Posts tagged: "scrap quilts"

  1. Smart block patterns for scrap quilts (+ sale!)

    Posted by on April 14, 2014

    Whether you have a bagful, a few drawers full, or a room full of scraps, get ready to celebrate them! Today we’re sharing ideas for quilting with scraps—with one important consideration in mind: choosing blocks that are perfect for the scrappy approach. If you’ve ever wished that you could stitch scrappy blocks with abandon—without worrying [...]

  2. Q&A with Kim Diehl + new scrappy quilts + fabric giveaway!

    Posted by on April 8, 2014

    It’s been two years since Kim Diehl released a collection of quilt patterns in her “Simple” series of books—and if you’ve been counting, her new book is lucky #7. This latest bunch of warm, welcoming quilts are as gorgeous as ever, and as always, they speak to lovers of scrappy quilts. “Farm-Girl Finery,” “Sprigs and [...]

  3. Connect to tradition: vintage quilts, modern techniques (+ sale!)

    Posted by on March 17, 2014

    Quilting and its traditions and techniques certainly have evolved over the years, haven’t they? It’s hard to imagine that before sewing machines and rotary cutters and all the shiny, happy gadgets we have to help us with our quilting today, quilts were made entirely by hand with each precious scrap of fabric carefully cut out [...]

  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. First Kim Diehl patterns back in print (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on August 22, 2013

    “I didn’t plan to become a quiltmaker, but somehow fate intervened and quiltmaking found me. While wandering through a sidewalk sale one afternoon, I chanced upon a sampler quilt pattern and was immediately smitten. I impulsively purchased yards and yards of fabric, assorted sewing notions, and something called a rotary cutter. I dove headfirst into [...]

  6. Simplifying scrap quilting: 3 ways to choose fabrics (video)

    Posted by on August 13, 2013

    Love making scrap quilts, but struggle with deciding which scraps go where? It’s a step quilters often trip over when starting quilts from scraps. Everyone loves a scrappy look, but getting that look without feeling overwhelmed by choices can be a challenge. Frankly, in some quilters the task can bring on a cold sweat! But [...]

  7. A designer’s rise to scrap-quilting fame (+ giveaway)

    Posted by on August 6, 2013

    Strip-based blocks from Scrap Quilting, Strip by Strip Do your scraps multiply when you’re not looking? It happens to designer Kim Brackett’s scraps all the time. But scrap quilting is Kim’s passion, so early on she devised a plan to keep her scrap population under control. Three bestselling quilt books later, her passion and her [...]

  8. Welcome to quilt country: creating a rustic look

    Posted by on July 1, 2013

    What makes a quilt “country”? If you’ve tried to make a country-style quilt and it didn’t turn out quite as country-fied as you would’ve liked, you might believe it takes a hand-whittled magic wand to get it right! But even the best country-quilt designers started with a learning curve, testing which elements resulted in a [...]

  9. How to find quilt values? Trust Ruby

    Posted by on June 11, 2013

    Have you ever—quite by accident—made a “muddy” quilt? Ask most experienced quilters the question and you’ll likely find more than a few confessions. It’s typically the same story. I fell in love with the fabrics; I was crazy about the colors. But when it all came together, the result was…blah. It happens to all kinds [...]

  10. Designing with quilt scraps: block-by-block tips

    Posted by on June 10, 2013

    Scraps, spare parts, and leftovers. If you’re a quilter, these aren’t references to the local junkyard, or a plea to the family to clean out the fridge for dinner tonight. They’re a testimonial to scrap quilting! We save little bits of fabric, dreaming of stitching them into a glorious design that evokes a beauty equal [...]