Quilt Designs

When you design a quilt, you should consider many factors, from whether to use hand-dyed or contemporary fabric to whether you will use complementary or contrasting quilt borders–or any borders at all. You can use a contemporary patchwork design, select from traditional quilt patterns, or make a wholecloth quilt design. The choice is yours!

Patchwork Quilts: Alluring on the Cover and Beyond

Easy-Breezy? Some! Beautiful? Absolutely! Although we’ve all heard the old adage of not judging a book by its cover, some covers are so gorgeous it’s hard to resist. I feel this way especially when it comes to the covers of quilt magazines! Cover girls, or in our case cover quilts, come in all shapes and…

Fiber Art That Takes a Stand

“May you live in interesting times.” – An old Chinese curse What is it about making art and taking a stand that goes hand in hand? Lately, we’ve been seeing a resurgence of social awareness, personal politics, and activism in the fiber arts. Controversial topics in art are nothing new: from the depictions of the…

Modern Quilting: Deep Roots & a Bright Future

As modern quilters, we participate in a craft with deep roots and lots of history. Ours is a movement influenced by the designs, innovation, and ingenuity of those who came before us. Their contributions to the art and craft of quilting may have been born from thrift and necessity, but they paved the way for…

Weekend Quilting Book Showcase

Did you follow along with the Weekend Quilting Book Showcase? If you missed it, no worries—we’ve got some of the projects right here. Everyone loves beautiful projects that sew up fast. So it’s not surprising that quilters from around the globe volunteered to receive a copy of Tied with a Ribbon blogger Jemima Flendt’s new book Weekend…

Small Quilted Gifts: An Aviary of Ornaments

It’s mid-August, and like every dedicated crafter I know, I’m already thinking of making handmade gifts for my friends and family this holiday season. I’m lucky to have a very large extended family: just one sister, but six sisters in law, six nieces, and a handful of close friends I consider my “sisters” despite no…

Animal & Pet Quilts by Elizabeth Hartman

Pet quilts, whether they are a portrait of your furry friend or a depiction of wildlife found in oceans, forests, or even zoos, are turning heads. One quilter and pattern designer who is embracing this type of modern quilt is Elizabeth Hartman. You’ve probably seen her quilt patterns Fancy Forest or Fancy Foxes with the…

The Challenge of Quilt Designs

Have you ever seen a quilt design, whether in a magazine or in person, and fallen head over heels? More often than I’d like to admit, I see a modern quilt that captures my heart and all of a sudden my imagination goes into overdrive. I start by scrolling through the mental Rolodex of fabrics in…

Easy Quilted Gifts: Potholders with Pizazz

The last time I visited my sister and brought her a small quilted gift: a potholder. We have a joke between the two of us that nearly every hand made gift we give one another is made of fabric. In the past year alone, we’ve exchanged tote bags, tea towels, and tablecloths. I’m sure it…

Modern Quilts: Patterns You Can’t Put Down

As a life-long lover of exploring ideas, time periods, and lands through reading, it’s no surprise that I’m captivated by book-inspired modern quilts. Patterns and fabrics depicting passages from beloved books have become more and more popular. I have been collecting fabric inspired by authors from Dr. Seuss to Jane Austen and have just completed…

Patchwork Quilts to Make with Jelly Rolls & Strips

Strip piecing is a great way to make patchwork quilts quickly and easily. And when you use jelly rolls they are even faster to make, but not every pattern calls for 2 ½” strips. Combine those precuts with wider strips, use them to make strip sets that can be cut and reassembled, or use those…