Five Christmas Creations to Light up Your Winter

I sometimes wonder if people first started celebrating around mid-winter just because that’s the time of year when we seem to need it most—when the weather is coldest and the days are short and dark. I think that at this darkest of hours we spin our own magic with twinkly lights, feasting, decorating, and being

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Craft Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

There’s nothing like the holiday season for unleashing the craftiness in us all. Crafters and quilters can revel in a season when the spirit of making falls on kids making advent paper chains and dads stringing popcorn and cranberries with their daughters alike. Of course, it can also be hard to find the time for crafting in the

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Quilting for Charity: Celebrating the Generosity of Quilters

One of my favorite things about quilting is being part of an extended community of givers. Quilts are for giving, and quilters are the kind souls devoting themselves to share their lovingly made creations with others. The constant dedication of charitable organizations quilters run and participate in is inspiring. Quilters make quilts year-round for veterans,

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The Perfect Quarter Inch Seam Allowance?

I’m pretty sure that the perfect quarter inch seam allowance is a beautiful myth, something that quilters chase in the never ending pursuit of flawless corners, perfect points, and straight lines. I’m still not sure I’ve ever found it. Not really. Not consistently anyway. And that’s kind of what counts when you’re working with seam

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My Adventures in Hamilton, MO at the Missouri Star Quilt Co.

I went to Hamilton, MO last August. The town is exactly what I imagined a tiny Missouri town to be, complete with sweet, lazy breezes, cute old houses, and one main street. Except that the main street is almost wall-to-wall fabric stores. All part of the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I didn’t know about Hamilton, the

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Why I Quit my Job to be a Full-time Quilter

It’s not an unusual story for someone in her mid-to-late cough-thirties-cough, cough. I’ve become increasingly dissatisfied with my job in financial services for a while now. Being a product manager gave me the chance to be creative and tackle various intellectual challenges; to learn and grow into a highly relevant and valued profession. But, for me, working in

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