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May 23, 2017

Compass Quilt

I have sewn for more than 50 years; clothing - including a rain coat and a wool winter coat; sofa & papasan chair covers; costumes for kids, adults, and

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May 23, 2017

Singer 247

This is a machine that I bought when I was in the Army and overseas. To me, it is the Featherweight 221 with zig-zag and 3-needle positions. I bought

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May 18, 2017

Log Cabin Quilt Designs

Log Cabin Quilt Designs: From basic block to WOW! Use our free layouts to plan your next log cabin quilt. Tips to make planning and design easy.

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May 17, 2017

Courthouse Steps Quilt Pattern: Fast and Fun Beginner Quilt

Courthouse Steps Quilt: Fast, easy quilt pattern makes great beginner quilts. Free layout guides, design tips for your next quilt project

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May 14, 2017

New England Quilt Block: 5", 7-1/2" and 10" finished

A New England quilt block is the definition of sweetness and simplicity. Half square triangles, cut squares and rectangles. Beginner friendly tutorial.

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May 12, 2017

Bernina 330

Love the stitch, when I remember to do everything perfect. Not impressed with the size of the throat/harp area. Dealer is okay. But I took my machine

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May 11, 2017

Fussy Cut for Effect: Let Your Quilt Fabric Do the Work

Fussy cut quilt fabric. Add interest to your quilts. Fun & simple to do. See examples. Reward who steps closer to admire your work with a visual treat.

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Apr 18, 2017

On the Square Quilt Block: 9", 13-1/2", 18" finished

The On the Square quilt block stitches up quickly using simple strip piecing techniques. Beginner-friendly instructions to help each step of the way.

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Apr 16, 2017

Antique Tile Quilt Block: 6", 9" and 12" finished blocks

The Antique Tile quilt block is perfect for a beginneing quilter. But simple doesn't mean boring. See 15 ways to set them. The last one's a humdinger!

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Apr 16, 2017

Antique Tile Quilt: 15 layouts. From simple to Stunning!

Just because it's a beginner block doesn't mean the Antique Tile quilt is just for beginners. Follow along as we find the perfect, knockout design.

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Apr 16, 2017

Antique Tile Quilt, Part 2, The final reveal!

Our hunt for the perfect Antique Tile quilt design is near the end. In these variations the block disappears into the layout. Dazzling quilt designs.

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Apr 13, 2017

Free Motion Quilting 101 / How to Machine Quilt / Machine Quilting Instructions

Free Motion Quilting 101; Learn machine techniques from a qualified teacher. Perfect for beginners and experts. Ready to quilt? Let's begin!

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Apr 08, 2017

Evening Star Quilt Block Tutorial - 4", 6", 8", 10" and 12" blocks

The Evening Star quilt block is ideal for the beginning quilter-simply connector corners & squares. Use this step-by-step tutorial for great results!

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Apr 06, 2017

Dewey Quilt Block: Block instructions in three sizes

A Dewey Quilt Block is the perfect showcase for those yummy large-scale prints. Illustrated, beginner friendly instructions for 8", 12" and 16" blocks

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Mar 27, 2017

Pfaff Performance 5

I have had this machine for almost 4 months. Have used all.kst everyday. I adore this machine. I bought it as my main sewing machine. This machine has

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Mar 23, 2017

Bleeding fabric in a twin size Dutchman's Puzzle

Randi shares...I had my son help me choose fabric for his quilt. Red was/is his favorite color, so of course it was a bright solid he chose. A Dutchman's

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Mar 16, 2017

Standard Quilt Sizes Chart: King, Queen, Twin, Crib and More

Download your free Standard Quilt Sizes Chart, a complete reference for quilt, mattress, and packaged batting sizes. Right-size your next quilt!

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Mar 13, 2017

Pfaff Passport 2.0

I LOVE this machine! Bought it to take to sew ins...because I have two Quilt Expression 4.0's (2 homes) and figured the parts would be interchangeable...they

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Mar 12, 2017

Sunflower House Blessing Quilt

As my friend was searching for a home to purchase for her and her family, I began praying this scripture verse for her: God determined the times set for

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Feb 25, 2017

Streak of Lightning ~ The rest of the story!

Cindy writes... It's not a quilt yet BUT could not find a page for first timers to post their pride and joy. I'm trusting all of you lovely quilters will

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Feb 25, 2017

Streak of Lightning Quilt

Advice for quilting a Log Cabin Streak of Lightning quilt. Includes cutting charts, diagrams, helpful tips for a foolproof job! Beginner friendly.

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Feb 22, 2017

Free Quilt Block Patterns Library

Free quilt block patterns to tempt quilters of every skill level. Multiple sizes. Free downloadable paper piecing patterns where needed.

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Feb 04, 2017

224 California Quilt Shops to tempt you!

A treasure trove of California quilt shops convenienty listed for you in alphabetical order by town. Can you say 'Road Trip!'

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Jan 04, 2017

Mum's 70th Birthday Log Cabin Photo Quilt

I made this quilt for my mother for her 70th birthday in December 2016. I thought a Log Cabin would show off the photos best and still have an excellent

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Dec 19, 2016

Blocks and Pinwheels Quilt Block: 6", 8" 12"

A Blocks and Pinwheels quilt block is full of whirly-twirly goodness. 8-at-a-time half square triangles make it a breeze to make. Beginner-friendly.

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Dec 07, 2016

Missouri Puzzle Quilt Block: 7-1/2" 15, 30"

A Missouri Puzzle quilt block is a veritable playground for the beginning quilter. Half square triangles, strip piecing are all it takes. Fun to make!

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Dec 03, 2016

Paper Pinwheel Quilt Block: 6", 8" and 12"

A Paper Pinwheel quilt block is a simple little block-a few half square triangles & squares. It hides a secret. Can you find it? Beginner friendly.

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Dec 02, 2016

Propeller Quilt Block Tutorial: 5", 7-1/2" and 10"

With our Propeller quilt block--just half square triangles and strip-pieced pairs--you'll be flying high in no time. Beginner-friendly instructions.

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Dec 01, 2016

Crow's Foot Quilt Block Tutorial: 6", 9" and 12"

A Crow's Nest quilt block is a dynamic design. Simple to make--just half square triangles & a four patch. Color does all the work. Couldn't be easier!

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Nov 29, 2016

Snowflake Quilt Block Pattern: 5", 7-1/2" and 10" finished

A Snowflake quilt block has an Economy patch as its center. Half square triangles made 8-at-a-time + cut squares finish the design. Delightful and fun!

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Nov 29, 2016

At the Depot Quilt Block: 6", 9", or 12" finished

At the Depot quilt block instructions for two different techiques--with a specialty ruler or with free downloadable templates. Choose your favorite.

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Nov 27, 2016

On-Point Ruler: No messy math to set blocks on-point!

The On-Point Ruler lets you skip the math, get straight to cutting patches set on-point in your blocks. No more formulas. See if it's right for you!

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Nov 27, 2016

A House Jack Built Quilt Block: 6", 9" and 12" finished

The House Jack Built quilt block is a sweet little design. Easy to make with the proper tools. Two techniques shared. Free downloadable templates.

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Nov 18, 2016

Snowman Quilt Patterns: Not just for the holidays!

Snowman quilt patterns bridge the gap between the festive Christmas holiday season and the cold dreary months of winter. Which one will you make?

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Nov 18, 2016

Left, Right, Center

There is an inexpensive dice game by this name that you can easily find at stores. We play it with fat quarters. Start with 3 or more fat quarters,

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Nov 15, 2016

Viking 875 Quilt

This machine has given me nothing but headaches. I am an art quilter. I primarily free motion stitch. This machine creates bird nests on the underside

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Nov 13, 2016

Path and Stiles Quilt Block: 9", 13-1/2" and 18" blocks

A Path and Stiles quilt block is simple to make. Quick pieced HSTs. A bit of strip piecing. Beginner friendly. More blocks patterns to choose from.

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Nov 11, 2016

Valley Square Quilt: 7 Spectacular Design Ideas

Your Valley Square quilt blocks are made. How will you set them? Check out these 7 different ideas to make the most of your precious quiltig time.

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Nov 11, 2016

Valley Square Quilt Block Tutorial: 9", 13-1/2" and 18"

A Valley Square quilt block is easy to make using Connector Corners. No bias to mess with. Beginner friendly instructions. Layout ideas provided.

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Nov 05, 2016

Churn Dasher Quilt Block Tutorial - 5", 7-1/2", 10" and 15" blocks

Learn how to make a Churn Dasher quilt block or choose another our Free Block Pattern library. Beginner friendly instructions in 4 sizes.

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Oct 25, 2016

Pfaff Quilt Expressions 4.0

The large harp space and my experience with a Pfaff 5770 is the main reason I bought this machine. It is fine for simple sewing and piecing but will

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Oct 25, 2016

The Letters of Quilting

Put Scrabble letters in a bag and keep passing it around the table having everyone take four or five each time and turning them upside down. Once they're

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Oct 25, 2016

Been There Done That

Pick a theme that many of the quilters in your guild will have done. This might be a past workshop, a popular block or technique, or a common precut.

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Oct 25, 2016

Double Star Quilt Block Tutorial - 7.5", 10", 12.5" and 15" blocks

Make a Double Star quilt block. Instructions for 4 sizes. Learn the partial seams method to make this twinkling star block pattern.

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Oct 19, 2016

Grandpa's Neckties

I have NEVER used a sewing machine in my life. But I've wanted to learn how to sew in the last 4-5 years. When my grandpa passed at 96 years old, we were

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Oct 02, 2016

Rocky Mountain Chain Quilt Block: 10", 15" 20" finished

A Rocky Mountain Chain quilt block tutorial. Free downloads. Beginner friendly instructions. Stitch simple units to create this stunning design!

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Oct 02, 2016

Design Inspiration for a Rocky Mountain Chain Quilt

Get those creative juices flowing! Design ideas using the Rocky Mountain Chain quilt block.

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Sep 21, 2016

Crow's Nest Quilt Block: 9", 13-1/2" and 18" finished

The Crow's Nest quilt block is a variation on the Churn Dash. Beginner friendly instructions.

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Sep 17, 2016

What's the best triangle paper for YOU?

Four triangle paper options are compared to help you choose the best one for your quilting needs. New to triangle paper? Download a free sample to try.

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