FMQ Inspiration and class Katie Did

Katie understands the key to mastering free motion quilting (FMQ) is getting in a ton of practice. To inspire potential learners to do just that, she shares on her blog, a round-up of FMQ patterns along with a plug for …

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StageLights Diane Nagle RJR

This is a wow quilt. The pattern is Stage Lights designed by Diane Nagle for RJR Fabrics. You can download the pattern on the RJR Fabrics website. It’s free.…

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Couplet in Afternoon Victoria Findlay

This is sure to become one of those pieces of fabric you are afraid to cut up. Due in stores soon, let me introduce you to Couplet in Afternoon from the Sonnet collection designed by Victoria Findlay Wolfe (Newcastle Fabrics).

Getting …

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Given and Received pincushion swapKaren of Capitola Quilter received this modern improv pin cushion as part of a swap sponsored by her local modern quilt guild. She made an equally cute one for her secret partner. Visit her blog post to see it.…

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beach ball baby quilt

I love this baby quilt made by Jess of The Elven Garden. It’s her first project featured at the Moda Bake Shop. Find out how she made it; get the tutorial.

Image credit: Moda Bake Shop

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modern cross quilt top

The modern, the graphics, the white space all add up to a wow! quilt design. Made by Sarah of Sew What, Sherlock?, she shares on her blog just how she made The Cross quilt block with lots of helpful …

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Sochi Olympics inspired table runner

Becky of Patchwork Posse couldn’t help but notice a patchwork theme at the Sochi 2014 Olympics; check out the torch carrier, official mascots packaging and the web store banner. All this inspired her to create this colorful quilted …

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mini quilt Geta

This psychedelic-style pinwheel quilt is so much fun to look at and according to its maker, Geta, quick and easy to make. She uses a raw edge applique technique for the top and quilts the layers together with invisible thread. …

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Optical Illusion pot holders

Jenifer of 42 Quilts made modern this oven mitt (I mean pot holder) using a simple log cabin quilt block. Hers is one of many clever projects found in a new book, Kitchen Stitches, by Martingale. Psst, Martingale is …

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Amy Blue Chair tries new quilting stitches

Kati of From the Blue Chair shows on her blog how she’s embraced free motion quilting in the past 12 months. She’s trying new stitches like pebbles, leaves, and swirls in this quilt she calls “Layers”. Visit her post to

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GenQ envelope Inside Bench

I feel like skipping when I spot my latest copy of GenQ in my mailbox.

GenQ Fun Mail on Bench mag only

It never disappoints. I want you to know the joy too, so I’m going to host a GenQ magazine subscription giveaway in a future post. …

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skating sue free quilt block Craftsy

Jennifer O of Sewhooked Craftsy offers (for a limited time) a free download of her sweet quilt block design based on the traditional pattern Sunbonnet Sue. Called Sweet Skating Sue she utilizes a paper piecing technique to get it …

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Improv Christmas pillow

This festive holiday pillow is the work of Krista of Poppyprint. The way she used strip piecing – lovely, the way she used color and form – priceless. Visit her post to learn more about it and see lots …

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DWR Modern Quilt winner

This quilt made by Natalie Sabik is one of the winning quilts in the Double Wedding Ring (DWR) contest hosted by the NYC Metro Mod Quilt Guild. Go HERE to see many more beauties.

Image credit: NYC Metro Mod

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cover_Megan_QuiltingIsntFunny

Thank you Megan Dougherty for giving me the best laughs I’ve had since I read a copy of The Sweet Potato Queen’s Book of Love by Jill Connor. Like Jill, Megan’s brand of humor is equally irreverent, only Megan’s subject …

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