Quilts are ‘objects of desire’

APC Quilts Ogden Touitou

I like finding quilts where you least expect them, like the one I spied in a current issue of ELLE Decor magazine. On their “Style Sheet” page the author shows readers a modern-looking quilt and explains they are part of a collection of limited edition quilts created by Jessica … Read More...

Tips: Landscape quilts

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Cathy at Patchworks that Praise combines piecing, applique and painterly skills to make beautiful landscape quilts. An author as well, check out her latest book, Lovely Landscape Quilts (Dec 2014, Fons and Porter). I found on her site a tip page where she shares some of her techniques. … Read More...

Tutorial: Clothespin bag

Clothespin bag Tutorial

I have a thing for patchwork, so this is the perfect clothespin bag for me. Debbie of Sewing with Rascal not only made this, but she shared a tutorial/recipe for it at Moda Bake Shop. She explains her reason for choosing this particular project.… Read More...

Free pattern: Paper pieced pin cushion

Paper Pieced Pincushion free pattern

Nati of Nati’s Little Things shares this paper pieced pincushion pattern as a free download as part of Craftsy’s “Free Pattern Friday”. They come in two sizes, so you can choose, or make both. These would be great for a swap, because … Read More...

Free pattern: Contour Feather quilt block

Feather Block free download

Paper piecing is the perfect technique for sewing feathers, especially when you are changing fabrics frequently. Anne, of Play Crafts, demonstrates this with her beautifully executed quilt block, Contour Feather. She shares on her blog a free-to-download pattern for it, so you can make your own … Read More...

Tutorial: Apron from empty chip bags

Crisps Packet Apron Recycled

Vicky of Inspire, Create, Upcycle transformed some empty crisp packets (chips in the U.S.) into this unique apron. To a quilter’s eye, it’s patchwork, specifically, a one-patch design. She shares on her blog how she made it, including how she got her hands on so … Read More...

Tutorial + pattern: Mug hot pad

Hot Pad of the Month

These hot pads are so cute they deserve a spot on mine and your to-do-list. To make them, Crafty Staci started with assorted cotton prints, quilt batting and Insul-Bright. Cutting each into a mug shape, she then stacked and sewed them together. She shares on her blog step-by-step instructions … Read More...

QAL block two – Sewing machine

Snapshots quilt block

Melissa of Happy Quilting shares her “make” for month two of the Fat Quarter Shop’s Snapshots Quilt-Along (QAL). Though the patterns are offered up as a free download, the research done by St. Jude’s is not. They are asking participants of this year-long … Read More...

Newsy: 2015 Textile Design Competition

Textile Contest P&B 2015

Aspiring fabric designers, listen up. You have until March 1, 2015 to enter your collection in a contest held by P&B and Pattern Observer. If you win the top spot, see what you get:

One Grand Prize Winner will receive a licensing contract with

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Free pattern: Spring quilt

Fresh Spring Quilt pattern

If you have large prints in your stash too pretty to cut up, this quilt is for you. Called Framed Flowers, the large motif makes the quilt sing. The finished size is also a perk, coming in at a decor-friendly 52 inches. I … Read More...

Tutorial: Pinwheel pillowcase

Pinwheel quilt block or pillow fleece

Angel of FleeceFun.com made this pretty pillowcase using six simple pinwheel quilt blocks. The pinwheel blades are sewn in on the long side of the triangle, leaving the other two sides open for therapeutic thumb-flipping. Perfect for kids, right?

She shares on her blog how … Read More...

Lesson 2: FMQ Threads + giveaway

Thread lesson Rachael Rabbit

The topic for this month’s free motion quilting series hosted by Rachael Rabbit is thread. It’s what holds the three layers of a quilt together. She explains all the options and gives tips for getting it right. There are lots of great … Read More...

One hour triangle quilt – yes way!

Triangle quilt Spoonflower Cheater See Kate Sew

The quickest way to grab a quilter’s attention is promise they can make a baby quilt in one hour from start to finish. No way. That’s impossible you say for a triangle quilt. Well, Kate of See Kate Sew, claims otherwise.

Get her secret on … Read More...

Whole Cloth Mystery QAL

Mystery QAL Lori Kennedy

Lori of The Inbox Jaunt is hosting a Mystery QAL (Quilt Along) this month focused on free motion quilting. You’ll start with a quilt sandwich made from two fat quarters (18″x22″), so she’s keeping it small. There’s no piecing so you can concentrate … Read More...

Freebie: Valentine’s Day quilt at Dear Stella

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With minimal design on a neutral ground, this quilt celebrates Valentine’s Day without too much fuss. The Chains of Love pattern, designed by Shelly Pagliai of Prairie Moon, is offered as a free download over at Dear Stella blog. Though the quilt showcases their awesome fabrics, you … Read More...

Two ways you can help Libby

Libbys-Log-Cabin-FlatLibby Lehman, renowned quilter and teacher, has suffered a health crisis requiring a long recovery. With mounting medical bills, fellow quilters want to help her out. Moda released fabric line, Community, where all proceeds from its purchase goes to Libby. I spied some at … Read More...

Black hearts pillow decor

Black Hearts Pillow

I love twofers in DIY, don’t you? Here, Nettie of A Quilt is Nice decorates for Valentine’s Day, but with a darker shade of red, actually black. With black, it’s neutral enough to be out all year. She used a tutorial … Read More...