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Fact: snacks taste better when served on a handcrafted mug rug. Or at least, that's how you'll feel once you stitch these cute coasters and mug rugs.
Don't throw out those selvages! Save 'em from your fabric so you can transform them into a scrappy mug rug that commemorates your crafts.
Diane Knott
Mug rugs may not grow on trees, but they can come out of fabric scraps. This quick and easy project is perfect for summer or fall, and — bonus! — makes an A+ gift for any teacher.
Diane Knott
Whether there's a drawer in your kitchen dedicated to mug rugs or you've never made a single one, this folded flying geese design is a must-have. Not only is it beginner-friendly, but it's a great project for practicing a ton of techniques: making folded flying geese, sewing partial seams and using a pillowcase binding. Oh, and guess what? It can be made completely with charm squares!
Diane Knott
Make your morning cup of coffee way more colorful with a rainbow ray mug rug. This project is pure fun — and a great introduction to the sew-and-flip technique on a paper foundation.
Diane Knott
When your craft of choice is quilting, Angela Walters needs no introduction. As the host of the ever-popular Midnight Quilt Show and creator of Quilting Is My Therapy, she's traveled the country teaching fellow makers everything from designing with rulers to machine quilting borders, and she inspires thousands with her gorgeous designs.
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Love is in the air (and in your craft room) this Valentine's Day. Whether you're a sewist, quilter or prefer machine embroidery, these patterns are sure to make your heart skip a beat.
Irene Valle
It’s never too late to start a new craft. Just ask Vanessa Vargas Wilson (aka The Crafty Gemini), who not only teaches sewing in Sew Little: Nursery Design, but also shows off her quilting, knitting and embroidery skills in the classes that come with a Bluprint Project Plan.
Bluprint
It's Valentine's Day, so love is most definitely in the air — and in your fabric! Celebrate the holiday by decking out your home or gifting an array of swoon-worthy quilt projects.
Lindsay Conner
There's nothing better than a heart-shaped quilt block for Valentine's Day. Whether you're making it into a table runner or a part of a larger quilt, it's sure to make your loved ones swoon. Best part: you don't have to go for the traditional red and pink colorway. Choose any hues you want — so long as your fabrics contrast, this design will be bursting with love.
Michele Foster
If you're looking for a cute, quick project that'll use up your scraps, we've got a project you're going to love. This heart block sews together in five simple steps, and it's the perfect project to give to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.
Diane Knott
Crafting for the holidays is supposed to be fun — but so often our yarn balls turn into stress balls as we try to meet deadlines and get everything done. But with a little planning, you can keep yourself happily making as the holidays approach. Sounds magical, right?
Kathryn Vercillo
Real talk: your home could always use a bit more patchwork, especially around the holidays. Finish out the year with fast, festive festive quilting projects — that's right, we're talking tree skirts and stockings galore!
Angela Mitchell
Grab your end-of-the-year scraps and add a little extra festivity to the house with an adorable Christmas quilt block. This design can be sewn into cute pillows or place mats, or you could pair 'em with other designs (like a modern Christmas block) to make an entire Christmas quilt. 'Tis the season to be merry!
Diane Knott
When you're free-motion quilting, there are a handful of snafus you can run into. But don't let frustration get the best of you! With these easy fixes, you'll be able to solve so many problems and be on your merrily quilting way.
Christa Watson
Why will you love these quilted bowl cozies? Let us count the ways. Not only are they cute and totally customizable (meaning they'd make a great gift), but this pattern is also microwave-safe, reversible and can cover all sizes of bowls. Plus, it's so easy to make!
Diane Knott
Once the tree is decorated, it's time to turn your attention to another area of the house that's always in need of a little holiday flavor: the kitchen table. After all, a table runner makes a great centerpiece for your family's holiday meal. These patterns stitch up quick, so you can make 'em in a weekend and have them done well before the big day.
Lindsay Conner
Potholders are the perfect project — they're quick and easy to stitch up, they make great gifts and you can use scraps left over from larger projects. Follow this tutorial and you'll have some ready to present in no time.
Sherri McConnell
You've gotta love a quilt that takes its name from a hairstyle. Like the fancy 'do, French braid quilts and quilt blocks give the illusion of woven strands, and they're sewn from fabric strips in prints or solids. And while they look intricate, they're actually a cinch to piece — even if you're a beginner.
Lindsay Conner
Did you know you can make a charming, super cozy quilt without putting in a ton of time or — wait for it — even really knowing how to quilt? It's shocking, but true, thanks to one quickie weekend project: the rag quilt.
Angela Mitchell
There are three different ways to finish a quilt: machine quilting (either through free-motion, longarm or a walking foot), traditional hand quilting and hand tying.
Angela Mitchell
Monogramming adds a personal detail to any project: piped icing on cake designs, embroidered stitches on home decor, stamped initials on stationary, even custom details on quilt or sewing projects. And these days, you can pretty much design your monograms however you want. But if you want to keep things more traditional, there are a few monogram etiquette rules to consider following.
Debbie Henry
We may be a bit biased, but that homemade pumpkin spice latte seems to taste so much better — and is way more photogenic — when it's resting on top of a festive mug rug. This stacked presents pattern is perfect for Christmas, but you could easily swap out the red and green fabric for colors better suited to Hanukkah, a birthday, or any other occasion worth celebrating. Talk about versatility!
Diane Knott
If you want to sew a dimensional design onto a quilt, pillow or any other sewing project — and you don't want anyone to see those stitches — hand appliqué is the technique for you. Once you nail the basic stitching, you'll be able to add any creation, be it a simple shape or a more complex pieced block like a Dresden plate.
Sherri McConnell
Whether you're quilting yourself or sending your quilt sandwich to a quilter for finishing, longarm quilting gives your project a beautiful, polished look. But before the stitching can take place, you need to do some prep work. Here's how to get your quilt ready for longarm quilting, so you end up with the best-looking results.
Karen Walker
Foundation paper piecing is like the paint-by-numbers of quilting. You use a paper template to outline which fabric goes where, then stitch both the paper and the fabric together along dotted lines. Remove the paper, and voilà — you have a perfectly pieced block!
Lindsay Conner
Christmas is fast approaching, which means Christmas quilt season is in full swing. If you haven't picked your holiday project yet, we have holiday quilts of all sizes and styles to help you feel the festive spirit.
Lauren Lang
Longarm rulers are a quilter's BFF, but as you may have guessed from the name, they're traditionally used by those who sew on longarm machines. These acrylic rulers are usually thicker than rotary cutting rulers, and they're designed for ruler work — a technique where you guide the foot along the edge of the ruler to produce a perfectly straight line, curved angle or circular shape.
Leah Day
So you've finished piecing your quilt top — woohoo! Before you build your quilt sandwich and start quilting, you have one step to complete: you need to make a quilt back.
Lindsay Conner
Once your quilt top is finished, your backing is ready to go and your batting is cut to size, you only have two more steps before you can finally start quilting! Here's how to make your quilt sandwich and baste the layers so you can get going on the good stuff.
Lindsay Conner
Let the countdown to Christmas begin! Advent calendars are a fun holiday tradition made even better when you make one yourself. Use these patterns to stitch some holiday cheer the whole fam can take part in.
Lindsay Conner
Say buh-bye to that pile of unfinished quilt tops in your craft room. Quilting pro Christina Cameli is here with a bunch of different ways to quilt your almost-finished projects, so you can get those beauties wrapped up and off to their lucky recipients!
Bluprint
This Thanksgiving, we're bringing a cornucopia of quilting patterns. These festive home decor projects are just what you need to wow your Turkey Day guests.
Angela Mitchell
Add some festive flair to your kitchen with the cutest mug rug and tea towel. They whip up in a flash, especially with our printable PDF template. Just follow the cut-outs, piece 'em together and do some simple stitching!
Diane Knott
If you're looking to make an adorable, totally one-of-a-kind quilt block this fall, look no further. This scrappy, stash-busting pumpkin is made entirely of 1½"-wide strips. It comes together in a snap, and it's perfect for autumn stitching. All you need now is a warm mug of homemade apple cider and the perfect fall afternoon is complete.
Diane Knott
We love a good layer cake, both the dessert and quilting variety. But in quilting, it's a fairly broad term — it isn't a specific design or method, rather it's any quilt that relies on 10" x 10" cuts of fabric for construction. You can easily find them in bundled precuts, so choose your fave and try your hand at these patterns and projects.
Bluprint
Quilt-as-you-go breaks down your projects to make them much more manageable, making them oh-so-perfect for quick stitching. Brush up on your QAYG techniques, then break out your machine. These projects will go so fast, you can whip up any one of 'em in a single weekend.
Bluprint
While avid quilters have an array of methods available for joining blocks, there's one process to always keep in mind: quilt-as-you-go. Essentially, QAYG is a way to break down your quilting into more manageable pieces, making it a go-to for those who have smaller work spaces, are working on small-scale projects (like a patchwork bag), or are managing joint pain. Bonus: it's a great way to bust your stash! With that in mind, here are some fun QAYG joining techniques that help bring your blocks together in gorgeous fashion.
Bluprint
Sure, quilting on a sewing machine is perfectly fine. But if you're ready to upgrade, you may want to look into a mid-arm quilting machine. Yes, they're pricier and take up more space, but they're specifically designed to make quilting soooo much easier. No idea how? Oh, let us count the ways.
Lindsay Conner
A jelly roll, AKA a set of 2½″ precut fabric strips, is a major time saver for quilters. With the fabric already cut and coordinated, all that’s left to do is sew the strips into a fantastic quilt top! So if you have a few jelly rolls you've collected over the years, here are a few designs that'll put them to good use.
Bluprint
Half-square triangles, or HSTs, have to be one of the most versatile quilt blocks around. No matter how you piece 'em together (yeah, there's more than one way to make an HST! ) the result is the same: a simple foundation block made in two contrasting fabrics, that can be arranged to create quilt designs ranging from crazy simple to beautifully complex.
Bluprint
English paper piecing, or EPP, is a classic quilting technique that never gets old. It involves wrapping fabric around a paper piece to stabilize and form a specific shape — usually hexagons — then basting and sewing by hand. It's a fun, yet simple way to create complex quilt blocks, and it's super easy to incorporate the technique into a ton of different projects. And since many EPP projects are comprised of little pieces of fabric, they're perfect to take on whenever your fabric stash starts to overflow juuust a smidge.
Bluprint
If there's anything we like more than making quilts, it's got to be free quilt patterns. Which is why Angela Walters, host of our uber-popular Midnight Quilt Show series, is our quilting BFF: not only can you download her most popular patterns below (did we mention they're free?!), but you can also stitch along with Angela as she works up each quilt. The only question: Which one will you make first?!
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Breaking news: quilting doesn't have to take foreverrr. These bags use all the techniques you love about your craft, and you can knock 'em out in a weekend!
Bluprint
Let's be honest: making quilted gifts can be just as much fun as creating full-size quilts. So if you're looking for homemade gift ideas, consider these beauties for the best peeps on your list.
Bluprint
If you're a beginner quilter, terms like bias tape appliqué and curved piecing can sound mighty intimidating. But they don't have to be! Quilting pro Latifah Saafir — who teaches two gorgeous quilting projects in her Modern Quilts With Bias Tape Appliqué class — is convinced that newbies can tackle anything they put their minds to, especially if they aren't afraid to make mistakes. She gave us her best tips for those just getting started, along with the one technique that's been a total game-changer for her quilting.
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Admit it: it's easy to lose control of your sewing space to fabric, thread and other tools. But we're here to fight back against clutter and keep your craft room mess-free. Say hello to your new favorite organizers — that you get to DIY!
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Congrats! You've just quilted a quilt. You're probably already dreaming about your next one. Only thing is, you still need to bind that beauty!
Christa Watson
Whether it's your very first quilt project or one of many in the works, making a baby quilt is tough to beat in the fun department. They're small (which equals fast!) and, of course, are irresistibly cute. Get ready for all the oohs and ahhhs you'll hear at the baby shower!
Bluprint
We love a nice, hefty quilting project — it feels so satisfying once it's done! But there's something equally wonderful about starting and finishing a quilt top in just one weekend. That's where these beauties come in: they're super speedy thanks to smart use of precuts, large blocks or just a whole lot of negative space. Mark your calendar, this weekend is booked!
Bluprint
Putting a price tag on all your time, work and creativity can feel like the hardest thing in the world. Too high, no one will buy it. Too low, you won't be able to keep your business running. How do you find that sweet spot? We've got some tips to help you nail it.
Ashley Martineau
Sometimes the thought of measuring and cutting fabric is totally unappealing, and other times you just want to play around with all of the variations in a given fabric collection — without dropping a ton of cash on yardage. Precuts give you the chance to do just that!
Sherri McConnell
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