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Our interactive online quilting lessons allow you to learn from expert quilt artists without the expense and hassle of traveling.

Free-motion quilting example by Angela Huffman

Quilt Lessons: Choosing Your Quilt Batting

What is quilt batting? We all know it’s the filling of your quilt sandwich and the part of the quilt that keeps us warm, but what is it made of and how do we choose one type over another? For some reason, choosing batting has always been a struggle for me. I get overwhelmed standing…

A modern panel quilt featuring the members of Kiss.

Contemporary Quilting with Fabric Panels

A couple months ago I would have been the first to admit fabric panels were not my favorite. I’d always seen panels that were old-fashioned and generally reminded me of log cabins.  Plus, I had no idea how to use them in contemporary quilting and sewing projects. Boy did my perspective change when I took…

Pet portrait of a dog using complementary colors.

Pet Portrait Quilts: Choosing a Dynamic Color Palette

Portrait quilts, especially pet portraits, make some of the most intriguing art and memory quilts. You can make them using a variety of techniques including appliqué, piecing, or thread painting.  They can be realistic, abstract, or somewhere in between. Make them as small as a postcard or as large as your heart desires. Whatever size…

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Art Quilting Inspiration Anyone?

Do you ever go to quilting or sewing shows? It’s such a thrill to see so many sewists and quilters in one place joined by our shared passion. They are a great place to see what other people in the community are working on, to check out new sewing techniques, and to soak up inspiration.…

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Eyes on Thread Painting

Although there are so many options when it comes to creating portrait quilts, thread painting is the technique I find most inspiring. The ability to shape facial features with fabric and thread is remarkable. Lea McComas is a master at thread painted portraits and is exceptional at teaching other artists how to use this technique…

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Small Quilting Projects for The Home

Do you use your sewing and quilting skills to create home furnishings? Small quilting projects including pillows, table runners, and placemats are all great ways to spice up your home décor. When I’m working on a quilt, I often make an extra block or two. The reason is twofold; first it allows me to practice my…

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How to Machine Quilt a Cross Hatch Design

Do you machine quilt your own quilts? Or do you take send them out to be quilted? Each option has its merits and there is no right or wrong choice. I tend to make small quilting projects, most often baby quilts or lap quilts, so I usually quilt them myself. However, I have the notion…

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Creative Machine Art Techniques at Home

I’ll admit it, I love learning. To me there is nothing better than learning something new. I usually get so excited about it that I feel compelled to share the technique with friends–or even strangers. Lucky for the person who stands next to me in the checkout line, I can eagerly share my favorite techniques…

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Thread Painting Portrait Quilts with Lea McComas

Portrait quilts are all the rage. There are so many different ways to make them, from pieced pixel quilts to fused appliqué. But if you want to give your portraits a more painterly look–less like an Andy Warhol print and a little more like a Leonardo Da Vinci–thread painting is just the ticket! Painting with…