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  1. Slow sewing: what is it—and is it for you? (+ tutorial)

    Today’s focus: slow sewing—a celebration of hand sewing in all its forms: piecing, appliqué, quilting, and embroidery. Just you, a needle, thread, and fabric. The ultimate indulgence! Slow sewing is an easy way to fit creativity into daily life. Instead of waiting for the right time to escape to your sewing room (raise your hand […]

  2. Halloween fabric fun (+ sale!)

    Posted by on September 29, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Fall is my favorite season for many reasons: the crisp (but often sunny) days, cool (but not TOO cold) nights, falling leaves, crunchy apples, coffee drinks, back to school, football, fall colors, and Halloween. I just love it when people set up elaborate Halloween displays in their yards! When I drive by those homes, I […]

  3. From seams to blocking: top finishing tips

    Posted by on September 26, 2014, in crochet & knitting, ,

    Believe it or not, finishing is as important for sweaters as it is for blankets, toys, and anything else you knit or crochet! From weaving in the ends to blocking your finished project, we’ve got the know-how you need for success. Check out the super quick guide to finishing techniques below, and then be sure […]

  4. Fabric play! A challenge for us—and for you (+ fabric giveaway!)

    We love all the books we publish, but sometimes a book comes along that we’re just begging to test drive before it hits your local quilt shop. Recently a book inspired a resounding “I can do this!” response from 11 employees—that’s more than 25% of our staff! What is it about the new book Fabric […]

  5. The wonderful world of wool—cut a rug! (part 3)

    Posted by on September 24, 2014, in quilting & sewing, , ,

    Today we wrap up our little series on wool by introducing a fresh take on the textile via an entirely different craft: rug hooking. “Snow Day” quilt with coordinating “Irish Chain” hooked rug, from Everyday Folk Art Quilts and hooked rugs go together like chocolate and peanut butter—and chocolate and so many other things—and they’re […]

  6. The wonderful world of wool – by machine (part 2)

    We’re back to explore more wool wonders! (See part 1 of our series here.) The projects below are just right for that chilly season around the corner: winter. If you love the cozy look and feel of wool during the winter months but have yet to try sewing with it because of the handwork—or the […]

  7. The wonderful world of wool – fabric primer (part 1)

    Are you wild about wool? If you haven’t tried quilting with wool, autumn is the perfect time—cooler weather and cozy textiles go hand in hand. Wool is surprisingly fast, easy, and fun to use! But if you’re new to wool appliqué or piecing, you may be curious about the fabric itself. Is it really that […]

  8. Knit to flatter: 14 plus-size knitting patterns

    Posted by on September 19, 2014, in crochet & knitting, , ,

    According to Women’s Wear Daily, size 14 is the average for American women—yet most knitwear designers neglect larger sizes. If you’re looking for women’s plus-size sweater knitting patterns, you shouldn’t have to settle for baggy styles or solid colors. The late Carol Rasmussen Noble, well-known author and designer, became disillusioned with the lack of plus-size […]

  9. 5 tips for precuts – 64 quilt patterns – fabric giveaway!

    Got precuts?
 If you’ve got precuts, we’ve got a fabulous new pattern collection for you! Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics is a must-have book for precut fans: 64 quilt patterns for fat quarters, fat eighths, charm squares, Layer Cakes, and Jelly Rolls. (Don’t own precuts? No problem! Simply cut your stash fabrics down to size.) […]

  10. How to quilt: all the answers, one place

    Looking for a quilting reference that has it all? Trust the skill-building chapters, how-to instructions, and patchwork-packed pages in The Simple Joys of Quilting to guide you toward becoming a better quilter. Whatever your skill level, there’s something new to learn—and a timeless quilt pattern to fall in love with—in this beautiful eBook by celebrated […]