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Courthouse Steps Quilt Block Strip Piecing Tutorial

The Courthouse Steps block is a variation on the traditional Log Cabin quilt block. Like other Log Cabin blocks, Courthouse Steps is made from light and dark quilting fabrics arranged in a step formation around a central “hearth” square. The arrangement of the logs in two sets of graduated light and dark “steps” gives the […]

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Choosing Fabrics for My Roman Stripes Quilt

Now that I’ve finished piecing the string parts of the blocks for my Roman Stripes quilt, it’s time to choose the fabric for the other half of the blocks. I wanted to pay homage to the Roman Stripe pattern’s Amish heritage  (as much as a quilter from non-traditional Northern California can!) by observing the following […]

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How to Prewash Quilting Fabric

Do you prewash your quilting fabric? I do if I know the quilt I’m making will be washed after I finish it. I have a superstitious fear that if I don’t prewash, I’ll spend days and days making a quilt, only to have it shrink after I finish it and ruin all my hard work. […]

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Strip Piecing Basics

We really do live in a golden age of quilting, with all kinds of time-saving devices and techniques the quilters of old didn’t have. I’m especially glad I started quilting after the invention of the rotary cutter and that fabulous time-saving trick,  strip piecing. If it’s possible to strip piece a quilt, I do. Three […]

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Work in Progress Wednesday: String Roman Stripes Quilt Blocks

I’m taking part in the “Work in Progress Wednesday” blog linkup hosted by Lee at her Freshly Pieced blog. For me the challenge is deciding which project of the many, many unfinished quilts I have lying around to focus on. I decided to pick the one I’ve been working on with most concentration, which is […]

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Log Cabin Quilt Pattern Gallery

Here’s some Log Cabin inspiration for you. Each of these patterns is made entirely from classic Log Cabin blocks. One of my quilting ambitions is to make every last one of these quilts before I hang up my sewing machine. How about you? Click on any pattern to see the complete image in a larger […]

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Rail Fence Quilt Blocks — a Strip Piecing Tutorial

The Rail Fence quilt block is one of my favorites because it is so easy to strip piece and because it shows off a pretty fabric so well. This post shows you how to make Rail Fence blocks in several sizes and configurations. I usually make 6-1/2″ blocks, but I’ve also included cutting instructions for […]

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Rail Fence Quilt Patterns

Don’t you love the way so many quilt patterns got their names from everyday scenes in pioneer life? The Rail Fence quilt pattern got its name from real fences like this one at the Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas, United States. Zig-Zag Rail Fence Pattern The classic Rail Fence pattern is made from […]

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How to Make String Quilts

The more time I spend quilting, the bigger my scrap pile grows. The thought of throwing away all that precious fabric makes me break out in a cold sweat, so I keep all but the very smallest scraps. But what is a quilter to do with all those odd bits and pieces that accumulate as you […]

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Color Selections for Scrap Quilts

Which are You — Kitchen Sinker or Color Coordinator? Many scrap quilters use the “kitchen sink” approach when they piece together scrappy quilts and just pull out scraps of  whatever color or pattern happen to be on the top of the scrap bin. This scrappy quilt in progress is a good example of this style:This […]

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How to Sew a Perfect Quarter-Inch Seam for Quilting

Psst! Don’t tell the Quilt Police, but sometimes I’ve had trouble making my blocks come out the right size. How about you? Do any of these sound familiar? Your quilt blocks end up a bit too small. The points of your stars or triangles get chopped off at the tips. The seams on your quilt tops […]

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I Heart (Quilt) Valentine’s Day

When my girls were small, I made them a little fabric valentine every year. One year it was these pillowcases (now a bit the worse for wear): Another year I made little stuffed hearts from cutter quilts and sewed a little pewter angel charm to each one, then threaded the heart onto a leather cord […]

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