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Jewel Box Quilt Block Tutorial

This easy traditional block is built by combining two even simpler blocks: half-square triangles and four-patch blocks. The basic Jewel box block unit consists of two half-square triangles sewed together with two four-patch blocks and arranged like this: You can see the four-patch blocks here: And the triangle blocks here: To make a complete Jewel […]

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Plus One Modern Lap Quilt

Size: 58-1/2″ x 72″ (149 cm x 183 cm) Skill level: Beginner/easy This elegantly modern lap quilt is made entirely from 5” squares, and it couldn’t be easier to sew together. The finished quilt is the perfect size to snuggle up under when you’re on the couch watching TV or taking a nap. I made […]

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White Pumpkin Fall Table Topper Quilt

Quilt size: 23″ x 24-1/2″ (59 x 62 cm) Skill level: Easy/Beginner The original pattern and tutorial for this charming little table topper quilt comes from Lindsay Wright at the Fort Worth Fabric Studio blog. I thought it would be fun to make mine in black and white instead of the traditional orange.  I also […]

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Pinwheel Layer Cake Baby Quilt

There’s something fun and festive about pinwheel blocks that makes them look great in quilts for a person of any age, from babies to adults. If you know how to make a half-square triangle block, this pinwheel baby quilt couldn’t be easier to sew. Start with 10″ squares from a fabric layer cake collection (or […]

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9 Nine-Patch Quilt Block Patterns from Precut Fabric Squares

The easy-to-make nine-patch block is one of quilting’s workhorses, a fundamental block used in hundreds of different quilt patterns. Its grid of three squares arranged in three rows also makes for many interesting variations on the basic block, which is made from strips of two fabrics and produces two variations that look like the ones […]

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How to Sew Rose Quilt Blocks | Stitch & Flip Piecing Tutorial

Beautiful to look at and heavenly to smell, roses have always been my favorite flower. The rose is also a flower with a history rich in meaning. In the spiritual tradition I belong to, roses and their scent symbolize many good things: the divine Mother and her spirit at work in the world, angels, miracles, […]

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How to Sew Churn Dash Quilt Blocks

The Churn Dash quilt block is a traditional quilting favorite and a kissing cousin of the simpler Shoo Fly Block. Like Shoo Fly, Churn Dash belongs to the fabled Nine Patch quilt family. This means the block is made on a grid of nine squares , arranged in three rows of three. The only difference, […]

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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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Quilt Fever Video: a Look at the Love of Quilting

Why do we quilt? I was in the middle of writing a newsletter article about the joy of giving a quilt when my stepmother sent me this video about the joy of making and looking at quilts. Quilt Fever from Olivia Loomis Merrion on Vimeo. Quilt Fever is a short documentary set at the big […]

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