Organizing Scraps for Improv

Organizing your scraps for improv is a little different than organizing them for more precise piecing. Improv scraps don’t have to be any particular size, and sometimes those awkward cuts are just what you need to add a spark to an improv block. I keep small, colorful baskets at the back of my cutting table, organized roughly by color. Any scraps [...]

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Machine Topstitched Binding

I love having choices. Yes, there are times when blind-stitching the binding by hand is the way to go. But since I developed my method for a professional-looking machine topstitched binding, I find that most of my quilts can be finished this way. The secret to my method is hand basting along the fold of the binding (on the [...]

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Deck the Hall with Dresdens

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to get started on those winter decorating projects. Marian Gallian and Yvette Jones have taken the Dresden design from the Windswept quilt in their book Dresden Carnival and done it up in festive green holiday fabrics. Dresden designs make perfect pillows to decorate your home for any holiday occasion. Just pick one of [...]

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Making Connections Blog Hop Kickoff!

Hello and welcome everyone!! I am SO excited to kick off my blog hop for Making Connections—A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook! This is indeed a celebration of a dream come true: the opportunity to share my quilting passion and design tips with so many fellow quilters. I began longarm quilting over fifteen years ago and started teaching shortly [...]

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September Is National Sewing Month!

Tomorrow is September, and that means the start of National Sewing Month! We're celebrating by sharing some exciting features from some of our best-selling authors, free patterns, and big giveaways! We'll kick things off tomorrow by introducing the blog tour for Making Connections—A Free-Motion Quilting Workbook by Dorie Hruska—and from there, you'll just have to [...]

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Typical Day in the C&T Studio

Hello! Lucy (editorial photographer) and Mai (photo assistant) here. We thought we would not only give you some insight on what magic we have been creating here at the C&T studio, but we would also share with you some helpful hints in case you wanted to photograph your beautiful projects too! Styling and photographing projects for a [...]

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What's In a Name?

Do you have problems naming your quilts and other projects? Some of the C&T authors love naming their quilts. Others find that the hardest part of the process. As publishers we spend hours discussing names (AKA titles) for our books. As both an author and the Creative Director here, I had to think long and hard about the title [...]

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The Story Behind The Savvy Seamstress

excerpt from The Savvy Seamstress: An Illustrated Guide to Customizing Your Favorite Patterns by Nicole Mallalieu “I’ve always been a garment maker. I was a child who made doll clothes, a teenager who was obsessed with sewing my own clothes, a fashion student, a designer pattern maker, and then a pattern designer and teacher. I still make most [...]

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Lucy's 3-in-1 kraft-tex Bag Pattern

What makes the new Lucy's 3-in-1 kraft-tex Bag Pattern sew great? As Gailen says: “The key to this collection of bags [3 sizes] is versatility… The bands with the handles are attached to the bag with snaps, so you can make bands in many colors—or with different features—and swap them out as needed.” Some of the great band [...]

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Retraining Your Quilting Brain

A thought-provoking excerpt from Modern Quilt Magic by Victoria Findlay Wolfe: I find that we are trained to look at what is in front of us but get stuck because our brain tells us something different. We have our preconceived ideas about what we like and what we don’t. I often hear people say in class, “Oh, I [...]

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