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  • New details about Moda & Martingale’s Quiltstock retreat!

    Moda & Martingale’s Quiltstock Retreat is starting soon. They recently announced in their Facebook group that sewing will be available... all night long. The classes are taught by four wonderful designers, Lisa Bongean, Me and My Sister Designs, Carrie Nelson, and Kathy Schmitz. All of them are unique and qualified to impart large amounts of knowledge on sewing.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Lisa Bongean, Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson, Carrie Nelson and Kathy Schmitz in person.
    • A free quilt book from each of the designers.
    • Five full days for the quilts display and exhibition.

    "Don’t miss your chance to recharge and reinvigorate your creativity at this one-of-a-kind event, brought to you by some of the best in the business!"

  • Simple Baby Quilt Pattern

    A minimalist and simple baby quilt

    Sometimes it's hard to explain why a quilt can be so striking. In this case, we came across a simple baby quilt that just made perfect, adorable sense. The pattern is quick and easy to sew. It's a striped quilt that's great for giving as a gift for a new baby. The original post at Simple Simon includes instructions for cutting and sewing this simple baby quilt pattern. And there's some great photos to help you along the way.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Making baby quilts is a quick afternoon project.
    • Baby quilts are a great gift for new parents.
    • Strip quilts are simple to cut and sew up and then you have a nice gift that will be treasured for years to come.

    "I love to make baby quilts for new babies, they are my go-to project because they are a quick afternoon sew."

  • Ruffle Edge Doll Quilt Tutorial

    A beautiful ruffle edged blanket

    Anyone with a toddler or grand-toddler? We loved this easy tutorial from polkadotchair.com for a ruffled baby doll quilt. Make any little girl feel special with her customized bedding for all her baby dolls! It makes great use of any ruffle strips that you might have laying around. And you will need to piece some strips together to get the 90”.

    Key Takeaways:

    • The ruffle edge trim sets this sweet quilt apart and makes it playful and fun.
    • This would be a fantastic project for beginning sewists, replace the ruffles (which can be a bit tricky to pin and sew) with glue on the ribbon, ricrac or pom pom trim and have them piece the top.
    • This fun quilt can be finished in an afternoon, which is always satisfying!

    "This quick project is a great way to show off favorite fabrics, practice your quilting techniques and make a little girl in your life happy- all at the same time!"

  • Patchwork & Quilting Basics – Quilt Batting

    Varieties of Quilt Batting

    Batting is an often overlooked area of quilting, so we were happy to see Nadra write about the different batting options that you can pick from. Depending on your project you may want your batting durable, or maybe you don't want it to crease? Maybe you want it fluffy or maybe you want it to absorb moisture and wear well? Some things to keep in mind are going with blends vs. straight cotton. Blends are not easily pressed; they do not fade as easily as cotton, but are harder to use in patchwork and are especially difficult in appliqués. Scrap quilts combine fabrics of many types, depending on the quilt. Antique quilts often use a combination silk and wool.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Keep in mind there's a whole world of batting materials
    • Thickness of quilt batting is measured by its loft
    • Scrim is a light-weight, thin and hardly visible fabric

    "There is a wide variety of quilt battings available on the market. Apart from common cotton or polyester batting you can choose between different fibers like wool, bamboo, soy or silk. It’s available off the bolt in your own custom size or prepackaged, in standard sizes for quilts."

  • Limonella Table Runner

    table runner for the summer

    Does anything say summertime more than a cold glass of lemonade? Here I am, not even half-way into spring and this limonella table runner already has me thinking about the summer. While I'm not ready to move on from my spring projects quite yet, this table runner project is super easy and I'm already wondering how great it would look with the extra blue tones of the Summer Breeze III collection

    Key Takeaways:

    • Great size for table runner
    • A table runner is great gift for Mother's Day
    • Super easy to make

    "It feels like summer! Why are the kids still in school!!!!!!!"

  • How to Choose Fabric for a Quilt

    How to pick matching quilt fabric

    Today we bring you some tips for how to choose the right fabric for a quilt (check the full post out here).

    Find a "focus fabric" and choose your color scheme based on that fabric. For instance, the post's writer was making a baby quilt for her sister a few years ago and she really liked a jungle print by Alexander Henry - so they used that as the jumping off point for the rest of the fabrics. They had a blast then picking and choosing the fat quarters to bring the whole quilt together.

    Key Takeaways:

    • A process that is a simple and straight forward way to bring a quilt together!
    • Small scale, medium and sometimes even large scale prints in a quilt can give the quilt the depth and texture it needs to look pulled together.
    • Use beautiful blocks and pull together color palettes out of the block's image that work great together.

    "Color is also an important part of a quilt"

  • Sew Goodness – Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt Blocks

    Scrap Quilting - Red Scraps Log Cabin

    Just look at this gorgeous mountainous picture from Amy of "Diary of a Quilter"! It's rare to see such a beautiful quilt matched by such a beautiful background. But you'll also love what an easy tutorial she's put together for you. Each step that she has written was clearly thought out and easy to follow as well as her way of teaching and explaining in detail of what she is doing. Even for beginners, we think that you could easily follow along and create something similar to her project.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Make a monochromatic (meaning one color) scrappy log cabin block measuring 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.
    • Step one is to DUMP the bin on the floor! The dump method makes it easier to see what you have while sewing and sorting.
    • The goal is to mix up the placement of lights and darks in your block to create more depth and dimension in the quilt.

    "I’ve been thinking it would be great to put out a Quilt Block challenge to be made into quilts for a good cause, because many hands make light work (or in other words – many blocks make fast quilts!)"

  • Shine Bright Quilted Pillow Tutorial

    Interested in knitting a quilted pillow? Turns out it's a great idea because it's quick to do! Because it's so quick you can either keep it for yourself or make it as a nice handmade gift.

    Here's a great tutorial for the "Shine bright quilted pillow". It begins with cutting out fabric scraps for the pillow which would be used for he backs and batting. Then 16 squares in a 4 row by 4 squares pattern is laid out and stitched together. The 4 rows are joined and strips added. Finally, the quilting is done which results in an 18” square pillow case.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Cut the following: Out of your fabric scraps cut out 3.5″ squares from various coordinating prints. I used 9 different fabrics. Cut 2 strips of border fabric 12.5″ by 3.5″ and two strips 18.5″ by 3.5.” Cut two squares 14″ by 18.5″ for the pillow backs. Cut one square of 18.5″ by 18.5″ batting
    • - Stitch each of the 4 squares together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seams. - Now join each of the four rows together using a 1/4″ seam allowance to form a patchwork square. Press seams. - Add your 12.5″ by 3.5″ strips to the top and bottom using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seams.
    • - Add your side borders (18.5″ by 3.5″ strips). Stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seams and full pillow front. - Spray baste your completed pillow front to your 18.5″ by 18.5″ batting piece. - Quilt as desired. I used straight lines through the corners of the squares.

    "I love them because they are quick to sew up and they make for a nice handmade gift too."

  • Let's Bake Table Runner

    Let's Bake Table Runner Quilt

    This beautiful and whimsical table runner was created with a fun baking theme that can be enjoyed by kids and adults. The design was borrowed from Lori Holt's applique pieces and a mix of prints. Canisters, a mixer and cupcakes are taken from Lori's original designs and modified to fit a table runner. A mixing bowl print, one of Lori's designs, provides the perfect back pattern to finish the look.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Sewing is such a fun hobby and you can use your imagination to make a lot of different designs and purposes.
    • Sewing has become a great activity for her family and her kids are enjoying the sewing of table runners.
    • Don't be afraid to do projects that may seem out of the ordinary because your creations will be a great reminder how fun the activity was for the entire family.

    "There is no ric-rac at the top of the cupcake liners because I forgot to order it in time, and I only made 4 cupcakes instead of 6 so that it would fit more neatly on the runner."

  • Derby Day Quilts

    Derby Day Spring Quilt Pattern

    What shows off your Kentucky Derby Day excitement better than the vibrant Spring shades of pink and blue on white? The fabrics are used in this eye catching Across the Board quilt. Amanda, the creator of the quilt, says she was inspired by horse racing in her design.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Beautiful variation of Spring colors
    • Inspired blocks of horses and grass
    • Name inspired from an old horse-betting phrase

    "It’s actually not as long as it seems since you are busy almost the whole time between turning in the files to be printed and getting actual fabric in your hands."

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