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  1. Gotta see it!: amazing strip-quilting designs (+ giveaway)

    Posted by on April 16, 2013, in quilting & sewing, ,

    What happens when traditional strip quilts meet up with a textile artist? In Susan Purney Mark’s case, the result is Accent on Angles, a clever and beautiful book that takes straightforward strip-quilting designs and updates them with bold accent strips to achieve a refreshingly different look. I was thumbing through my very large collection of […]

  2. 25 quilt tips from Kim Diehl

    If you love Kim Diehl, you know about her warm, inviting designs that use simple quilt techniques to get a spectacularly scrappy look. But what you may not know is that nestled within the pages of Kim Diehl quilt books are homegrown “Pin Points”—little bits of sage advice from this rock star of a quilter. […]

  3. Crochet a zoo with animator Megan Kreiner

    What do you get when cross crochet with an animator for DreamWorks Animation? The cutest, most distinctive zoo full of crocheted toys you’ve ever seen, of course. Anybody who happened to pass by our office when these adorable toys were being passed around could attest to that—our delighted squeals could be heard across the building! […]

  4. Sew and quilt hexagons in a whole new way (+ giveaway!)

    If you’re intrigued by the hexagon-quilting craze but have yet to take the first steps toward learning how to sew a hexagon quilt, your waiting is about to be rewarded in a new book called Hexagons Made Easy. These aren’t your grandmother’s hexagon quilts—at least, not when it comes to technique. You can use this […]

  5. Quirky question: the end of your UFOs?

    Posted by on April 10, 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: “Dinner Party Grocery Bag” by Cassie Barden, $2.99 this week.) Starting a new project is always a thrill, isn’t it? Choosing patterns and colors, cutting into fresh […]

  6. 9 quilt design-wall ideas

    If you’re designing quilts, auditioning fabrics, or simply want to see how your quilt is coming along, a design wall is a great way to see a completed quilt top begin to emerge. Most of us have used a table or the floor to view the results of our sewing, but a design wall for […]

  7. Easy bags to sew + how to sew purse straps

    Posted by on April 8, 2013, in quilting & sewing,

    A constellation of family birthdays is approaching. Your relatives appreciate handmade…but you’ve already given them seven quilts each. When you’re looking for variety in your handmade gift giving, what’s a quilter to do? Sew bags! If you’ve only ever made quilts or perhaps a few garments, the books and patterns we’re featuring today show how […]

  8. Spring break in style! (+ 40% off)

    Picture it: you’re headed to the beach, picnic lunch and latest knit or crochet project in hand. You’re ready for a relaxing afternoon spent soaking up the sun while enjoying the smell of the salt water and ocean air. It’s not that far off—your spring (or summer) break is on its way! We want to […]

  9. Civil War quilting patterns: Country Threads (+ giveaway!)

    The name Country Threads has been a staple in American quiltmaking for decades—and there’s good reason it deserves staple status. Their designs are traditional and, at the same time, current; their fabric choices harken back to antique quilts, but somehow they always look fresh. From the classic Quilts from Aunt Amy (remember that famous “Bull’s […]

  10. Quirky question: love in a quilt

    Posted by on April 3, 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! (Left: “Front Porch Guests” pincushions by Joanna Figueroa.) So many questions, so little time! Last week we asked you to dream up your own Quirky Questions, and it […]