Forty Years of Love in Quilt Form

Excerpted from The Anniversary Sampler Quilt: 40 Traditional Blocks, 7 Keepsake Settings by Donna Lynn Thomas. Forty Years of Love, designed, pieced, and appliquéd by Donna Lynn Thomas, machine quilted by Denise Mariano, 92˝ × 92˝. Clay’s Choice Foreword 40 years ago I fell in love—twice. I met the love of my life and made my first quilt (for him). What wonderful years [...]

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Learn How to Use the Super 60 Ruler with Marci Baker

Marci Baker shows you how to cut one of the many fantastic shapes that are possible with the Super 60 ruler! The quilt featured in the video is available in ABC 3D Tumbling Blocks . . . and More! Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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A Cozy Mystery with a Dash of History

No one can quilt all the time—or at least I try to remind myself of this on occasion. When you just don’t feel like hauling out all your fabric or standing over your cutting mat, curling up with a cozy read and a cup of coffee can be just the thing. I read voraciously, so adding novels to [...]

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Make a Hugs and Kisses Precut Quilt

This fun Hugs and Kisses quilt, designed by Cheryl Arkison, is take from Make Precut Quilts.  FINISHED QUILT: 90 ̋ × 63 ̋  • FINISHED BLOCK: 9 ̋ × 9 ̋ This quilt comes entirely from a sketch my daughter made. She was learning how to play tic-tac-toe, and her random scratches of X’s and O’s struck me for their graphic nature. Together we drew and came [...]

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The Benefits of Being a Maker

Excerpt from Improv Patchwork: Dynamic Quilts Made with Line and Shape by Maria Shell. As a maker, you understand that there is inherent good in the act of making. You know that making things makes you feel good about yourself and the world. There are three parts to this making—the head, the heart, and the hands. Strive to cultivate all three parts [...]

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The Family Sewing Retreat

Excerpt from Magic Add-a-Strip Quilts: Transform Simple Shapes into Dynamic Designs by Barbara H. Cline.  Just a Square Technique: Slicing squares Compass Technique: Slicing a Right-Angle Triangle Polygon Patchwork Technique: Slicing 60° Diamonds Each year my mother, six sisters, a sister-in-law, and some of the nieces get together for a weeklong sewing retreat. Living many miles apart does not keep us from getting together [...]

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FAQs with Angela Walters

Excerpted from Free-Motion Meandering: A Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting.  Basic Meander Loopy Meander Swirl Meander Swirl Hook Meander Paisley Meander Leafy Meander Feather Meander Improv Quilting Once you have quilted a little bit, I am sure you have some questions. Hopefully one of them isn’t, “Why on earth am I trying this?” As we continue through the designs, hopefully I will have answered most, [...]

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Make 1-Hour Gifts for the Holidays

Our new book, Make 1-Hour Gifts, just came out, and I am so excited to start sewing! I already know which projects I'll be making for my friends and family this holiday season. I think this Notepad Cover from Sweetwater would make a perfect sketchbook cover for my artist friend. I'm pretty sure my sister, who's in [...]

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How to Press Hexagons with Emily Breclaw

Let Emily Breclaw show you the best way to press seams when sewing with hexagons—then learn even more in her book, Adventures in Hexagons! Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Make a Quick Baby Quilt with This Free Project!

Taken from Make Baby Quilts, this little quilt is sure to be loved by babies and their parents. Diagonal strips, further emphasized by diagonal quilting lines, make a lively design. Designed and made by Sweetwater; machine quilted by Michelle Odle FINISHED QUILT: 36 1/2 ̋ × 42 ̋ FINISHED BLOCK: 5 1/2 ̋ × 5 1/2 Materials FABRIC FOR BLOCKS: 40 different prints, each cut [...]

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