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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…

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Binding a Quilt with Fusibles

So you’ve finished your quilt top and now you’re ready for the quilt binding. I’ll admit it; this is my least favorite stage of the quilting process. I love to hand stitch so I feel like I should like quilt binding; I want to enjoy it, but I don’t. Since I’m not head over heels…

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Half-Square Triangle Quilts to Try

Whether you’re quilting style is traditional or modern, half-square triangles (HSTs) are a quilting staple. I’ve been reading a lot about them and watching several videos over the past few days in an attempt to find the “best” half-square triangle method as I gear up to start a new quilting project that features the block. If…

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Confetti Backgrounds for Art Quilts

Have you ever noticed how the background in a photograph tends to be blurred while the focal point is in sharp focus? Andrea Brokenshire observed this in her photos of flowers. In an attempt to capture and recreate this effect in her art quilts, Andrea uses batik fabrics and fusible web to create a highly…