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  1. Crochet and knitting museum: becoming a reality?

    Do you love history? I’m not talking about the snore fest from middle school. I’m talking about the history of knit and crochet. Until now, there has been no one museum dedicated to this rich and varied topic. Now it’s finally happening! Sheryl Thies, besides being a prolific author and co-author of many knit and […]


  2. Fresh ideas for hand-embroidery projects (+ big giveaway!)

    Have you heard the buzz? It’s in the air this summer—and it’s all about embroidery! There are so many fabric items that can be taken from drab to fab with a few carefully placed stitches. Perhaps that’s why ideas for hand-embroidery projects are everywhere again—the simplicity is addicting and the possibilities are almost endless. During […]


  3. Quirky question: Oh, you’re good.

    Posted by on June 12, 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: “Which Way Did He Go?” by Barbara Reynolds, from Simple Strategies for Block-Swap Quilts. Last week’s question about unfinished business brought on many comments regarding the quilts […]


  4. How to find quilt values? Trust Ruby

    Have you ever—quite by accident—made a “muddy” quilt? Ask most experienced quilters the question and you’ll likely find more than a few confessions. It’s typically the same story. I fell in love with the fabrics; I was crazy about the colors. But when it all came together, the result was…blah. It happens to all kinds […]


  5. Designing with quilt scraps: block-by-block tips

    Scraps, spare parts, and leftovers. If you’re a quilter, these aren’t references to the local junkyard, or a plea to the family to clean out the fridge for dinner tonight. They’re a testimonial to scrap quilting! We save little bits of fabric, dreaming of stitching them into a glorious design that evokes a beauty equal […]


  6. Are you knitting in public today?

    Are your needles ready? Today is International Yarn Bombing Day and the beginning of World Wide Knit in Public Week! Be sure to read this post for ideas on how you can be a part of this popular annual event for knitters and crocheters. We’re doing our part—both in our banner above and in real […]


  7. Dolce Handknits

    Don’t forget that tomorrow is International Yarn Bombing Day, and the beginning of World Wide Knit in Public Week! Read this post for details. When it comes to knitting books, the ones I turn to most frequently are those featuring techniques or stitch patterns. (I confess, I never remember how to start Kitchener stitch or whether […]


  8. Gifts for true gems: birthday quilts

    Have you ever been flat-out stumped trying to choose a birthday gift? Maybe you’re getting a gift for a person who seems to have everything. Perhaps you know someone well but don’t quite have a handle on their personal style. Or maybe, just maybe, you’ve got giftees who are very, um, particular when it comes […]


  9. Quirky question: your unfinished (quilt) business

    Posted by on June 5, 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: “Lost Ships” from Showstopping Quilts to Foundation Piece. Even with the advent of the car, the microwave, the cell phone, and so many other gadgets that promise […]


  10. Decorate with quilts: tips to use today (+ giveaway!)

    Blend the beauty of tradition with a dash of today’s trends—that sums up the modern-country style. One design duo that’s perfected that blend of old and new in the quiltmaking world is Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks. The “cake” of their designs is classic patchwork—simple, scrappy, and charming—and the “frosting” is their signature (fusible) chunky […]