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April 9, 2021
Creating Texture from Gwen's Quilts

Every time you quilt you are creating texture. The very nature of what makes up a quilt, three layers, with the center being a compressible fiber, means that when you stitch the three layers together you will compress that inner layer with your stitches and create texture. The location of the stitches will be lower than what surrounds them. The contrast, low to high, creates a variation on the surface of the quilt. That variation is the definition of texture. (See last week’s blog post to refresh your memory of that definition.)

Seeing texture

Sometimes you look at a ...

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Creating Texture from Essie's Quilts

Every time you quilt you are creating texture. The very nature of what makes up a quilt, three layers, with the center being a compressible fiber, means that when you stitch the three layers together you will compress that inner layer with your stitches and create texture. The location of the stitches will be lower than what surrounds them. The contrast, low to high, creates a variation on the surface of the quilt. That variation is the definition of texture. (See last week’s blog post to refresh your memory of that definition.)

Seeing texture

Sometimes you look at a ...

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March 31, 2021
Celebrate America – 5 Patriotic Quilt Projects from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The You’re a Grand Old Flag Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. perfectly compliments this garden setting.

Summer is just around the corner and that means it’s time now to start stitching up those beautiful, patriotic quilts for your summer picnics and Independence Day celebrations! Quilting has been an American past-time since the beginning days of our country, so celebrate the history of our craft and nation this year with a red, white and blue color palette!

If you’re needing some inspiration, we’ve gather five of our favorite patriotic quilt projects that would be just perfect ...

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February 19, 2021
Ruler of the Month Club from Essie's Quilts

If you have never joined the Ruler of the Month club with Handi Quilter, I’m here to fill you in on what it is all about.

What is it?

If you enjoy ruler work, you’ll love the opportunity to expand both your ruler collection and your ruler skills. Each month in the six-month series we introduce an exclusive, brand-new ruler to the Handi Quilter line-up. Along with the ruler, you’ll receive video education and design ideas. It’s a great way to gain ruler work confidence and build your skills.

Members get special pricing and exclusive access ...

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Ruler of the Month Club from Gwen's Quilts

If you have never joined the Ruler of the Month club with Handi Quilter, I’m here to fill you in on what it is all about.

What is it?

If you enjoy ruler work, you’ll love the opportunity to expand both your ruler collection and your ruler skills. Each month in the six-month series we introduce an exclusive, brand-new ruler to the Handi Quilter line-up. Along with the ruler, you’ll receive video education and design ideas. It’s a great way to gain ruler work confidence and build your skills.

Members get special pricing and exclusive access ...

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January 9, 2021
Doodling tips from Essie's Quilts

We have been following Diane’s adventures in learning to quilt and a few weeks back I gave some doodling tips to help her (and you). You can read that post here.

More Doodling Tips

I have a few more tips that will shorten your learning curve. Things you can do to make your doodling help develop the skills you use when actually quilting.

Define a space

Diane talks about this in her blog post. She found it very helpful to define a space to practice a design in. While quilting you are likely to be quilting within blocks or ...

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Doodling tips from Gwen's Quilts

We have been following Diane’s adventures in learning to quilt and a few weeks back I gave some doodling tips to help her (and you). You can read that post here.

More Doodling Tips

I have a few more tips that will shorten your learning curve. Things you can do to make your doodling help develop the skills you use when actually quilting.

Define a space

Diane talks about this in her blog post. She found it very helpful to define a space to practice a design in. While quilting you are likely to be quilting within blocks or ...

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January 8, 2021
Sunshine Shoofly Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Sunshine Shoofly quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

In the “olden days”, little girls learned to sew at a very young age. Their tiny hands were trained to stitch up four patches, hourglasses, and shooflies—all without rulers, rotary cutters, or even sewing machines!

The Sunshine Shoofly quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

This week, Jenny is using those same old-fashioned beginner blocks to whip up a dazzling Sunshine Shoofly quilt. And like all our favorite patterns, this super-simple layer cake quilt looks SO much trickier than it really is! Click HERE to watch the video! 

The Sunshine Shoofly quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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January 1, 2021
Brown Goose Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Brown Goose Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Before Jenny Doan, there was Nancy Cabot.

During the 1930s, Nancy wrote a column for the Chicago Daily Tribune featuring a new quilt pattern every single day. A diagram of the daily block was printed next to helpful tips and bits of quilt history. (The pattern could be purchased for “5 cents in stamps or coin.”)

Nancy’s column was chatty and casual, like a tea time conversation between friends. I think I would have loved her!

The Brown Goose Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

On January 27, 1933, Nancy highlighted a simple half-square triangle pattern called The Old Gray Goose. Of course, like all old-fashioned blocks, it ...

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December 22, 2020
Building Blocks: Learning Quilting Basics from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

A sewing machine in action from BLOCK Magazine Volume 7 Issue 3.

If you’re interested in learning about the basics of quilting, then you’re in the right place! 

Getting started with something new is usually the hardest part. Quilting can be a laborious process — it requires many steps that can seem really overwhelming when you’re new to it all! Many beginner quilters can get stuck when thinking about piecing together their first blocks, but we’re here to help! Today we’re going to be talking about the steps before you start piecing. A good foundation is ...

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December 7, 2020
Building Blocks: All About Precut Fabric from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Precut fabric saves time and effort when creating quilting projects.

Precut fabric revolutionized the quilting world. The quilting skill was historically passed down through teaching – one would learn the intricate and mathematical approach of measuring and cutting fabric by hand from the generation that came before. Anyone who has pieced a quilt knows it’s difficult work! Before you could even consider your project or layout, all the fabrics must be cut from bolts or repurposed from used materials. The margin for error was extraordinary, a single miscalculation could jeopardize an entire quilting project.

Quilting is now easier and more ...

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July 8, 2020
Checkerboard from Zarkadia Quilts

The classic 16 patch quilt block, the Checkerboard quilt block, is no brainer! It is the easiest quilt block out there, and I love using it even with my tiny 1.5 inch strips! Make this quilt in one weekend!

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Cutting Instructions for the Checkerboard quilt block

You can make the Checkerboard quilt block using almost every final block size. Just use the following calculations:
A = Finished Block Size + 0.5 inches
B = (A x 2) + 0.5 inches
A x B = Wanted measurement of strips

In the following table you can find the measurements for ...

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July 1, 2020
White House Steps from Zarkadia Quilts

I am in love ❤! This is the most beautiful quilt block. The White House Steps, is easy, scrap-friendly, solids-friendly, it can be modern, it can be traditional! It fits literally everywhere, and for every quilt taste! You should definitely try to make it, and I have the right tutorial for you.

Cutting Instructions for the White House Steps quilt block

The cutting part for the White House Steps quilt block is reaaally easy! You will be surprised how fast you can prepare a 20 block quilt.

Always remember FINISHED SIZE means the size it will be in a completed quilt ...

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June 3, 2020
Stitch up a Garden of Quilts This Summer from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Vintage Blossom Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.
The Vintage Blossom quilt as featured in BLOCK Magazine Volume 6 Issue 3.

Gardening and quilting are the perfect pair, both producing an amazing result with a little time, effort and patience. Traditionally quilters have always incorporated their surroundings in their blocks, so it’s no wonder as to why so many vintage quilts feature flowers! Check out these five incredible patterns featuring flowers and traditional garden elements!

English Garden

The English Garden Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Developing from English landscaping techniques of the 18th century, the style of an English garden is both elegant and structured. The English Garden quilt captures the feel of a beautiful ...

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May 29, 2020
Triple Play! 3 Yard Quilts from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Join Jenny, Natalie and Misty once a month for a Triple Play!

This month’s Triple Play tutorial is a mathematical delight: 3 gals + 3 yards = 3 gorgeous quilts! 

Jenny’s Design

The Jacob's Ladder 3 Yard Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

It’s true! Jenny, Misty, and Natalie are whipping up 3 quick and easy quilts.

The Jacob's Ladder 3 Yard Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Misty’s Design

The Jigsaw 3 Yard Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Each of these patterns is from “Modern Views with 3-Yard Quilts” by Donna Robertson for Fabric Cafe.

The Jigsaw 3 Yard Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Natalie’s Design

The Dominique 3 Yard Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Click HERE to learn how to make the Jacob’s Ladder, Dominique, and Jigsaw quilts—each from just 3 yards of fabric!

The Dominique 3 Yard Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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May 22, 2020
Diamond Terrace Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Diamond Terrace Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

When Henry Ford implemented the assembly line, he cut the production time of the Model T from twelve hours to just two and a half! The car was the same. The parts were the same. But putting it together assembly-style was so much faster!

The Diamond Terrace Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

The same is true in quilting! The Diamond Terrace quilt is made of dozens of little pieces, but they come together lickety-split with chain piecing! Click HERE to learn how to make this quick and easy strip quilt!

The Diamond Terrace Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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March 18, 2020
Join Our Easter Pattern Hunt from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Spring has sprung and the Easter Bunny is on his way! This season we are ready for Easter egg hunting and picking pretty flowers… oh, and sewing! We started our festivities early and filled our easter basket full of sweet spring patterns. If you aren’t sure what you’d like to sew up this year, we’ve hunted for some of the best and have them here for you!

1. Hippity Hoppity & Hippity Hoppity Mini by Nadra Ridgeway for Ellis & Higgs Patterns is available as a crib-sized and mini quilt. We love this warren of easter bunnies and all ...

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February 7, 2020
Brilliant Swirl Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Brilliant Swirl from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Andromeda, our next-door-neighbor galaxy, is named after a mythological Greek princess known for incredible beauty. It’s made of 1 trillion stars dancing through space in a massive, brilliant swirl.

The Brilliant Swirl from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

While our Brilliant Swirl isn’t quite so epic, it sure is pretty! Learn how to make this quick and easy quilt using your favorite 2.5 inch strips! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

The Brilliant Swirl from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.
Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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February 5, 2020
How to Make a Quilt Label + Washing Your Quilt – FREE Beginner Quilting Videos and Pattern NO MUSIC from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Make sure to download the FREE pattern to go with this class and get a 20% OFF coupon in your email you can use on all your supplies. Click here to get the FREE pattern and coupon: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product/split-nine-patch-free-beginner-quilting-video-series-pattern/

You did it! You made your first quilt! Now it is time to talk about how to take care of it so it lasts as long as possible and how to make a label so that everyone knows you are the one who worked really hard to make it!

First let’s talk about labels! It is ...

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February 4, 2020
Continuous Binding Tutorial + Mitered Corners – FREE Beginner Quilting Videos and Pattern from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Make sure to download the FREE pattern to go with this class and get a 20% OFF coupon in your email you can use on all your supplies. Click here to get the FREE pattern and coupon: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product/split-nine-patch-free-beginner-quilting-video-series-pattern/

For years I was afraid of sewing continuous binding. The results are amazing. You can’t tell where you started or stopped your binding, which means no lumps or bumps where you tucked in extra fabric. But if you screw it up, OMG you have to start completely over.

But when I tried it for the first ...

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