Posts tagged: "author guest posts"

  1. From Moda to Martingale: a family sews up success (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on March 18, 2014

    What can be accomplished by a mother-and-two-daughters team that loves to sew? How about five fabric lines for Moda, a popular pattern line, and now a book featuring their easy, cute sewing projects? Cheers to the family that plays together! In Sweet and Simple Sewing, Jessi Jung, Carrie Jung, and Lauren Jung offer a mix [...]


  2. Can YOU quilt it? You bet—learn how now (+ big giveaway!)

    Posted by on March 6, 2014

    If you ever wondered, “How did she quilt that?,” you’ve been in the same boat as Kim Diehl’s preferred machine quilter, Deborah Poole. A hand quilter for years, Deborah taught herself how to free-motion quilt, step by tiny step. Now she’s sharing her own brand of shortcuts and secrets for free-motion quilting in her new [...]


  3. Corduroy quilts: new fabric to stitch, stroke, and stash (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on February 20, 2014

    Have you seen the new corduroy fabrics at your local quilt shop? It isn’t the fabric you remember from the ’70s. Still velvety and tactile, yes, but the new generation of corduroy is lightweight, cuddly soft, and available in an array of—get this—prints! You know what that means: it’s time to make space on your [...]


  4. Appliqué amateur? Go pro with easy wool appliqué (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on February 6, 2014

    Love the appliqué look, but flustered by technique? Award-winning designer Gretchen Gibbons has your solution: appliqué with wool. With no raw edges to worry about—plus the ability to pin, glue, or staple (yes, staple) appliqué patterns to background fabrics—wool will simplify your appliqué to the point of practically making you a pro, even on your [...]


  5. Free quilt pattern for batiks—and Jelly Rolls!

    Posted by on February 4, 2014

    Are you a quilter who loves batiks, buys batiks, and stashes batiks…and doesn’t know quite what to do with them? For many quilters, batiks are easy to acquire; the challenge is finding just the right quilt patterns for batiks. Today, batik lovers are in luck! Cheryl Brown, author of Quilt Batik!, has kindly allowed us [...]


  6. Strip quilts to (speedily) eat up your Jelly Roll stash (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on January 28, 2014

    Fess up: how many of you have so many unused 2½" strips that a sinkhole is taking shape in your sewing space? As beautiful as that sinkhole would be, it’s not where we imagined our glorious fabric finds would wind up. Don’t we all want those cotton ribbons of delight to end up in quilts? [...]


  7. Cheer up! 1930s quilt blocks come back to life (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on January 21, 2014

    Does nostalgia leap into your heart when you see a 1930s quilt? When you think about it, it’s astonishing that such cheerful beauty emerged from such a challenging time in American history. The style, colors, and motifs of 1930s quilts are instantly recognizable and full of fun, and they can just as instantly make us [...]


  8. Simple quilts for children – and the cedar chest (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on January 14, 2014

    Think you can only go in two directions when you’re quilting for kids—the utilitarian route or the heirloom route? If you’ve been looking for kids’ quilts that are both easy and unforgettable, quilt designer Kristin Roylance is here to show you how you can fulfill both wishes. For Kristin, it’s all in the details. In [...]


  9. Adorable afternoon projects: handmade pincushions (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on January 2, 2014

    Are you a “pincushion enthusiast?” If you are—or want to be—get ready to fall in love with Just Another Button Company, led by mother-daughter team Cecile McPeak and Rachel Martin. The popularity of these clever button designers has soared with the introduction of their charming pincushion designs. Now they’ve joined us to share their patterns [...]


  10. It’s back! 53 animal quilt blocks to paper piece (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on December 12, 2013

    More than 15 years ago, an adorable book filled with patterns for quilted animals debuted—and caused nothing short of a stampede. It quickly sold more than 150,000 copies (just think of all the animal offspring it generated!). Ever since the book went out of print, quilters who missed the original have been waiting patiently for [...]