Tackle Paper Piecing with Confidence

The release date of Adventures in Paper Piecing & Design: A Quilter’s Guide with Design Exercises, Step-by-Step Instructions & Patterns to Get You Sewing by Sarah Elizabeth Sharp is fast approaching! Her very comprehensive guide to paper piecing and design provides the tools to tackle just about any paper-piecing endeavor, from basic designs to the Mt. Everest [...]

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Addicted to Teeny-Tiny Quilts

Some say I'm certifiable! My mother thought I was crazy. And some say I need an intervention and a support group when they see my teeny-tiny quilts! But since I was a little girl, I have loved all things small—including quilts.So here's my new baby: Teeny-Tiny Quilts. And before you wonder: no, they're not paper pieced! They're sewn on a [...]

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Tartan Quilts Made Simple

Kathy Allen’s Modern Scot Patchwork provides a fresh look at creating quilts inspired by another fabric, the iconic tartans. She delves into the history of tartans and shares highlights about the traditional colors and patterns.Each pattern includes clear charts, making it easy to cut the various strips and piece each strip set. The skill level ranges from beginner to [...]

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Get Ready to Weave kraft-tex!

Excerpt from Charlie kraft•tex® Backpack Pattern by Gailen RungeThis pattern is all about the preparation, with much of the work done to individual components before final assembly. That makes this a great project to do in stages. (Of course, if you’re impatient like me, you can stitch it all in one sitting.) Once you have the [...]

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Embroidery Beginnings

Please enjoy Christen Brown's story of her embroidery beginnings, taken from The Embroidery Book. Detail of my vintage quilt made by Mrs. OlsonAt an early age I fell in love with fiber, quilts, clothing, and dolls. My bed was covered with stuffed animals that my mom had made. The bedcover, a hand-pieced crazy quilt by Mrs. Olson (a neighbor [...]

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Angular Momentum

Please enjoy this peek inside Fabricadabra—Simple Quilts, Complex Fabric: Discover the Hidden Potential in Your Stash by Paula Nadelstern. ANGULAR MOMENTUM, designed and pieced by Paula Nadelstern, quilted by Elizabeth Rosenberg, 36 ̋ × 361/2 ̋, 2015The 1/4 ̋ strips of stained-glass fabric adjoining each long horizontal silk strip in the middle add a feisty twinkle, but their initial [...]

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The NEW Ladies' Art Company Block Tool

Good news: C&T Publishing has updated and expanded the Ladies’ Art Company Block Tool! Inside this reference guide, you’ll find updated block pages, each including a chart with the size of the cut pieces needed to make each block in five different sizes. We have even added project patterns for each of the 110 blocks!The projects include table toppers, [...]

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Puzzles, Challenges, and Games (Oh My)

Got a good logic problem? Count me in!It all started when we were looking for a fun follow-up to our best-selling puzzle book Happy Quilter Word Search—Volume 1. Would volume 2 be more word searches? What else could we do? It turns out that quilters like word games. And so do I! (I am a quilter after all.) So what [...]

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How to Feed Tricky Substrates Through Your Printer

Please enjoy these handy tips on how to print photos, illustrations, and more on all kinds of substrates, to up your art quilt game! These tips are taken from Wen Redmond's Digital Fiber Art.You can print one photo on two substrates, such as in this example of handmade paper, top and cloth on bottom.Thick SubstratesIn general, [...]

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The Charlie kraft-tex Backpack

My blog roll is a fairly straightforward one. I don't want any surprises as I scroll through, so I try to limit stressful things (I avoid the political blogs and other deep-thinking sites). Basically I use it for eye candy and inspiration. It's pretty evenly split between cooking, general sewing, quilting, and fitness, with a little reality TV, other [...]

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