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Jewel Box Quilt Block Tutorial

This easy traditional block is built by combining two even simpler blocks: half-square triangles and four-patch blocks. The basic Jewel box block unit consists of two half-square triangles sewed together with two four-patch blocks and arranged like this: You can see the four-patch blocks here: And the triangle blocks here: To make a complete Jewel […]

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White Pumpkin Fall Table Topper Quilt

Quilt size: 23″ x 24-1/2″ (59 x 62 cm) Skill level: Easy/Beginner The original pattern and tutorial for this charming little table topper quilt comes from Lindsay Wright at the Fort Worth Fabric Studio blog. I thought it would be fun to make mine in black and white instead of the traditional orange.  I also […]

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Pinwheel Layer Cake Baby Quilt

There’s something fun and festive about pinwheel blocks that makes them look great in quilts for a person of any age, from babies to adults. If you know how to make a half-square triangle block, this pinwheel baby quilt couldn’t be easier to sew. Start with 10″ squares from a fabric layer cake collection (or […]

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How to Sew Rose Quilt Blocks | Stitch & Flip Piecing Tutorial

Beautiful to look at and heavenly to smell, roses have always been my favorite flower. The rose is also a flower with a history rich in meaning. In the spiritual tradition I belong to, roses and their scent symbolize many good things: the divine Mother and her spirit at work in the world, angels, miracles, […]

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How to Sew Churn Dash Quilt Blocks

The Churn Dash quilt block is a traditional quilting favorite and a kissing cousin of the simpler Shoo Fly Block. Like Shoo Fly, Churn Dash belongs to the fabled Nine Patch quilt family. This means the block is made on a grid of nine squares , arranged in three rows of three. The only difference, […]

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How to Sew Shoo Fly Quilt Blocks

  The Shoo Fly quilt block is a traditional favorite and a fun, easy block to make. This tutorial shows you how to make a 13-1/2” version of the block out of 5” charm squares (precut friendly!) and a clever technique that makes four half-square triangle blocks at one time. Fabric You Will Need Making […]

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How to Sew Crazy T-Shirt Quilt Blocks

Tools and Supplies Lightweight or featherweight fusible interfacing, either woven or non-woven. I like Pellon 911FF, but there are also good interfacings available from Thermoweb, June Tailor, and other manufacturers. Basting Spray OR wash-away glue stick OR straight pins Rotary cutter See-through cutting ruler Thin (preferably see-through) pressing cloth or large piece of scrap quilting […]

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Quilt Fever Video: a Look at the Love of Quilting

Why do we quilt? I was in the middle of writing a newsletter article about the joy of giving a quilt when my stepmother sent me this video about the joy of making and looking at quilts. Quilt Fever from Olivia Loomis Merrion on Vimeo. Quilt Fever is a short documentary set at the big […]

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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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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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