NEW Pattern to Play With! Polygon Quilts by Jennifer Sampou

A roadblock due to lack of supplies. And creativity came through . . . from hexies to polygons!! Plus, scroll down for a giveaway. Hexie quilts have been all the rage, and last year I had intended to make one. What happened next is something different, unplanned. I'd like to introduce my new  Polygon Quilts Pattern, which [...]

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Lovely Water Lily Appliqué

This content is an excerpt and a free pattern from Euphoria Tapestry Quilts by Deborah Kemball. In a way, this is the anomaly in my repertoire. I like to try to give all my flowers some sense of movement and flow, but here is a couch potato of a flower, sitting serenely on its background color—no stalk, no [...]

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Feasting on Leftovers

Excerpted from Create Your Own Improv Quilts: Modern Quilting with No Rules & No Rulers by Rayna Gillman. Whether you’re cooking or quilting, you’re bound to have some extra ingredients on hand when you are finished. And when you improvise, one thing invariably leads to another. These leftover scraps were simply begging to be used somewhere. When you [...]

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Working with Marci Baker's Clearview Triangle 12" Ruler Video

Watch Marci Baker demonstrate how much you can do with the Clearview Triangle 12" Ruler! Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Get Ready for Halloween!

Can you believe Halloween is only a month away? I'm already planning my costume and breaking out the Halloween decorations to get my house looking spooky. To help you decorate your own home for the best holiday of the year (at least in my opinion!), we've gathered together three Halloween-themed projects: a traditional, pieced quilt [...]

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The World of One-Block Wonders

It was never my intention to become a quilter … until I saw a video of Bruce Seeds and his One-Block Wonders. I was instantly smitten with the possibilities of what a quilt could actually become. I purchased two of Maxine Rosenthal’s books, then created a practice quilt using an upholstery fabric—not a recommended weight for a quilt, although [...]

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Modern Quilt Magic at the Festival of Quilts

What a treat it was to have NEW work, from my newest book Modern Quilt Magic, on exhibit at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK! When we work on a book, we have to keep them quiet for so long that we nearly burst at the seams (literally) waiting to show them to everyone. That [...]

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Five Tips to Make Free-Motion Quilting Easier

Free-motion quilting can be intimidating for many quilters, and it takes practice to become good at it. Here are five tips to make the process easier and have a little fun too! 1. Start Small Choose a smaller project for your first attempts at free-motion quilting. Think pillows, place mats, and table runners—not a quilt for your bed. [...]

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Do You Appliqué?

What is your favorite quilting technique? Are you a precision piecer? An improv aficionado? An extreme paper piecer? An appliqué artiste? Bet you didn’t say appliqué! People either love or hate appliqué—there doesn’t seem to be an in-between! I used to be an appliqué skeptic, but I learned that there are many ways to appliqué; I just had [...]

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Front Cover Design: Start to Finish

The process of designing a cover usually begins during a meeting called the Focus Meeting, attended by the Publisher, the Marketing and PR Manager, the Creative Director, and members of the book team. The title and subtitle are discussed, and decisions are made on how best to approach the cover. What is the main purpose of the book? Is it a [...]

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