Posts tagged: "fabric selection"

  1. Build your color confidence: take out the color (video + giveaway!)

    Posted by on April 3, 2014

    “Bee-U-tiful” table runner from Knockout Neutrals When it comes to choosing colors, value seems to be the grand enigma for quilters. We all know that value plays an important role, but Pat Wys is one of those designers who’s figured out how to choose fabric values for quilts just right, every time. And because Pat’s […]


  2. Celebrate National Craft Month with stash busters + sale

    Posted by on March 3, 2014

    Did you know that March is National Craft Month? What better way to celebrate than by sewing a quilt! Better still, make that new quilt serve your spring cleaning. Make a quilt that will shrink your stash. Because let’s face it. If you quilt, there’s a good chance you’ve amassed an impressive fabric collection. And […]


  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. 18 tips for collecting – and using! – quilt scraps (+ sale)

    Posted by on December 16, 2013

    Fun fabric fact: the National Quilting Association won’t consider quilts made from scraps in their scrap-quilt category unless they feature a minimum of 75 different fabrics. Whoa! And although we don’t employ any quilt police here, the number the NQA suggests offers insight into what can take a scrap quilt from good to gorgeous: plaids, […]


  5. Scrap quilting made simple: 3 ways (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on May 9, 2013

    One block, three ways: planned, coordinated, and make-do quilt blocks from Triple-Play Scrap Quilting If your fabric yardage, precuts, scraps, and quilt-shop visits are growing exponentially with no signs of stopping, consider yourself a kindred spirit with designer Nancy Allen. A quilter since the age of 12, she estimates that she could easily make more […]


  6. Quilting with batiks

    Posted by on April 22, 2013

    Picture a blue and white quilt made with traditional star blocks. What kind of fabric is your imaginary quilt made from? Solids? ’30s prints? Civil War reproductions? Or maybe…batiks? That’s the route Cheryl Brown took, and her gorgeous “Winter Stars” quilt demonstrates how pairing traditional blocks with contemporary batik designs can bring new life to […]


  7. Yum yum! Scrap quilting recipes (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on February 28, 2013

    Welcome to the Patchwork Palette Quilt-Recipe Challenge! Ever followed a recipe? It feels safe, doesn’t it? You make it once, following the directions to a T. Next time, maybe you switch things up a bit—a dash of this and a sprinkle of that. You continue to experiment with the recipe a little more each time […]


  8. Fat quarters: tips + easy quilt patterns

    Posted by on January 21, 2013

    Fat quarters are beautiful, versatile, and—let’s be honest—irresistible. Resisting a fat-quarter purchase is akin to refusing a piece of cake at a birthday party. It simply shouldn’t be done! Fat-quarter acquisitions are pure intuition for quilters. They’re affordable, eye-catching, and they can infuse quilts with richness and diversity. And yet… so many fabrics, so many […]


  9. Easy quilt patterns for large-print fabrics

    Posted by on January 8, 2013

    Novelty fabrics, theme prints, pictorial prints too; What in the world will I DO with you? Most every quilter is guilty of the scenario. You see a BIG print—gorgeous, inspiring, whimsical, sentimental, or all of the above—so you buy a half-yard, a yard, or more. You bring the new fabric home, thrilled with your purchase. […]


  10. Showy quilts to shrink your stash

    Posted by on December 13, 2012

    Most of us patchwork quilters would agree that after the pieces are sewn, the layers are quilted, and the binding is bound, one thing can make or break a quilt: the fabric. And for all the fabric we buy, collect, and stack in our sewing spaces (anyone okay with hoard?), sometimes it seems nearly impossible […]