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  1. How to support a friend with breast cancer

    Left: from Knit Pink by Lorna Miser “I am not cancer. Cancer is not my name. Cancer is the disease I have. I wear the ribbon of hope at fundraisers, walkathons, that type of thing. But I don’t want to wear it every day. I’m a person, not a cause. A collection of designs that […]


  2. 15 things we learned at Quilt Market

    The creative craziness that is Fall Quilt Market is now behind us, and we’ve finally caught our breath. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Quilt Market is put on twice a year by Quilts, Inc., and it’s a place for people who make quilt stuff (like us) and people who sell quilt stuff (like […]


  3. Quirky question: your bag of quilting tricks

    Posted by on November 13, 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: “Midge’s Hollyhocks” from the book Needle Felting with Cotton and Wool by Jennifer Kooy Zoeterman and Linda Lenich (save 40% on the eBook through November 17). See […]


  4. On-point quilts with zero math? Learn how (+ giveaway!)

    Quilts from On-Point Patchwork by Donna Lynn Thomas Ever passed on a pattern because of on-point units, blocks, or borders? If there’s a math-related puzzle that’s plagued quilters since quilting began, it’s how to set quilt blocks on point. Perhaps you’ve heard of the quilter’s magic number: 1.414 (more on that number here). If you […]


  5. New fun for wool junkies: how to needle felt (+ sale)

    Posted by on November 11, 2013, in quilting & sewing,

    Anyone who knows me, even just a little, knows that I love wool. I love to make hooked rugs with strips of wool fabric, I love to knit with wool yarn, and I love to appliqué with wool. So when I first heard about needle felting (which is done using wool roving), of course I […]


  6. 34 quick gift ideas

    Posted by on November 8, 2013, in crochet & knitting, , ,

    It’s almost time to start thinking about enlisting Santa’s elves to help you tackle your holiday gift list. What’s that, you say? You haven’t made your list yet? Not to worry—we have the list, the ideas, and a couple of elves to help! Let us give you a jump-start with 34 quick-to-make gifts: 18 crochet […]


  7. The solution to perfect charm quilt, wrong size

    Posted by on November 7, 2013, in quilting & sewing, ,

    How many times have you found the perfect quilt pattern—in the wrong size? Upsizing a quilt pattern by adding a few blocks, or downsizing by deleting blocks, isn’t necessarily difficult. But recalculating yardage requirements and piece counts can be a pain. How much easier it is when kindly pattern writers do the figuring for us! […]


  8. Quirky question: your Christmas-gift list?

    Posted by on November 6, 2013, in quirky question,

    SPECIAL NOTE: 20,000 Likes Facebook Giveaway! We just hit 20,000 likes on Facebook—and we’re flabbergasted! Hop over to Facebook to receive our thanks: a chance to win all the books, tools, and other goodies in the photo at left (valued at more than $150.00!). Simply scroll down our Facebook page until you see the photo, […]


  9. Even MORE quick Christmas quilts: part II

    We’re starting to feel the Christmas spirit—are you? Here in the office, everyone’s buzzing about decorating, giftmaking, and party planning (remember last year’s office party?). Some staffers are really on the ball; they’ve already been to the sewing machine and back! Author liaison Cathy stitched up this beautiful tree skirt from Simply Modern Christmas. There’s […]


  10. Quick Christmas decorating: part I

    Imagine the scene. It’s two days after Thanksgiving and you’re sipping a steaming mug of cinnamon-scented cider, enjoying the cozy ambiance of your tidy, already-decorated-for-Christmas house. Next up? Some quality time with your sewing machine, stitching up quilts for next year’s holiday. And what the hey, maybe you’ll sew a few small gifts for this […]