personal beginnings and celebrates the future of the art we love so much!The quilts [...]

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The Importance of Hobbies

Photo from Modern One-Block Quilts When it comes to improving your mental health, there are few better remedies than picking up a healthy hobby. Hobbies can get your mind active, and get you social—but the real benefit to most people is the boost to overall mental wellness. No matter what sort of mental issue you’re struggling with, there’s a good chance [...]

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