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Sharing the Story of Your First Quilt

Every quilter makes a first quilt, and every first quilt has a story behind it. We’re gathering quilters’ stories of their first quilts to feature here on our blog in the coming months. We’re also planning to include two or three of the best stories we receive in the new expanded version of our book, […]

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New Rotary Cutter for Tired or Painful Hands

Do your hands or fingers get tired or achy when you cut your fabric? We just came across this cool-looking cutter that rests in the palm of your hand and reduces the finger strain caused by gripping a regular rotary cutter.  We haven’t tried it ourselves, but you can see how it works in this […]

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This Tip Makes Machine Quilting So Much Smoother and Easier

Everyone who has had to wrestle with a heavy, bulky quilt sandwich knows that drag — the weight of the quilt pulling against the needle — is one of a machine quilter’s greatest enemies. How cool is this trick for creating a smooth, slippery surface for machine quilting? I’ve used silicone sheets to reduce the […]

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A Day at the Quilt Show 2017

Every year in the middle of October, I visit the Pacific International Quilt Festival. Going to a large quilt show like this is like getting a concentrated shot of creative energy — and creative anxiety. There are dozens and dozens of fantastic quilts made by women around the world, and every single one of them […]

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The Great Sewing Room Cleanup Giveaway #5: Cat Quilt Blocks

Update: The giveaway is now closed, and we have a winner: Nancy W. from Florida. Thanks to everyone who entered. We’ll be posting a new giveaway soon.  We’re STILL working on finding new homes for the bottomless pile of unfinished projects in our sewing room, and that means one lucky blog reader will get this […]

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Storing Wall Quilts When They’re Out of Season

One of the most vexing storage problems in my sewing room has always been, “What to do with all my wall quilts when I don’t have them up on the walls?” After years of piling out-of-season quilts awkwardly in a corner, I finally found a storage solution I love: a thing called a roll file, […]

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Great Sewing Room Cleanup Giveaway #4: Vintage Pinwheel Quilt Blocks

Update: This giveaway is now closed. The winner of the vintage pinwheel blocks is Portia Weed. Thanks to everyone who entered.  We’ll be posting more giveaways soon. It’s time for the fourth giveaway in The Great Sewing Room Cleanup: a set of forty-four 10-1/2″ vintage Pinwheel blocks, plus a section of quilt top with 12 […]

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Great Sewing Room Cleanup Giveaway #3: Diamond in Square Quilt Blocks

UPDATE: Cathy Ketcham is the winner of the Diamond in Square Blocks. This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win, keep watching — we’ll be posting the next block giveaway soon.  It’s time for the third giveaway in The Great Sewing Room Cleanup: a set of thirty-three 12-1/2″ Diamond […]

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Two Quilting Rulers that Will Make You 100% Better at Cutting Fabric

Trying to cut fabric strips and squares so they turn out straight and square — and failing a good part of the time — is a huge frustration for many new quilters. ( experienced ones, too!) If you have trouble keeping your ruler from sliding out of alignment while you cut, or your rotary cutter […]

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The Great Sewing Room Cleanup Giveaway #2

Update: We have a winner! Vicky M. will be getting her sheep blocks in the mail. Thanks to everyone who entered.  Last week, we gave away a set of beautiful Grandmother’s Fan quilt blocks. This week, we have something completely different for you: a set of 12 sheep. Wouldn’t they make a charming baby quilt? […]

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The Great Sewing Room Cleanup Giveaway #1: Grandmother’s Fan Blocks

GIVEAWAY UPDATE Monday, 6/26/2017: The lucky winner of the Grandmother’s Fan blocks is Debbie Bosch, who describes herself as a “new quilter.” Congratulations, Debbie! Her winning comment was chosen at random from all the comments on this post. If you follow New Quilters on Facebook, you may recall that we recently asked if anyone would […]

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