Learn How to Plan a Quilt with Harriet Hargrave's Quilter's Graph Paper

Many people think that drafting is the four-letter word of quilting. It doesn’t have to be! Drafting can be as creative a process as picking the fabrics and piecing the quilt top. Here, we will begin simply and walk you though the basics of putting your layout design on paper. To begin, you are going to [...]

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Fun Downloads from The Best of Sewing Machine Fun for Kids

Trying to get the kids in your life interested in sewing? Well, we've got some great downloads for you! These puzzles and games from  The Best of Sewing Machine Fun for Kids, Second Edition, introduce kids to sewing safety and to sewing pivots and curves.  Oh oh! This octopus is doing some seriously dangerous sewing. You can [...]

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Interview with Laura Wasilowski

Please give a warm welcome to Laura Wasilowski, who we're interviewing on the blog today! She is amazing fabric artist, dyer, and the author of Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts. She first started sewing in 4-H, went on to earn a degree in costume design, and now runs her own business, Artfabrik. Where do you find your quilting [...]

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Take the Creative Quilt Challenge!

Today we're offering a quilting challenge from our book, Creative Quilt Challenges, to break you out of your creative rut and inspire new ideas. We can't to see what you come up with! Challenge: Reimagine an Old Block with a New Twist About This Challenge Many quilters have a favorite traditional block regardless of the kinds of quilts they [...]

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Back to Fabric Basics

How do I build a quality fabric stash? How do I take care of my stash? And how do I store it? These questions, surprisingly or not, probably don’t jump to a first-time quilter’s mind. No doubt, visions of stunning blocks that are finished and quilted crowd out the nagging feeling that perhaps you should approach [...]

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Interview with Lindsay Conner

Please welcome to the blog today Lindsay Conner, author of Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends and On the Go Bags—15 Handmade Purses, Totes & Organizers. We have a short but sweet interview with her to share! What are your go-to colors?  Yellow, light aqua, and gray. Where do you find your quilting or sewing inspiration?  I am inspired creatively [...]

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Sew Handy

Pop quiz: Which choice below isn’t a real sewing machine foot? A. Zigzag stitch B. Overcast C. Loop stitch D. Pin-tuck Just kidding … there’s no quiz. But owning a handy list of sewing machine feet, including what they’re used for, would be pretty cool, right? Or having an explanation of machine needle sizes, thread types, and other notions at [...]

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I Love Precut Quilts! Blog Hop Kickoff

Greetings! My name is Tricia Maloney and I'm the author of the new C&T book,  I Love Precut Quilts! I'm here today to invite you to come along with me on a super fun quilt blog hop from January 30th to February 3rd to celebrate my new book. WHAT'S A BLOG HOP? A blog hop is a group of bloggers [...]

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A Subtle Spooky

Well—I never thought I’d appreciate a chic, understated Halloween.The spookiest of holidays usually stands for crazy costumes and spiderwebs crossing over every surface. But as Riel Nason says in her new book, Sew a Modern Halloween, it may be the right time to leave the preschool party behind.That’s not to say tacky Halloween shindigs don’t have their [...]

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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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