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How to Hand Sew: The Beaded Back Stitch

Hand stitching is a staple in my book. For many quilters and sewists it is, and has been, in their repertoire for years. If you’re like me, hand sewing is the first sewing technique you learned. While chain stitch and buttonhole stitch along with other embroidery stitches are great ways to embellish fabric, bead embroidery–especially the…

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Quilting Essentials: Squaring up Quilt Blocks

I have a confession; I’ve become a bit obsessed with Half-Square Triangle blocks. They are such a versatile block, once you learn how to make them there are endless design possibilities. Plus, they make up so many easy quilt patterns for beginners and experts alike. Luckily, I’m not the only quilter falling head over heels…

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Hand Sewing How-To: Heirloom Smocking

As you know, I’ve been in the market for hand sewing projects I can take with me while I’m on the go. I’ve been embroidering since I was a little girl, so I decided to keep looking for a take-with-me project that will enable me to expand my sewing repertoire with a new technique. Enter…

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Add Appliqué to Your Technique Toolbox

If you’re interested in learning how to appliqué quilts, what are you waiting for? There are so many ways to learn this timeless technique—you can read a book, watch a video, or even take a class. If reading is your preferred method of learning, the Quilter’s Appliqué Workshop is just the book for you. Kevin…

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Announcing ‘Barnyard/Fair’ Reader Challenge finalists!

In the April/May issue of Quilting Arts, we presented the “Barnyard or Fair” Reader Challenge and our clever readers stepped up to the challenge! Each quilt was a charming and lovely waltz down memory lane of farms, county fairs, livestock, and family. It was hard to choose but we’re pleased and proud to announce the…

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Hand Embroidery on the Go

Over this past weekend I took a quick trip to California for a family reunion. After spending several hours sitting at the gate, on the plane, and in the car, I was really wishing I had brought some hand sewing to pass the time. Now that school is almost out, for many of us summer…

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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…