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September 23, 2022
Tips for Piecing Precise Points from Goer

Welcome to my stop on the Back to School Blog Hop for 2022! Now that my kids have been back in school for a few weeks, I've gotten back into the groove of getting into my studio more regularly. I've done some sewing, some tidying, some planning, and some writing. :-)

My newest class is Building an Improv Toolbox. (P.S. You can take it with me on November 5!) In improv I often don't concern myself with things lining up precisely, but even then, sometimes I do want it to happen. These tips are for those times ...

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September 22, 2022
Scrap Buster Blocks: A Rainbow Sampler Quilt from Blossom Heart Quilts

Over the past year, we’ve made a scrap buster block each month. On the AccuQuilt Australia blog, I shared different quilt layout options for each block to provide inspiration for how you could make a quilt from just the one block pattern – check those out here. But if you were sewing along to make a sampler quilt like me… well, now’s the time to put it together! Here’s how I made my rainbow sampler quilt…

scrappy rainbow sampler quilt

You can find all the scrappy quilt block tutorials here.

To get the same scrappy rainbow effect, I highly recommend ...

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September 15, 2022
Back to School Blog Hop 2022 from Goer

Hello quilty folks! Today kicks off the Back to School Blog Hop for 2022, hosted by Bobbie Gentili of Geeky Bobbin. Please bookmark this page to visit each of the 16 daily stops on this year's blog hop. So many great tips and tutorials are coming your way!

Be sure to visit every stop on the hop!

Sept. 15 - Geeky Bobbin - Press for Success! -

Sept. 16 - Katie Mae Quilts - Storage Solutions From The School Supplies Section -

Sept. 17 - Quilting Jetgirl - Make A Design Wall You Can Use Your Hera Marker Against - https ...

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September 2, 2022
Combining Art Quilting Techniques from Mulberry Patch Quilts

When you have an idea in mind for your art quilt, often combining techniques you’ve learned along the way and a little experimentation will help you reach your goal.

My goal for this small landscape art quilt was to recreate a scene of our Capitol shown in the distance through the autumn leaves. The fall season is my favorite, and so beautiful at the UW-Madison with the variety of trees and colors. Having worked in the heart of this beautiful campus for many years, I’ve had many opportunities to view it.

So how do I begin to reach ...

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June 7, 2022
Summer quilt with stars and pinwheels from Pieced Brain

Summer quilt with stars and pinwheels

Make this Summer quilt with stars and pinwheels using your favorite quilting fabrics. An easy quilt pattern perfect as summer decoration!

Photo by American Quilter magazine. Used with permission.

I came across Moda Fabric’s Rainbow Garden collection and was struck by the brightness of the prints and the whimsical garden motifs. So, I set out to design a quilt that would showcase those fabrics I loved so much. Yes, fabrics are often the source of inspiration for my designs.

“Summer Groove” measures 73″ x 87-1/2″ with blocks that finish at 6″, 10″, and 12″. I wanted to include ...

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May 19, 2022
Really Simple Layer Cake Quilt Free Tutorial from Quiltnotes All Blogs

Take one stack of 10" fabric squares and a little extra yardage for borders and you can make this beautiful quilt in no time. The quilt finishes approx. 65" x 73".

The layer cake used in this quilt was from the Wovens Collection by Bonnie and Camile from Moda Fabrics. 


  • 42 @ 10" squares, coordinating or scrappy
  • 1/3 yd for inner border, sub cut to 6 @ 1-1/2" x WOF
  • 1-1/2 yds for outer border, sub cut to 8 @ 6-1/2" x WOF
  • 2/3 yd for binding, sub cut to 8 @ 2-1/2" x WOF
Note: for ...

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March 4, 2022
How to hang a quilt on a wall from Pieced Brain

How to hang a quilt on a wall

Learn how to hang a quilt on a wall with a sleeve sewn to its back. It is super easy to make – no need to turn a long fabric tube inside out.

I have many friends who do not like to make hanging sleeves for a quilt. Instead, they hang their quilts using other methods or tools. So, before showing you how I make these sleeves, let’s explore some of the options to hang quilts on the wall.

Thumbtacks and shower curtain rings

I do this all the time with transparent thumbtacks and cool-looking shower curtain rings. It is ...

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February 25, 2022
Exploding Heart Kit Quilt Tutorial from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Exploding Heart Kit Quilt Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Life is a whirlwind of extremes. Happy times; hard times. Miracles and loss. But as our hearts are stretched in a thousand directions, they sure do grow! 

If you’re anything like me, you pour your emotions into your quilts. And this week’s quilt is bursting with love!

The Exploding Heart Kit Quilt Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Watch Jenny stitch up the wildly popular Exploding Hearts quilt by Laura Piland for Slice of Pi Quilts. This stunning heart quilt is a triumph of triangles with half-square triangles, hourglass blocks, and quarter-square triangles, too. (We love Exploding Hearts SO MUCH, we created a kit with the pattern and beautiful ...

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February 23, 2022
Flying geese quilt block tutorial from Pieced Brain

Flying geese quilt block tutorial

Here’s an easy flying geese quilt block tutorial that will save you time and fabric! Learn when to choose this one over the traditional method.

Last night I was testing this block for a quilt pattern I needed to write. It finishes at 12″ but the main reason to test it was because the size of the flying-geese units was not conventional, i.e., 2″ x 4″, 3″ x 6″, etc. Thus, I could not use the traditional method to construct them, as they measured 2-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ finished.

I do use EQ8, the software by the ...

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February 16, 2022
Vintage Jenny | Chevron Block from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

It doesn’t get easier than this classic quilt block! Using Layer Cakes cut into half-square triangles, the chevron quilt block is the perfect project for a new beginner quilter! Even if you’ve been stitching up quilts for awhile now, this simple pattern offers a unique opportunity to quilt in a hurry (not like any of us would EVER wait until the last minute to make a handmade gift).

To make this into a full quilt, all you’ll need is a solid layer cake and a printed layer cake – but the good news is you can truly make ...

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February 6, 2022
How to Make a Curvy Quilt from Strips from Quiltnotes All Blogs


Finished size 60" x 80"

Learn how to make this curvy quilt from just strips! Watch the video below to see how easy it is.

Here are the sizes to cut the strips from the 14" blocks:

2 @ 1" x 14"
1 @ 1.5" x 14"
1 @ 2" x 14"
1 @ 3" x 14"
1 @ 4.5" x 14"

Here are some layout options for your quilt. For each option the first image is using one block with a dark large square 

and the second image is using the block above plus a block with a light large square.

The ...

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January 28, 2022
Baskets & Butterflies Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Baskets & Butterflies quilt tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Every year when the weather turns cold, the peacock butterfly finds a cozy bed inside a hollow tree. There she naps for months at a time, with her wings wrapped around her body like a quilt. 

At the first sign of spring she emerges, wonderfully refreshed and ready to flutter!  (Add a tiny sewing machine and a stack of pretty precuts, and I’d call that the perfect winter!)

The Baskets & Butterflies quilt tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

This week Jenny is stitching up a new butterfly quilt using a border print and layer cake from the beautiful Elysian collection by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics. 

She ...

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January 20, 2022
Scrap Buster Blocks: Twinkle Star from Blossom Heart Quilts

Happy New Year, and time for the next quilt block tutorial of Scrap Buster Blocks! This series features a different scrap-friendly quilt block tutorial every month that will help you use up your scraps and make some fun quilts along the way.


Right here on my website, you’ll find the rotary cut instructions for making the 12″ quilt block (finished). If you have an AccuQuilt, you can find the AccuQuilt instructions on the AccuQuilt Australia blog to make the quilt blocks with any sized Qube set. Also on the AccuQuilt Australia blog, you will find ...

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January 19, 2022
Vintage Jenny | Colorado Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Have you ever heard of a Colorado block? Many quilters know this quilt classic by another name, the Dutch Windmill. Using layer cakes, this traditional half-square triangle quilt block comes together in a flash creating a unique and vintage design that has been loved for many years. How many years to be exact? While Jenny couldn’t find much information on the original of the name Dutch Windmill, the Colorado quilt block can be traced back to 1941 where it was published in the Kansas City Star!

To stitch up this classic you’ll need two layers cakes, one of ...

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January 14, 2022
Cross Your Heart Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Cross Your Heart quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Keep an eye on the birds! 

Spot a dove, and you’re destined for a happy, peaceful marriage. Spot a crossbill, and your future spouse is sure to be a grouch.

The Cross Your Heart quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

A sparrow means you’ll marry a pauper, and a goldfinch signals wealth. And if an owl shows up? That’s it! You’ll be single for life! 

All things considered, it may be wiser to stay inside and quilt! This week Jenny is using precut charms to stitch up a super-sweet Valentine heart quilt. These half-square triangle hearts are so simple ...

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January 12, 2022
Making Quarter Square Triangles from Quiltnotes All Blogs

Quarter square triangles are so versitile and so easy to make. Use two, three or four different fabrics to make amazing designs.

Watch the video to see how easy it is!

Happy quilting!

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January 10, 2022
The Rising Star Block For Rotary Cutting and AccuQuilt from Quiltnotes All Blogs

The Rising Star block looks complicated but it's really easy to piece! Cutting instructions included for rotary cutting and for the AccuQuilt Rising Star die.

The Rising Star block is a star within a star. The diagram below shows the three fabric variation.

The fabric can be cut using a rotary cutter or the AccuQuilt Rising Star die. Either way you cut the fabric, start with the flying geese units. The video below shows how to speed piece Flying Geese Units Four at a Time. It will start at 05:02 on the timeline. 

Once the flying geese units ...

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January 7, 2022
Chandelier Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Chandelier Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Do you remember discovering precuts for the very first time? Vanessa Goertzen sure does! 

It was 2010, and Vanessa had just learned that her new baby was going to be a girl. On the way home from the ultrasound, she stopped at a fabric shop to pick up something pink.

The Chandelier Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

There, she laid eyes on a stack of precut 5 inch charms, and a creative fire was lit! (12 years later, Vanessa designs incredible precut patterns for her very own Lella Boutique!)  

This week, Jenny is stitching up one of Vanessa’s prettiest patterns. Chandelier is a quick and easy ...

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December 27, 2021
Disappearing 4-Patch Quilt: Merging the Best Instructions from Mulberry Patch Quilts

A “Disappearing 4-Patch” may look intricate and complicated, but it’s really very easy. If you can sew a simple 4-patch, you can sew this quilt.

There are many great how-to tutorials out there. I chose these two YouTube videos as my favorites—

Jenny at the Missouri Star Quilt Company and

Laura Ann Cioa at Sew Very Easy.

After watching both, I decided to “merge” their info together to make my own Disappearing 4-Patch. Here’s how…

Jenny (MSQC) has you use a charm pack in her version, while Laura (Sew Very Easy) has you cut larger squares from fat ...

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December 15, 2021
Vintage Jenny | Hourglass Block from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Hourglass quilt block is one of the more simple traditional blocks and comes together with ease using 10″ squares of precut quilting fabric. All you need to do is chop up your layer cake corner to corner, recreate a square using two different fabrics and stitch them back together – and just like that you’ve put together a gorgeous and traditional quilt block!

This block in it’s own is an absolute favorite amongst quilters, but why stop the fun with just the basic hourglass! This block can be used in a wide variety of quilting patterns that all ...

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