How to Use a Seam Ripper with Heart

There is one tool in my collection of quilting notions that I use more than any other. Among all of the quilt clips, pins, tapes, rulers, cutters, templates, irons, and variety of other devices my number one go-to thing is my seam ripper! I chalk this up to a combination of factors including my underdeveloped skills

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Learning How to Use a Longarm Quilting Machine

Several months ago I set out to learn longarm quilting. My motivation–I’m terrible at quilting on my domestic machine! I haven’t gotten much past straight-line quilting and after many struggles with free motion I managed to put my machine in the repair shop. My first experience using a longarm came about when a friend offered

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Keep Track of Your Quilt Projects with Evernote

If you’re anything like me you have a fair number of project-starts, WIPs, and UFOs laying around your quilting space. Half-done log cabin, random assortments of pinwheel blocks, funky attempts at improv quilts. Anyone? I love all my projects in their half-baked existence. I love them as much as I did when they were just

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Breaking the Rules with Freddy Moran

I recently took a class from well-known quilter Freddy Moran. Freddy is an artist, teacher, and author of Freddy’s House: Brilliant Color in Quilts. Much of Freddy’s work is quite different from the tradition of squares and triangles and fixed patterns. Her quilts are stunning works of art, bursting with color and movement and joy.

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Making Do with Old Clothes and a Pair of Scissors: a workshop with Sherri Lynn Wood

Today I’m excited to invite everyone to an upcoming workshop taught by Sherri Lynn Wood on Saturday May 20, 2017, hosted by the San Francisco Quilt Guild…(that’s my guild!) Discover the satisfaction of transforming old clothes into striking functional quilts that carry meaning and message. Learn deconstruction strategies for preserving elements like pockets, plackets, necklines, and

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Dreamy Spring Time Color Inspiration from Design Seeds

The world outside is green, and wet, and doing spring with a vengeance today which has me pondering new spring time quilt creations. Design Seeds has the perfect color inspiration for quilters any time of the year, especially when considering how to capture the ephemeral color beauty of blooming trees, billowing clouds, and flowers in their fullest

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Book Review: Savor Each Stitch by Carolyn Friedlander

Savor Each Stitch: Studio Quilting with Mindful Design, by Carolyn Friedlander invites quilters to explore the unique artistic possibilities of quilt making and celebrates the infinite diversity of our creations. Organized around a series of design principles, the book provides meaningful insight and project ideas that instruct and inspire in a unique way. Each chapter

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