Want to make creative quilts? Expand your comfort zone (+ sale!)

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Could your creativity use a jolt? Maybe you’re running a little low on inspiration? You’ve come to the right place! When you’re in need of new and creative quilt ideas, sometimes the best thing to do is venture a little (or a lot!) beyond your usual repertoire. Trying out a new technique or a different style of quilt can be exciting and invigorating. Take a look at four fantastic eBooks currently on sale to find dozens of unique quilt-pattern ideas to expand your creative horizons.

Scrap-Applique PlaygroundScrap Appliqué Playground by Kay Mackenzie

We all love to collect scraps! However, saving bits and pieces often leads to a scrap basket filled with more mismatched fabric than we know what to do with. Scrap-Appliqué Playground: Turning Quilting Scraps into Fun Appliqué Fabrics will help you see your scraps in a whole new light by inspiring you to use them in sweet and simple appliqué projects.
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Crazy Hearts quilt
“Crazy Hearts” from
Scrap-Appliqué Playground

Photo gallery: find the perfect scrappy banner for your quilting space >

Word Play QuiltsWord Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci

Shake up your usual quilting routine by incorporating words and fun phrases into your compositions with free-pieced letters. In Word Play Quilts: Easy Techniques from the Unruly Quilter, Tonya Ricucci shows how to add words to your quilts without tracing, templates, paper piecing, appliqué, or precise measuring. With October 31 right around the corner, you can learn this technique just in time to make a boo-tiful Halloween wall hanging or front-door decoration.
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Boo with Skeletons quilt
“Boo with Skeletons” from Word-Play Quilts

Discover many more plays on patchwork words >

Bold and BeautifulBold and Beautiful by Judy Dains

If you’re intrigued by hand-dyed and batik fabrics, Bold and Beautiful: Artful Quilts from Just One Fabric shows you endless possibilities. Judi Dains outlines innovative methods that will help you create amazing works of art by combining quilting, painting, and embellishment.
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From Bold and Beautiful
From Bold and Beautiful

Learn a bounty of new skills…and put them to beautiful use >

Exploring EmbellishmentsExploring Embellishments by Rose Hughes

Add a new element to your quilts by learning how to incorporate texture and dimension. Exploring Embellishments: More Artful Quilts with Fast-Piece Appliqué features Rose Hughes’s innovative ideas for using a variety of fabrics, fibers, paper, beads, buttons, and other adornments to make creative quilts.
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Wildflower Walk
“Wildflower Walk” from Exploring Embellishments

Invite your art quilter out to play! >

Do you like to venture outside your quilting comfort zone or do you prefer to stick with what’s worked for you? Tell us in the comments!

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9 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Once in awhile I will try to venture into another realm of colors and prints. But I eventually return to my comfort zone.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on October 12, 2015
  • SCrp-Applique Playground would certainly allow me to learn new techniques — and see quilts differently!

    —Elizabeth McDonald on October 12, 2015
  • I do both. I belong to a Quilt Guild that has speakers and demos that cause me to move out of my comfort zone and try something new.
    I think it is good for the brain !

    —Nancy C on October 12, 2015
  • Like previous commenters, I will try something new and different on occasion, but I generally return to what I am comfortable working with.

    —Sandy W. on October 12, 2015
  • I love learning new techniques. That is one reason I have so many UFOs. 🙂
    I have found that I can experiment with a new technique on a smallish scale– then complete it as a child sized quilt for charity. Satisfies my need to grow, and my need to give.

    —Marcia on October 12, 2015
  • Love to get out of my comfort zone! My quilt guild does challenges which is one of the reasons I participate.

    —Lesley Douglas on October 12, 2015
  • I’ve move out of my comfort zone many times….they say it’s good for prevention of Dementia to keep the brain active…..so I do it with sewing….:)

    —Shirl on October 12, 2015
  • Trying new things is how we learn and grow! Although the tried and true may give us comfort, it won’t allow new techniques to be discovered. I never thought I would put embellishments on a quilt until my 8-pointed star just would not come together in the middle, leaving a rather large hole. A drift of fused and embroidered blossoms held on with buttons saved the day and totally lifted the quilt out of the ordinary!

    —Linda Towers on October 16, 2015
  • I am ready to go outside my comfort zone.

    —Linda Christianson on October 16, 2015

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