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How to Sew Fabric Gift Bags: a Tutorial

Make your gift extra-special by wrapping it in one of these beautiful, reusable fabric bags. I’ve given gifts in these bags for years, and many times, the recipient likes the bag just as much as the gift inside! It’s like adding a little extra treat to your gift. Use the instructions in this post to […]

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Half-Hour Table Runner Tutorial

Who else likes to make projects that are super-quick and show off some adorable new fabric you just had to buy? Here’s a table runner you can make from start to finish in about half an hour. The author of the original tutorial from Iowa Living Magazines claims that she made hers in just 10 minutes! But […]

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Strip and Flip Rag Quilt

Whenever a beginning quilter me asks what kind of quilt is best to start out with, I always recommend making a pieced strip quilt. Anyone who can sew a reasonably straight line can sew strips together. If you aren’t completely confident of your ability to choose colors that look together, making your quilt from a […]

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How to Stitch in the Ditch for Quilting

Once you have a quilt top finished and the quilt layers basted, the next step is stitching the layers together. How do you start? For me, that’s an easy decision: I always start by anchoring the quilt layers together with straight-line machine quilting. I do this by stitching along existing seam lines in the quilt […]

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Log Cabin Quilt-as-you-go Block

Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in fabric scraps? That’s how I felt when I came back to my quilting room after spending most of the holidays away from my sewing machine. Having scrap piles everywhere is very stressful. But I hate to see any piece of fabric go to waste. So today, I […]

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Friendship Star Quilt Block: a Tutorial

Every quilter should have a few star blocks in her bag of tricks. This week’s easy quilt block, the Friendship Star, is one of the simplest star blocks you can make. I also like it best among the star blocks because of its charming pinwheel quality. The block is made by combining squares with half-square […]

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Disappearing Four-Patch Quilt Block Tutorial

I was doing some quilt blog-hopping the other day when I saw this tutorial on how to take an ordinary four-patch block, cut it up, and turn it into a cool version of a nine-patch block. I just had to try it for myself. And here are the results. I started with this four-patch block:Then […]

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Four-Patch Quilt Blocks Strip Piecing Tutorial

When you want to make a lot of four-patch quilt blocks from the same two fabrics, strip piecing is the way to go. It’s fast, it’s accurate, and it’s easy. It’s also a good way to make use of a precut jelly roll of 2-1/2″ strips. Here’s an illustrated guide to strip piecing a set […]

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Sewing Snowball Quilt Blocks — a Tutorial

Snowball quilt blocks: they’re not just for winter or Christmas quilts! You can make snowballs at any season, with any combination of fabrics you want, from traditional to fanciful. Here’s a mini-gallery of snowball blocks in several different fabrics: In this post, I’m going to show you how to sew snowball blocks in two different ways: […]

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Pinwheel Quilt Block Tutorial

There’s something so cheerful and festive about the pinwheel block — and it’s also an easy block that is well within the abilities of beginning quilters. Pinwheels look great in quilts for children or in Christmas projects. The block is made by sewing together four half-square triangle blocks in such a way that the block […]

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