Posts tagged: "author guest posts"

  1. Punch up that project with easy, creative appliqué (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on July 21, 2015

    Raise your hand if you’ve finished a project, stood back to admire it, and realized that it turned out…okay. Not extraordinary, but ordinary. Not unusual, just the usual. Not impressive—more like hum-drum. Probably not your intention, right? Sigh. It’s happened to just about everyone who’s experimented with needle and thread. But what if there was […]


  2. Stitch a whimsical Christmas: new season’s greetings (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on July 14, 2015

    Blend folk-art charm with the Christmas spirit and what do you get? Holiday trimmings that will capture your heart. “Patchwork Table Runner” from Season’s Greetings The signature style of Aussie designer Anni Downs features a vintage-country color palette that’s warm, sweet, and unique. Now we’ve collected the best of her Christmas projects in Season’s Greetings—and […]


  3. Savor the season: Christmas projects to slow-sew (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on June 23, 2015

    New holiday wonders await you—so why wait for Christmas in July? Savor the season with some hand stitching, starting now. 

 “Figgy Pudding” table runner Come sit a spell with best-selling author Pat Wys and her new book, Handmade Christmas Cheer. She’ll show you how to conjure the Christmas spirit with hand embroidery, wool appliqué, […]


  4. 3 ways to have fun with these cute crocheted cars

    Posted by on June 19, 2015

    Playing with occupational vehicles like fire trucks and ambulances, as well as being fun, gives kids a chance to act out their "when I grow up" dreams. The possibilities are endless! Between moving, racing, honking, and beeping, it’s no wonder play cars and trucks are such a hit with boys and girls. In Honk! Beep! […]


  5. How to quilt as you go: learn how now (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on June 16, 2015

    You know the feeling: you’re thrilled to have completed your latest quilt top. Pat yourself on the back! You feel accomplished. Proud. Done. But you’re not. There’s still all that quilting to do… We’ve all felt that tinge of disappointment: excited about the piecing, not so much about the quilting. So how would it feel […]


  6. How to make a scrap quilt—with no scraps? (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on June 9, 2015

    No scraps? No problem! Get that scrappy, vintage look of the past with the convenience of precuts from the present. The author of the bestseller Seamingly Scrappy is back with more projects that you’d swear are scrap quilts in Seems Like Scrappy. But not one pattern calls for a single scrap! “Frolic” from Seems Like […]


  7. 15 terrific twists: the Irish Chain quilt block links us all (+ giveaway!)


    Posted by on May 19, 2015

    Each month, our editorial department presents upcoming books to our marketing department. Not only does everyone get to hear about books on the way, they get to see projects up close and in person, too. When the new book Irish Chain Quilts was presented at the meeting a few months ago, it created a unique […]


  8. Break out your fabric stash: make beautiful bags (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on April 23, 2015

    Stash accumulators, material girls, and fabric fanatics: how do you wear your heart on your sleeve? “Large Market Bag,” made with fabric from the Winter’s Lane collection by Kate & Birdie Paper Co. for Moda Fabrics You let the quilting fabrics you love do double duty—and go bag-making! Get ready to feature your fabrics in […]


  9. The happiest amigurumi you’ll ever see (+ giveaway)

    Posted by on April 17, 2015

    Have you heard the latest buzz? No, it’s not the bees taking up residence in your garden. It’s the happiest collection of amigurumi toys ever! But there’s something unique about these crochet designs: many of them have puppet-style mouths. Vanessa Chan, author of Happy-gurumi, started incorporating open mouths for her crocheted softies after studying animation […]


  10. How to appliqué quilts just like Kim Diehl (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on April 16, 2015

    If you’ve always wanted to appliqué exquisite quilts just like bestselling author Kim Diehl, we’re thrilled to tell you that the following statement has never been truer than with the release of Kim’s new book: You CAN do it! “Homestead Harvest” from Simple Appeal In her ninth book, Simple Appliqué, Kim shares her best techniques—developed […]