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How to Use a Seam Ripper the Right Way

Don’t you just hate it when you sew something wrong and have to get out your dreaded seam ripper, so you can cut those stitches apart and then sew your pieces together again? Ripping out stitches is a slow, messy, irritating job that I think I can safely say is on everyone’s least-favorite list when […]

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Sawtooth Star Quilt Block Giveaway

Update: This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Elizabeth G. Thank you to all who entered. Let’s start off the new year with something everybody likes: a quilt block giveaway!   Once again, my stash of projects-in-waiting has gotten much too big, so I’m giving one lucky newsletter subscriber a set of 12 scrappy […]

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Best Holiday Gifts for Quilters

What can you give a quilter that will make her eyes light up this holiday season? That can be hard to guess at if you’re not a quilter yourself. But fear not! This list of 21 tools, fabric, and other must-haves takes the anxiety out of giving holiday gifts to quilters. (If you’re a quilter […]

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How to Sew a Maple Leaf Quilt Block — Tutorial

Finished Block Size: 13-1/2″ x 13-1/2″ What says “autumn” more beautifully than a maple leaf quilt block? This tutorial shows you how to make the block with a super-quick and easy raw-edged layering method I love, because it requires no marking and almost no trimming. A maple leaf block is a type of nine-patch block […]

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Double Disappearing Nine-Patch Blocks — Tutorial

What does it take to turn a set of 5″ squares into these sophisticated disappearing nine-patch blocks? Some simple sewing, cutting, and resewing. Fabric You Will Need Eighteen assorted 5″ squares for each set of two blocks. You need to make two blocks at a time because you’ll be swapping sections between the two blocks […]

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