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BEST FOR BEGINNERS
It can be 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. He still has it! That first quilt was not my best work, so whew, I'm glad it lasted. Here's what I wish that baby quilter had known.
Quilters know that September is the new December. In fact, you may already be in full swing with holiday gift-making, since many stores start rolling out the red and green as early as July. But if you haven't started thinking about Christmas gifts, fear not. Grab your Santa cap (and maybe some caffeine), and read on. We're here to help.
Accuracy is everything when it comes to piecing. So many angles to align and pieces to match. And there’s nothing more frustrating than cutting up your favorite fabrics and laboring over an A+ quilt block only to discover that it’s come out too small, or the pieces don’t fit together quite right, or whatever misfortune tends to befall you at this phase. Here are a few things you can do to improve accuracy and prevent the sting of a bad piece.
Ready to give quilting a go, but not quite ready to dive into an entire quilt? Let me introduce you to the placemat: perfect for practicing new skills, and totally manageable, even for newbies. Not to mention deliciously stylish.
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.
Join Angela Walters for the Glorious Dawn QAL
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Join our favorite midnight quilter, Angela Walters, and stitch up the Glorious Dawn quilt by Myra Barnes! We've curated three kits to fit your style — all you need to do is pick your fabric and size (throw, twin or queen). Then join Angela for tips and tricks on piecing blocks, artfully placing color, and even machine quilting so you can quilt your quilt like a pro.
Grab a friend and some of your favorite block units such as flying geese, hour-glass quarters and 60 degree triangles to stitch together the stunning Les Amis Block of the Month Quilt! Our exotic, floral-inspired collection, Collage by Boundless Fabrics, is perfect for an easy strip-pieced Irish chain that sets off your blocks. And to ensure your project is a success, we've included all the fabrics you need, plus printed and digital versions of the pattern and 6 FREE companion lessons from Shelley Cavanna!
The world of quilting brings together a colorful patchwork of perspectives and people. And much like a top, no two are exactly alike. In our five-part series Patchwork Nation, we dive into the seams of that colorful community, connecting with five talented, artistic quilters — each with very different takes on quilting, creativity, and as it would turn out, life.
Plan and execute your quilting vision to take your quilt tops from folded to finished.