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  1. What’s your type? How to choose flattering designs

    Left: Café Chic diagonal sweater from The Ultimate Knitted Tee. Do you know your type? No, we’re not talking soul mates! Finding the most flattering garment for your body shape can be challenging—even when you’re knitting that garment yourself. You can make finding the right garment style easier by first identifying your body type. Laura […]


  2. True love: pairing patchwork and embroidery (+ giveaway!)

    Want to know a little secret? We started an office sew-along from a book almost four months before it was published. What can we say? It’s a work perk—and we couldn’t resist! It’s just a little hand stitching among friends, every Wednesday at lunchtime, like clockwork. And we love every minute of it. The book […]


  3. Quirky question: no place like home

    Posted by on May 14, 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: “Colors of Love” from Tea in the Garden by Cynthia Tomaszewski. See more from the book below. Location, location, location—the places we call home can reveal so […]


  4. Meet awesome authors (+ 18 free quilt patterns!)

    Who has free quilt patterns? (Well, we do.) But many of our authors do too! We’re always reading author blogs to see what they’re up to, and we’re wowed by the stories, tips, and free quilt patterns they share with their readers. So today, we’ve rounded up 18 free patterns from a group of exceptionally […]


  5. How to hand appliqué fabric that frays easily

    Posted by on May 12, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Picture this. You’ve chosen a wonderful new appliqué pattern, gathered the perfect fabrics, and cut out the first shapes. You’ve started hand stitching an appliqué piece onto the background. And then you see them. Pesky threads unraveling at the edges of your appliqué shape. A shape cut from special fabric you’re sure will make or […]


  6. Finishing touches: beaded bind off, lacing, and more

    Have you ever felt that your knitted or crocheted project was missing that special something? Sheryl Thies, author of Ocean Breezes, Knitting by Nature, Tunisian Crochet Encore, and more, is the queen of adding those coveted finishing touches. From beaded bind offs to beautiful ribbon details, Sheryl has a catalog of inspiring tips and instructions […]


  7. Get hooked! Fresh English paper piecing patterns (+ giveaway!)

    Did you know that English paper piecing patterns date back to at least the early 1700s? You might think a hand-sewing technique from eons ago would be s-l-o-w (and we’re guessing it was back then). But with a modernized approach, bestselling author Vicki Bellino has brought this time-honored—and wildly popular—handcraft to a new level of […]


  8. Quirky question: If money is no object…

    Posted by on May 7, 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: “Stash of Stars” by Elissa Willms and Heather Willms, from Double Take.See more projects from the book below. It’s so fun to buy new quilting toys! But […]


  9. Pack your bags: 12 smart sewing patterns for travelers

    No matter how long it’s been since my last trip, I’m always somewhere in the process of dreaming about, saving for, or planning my next vacation. I’ve been fortunate to visit a number of places on my travel bucket list over the last few years: From left to right, starting at top left: Sahara desert, […]


  10. Simple tip for improving scrappy-quilt colors

    Posted by on May 5, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Outside, Mother Nature is going bold with vibrant patches of color. Which leaves us in the mood to do the same at the sewing machine by making scrappy, colorful quilts. But what if you’re unsure how to translate that gorgeous scrap quilt in your head into reality? Picking fabrics you love is a great place […]