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Good ideas for quilters, gleaned from around the blogosphere.

The Fabulous Four-Patch Quilt Block

The very first quilt I ever made was a four-patch quilt. I knew nothing at all about quilting. I hadn’t taken a class or even read a book on how to quilt. I had never heard of strip piecing or a scant quarter-inch seam (which cost me some anguish later on.) I just knew that I […]

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Amish Quilt Patterns — Four Traditional Favorites

19th-century American Amish women made their quilts simple and “plain,” typically from the same wool and cotton fabrics they used to make shirts, dresses, pants, and coats for their own families. The bold colors and abstract, geometric designs of these early Amish quilts prefigured trends in twentieth-century abstract painting, yet they were created by women who lived far […]

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Making a Rag Quilt in Sections

The purple scrap quilt I was making to use up some old quilt squares I’ve had in my sewing room for years has morphed into this purple fleece-backed rag quilt — just finished a few minutes ago! (And I still have quite a few purple squares, which made me buy a little — just a […]

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Log Cabin Quilt Pattern Gallery

Here’s some Log Cabin inspiration for you. Each of these patterns is made entirely from classic Log Cabin blocks. One of my quilting ambitions is to make every last one of these quilts before I hang up my sewing machine. How about you? Click on any pattern to see the complete image in a larger […]

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Rail Fence Quilt Patterns

Don’t you love the way so many quilt patterns got their names from everyday scenes in pioneer life? The Rail Fence quilt pattern got its name from real fences like this one at the Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas, United States. Zig-Zag Rail Fence Pattern The classic Rail Fence pattern is made from […]

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Binding a Quilt: Five Different Approaches

A quilt is like a sandwich, with a top layer of fabric, a middle layer of batting, and a bottom layer of fabric, all joined together by your stitches. Binding a quilt means covering the raw edges of the quilt sandwich to give the quilt a finished look and protect its edges from wear. Binding […]

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Birds in the Christmas Tree Quilt

This is a story about taking a design that’s rather plain and adding a few extra touches to make it uniquely your own. I finished this quilted wallhanging the week after Christmas. (No, I was not late for last Christmas — I was getting a really big head start on next Christmas!) Here’s how it all […]

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3 Ways to Hang a Quilt on the Wall

When you make a quilted wall hanging, one thing you need to decide on is how you will hang the quilt on the wall. There are several different ways to do this: 1. Use Quilt Hanging Clips These clips fasten onto the edge of the quilt and get mounted on a nail in the wall. […]

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My Rag Quilt Journey, So Far

I’d been quilting for years before I ever heard of rag quilts. The minute I saw one, though, my lazy quilter’s instincts told me I had stumbled onto something good. A quilt that doesn’t need binding! You can quilt the blocks before you sew them together, so you don’t have to drag the whole quilt […]

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Classic Log Cabin Quilt Block

The appeal of this perennially popular quilt block comes both from its symbolism, which evokes the log cabins built by pioneers on the American frontier, and from the arrangement of the block’s light and dark fabric-strip “logs.” In its traditional form, Log Cabin block is divided into a light half and a dark half, with […]

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Six Popular Log Cabin Quilt Patterns

There are lots of different ways to arrange Log Cabin blocks into a quilt. Each Log Cabin pattern offers a unique look quite different from all the others. Here are five of the most popular patterns for basic Log Cabin quilt blocks. Log Cabin Straight Setting This is a simple layout, with all the blocks […]

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