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How to Sew Shoo Fly Quilt Blocks

  The Shoo Fly quilt block is a traditional favorite and a fun, easy block to make. This tutorial shows you how to make a 13-1/2” version of the block out of 5” charm squares (precut friendly!) and a clever technique that makes four half-square triangle blocks at one time. Fabric You Will Need Making […]

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Crazy T-Shirt Rag Quilt

Some quilts are a breeze to make: they come together so easily that afterwards it’s tempting to wonder if they sewed themselves. Others give you trouble with a capital T. For years, this t-shirt quilt I recently made for my brother-in-law was #1 on my Trouble list. In fact, it wasn’t a quilt at all […]

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How to Sew Crazy T-Shirt Quilt Blocks

Tools and Supplies Lightweight or featherweight fusible interfacing, either woven or non-woven. I like Pellon 911FF, but there are also good interfacings available from Thermoweb, June Tailor, and other manufacturers. Basting Spray OR wash-away glue stick OR straight pins Rotary cutter See-through cutting ruler Thin (preferably see-through) pressing cloth or large piece of scrap quilting […]

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Fat Quarter Giveaway — 28 Neutrals from Moda Fabrics

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. Everyone Needs Neutrals Bold colors and prints are wonderful things to have in your fabric stash, but if that’s all you use, they can be too much of a good thing. You need neutral fabrics too — calm, unobtrusive fabrics that help harmonize contrasting […]

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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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