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  1. Quirky question: childhood hobbies (that you still love)

    Posted by on April 30, 2014, 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: “Secret Garden” by Mimi Dietrich and Sally Schneider, from Growing Up with Quilts. See a slideshow of projects from the book below. The ways we chose to […]

  2. Blog hop! Fabulously fast quilts to make (+ tips and giveaways!)

    Photo courtesy of Amy Smart Count your UFOs. If the number you came up with is bigger than you’d like or more than you thought it would be (or if you’re still counting), you just might be a short-attention-span quilter. And if you’re a short-attention-span quilter, we’d like to introduce you to Amy Smart. She’s […]

  3. Handprint quilts + more ways to delight kids (sale!)

    Ask a group of quilters how they started quilting and one of the answers you’ll invariably hear is that they had a child (or a grandchild, niece/nephew, or friend’s child) on the way and felt the need to make something handmade with which to wrap them in love. One of the things we quilters love […]

  4. Beyond stockinette: fool ’em with texture

    When I was learning how to knit (and I mean just a few months in), I discovered something that was simple to learn, even for someone of my limited skills. But it rocketed my knitting to the next level. I impressed everyone with my “complex” patterns—even though I’d really only mastered two basic things: knit […]

  5. Staff favorite: 45-degree angles conquered—perfect every time (+ sale!)

    Did you know that 80% of our staff sews, knits, crochets, or crafts in their spare time? We’re always testing the books and tools we carry—and boy oh boy, do we have some favorites. Our staff members want to share their enthusiasm with you, so today we’re launching our “Staff Favorites” series! Here’s customer-service manager […]

  6. Quirky question: a wish for the quilting fairy

    Posted by on April 23, 2014, 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! Below right: “Umbrellas” quilt and pillow by Sue Hunt, from House Party. Get the eBook for $10.19 this week only; see a slideshow of projects from the book […]

  7. Slip and slide? New technique for Stack the Deck quilts (+ giveaway!)

    Eight-time author Karla Alexander has amassed quite a few quilting fans through her topselling “Stack the Deck” books—and if you ask those fans, the reason is simple: her Stack the Deck method is fast and fun! Now she’s back with a new twist—actually, it’s more of a shuffle—for a perfect balance of carefree cutting, simple […]

  8. Walls, sofas, tables, more: speed decorating with quilts (+ sale!)

    Spring cleaning officially done (or officially skipped)? Time to add some new color, zest, and zing to your spaces. Today we’ve gathered a collection of projects for decorating that include all the fun of quilting, but with one important twist—a finish date is guaranteed to be close in sight! Below you’ll find small, quick projects […]

  9. How to cast on, how to bind off: 200+ options (+ giveaway!)

    Cast On, Bind Off—now in paperback! Did you miss this book when it was released in hardcover? Or did you hesitate because of the price? Packed full of cast-on knitting methods and bind-off techniques, it’s now only $19.99—that’s more than 200 ways to finish your knitting for only $19.99! I’ve been knitting for many years […]

  10. Types of sewing-machine feet: a guide for the baffled

    How many presser feet do you own? Not sure? Is that because you shy away from everything but an all-purpose presser foot? Or is your sparkly, much beloved collection of specialty feet so vast it’s simply hard to keep track? If everything but your all-purpose foot is gathering dust, now’s the time to learn what […]