DIY: Euro pillows headboard

DIY Headboard I made this temporary headboard from a *cutter quilt top and two European-style 26″ x 26″ pillows. If you live in the United States, you can find these reasonably priced at HomeGoods, that’s where I bought mine. *Quilters use this term to describe … Read More...

Pretty Liberty of London top

Liberty Patchwork Top

If you are a Liberty of London fabric collector, I’m sure you keep all your scraps after wrapping up a project. Vicky of Mad for Fabric made good use of some of hers with this adorable patchwork top. She says her … Read More...

Tutorial: Quilted mini tote

Leaf mini tote Susie of  Susie’s Sunroom made a quilted basket that would be the perfect size to catch all the bits of thread that happen as you sew. It’s also a brilliant way to show off embellishments, like this pretty pink leaf. … Read More...

Clever use of Halloween panels for quilt

Clever use of Halloween Panels for QuiltMake an interesting seasonal quilt. Riel of The Q and the U did (top in progress) by fussy cutting 6 Halloween fabric panels, then sewing them together in a Kaleidoscope design. Also called a One Block Wonder, if you are not familiar with this technique, … Read More...

Kickoff: Boos and Ghouls Quilt Along

Boos and Ghouls QAL Get your spirits soaring this Halloween with mini quilts to adorn your walls. Designed by Becca of Bryan House Quilts, she invites her readers to join her ‘Boos and Ghouls Quilt Along’. Every week, starting September 8th, she’ll share instructions – first on cutting out your fabric, … Read More...

Tutorial: Lovebirds Pillow 1 of 4

Bird Pillow This is 1 of 4 pillows Debbie of Wow I Like That made from a single fat quarter and thrift store sheet. She machine appliqued and embroidered a sweet bird scene in the center square, oh la la. The border, in blue, is straight line quilted. Turn it over … Read More...

Patchwork Threads for cool clothing

BabyOnsieFutureQuilterBoysTshirtSailboatHalfSquareTrianglesGirlsTshirtPatchworkHeartinPastelsI found these quilt-themed graphic garments under the Kids section of Patchwork Threads. My thanks goes to Chris of The Tattooed Quilter for introducing me to this online shop through his interview with Lindsey – who along with her husband – founded it. … Read More...

Tutorial: String quilt block

StripStringQuiltBlock This is the start of a quilt says Leena of Creative Instincts. The singular block started as an 8 inch square piece of paper pencil-marked on the diagonal in varying widths. Next, she cut yardage in narrow strips and began sewing them down, one after … Read More...

Tute: Tot’s Triangle Tote

Tot's Triangle Tote Free tutorial

Fill this cute tote with things to keep the little ones busy and your next outing will be a cinch. The bottom is made of pieced triangles sewn into rows. The handles sit between this and the top band. All of it … Read More...

Churn Dash Stitch Along

Elefantz_ShabbyChicChurnDashQAL

Jenny, of Elefantz, offers us a sweet activity to mark the end of summer with her “12 Week Shabby Roses Churn Dash Stitch Along”. You’ll start by embroidering a design (each one unique) on a solid ground. This will become the center of a Churn … Read More...

Glad to kiss this quilt goodbye

Kisses Quilt Disaster

It happens. Some projects, no matter how hard we try, yield less than desirable results. Alyssa of Measured and Slow found this out with her latest quilt, “Kisses”, a portion of which is shown here. She admits failure is not all bad, she did get Read More...

Tute: Use Photoshop for improv applique

Ants to Sugar design PhotoShop Previewing your work along the way to a completed project is important. Just ask Daisy of Ants to Sugar, who recently used Photoshop for this purpose, with great results. She did improvisational piecing, then played, digitally, with cutting it into shapes. This lets … Read More...

Winner of Flutter fabric bundle

Contest Laura Gunn Via Random.org, I drew commenter 31, who said this about the “Flutter” fabric collection by Laura Gunn:
I love the butterfly print and the painters canvas in mermaid. So pretty!!
Congratulations Karen, I will contact you privately to get this Read More...

Peripheral art in a feather

Sketch Stitching MaureenCracknellHandmade

I believe some of our best work comes when we are not focused on the big things. Take Maureen Cracknell for instance. After releasing a new fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics called Wild & Free – yes, this is huge – she’s returned … Read More...

Newsy: Crafty mags going away

Quilt Trends The Quilter no moreSoon, you will cease to see these magazines on store shelves or in your mailbox. Sadly, the parent company, All American Crafts, closed its doors last week. Specifically dear to my heart are two of their publications, The Quilter and Quilt Read More...

Tutorial: Halloween Parlor quilt

Halloween Parlor quilt RavenNothing foretells trouble ahead like a raven. Michelle of Michelle’s Romantic Tangle puts hers smack in the middle of this quilt. Appliqued to a fabric string block in neutral hues, she finishes the look with diamonds extending all the way … Read More...

Best storefront winner + giveaway

TieBreaker Winner The Quilt Shop You’ve done it. You’ve broken the tie between the top two contenders in my Best Fabric Shop Storefront Contest. And the winner is…drum roll please…The Quilt Shop. This fabric shop is located in a picturesque Victorian village – Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Known as a … Read More...