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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 11, 2016

129 Illinois Quilt Shops to Tempt You!

With such a large selection of Illinois quilt shops to choose from, you're sure to find just the right one!

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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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Sep 10, 2016

Duck Tracks Quilt Block in Four Sizes

Our Duck Tracks quilt block tutorial is for 4", 6", 8" and 12" finished blocks. Beginner friendly instructions. Lots of pictures.

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Sep 09, 2016

Why 100% Cotton Quilting Fabric is PERFECT for Beginners

Learn why cotton quilting fabric should be the only choice for the beginning quilter.

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Aug 27, 2016

Stars 'n Stripes

It's only 50 by 35 but this is the biggest quilt I have made so far. It's just 2.5 Half Square Triangles sewn together into red and ivory stripes, so

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Aug 21, 2016

Red, White and Blue

The pattern is one of my favorites. It is called Sticks and Stones and I obtained it from Missouri Star Quilting's web site. It is made from 2 1/2 inch

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Jul 06, 2016

Olfa Cutting Mat / Rotary Cutting Mat

Olfa Cutting Mat for Quilting: How to choose, use, care and repair a self healing rotary cutting mat. Prolong the life of your mats with this simple tip...

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May 15, 2016

Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond

I bought my machine when it first came out - the Red Deer dealer who subsequently closed - leaving all her many customers who bought expensive machines

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May 10, 2016

Pfaff 2144 sewing/embroidery machine

I purchased this machine new from dealer in 2006 thinking it would be fun to play around with embroidery, knowing Pfaff was such a reliable company and

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May 02, 2016

Janome Memory Craft 6600P

I bought it in 5 minutes and never looked back. It is the most wonderful machine for all around sewing and then some not so usual projects. I have

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Apr 22, 2016

Cuddle Up

This is my first attempt. I made a lap guilt for my grandson. The pattern is copied from a quilting book I got from the library. As I enjoy embroidery

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Apr 08, 2016

Dain's Wedding Quilt

This was a pattern called Candy Queen but I do not remember the designer. I had several firsts on this quilt. First time I did not design my own quilt,

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Mar 25, 2016

Who was first? Unearthing a quilt block design's origins

How would you credit the designer of a quilt block if you didn't know who stitched it first? Join the conversation and share your thoughts.

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Mar 11, 2016

Sparkly Diamond in a Square Quilt Block, multiple sizes

3 ways to make a Diamond in a Square quilt block: Cut your patches with a rotary cutter or templates or specialty ruler. Free cutting chart download.

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Mar 04, 2016

Brickwork Quilt Block Instructions: 6", 8", 10" finished

Stitch up a Brickwork quilt block using our instructions for either a specialty ruler or templates-whichever suits your budget. Beginner Friendly.

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Mar 01, 2016

Patch Size Matters for Your Quilt Designs

Ready to shoot the lock off your wallet for fabric for your new quilt designs? Learn to choose the best sized blocks for you with this simple idea.

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Feb 12, 2016

Broken Wheel Quilt Block: 6", 9", 12" finished blocks

Learn how to make a Broken Wheel quilt block or find another in our Quilt Block Pattern library. Free paperpiecing patterns and block coloring page.

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Jan 26, 2016

Ocean View

A beautiful colorful, lively quilt, Ocean View, is 64 inches by 84 inches and is one of two Raffle Quilts for the Venice Area Quilt Guild's upcoming Quilting

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Jan 26, 2016

Waves of Honor - Quilt of Honor 2015

I used the free paper piecing patterns (THANK YOU AGAIN!!!) and changed up the colors to make this Quilt of Valor for a local veteran I know. I call it

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Jan 17, 2016

Maypole Dance Quilt Block: Instructions in 4 Sizes

A Maypole Dance quilt block is a great pinwheel block for the beginning quilter. No triangles to cut. No bias edges to mess with! Just swirly goodness!

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Jan 04, 2016

Art Square Quilt Block: Tutorial in 4 sizes

The Art Square quilt block is simple to make with just 3 shapes/10 patches. This tutorial has instructions for both rulers and templates. Easy as pie!

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Jan 02, 2016

Free Half Square Triangle Paper to Download: Lesson #6

Download our free Half Square Triangle Paper (in 3 sizes) and make oodles of HSTs without the marking. Fast, easy, beginner-friendly, accurate results.

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Dec 17, 2015

Stairway to Heaven

My priest friend wanted a TRADITIONAL bed quilt in pink and navy blue. I knew I wanted to use Civil War reproduction fabrics so I started collecting them.

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Dec 14, 2015

Indiana Puzzle Quilt Block Pattern: 6", 9" and 12"

Our beginner-friendly Indiana Puzzle quilt block instructions start with half square triangles made 8-at-a-time. Finish in a jiffy. Easy Peasey!

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Dec 13, 2015

Grandmothers Cross Quilt Block: Instructions in 4 sizes

Beginner friendly instructions to make a Grandmother's Cross quilt block using either templates or an On-Point Ruler. Simple to make. Accurate results.

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Dec 12, 2015

Deconstructing Antique Quilt Designs: 3 ways to make a quilt YOUR way!

Learn to take apart antique quilt designs and then reconstruct them to suit YOUR skills! One pattern. Three options. Which is best for YOU?

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Dec 12, 2015

Mosaic #3 Quilt Block: Instructions in 3 sizes

The Mosaic 3 quilt block can be made using either templates or a specialty ruler that makes cutting patches as easy as pie!

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Dec 10, 2015

Free Quilting Templates: Easy to use-fast to make

Print our free quilting templates the right size. The first time. With these simple to follow instructions and tips. Templates don't have to be hard.

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