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  1. Half off all ePatterns—one week only

    Posted by on April 30, 2012, in on sale,

    Quilts shown: Peony Garden, Star Cross, Forties Four Patch, Baby Sukey (There’s a back story to this special offer.) So there we were, sitting around the meeting table, brainstorming. The question posed: How do we get the word out about our new line of ePatterns? They’re so inspiring to browse (we now have nearly 400, […]

  2. Amigurumi patterns go BIG (+ free pattern!)

    Why is amigurumi so popular? Because it’s over-the-top adorable! Who can resist a tiny crocheted bunny, mushroom, cupcake, or … just about any item you could ever dream up? From friendly monsters and angry birds to any food you could find on a restaurant menu, amigurumi designers have crocheted it all. But one designer in […]

  3. How to choose quilt fabrics in five minutes (+ giveaway!)

    Quilt designer Kathy Brown admits that choosing fabric for quilts has never been difficult for her. (Envious? I admit it. I am.) All she needs is one fabric—a focus fabric, a blender, or any special fabric that catches her eye—and she’s ready to mix and match until the perfect concoction emerges. What makes fabric selection […]

  4. Need to express it? Embellish it! (+ giveaway)

    Posted by on April 26, 2012, in quilting & sewing,

    Ah, the joy, the freedom, the fun of embellishing fabric—have you ever tried it on your quilts? It’s such an enjoyable way of expressing yourself. You can start small or dream big, adorn a little or a lot, and try any style, from fancy to funny. Plus, you can use just about anything you can […]

  5. Quirky Question, April 25 (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on April 25, 2012, in quirky question,

    Thanks for joining us for our weekly Quirky Question—where the question’s just for fun, your answer’s always welcome, and you could win an eBook for free! We received many touching and inspiring answers to last week’s question. The winning response was especially poignant, and a few of our other readers commented on it as well. […]

  6. Handmade gifts for mother’s day

    Posted by on April 24, 2012, in quilting & sewing,

    Show me a mom who wouldn’t love handmade gifts for Mother’s Day, and I’ll show you…wait, there aren’t any. Moms love handmade gifts! Mother’s Day is just around the corner—Sunday, May 13, to be exact. Whether you want to create a gift for your mom or a grandma, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, cousin, or friend, there’s […]

  7. WOW! Books on sale: Simple sewing, modern style

    Posted by on April 23, 2012, in on sale,

    Sometimes, you just want to make something simple—easy, effortless, and beautiful. This week, take a fresh look at your fabrics; then feature them in stress-free patterns from our special selection of 40% off books. Happy (simple) stitching! Modern Basics $22.99 $13.79—free eBook included! Ease into 14 modern patchwork quilt patterns with Amy’s fun, stress-free approach. Combine […]

  8. How to knit tube socks? Go brioche. (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on April 21, 2012, in crochet & knitting,

    I’m a confident-beginner kind of knitter, and I’ve always wanted to knit my own pair of socks. A few years ago, I took a sock-knitting class with my sister. The teacher was a patient, friendly woman who showed us how to knit a baby sock from start to finish. It went well—or so I thought. […]

  9. How to make a t-shirt quilt – with Marie Osmond

    Most everyone knows Marie Osmond as a veteran entertainer. But did you know that she’s a seasoned sewist as well? She first learned simple hand sewing and cross-stitching as a preschooler while touring with her performing brothers. Marie says she could sew on a button almost before she could button up her own coat! She […]

  10. Quilt-scrap overload? Visit a new playground. (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on April 19, 2012, in quilting & sewing, ,

    What do cupcakes, row robins, and Welcome Back, Kotter have in common?  Why, scrap appliqué, of course! Perhaps I should explain. We have monthly meetings where we look at what books are coming for the next month. We plan our blog topics and then decide who will write each post. Imagine Horshack from Welcome Back, […]