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  1. How to knit with silk yarns: 3 top tips

    Silk: prized for its durability, strength, warmth, and delicacy—as well as its ability to take color beautifully. Knitting with silk yarns can be a challenge, but don’t let it scare you! With the proper instruction and a few expert tips, you can begin stitching gorgeous silk-yarn knitting patterns. 3 Top Tips for Knitting with Silk […]


  2. Staff favorite: a heaping helping of precut fun! (+ special offer)

    I have SABLE syndrome (Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy). I’ve had it most of my adult life and my self-diagnosis is that I’ll never recover from it. Do you have it too? Maybe you do, but you weren’t aware of its technical term. Now do you think you might have it and maybe know a […]


  3. Blog hop! How to build color palettes for quilts (+ giveaway!)

    Welcome to our stop on John Adams’ blog hop for his book Beyond Neutral: Quilts Inspired by Nature’s Elements. John issued a special challenge to his blog-hop participants. The mission, if we chose to accept it: 1. Choose an inspiring photograph from nature. . 2. Use the subject or colors from the photograph to create […]


  4. Pin it, print it: free printable bookmarks (for quilters)

    Own a stash of quilt books? See if this scenario sounds familiar: Flip flip flip. Where is that quilt pattern? Flip flip. Which book was it in? Flip. What page? We’ve got a solution that’ll eliminate the flip factor: free printable bookmarks—especially for quilters! Simply print, cut out, and start bookmarking your favorite patterns. Choose […]


  5. Fun strip quilts, 4 ways + a cutting tip (and a sale!)

    We asked about your strip-piecing skills in a recent post about the new book Remarkable Rectangles. Turns out, some quilters struggle with strip-pieced quilts. Why? Because sewing long, skinny strips in a straight line—at high sewing-machine speeds—can be a bit tricky! If you maintain an accurate ¼" seam, the problem probably isn’t with sewing straight […]


  6. How to join yarn in crochet: No knots needed!

    Posted by on August 22, 2014, in crochet & knitting, ,

    Even if you haven’t graduated to multiple colors in crochet patterns, inevitably you’ll run out of yarn and need to know how to introduce a new skein. The mistake most beginners make is to simply tie a knot and keep stitching. The trouble with that approach is that the knots can show or come untied. […]


  7. Blog hop! Revamp a room with a single quilt (+ giveaway!)

    Is a room in your home ready for an update? It can be overwhelming to think about redecorating an entire room—so don’t! The softness of a simple quilt or the punch of a colorful pillow can instantly infuse a so-so space with fresh personality. In the new book Sew a Modern Home, author Melissa Lunden […]


  8. 5 reasons to spruce up your sewing space

    Does your sewing space inspire you? Or do messy fabric stacks, toppling tools, and piles of unfinished projects send your creative muse into hiding? Clutter, inefficiency, and a simple lack of space can build barriers between us and our creative pursuits. But what if you had a guidebook at your side that could help you: […]


  9. And the 2015 Quilters Hall of Fame inductee is…

    We’ve been keeping a secret for many weeks. Now that the exciting news is officially official, we can ditch the hush-hush and shout it out loud: The Quilters Hall of Fame inductee for 2015 is… MIMI DIETRICH! Congratulations, Mimi! The mission of The Quilters Hall of Fame is to celebrate quilting by honoring the accomplishments […]


  10. Bed quilts for busy quilters (+ sale)

    We make lap quilts. We make wall quilts. We make table runners, baby quilts, and other little layers of happiness to drape, display, and enjoy. So what’s the big deal about a bed quilt? “Vintage Memories” from Bed and Breakfast Quilts Exactly, right? They’re BIG! Sure, the sheer big-ness of a bed quilt can be […]