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  1. Sewing room makeover ideas

    Posted by on January 31, 2013, in quilting & sewing,

    Like many quilters, I used to dream of having a space set aside just for my quilting—a place I could call my “studio.” In my case, I dreamt of a space large enough for two, since my husband is a quilter, too, with his own machine and an equally large and unruly fabric stash. When […]

  2. Quirky question: your untapped talent

    Posted by on January 30, 2013, in quirky question,

    Thanks for stopping by for the weekly Quirky Question—where questions are just for fun, your answers are always welcome, and you could win an eBook for free! (Right: “He Loves Me…” by Cynthia Tomaszewski, from Garden Party.) Remember when you first started quilting? No matter how you began your creative journey, there were likely two […]

  3. Scrap-quilting secrets for bed quilts

    Wouldn’t it be nice if every bed-quilt pattern had directions for adapting the design to the size of bed you need it for? Famed scrap-quilting designer Sally Schneider can attest to having the same wish. She believes that for many quilters, the ultimate goal is to make a quilt for her or his bed. After […]

  4. Paper piecing quilts: tips + tutorial download

    Posted by on January 28, 2013, in quilting & sewing,

    (“Mariner’s Compass” quilt pattern (right) by Tricia Lund and Judy Pollard, $4.99.) You’ve seen how accurate, how precise—how perfectly pointy!—paper-pieced quilts can be. Traditional patterns that were once thought of as intricate, complex, or even downright difficult (like Mariner’s Compass, right) become friendlier when you know how to paper piece. Whether you need to sew […]

  5. Favorite simple patterns—less than $2 each!

    A while back, we asked ourselves: would knitters and crocheters love a collection of quick-and-easy knitting and crochet patterns from some of our most popular books at a price that makes for a fabulous deal? Well, of course you would! You’re probably wondering why we even had to ask. So we gathered some of readers’ […]

  6. Reasons to visit your local quilt shop – today!

    Drop what you’re doing. Move away from the sewing machine. Turn off the TV. Close that Facebook window (you know who you are!). Call in sick; then call your quilting friends. Today’s the day to use any excuse to visit YOUR local quilt shop. It’s the first annual: Yahoo! The buzz has been building—we shared […]

  7. Quirky question: I must visit my LQS because…

    Posted by on January 23, 2013, in quirky question,

    Thanks for stopping by for the weekly Quirky Question—where questions are just for fun, your answers are always welcome, and you could win an eBook for free! (“Maple Sugar Hearts” quilt pattern (right) by Karen Soltys, $4.99.) By now you’ve heard the news. Quilt shops across the country are getting the acknowledgement they deserve—a special […]

  8. Beautiful quilts from top bloggers (+ 19 giveaways!)

    (Right: “Lanterns in the City” by Audrie Bidwell) Pair simple modern quilt designs with the internet’s best modern quilt blogs and what do you get? A fresh, innovative—and at times downright daring—approach to quiltmaking. Today we’re celebrating the release of Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe, and it’s a delight to introduce you to the […]

  9. Fat quarters: tips + easy quilt patterns

    Fat quarters are beautiful, versatile, and—let’s be honest—irresistible. Resisting a fat-quarter purchase is akin to refusing a piece of cake at a birthday party. It simply shouldn’t be done! Fat-quarter acquisitions are pure intuition for quilters. They’re affordable, eye-catching, and they can infuse quilts with richness and diversity. And yet… so many fabrics, so many […]

  10. Sock yarn stash? Sock yarn shawls!

    I just couldn’t wait. I’m sure you know the feeling: you fall head over heels for a pattern, you happen to know the perfect yarn is waiting patiently in your stash, and your fingers start twitching with that irresistible urge to cast on. Right. Now. That’s how I felt when I saw the project photos […]