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Fat Quarter Giveaway — 15 Adorable Owl Fabrics

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Barbara G. is the winner. Thank you to all who entered. You may find this hard to believe, but my friend Ruthmary and I have more fabric than we can find immediate uses for. We’ve both been locked down in our quilting rooms and getting lots of things done, […]

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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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Best Quilts of 2020 — The Road to California Quilt Show Highlights

In January, my friend Mary and I visited the 2020 Road to California quilt show. It was like visiting a pop-up museum packed with of quilts of astonishing craftsmanship and creativity. Every corner you turned revealed something new and beautiful. These four videos from Jolly Molly TV (thank you, Jolly Molly!) give you just a […]

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Charm Squares Place Mat: a Fun First Project for Children

There’s nothing young children love more than spending time with grownups, helping them do grown-up things. Teaching your child to make a simple quilt is a fun way to spend time together and teach your child the pride of creating something that is both beautiful and useful. Is Your Child Ready to Start Quilting? A […]

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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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How to Sew a Holiday or Party Banner — Tutorial

Here’s a fun way to transform any room into party central: decorate it with a simple, festive flag banner you sew yourself. This project has been on my to-do list for years, and as soon as I made my first one, I quickly made a couple more for different occasions. Not just because I’m planning […]

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A Faster, Easier Way to Make Half-Square Triangle Blocks

I have made a lot of half-square triangle blocks in my life as a quilter. If you’ve spent much time quilting, you probably have too, and you’ll understand why it’s so exciting to come across a technique that promises to speed up the process of making them. Triangle Blocks from Raw-Edged Appliqué I found this […]

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