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6 Steps to Finishing Your Unfinished Quilts

They are the UFOs (Unfinished Objects): unfinished quilts and pieces of quilts that take up physical space in the sewing room and mental space that most busy quilters can ill afford to spare. I have them. You have them. Every quilter has them. They make up a ghostly presence that haunts our sewing rooms. The […]

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Quilting with Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

For many quilters (myself included), quilting is really all about color: celebrating our favorite colors, combining colors in pleasing and sometimes surprising ways, and discovering exciting new colors we’ve never quilted with before. I am always interested and usually surprised by the announcement of the color company Pantone’s Color of the Year. This year’s color […]

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Done is Better than Perfect

  This morning I saw this very sad post in a quilting group I belong to on Facebook: “I placed a post back last month about the lack of motivation in quilting. I have just lost the desire. I now have figured it out. By looking at your post I’m just not any good. Even […]

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Mug Rugs for the Holidays 2016

I’ve been seeing other people make these simple little mini quilts called mug rugs for months now, and finally decided to make a couple myself. Both of these are 6″ x 6″, with a layer of backing fabric, a layer of Warm & Natural cotton batting, and for the top, scraps of holiday fabric left […]

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Quilt-as-You-Go Halloween Strips Table Runner

Want to make something cute, modern and really easy to decorate your Halloween table? I was poking around on Pinterest the other day and found a tutorial for this charming and simple-looking table runner from Rachel of The Fat Quarter gang. If there’s one thing I have a lot of, it’s leftover Halloween fabric in orange, black, […]

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Spooky Spider Mini Quilt

Do  you like to make quilts to decorate your house for Halloween? I do! Sometimes, though, I don’t have the time to make a large-scale project. This 14″ square wall quilt took about three hours to make from scraps I had in my sewing room. I’m grateful to The Seasoned Homemaker blog for the inspiration […]

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Four small quilts that make perfect first projects

When you’re a new quilter, you can easily get frustrated and discourage yourself by biting off more than you can chew. It can be overwhelming to start out with a quilt that’s very large, for instance, or one that requires you to cut and sew a thousand tiny pieces, or master complicated blocks or advanced machine […]

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Fourth of July American Flag Rag Quilt

The Fourth of July (American Independence day) has always been a weak spot in my seasonal decorations. Meaning that I don’t have any Fourth of July decorations, or didn’t until a couple of days ago. That is not my only decorating sin. My children are embarrassed by the simultaneous presence of an Easter Bunny quilt […]

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Fourth of July Table Runner

When you set out to make a new quilt, I’m all for throwing a project together out of fabric you already have in your sewing room. That’s how I made this quilt-as-you-go table runner for American Independence Day. I used the table runner pattern from my book, Quilts for Beginners, and made it even simpler […]

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Interfacing in T-Shirt Quilting

One of the most popular articles on this blog is one we wrote about using interfacings to stabilize t-shirts so you can sew the t-shirts into a quilt without stretching them out of shape. That article provoked this question from reader Stacy: “I noticed that you state, woven or non-woven interfacing is fine. I know […]

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