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Sewing in America Survey 2016

Do you sew? Since you’re reading a blog about quilting, I’m guessing you do. We are happy to announce our sister brand Sew News has partnered with Sewing in America to create a national survey of sewing enthusiasts like you! The survey will be used to create a full study of sewing and sewists in…

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Quilt Scene submissions still open!

See your quilt here! The editors of Quilting Arts Magazine and the staff of Quilts, Inc. are proud to be working on the eighth annual edition of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene. This publication captures the excitement and creativity of the quilt world and is our annual issue of fresh ideas for today’s quilter including…

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Using a Kit to Design Your Own Quilt

There’s no doubt about it, quilt kits are handy. Not only is all of the fabric conveniently portioned, but the pattern and fabric are bundled together in one convenient package. Quilt kits come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. There are kits where you cut your own fabric and ones that use precuts including fat…

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Quilting Lessons: The Basics of Nesting Seams

Quilting squares, particularly pre-cut charm squares, are one of my favorite ways to construct a quilt top. Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on a quilt that marries the ease of charm squares with the efficiency of chain piecing. Using Allie Heath’s Graphic Cross Quilt from Modern Patchwork Winter 2014 as inspiration, I…

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Enter the ‘Barnyard or Fair’ Reader Challenge

What are your memories of time spent on the farm or summers at the fair? When my children were small, we’d visit friends in a rural area and loved going to the county fair. They even participated in some of the competitions and were delighted when their creations won a ribbon or honorable mention. They…

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Mother’s Day Gifts for Quilters and Surface Designers

The grass is turning green, flowers are starting to bloom, and the days are getting longer–I think spring has sprung! Now that the season is in full swing, Mother’s Day must be just around the corner. In honor of this special day devoted to mom, I’ve gathered together some of my favorite resources on everything…

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Texture in Art Quilts: How to Make Custom Rubbing Plates

One of my favorite aspects of art quilts is the artists’ use of texture. I love the way you can layer technique over technique to create a dynamic design that begs for closer inspection. And there are so many ways to create texture! Stamping, stenciling, stitching… I confess, as an indecisive person it can be…

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together: How to Make 4 Flying Geese Units

From precise paper-pieced angles to the tried-and-true HST, triangle quilts are everywhere right now. In her book, Quilting from Every Angle, Nancy Purvis uses blocks featuring three-sided shapes including Flying Geese, Half-Square Triangles, Half-Rectangle Triangles, and more to create graphic modern quilts. Many quilters, whether they prefer traditional or modern quilt design, use the Flying…

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How to Quilt with Color: Perception is Everything

Seeing color, let alone talking about it, can be a challenge. When you think about it, you never really see a color on its own; it’s always affected by its surroundings. Therefore, it’s incredibly important for quilters to understand how colors fit within the greater context of a quilt composition. While on the hunt for…