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!

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Easy Quilting Gifts to Make and Give

Now that Thanksgiving is just one week away, I’m realizing my plan to make quilted gifts before December hasn’t come into fruition as I’d hoped. Sound familiar? If you’re like me, it’s time to start looking for quick quilting gifts to make and give. As a visual learner, I’ve found I can pick things up…

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Quilt Designs: The Value of Value

After choosing fabrics, piecing blocks, and quilting everything together, even the most beautiful quilt designs can make for lackluster quilts. Why is that? Most of us are quick to name color choice as the culprit of our (dare I say it) boring quilts, but commonly value, not color, is the offender. To avoid this outcome…

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Christmas Quilting Projects for the Whole Family

Now that Halloween is over, we can welcome the season of giving filled with handmade gifts, festive home décor, and Christmas quilting projects. The end of year holidays are my favorite! It’s not just the wonderful time spent with family and friends, but it’s the spirit of generosity and cheer in the air that makes…

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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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How to Use Large-Scale Prints in Patchwork Quilts

For some of us, choosing fabric for patchwork quilts is a favorite part of the quilting process. And for others it’s something to get through, (or dare I say, overcome) before we can move on to our preferred step. While most quilters are somewhere in between the love and hate ends of the choosing fabric…

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How to Make String Pieced Half-Square Triangle Quilt Blocks

How do you feel about triangle quilts? I quite like them and I’ll admit, I’ve been having a love affair with Half-Square Triangle quilt blocks in particular. The mighty Half-Square Triangle quilt block is simple, but the possibilities are endless. It’s so fun to arrange and rearrange the blocks to create a wide array of…

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Festive & Fun Stitched Bird Ornaments

Have you kicked off your handmade holiday season yet? I’m happy to report; I’ve overcome my status as a procrastinator and have already begun working on quilted gifts for my family and friends. The small quilt patterns and fabric art projects from our new curated collection Trendy Modern Quilts and Gifts to Make And Give…

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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…