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41 Gorgeous Quilts from PIQF 2018

If you’ve ever been to a large quilt show, you’ll know how amazing it is to see the sheer variety of different quilts that come out of the minds and sewing machines of people from around the world. I can’t begin to do justice to the creativity on display at this year’s Pacific International Quilt […]

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Black Cats Halloween Table Runner Quilt

I’ve had a long love affair with the rail fence quilt block. I’ve lost count of how many rail fence bed quilts and lap quilts I’ve made, but until this week I had never made a rail fence table quilt. No more! This week I made two: this cute Halloween table runner, and a 24″ […]

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6 Ways to Cut up Fabric Layer Cakes

Wondering how you can use that layer cake precut package you just bought? There are lots of different ways to cut it up for use in quilts and sewing projects. 1. Four 5″ squares The finished size of the squares will be 4-1/2″ when sewed into a quilt. 2. Eight 2-1/2″ squares The finished size […]

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Basting a Quilt with Fusible Batting

If you’re looking for a fast and easy way to baste a quilt, fusible batting is definitely worth a look. It’s probably the simplest of all the five quilt basting methods I’m aware of. No safety pins, no spraying, no tedious stitching — all you need is an iron and your quilt layers. How Fusible […]

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Basting a Quilt with a Tack Gun

Basting with a quilter’s tack gun involves loading a rack of plastic tacks into the gun, poking the needle on the gun’s nose through the fabric layers, and pulling the trigger to shoot the tack through the quilt sandwich. The two brands I’ve come across are the Dritz Quilter’s Basting Gun, which I have tried, […]

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How to Self-Bind a Quilt

If you’ve ever wished there was an easier way to bind a quilt than laboriously making your own binding strips and sewing them onto the quilt, there is! You can save several steps (and quite a bit of time) by making a self-bound quilt. A self-bound quilt uses the backing fabric to create a finished […]

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Diamond Charms Table Runner Quilt Tutorial

I like making small quilts, especially when I want to try out a new quilting technique. That way, if something goes wrong, it’s only a teeny little disaster, not a huge one. That’s one reason I made this little table runner. It was my first-ever self-bound quilt — that is, a quilt where you fold the […]

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Quilt Block Giveaway: Paper Pieced 1930s Beauties

Update, March 17, 2018: The giveaway is now closed. Nancy W. is the winner. Thanks to everyone who entered. I’m cleaning up the sewing room by giving away this set of twelve paper-pieced quilt blocks in charming 1930s reproduction fabrics. These came to from a quilting friend who had them in her sewing room for […]

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