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  1. Get yarn educated!

    One of the questions we get from readers is, “How do I knit or crochet this project with a different yarn than the pattern calls for?” While it is possible to answer questions like this on a case-by-case basis, the world of yarn is vast and varied—so we thought this would be a great opportunity […]


  2. Quilt summer away: patterns to celebrate the season

    Summer is officially in full swing—do you have stitching planned for the sunshiny days ahead? There are lots of fun reasons to pick up needle and thread during the warmest season. (In fact, one great reason is to get an occasional reprieve from the warmest season!) When it comes to choosing a quilt, summer themes […]


  3. Quirky question: your favorite find

    Posted by on June 26, 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: “Whirling Fans” from Treasures from the ’30s by Nancy Mahoney. See a slideshow of quilts from the book below. Quilting is fun, no matter how you do […]


  4. SO many ways!: finishing binding on quilts

    If you’ve ever been stuck when it comes to stitching binding, welcome to the club! Think about it—you might make 20 (or many more) of the same block for each quilt you create, but you’re only sewing on quilt binding once per project. Practice makes perfect—and that’s considerably less practice! In 1988, a quilting teacher […]


  5. 1930s quilts for today’s quilters

    Posted by on June 24, 2013, in quilting & sewing,

    Is it possible to sidestep fabric fashions? To make a quilt that won’t look dated in 10 years because of the prints you used? Yes indeedy. One approach is to embrace a bygone era’s favorite colors and motifs. That way, brand-new quilts come with built-in vintage appeal. And 10 years or more from now, that […]


  6. The great big eBook sale – $9.99 or less

    Thinking of sewing this weekend? Why not start now—and we mean right now—with a brand-new eBook full of inspiration and how-to? This weekend, get your choice of more than 300 eBooks for $9.99 or less. No waiting for the mail! No shipping costs! Choose, download, open, and commence creating—all in a matter of minutes! Country-quilt […]


  7. The original precut goes rogue (tour + giveaway)

    What are fat quarters? The original precut, that’s what! And more than any other precut, the fat quarter is by far the most versatile. Not only can you use it in its fundamental form—you can also cut it to create more precuts, like squares, rectangles, and strips. Kathy Brown, author of a trio of bestselling […]


  8. Quirky question: your quilting triumphs

    Posted by on June 19, 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! At right: "And All That Jazz" from 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts by Evelyn Sloppy (eBook only). See more quilts from the book in the slideshow below. We’ve all had our […]


  9. What is back-basting appliqué? (+ giveaway!)

    Have you heard of back-basting appliqué? Many quilters in our office had. They’d heard it made any kind of appliqué easier—not to mention more accurate. They’d heard it was unbelievably simple to do by hand or machine. And they’d heard the technique could change the minds of quilters who had decided, defeatedly, that appliqué techniques […]


  10. How to hand quilt (+ little quilts to practice on)

    Some quilters swear by hand quilting; others shy away from it. But both kinds of quilters never miss the chance to marvel at another quilter’s hand-quilting stitches. Whether they’re big or small, faultless or flawed, accurate and exact or carefree and a bit crazy, there’s something about hand-quilting stitches that give a quilt a comfy, […]