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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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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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Make Your Own Pressing Spray and Save $$ — a Tutorial

A hot iron alone doesn’t always get all the creases and wrinkles out of your fabric — even when you use steam. (I speak from bitter experience.) Pressing sprays like Mary Ellen’s Best Press really do help smooth out stubborn wrinkles, but they aren’t cheap! In fact, they are so pricey that I rarely buy […]

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Simple Table Runner with Prairie Points

We’re always on the lookout for easy projects like this table runner from Jordan Fabrics. The basic table runner is made from 5″ squares, which you can buy in precut charm packs or cut for yourself. See the video below for exact instructions. Make This Table Runner for any Holiday Like many of our favorite […]

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How to Self-Bind a Quilt

If you’ve ever wished there was an easier way to bind a quilt than laboriously making your own binding strips and sewing them onto the quilt, there is! You can save several steps (and quite a bit of time) by making a self-bound quilt. A self-bound quilt uses the backing fabric to create a finished […]

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How to Square up a Quilt: Video Tutorial

Squaring up the quilt layers is one of the last and most important steps in making sure your quilt will look right after you finish it. We recently found this very helpful video from The Crafty Gemini that shows you exactly what to do.

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Diamond Charms Table Runner Quilt Tutorial

I like making small quilts, especially when I want to try out a new quilting technique. That way, if something goes wrong, it’s only a teeny little disaster, not a huge one. That’s one reason I made this little table runner. It was my first-ever self-bound quilt — that is, a quilt where you fold the […]

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