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          You've made up your mind to finally take a crack at knitting, cake decorating, paper crafting … whatever. But how to make it happen when there are so many options? The truth: Just. Go. Start.
          Liz Callahan Schnabolk
          Forget everything you know about quilting — that it requires cutting fabric into a gazillion pieces, then placing and stitching all those pieces together in a precise pattern. There's another, simpler way to get an equally amazing end result. Say hello to the wholecloth quilt.
          Jackie White
          When it comes to precuts, the quilting possibilities are endless. Whether you want to whip up a quick block pattern or piece together something more intricate, here are our go-to designs.
          Bluprint
          If you wanna learn to quilt, there's only one place to start: piecing basic blocks. These designs are totally beginner-friendly, and just might be the start of a lifelong quilting love affair.
          Bluprint
          Straight-line quilting can sound terrifyingly precise, but don't believe the hype. With some guidance you can definitely nail the straight-line technique, and soon you'll be using it to make totally spectacular quilts — no problem.
          Lindsay Conner
          Sew
          Yuck, what's that black splotch on the dress you're ironing? It definitely wasn't there before, so that's clue #1: The iron did it.
          Beth Galvin
          It can be hard to justify revamping your holiday tree decor when you already have a pretty solid collection of ornaments. But not if you're using stuff you already have! To make your tree more unique than ever, use our fabric scraps to make this easy braided garland, along with a simple ornament you can pull together using scrap fabrics. Not only is it easy on the wallet, but there's no doubt it's 100 percent original.
          Kimberly Stoney
          If you live with a quilter (or at least know one), you may be reluctant to buy them more fabric this holiday season. That's totally OK — fabric choice is personal. But the love of quilting, now that's a little more universal. So rather than research charm packs and jelly rolls this year, give your quilter something they'll love no matter what their fabric vibe.
          Bluprint
          There's nothing better than using scraps to make a fun quilt block. After all, you already have all the supplies you need! And these cute Christmas trees just so happen to be the perfect holiday project. Not only are they a cool foundation for a pillow or table runner, but you could even transform them into a big ole' Christmas quilt. Regardless of which direction you choose, these cuties are guaranteed to put you in the festive mood.
          Lindsay Conner
          We get this question all the time: How is "patchwork" different from "quilting"? Aren't they the same thing? To the uninitiated, it can be a bit confusing, but it's not too complex once you know the basics.
          Lauren Lang
          When it comes to quilting, prints are prints, right? Yes and no. You certainly don't need any fancy knowledge to know what strikes your fancy — and that's a great way to choose fabric. But it can be helpful (especially for quilting newbies) to know a little about the different types of prints out there, what they're called, and the best ways to put them to work in your designs.
          Lindsay Conner
          Solid quilting fabrics aren't everyone's jam. But some designs really do need a neutral, non-distracting fabric to make the piecing or quilting shine. What's a pattern-lover to do?
          Sherri McConnell
          If you're a quilting newbie, it can be easy to feel intimidated by all the fabric you have to measure and cut. But guess what? That's where precut fabrics come in. They come in a variety of convenient packs, typically 5" squares (called charm packs), 10" squares (called layer cakes) and 2½" strips (called jelly rolls). Using them guarantees all your colors will match and those pieces will be perfectly sized, plus — bonus! — it means you get to skip cutting and go right to the sewing. Once you decide which fabrics feel prettiest to you, choose any of these quilt designs that are 100% precut-friendly.
          Alyce Blyth
          File bargello under "we just can't look away." These bold, rainbow-hued creations are certainly pretty, but many quilters also assume they're pretty difficult to make. Surprise: They're actually easy. You totally can (and should!) make one.
          Angela Mitchell
          Hands up if you'd LOVE to be able to skip the fabric cutting and fast-forward right to sewing your quilt. (Tell me I'm not the only one!) That can't always be a reality, but there are a lot of tricks that can make cutting so much more efficient. One favorite hack: The magic 8 method, which will help you cut and sew 8 half-square triangles at once. Win!
          Karen Walker
          Piecing a quilt top is a lot of work, so naturally the idea of letting loose all over it with FMQ feels daunting — especially if you're new to this technique. We've pulled together a few key tips to help a beginner out.
          Christa Watson
          Classic quilts blocks are a great way to nail some basic quilting skills. Take the Ohio Star block for example: it has half-square triangles (sewn into an hourglass shape) and a nine-patch construction, all rolled up into one beginner-friendly block. Bonus: the Ohio Star looks great by itself or as part of a larger sampler quilt.
          Lindsay Conner
          This one's a classic, but that doesn't make it boring! This beauty has plenty to offer all on its own, or combined with other blocks for a statement-making accent. Best of all, it's totally beginner-friendly: nothing more than squares and half-square triangles here!
          Emily Dennis
          Be safe with knives. Most of us are pretty solid on that fact by the time we're old enough to operate a sewing machine. And yet, when it comes to using a rotary cutter... things can happen.
          Christine Haynes
          For makers, there is a certain impulse at holiday time — the sudden mania to MAKE ALL THE GIFTS. You’re crafty, you should lovingly DIY all your presents, right? Right?? We anxiously ask ourselves as we stand looking at our stashes. I have all this yarn…so much fabric...
          Lisa Shroyer
          If you're a maker, chances are visions of handmade gifts are already dancing in your head. And while "it's the thought that counts" is certainly a nice idea, the reality is that gifting handmade items takes work — so you really want your present to hit the bullseye. Here's how to set yourself up for success (without stress).
          Jessie Oleson Moore
          If you're ready to give quilting a go, but aren't quite ready to dive into an entire quilt, it's time to meet the quilted placemat. It's the perfect project for practicing new skills, is totally manageable for newbies and, well, it's deliciously stylish.
          Lindsay Conner
          You've decided to make a baby quilt because, duh, new parents love receiving them and quilters love making them! But how big should you make yours?
          Bluprint
          When you've been crafting for a long time, it can be pretty amazing to look back and realize how far you've come. My first quilt, made at age 15, was a strip quilt for my musician boyfriend — yes, I actually used fabric with musical notes and, yes, he still has it! But that first quilt wasn't my best work, and while I'm glad it lasted, here's what I wish that baby quilter had known to make it even more of a success.
          Suzy Williams
          The log cabin quilt block is one of the most iconic quilt designs around. It's a traditional block that's built from the center out, adding longer pieces with each step. It's truly a must-know in the quilting world, so if you haven't quite mastered it yet, now's the time!
          Lindsay Conner
          If you're an avid quilter, you've probably been counting the years until the kids in your life are old enough to tackle a project of their own. Spread the joy, right? Unless, of course, things don't go as planned and your dream crafternoon ends up in shreds (or tears!). But don't worry, we've got you covered.
          Lauren Lang
          While at first glance the humble snowball quilt block may not knock your socks off, it's actually capable of building some pretty amazing quilts. These six beauties are all made with simple snowball blocks — now you just have to choose which one to make first.
          Emily Dennis
          With their easy construction, simple piecing and minimal fabric requirements, snowball blocks are a solid choice for quilting newbs. They work well in a starring role, but also can do heavy lifting as filler blocks: definitely a quilt block you want in your arsenal. We'll show you how to make them, step by step.
          Emily Dennis
          Modern life can feel like an endless string of open browser tabs: Some days you’re deep in the productivity zone, finishing one project before moving on to the next. Other days, there are living things to keep alive, texts to return, bills to pay, and the creative muse feels utterly M.I.A.
          Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg
          An appliqué design is kind of like the cherry on top of a sundae: a tasty add-on that makes your project extra special. The trouble is (we're not gonna lie here), some forms of appliqué take quite a bit of skill and practice to master. But not this one! The raw-edge appliqué method is incredibly beginner-friendly, and the perfect way to try your hand and this decorative technique.
          Lindsay Conner
          This is a story of firsts: my first quilt, my first boyfriend and my first trip to the emergency room. (OK, technically my fourth trip, but who's counting?)
          Suzy Williams
          What better way to beat the heat than by staying inside and sewing a scrappy sunflower block?
          Diane Knott
          Look around your workspace — do you tend to collect and use specific colors of fabric, yarn, thread or other materials? That’s totally normal: Designers, artists and makers often gravitate to the same shades over and over again. But, as you start thinking about your fall projects, consider breaking out of your color comfort zone! Working with less familiar hues is a good challenge and can even help bring your work in new directions.
          Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
          Let's be honest, with so many amazing fabric artists all over Instagram, it's impossible to pick favorites. But that doesn't mean you can't try! Here are five very different artists we're loving seeing in our feeds.
          Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
          Do you love quilting beautiful patterns but don't have the time to spend months and months on one project? Do you have so many quilts on your list that you feel like you'll never be able to make them all? Try making some quick quilting projects that you can finish in a relatively short period of time!
          Christa Watson
          We're so excited to share a special guest post from quilter Kimberly Einmo! Along with our partners at Janome, Kimberly (who is the Janome National Spokesperson and a Bluprint instructor) is here to show you a unique technique she uses on her Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 and that you can try on your own machine at home.
          Craftsy
          Do you have a drawer full of T-shirts that you just can’t throw away? What should you do with them? Why, cut them up and make a t-shirt quilt, of course!
          Angela Mitchell
          Thread holds everything together when you’re sewing. Whether you’re sewing by hand or by machine, it’s important to choose wisely when considering the different types of thread for your project. But if you’ve ever found yourself in the fabric store, staring at a wall of spools, you know that’s not always an easy choice!
          Lindsay Conner
          Ready to quilt, but wondering which tools you really need to get started? After all, there are hundreds and hundreds of gadgets out there for quilters.
          Sherri McConnell
          As with many sewing tasks, when adding appliqué to your projects, you can either go about it by hand or on your sewing machine. If speed is what you're after, machine appliqué is the best method for you!
          Sherri Sylvester
          Say hello to spring with a cheerful flower block!
          Diane Knott
          Want to save time and fabric? Strip piecing might be the best quilting technique for you!
          Diane Knott
          Yes, it takes lots of practice to master free motion quilting, but having the right tools and accessories can put you on the fast track to success.
          Rachel Hauser
          Originated in the 1800s, the churn dash quilt block (also called the monkey wrench quilt block) pattern is a classic that still holds genuine appeal for so many quilters today! It's quick and easy to sew, and you can customize it with your choice of fabrics to make it simple and straightforward or scrappy and wild.
          Lindsay Conner
          Have you ever seen matchstick quilting? This niche type of straight line quilting is an impressive feat, but it's actually not as tricky as you might think.
          Diane Knott
          Adding quilt borders can be an effective way to frame a quilt top and make it feel more complete. But then when it comes time to quilt your project, you might wonder, “How do I quilt the border?”
          Lindsay Conner
          Like many traditional blocks, the double T or capital T block has many variations, so you might see this same block with a few minor differences elsewhere. This one uses a nine-patch construction, making it quite easy to put together.
          Diane Knott
          Stitch in the ditch may sound like an extracurricular activity at Hogwarts, but it’s actually a quilting technique that many patchwork pros love. Why? You're about to find out.
          Rachel Hauser
          Quilters, do you usually do your quilting on a small machine, a midarm or a longarm? If you said a small machine, you are not alone! Many, many quilters regularly quilt large quilts (queen, king and larger!) on a domestic machine.
          Lindsay Conner
          A student in my Bluprint class wrote, "I started with garment sewing so naturally I am intrigued by your top/dress pattern you have been wearing in different designs throughout most of the class. What pattern is it? What fabrics do you use/"
          Anita Grossman Solomon
          We know the Bluprint community is filled with generous, creative makers who not only love the joy of making crafts, but also giving them away to others in need.
          Lindsay Conner
          Quilt-as-you-go and strip piecing go together like bread and butter. Once you learn these two quilting skills, it's easy to combine them into all kinds of projects, including this strip-pieced pillow project!
          Lindsay Conner
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