Author Archives: Kathy

Patriotic Quilts and Bonus Projects – FREE!

Patriotic quilts are among the most popular designs we publish! There’s something so refreshing about a red, white, and blue color palette. And familiar patriotic motifs like stars, stripes, and the good old USA make these patriotic quilt patterns true … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tutorials: Machine Quilting a Pretty Background Fill

Machine quilting patterns for beginners don’t have to be just straight lines or meanders. In fact, simple, attractive free-motion “fill” patterns can be easier to stitch than trying to go in-the-ditch with a walking foot. There is less precision involved, … Continue reading

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Rustic Hearts

Sometimes you look at a quilt and immediately know it’s from a scrap quilt pattern. Other times, a quilt’s scrappiness is not as apparent. The maker has grouped the scrappy assortment of fabrics by color or value and given the … Continue reading

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Pressed Leaves: A Visit with Tonya Alexander

Meet guest blogger, quilt designer, and author Tonya Alexander of  Eye Candy Quilts. Tonya’s table runner quilt, Pressed Leaves, is featured in the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Hi there! My name is Tonya Alexander and I have … Continue reading

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Log Cabin Quilts: A Designer’s Dilemma

Log Cabin quilts have been on my mind, as well as my design wall, lately. A year ago when I moved into my new-to-me house, I decided to furnish the guest room with a pair of twin beds. The theory … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tutorials: Fussy-Cutting Fabric Motifs

Sometimes a design printed on fabric is just so wonderful we don’t want to cut it up for our patchwork. In instances like this, fussy-cutting can be a very creative option for quilters.     In fussy-cutting, fabric patches are … Continue reading

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Friday Free Quilt Patterns: Moon and Stars

Are you ready for the Blue Moon tonight? In honor of this rare celestial event, this week’s Friday Freebie is Moon and Stars, a unique antique quilt pattern originally featured in an issue of McCall’s Quilting Vintage Quilts. Even if … Continue reading

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Stripe Love: A Visit with Beth Shibley

Welcome guest blogger and quilt designer Beth Shibley of Love Laugh Quilt! Beth’s quilt, Stripe Love, is featured in the September/October 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Beth writes:   I used the hour glass block (also called mitered boxes) … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tutorials: Precision Piecing

Precise piecing can be a tough sell in these days of fast, easy, really fast, simple, faster-than-fast quilt making. With our busy lives, we all love quick, basic quilt patterns that require no more precision than aiming for a 1/4″ … Continue reading

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Book Review: Get Started Quilting

Get Started Quilting: The Complete Beginner Guide by Jessica Alexandrakis (Interweave/F+W, $19.99) tackles a commendable breadth of quilt making knowledge in a friendly, easy-to-follow format. Any wannabe quilter would be lucky to get this book as an introduction to the … Continue reading

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