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January 15, 2022
8 Awesome and Free Sawtooth Star Quilt Patterns from Craft Gossip

Always one of a quilter’s favorite blocks, the sawtooth star adds a versatile and beautiful design to quilts.  It can be traditional or modern and it is often a go-to for designers.  We have rounded up nine stunning and free sawtooth star quilt patterns.  Which one will you be making?

  1. Here’s a simple and striking offset sawtooth star that has a modern look to it.  It is designed by Then Came June.
  2. Fun and festive, this beautiful pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew will quickly become a family favorite.
  3. With its big and bold offset stars, Sew Can She ...

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January 11, 2022
10 More Ways to Make a Temperature Quilt from Craft Gossip

Have you been seeing all of the gorgeous temperature quilts out there?  They are lovely and, guess what….they are pretty easy to make.  Even better, you can make your quilt completely unique to you based on your fabric and pattern choices.

Last year I wrote a roundup on 10 Ways to Make a Temperature Quilt and it has been a popular post.  Recently there has been an explosion of interest in these fun quilts so I did some searching and found 10 more ways to make one.  Have fun quilting!

  1. Material Girl Quilts is all about half square triangles ...

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December 12, 2021
Book Review – Sewing Scrap Blocks with Character from Craft Gossip

Create scrap blocks like you’ve never seen in this quilting book, Sewing Scrap Blocks With Character

  • The ultimate pattern book for quilters seeking fun, whimsical scrap block designs, all with loveable character and charm
  • 64 patchwork blocks, each fresh and modern and based on the #365daysquiltscraps challenge
  • Original designs include a baby dragon, cats, bunnies, penguins, Halloween decorations, Santa, and more
  • Full-size patterns for each project, with easy-to-use gridded templates for enlargement and piecing

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October 26, 2021
How to Make a Stroked Flying Geese Quilt Block from Craft Gossip

For a new twist on an old favorite, why not try a stroked flying geese block.  This modern design from Art Gallery Fabrics, adds a fun touch and makes any pattern sparkle.

Complete with step-by-step photos and detailed instructions, it is not as difficult as it may look.  The basic quilt block making techniques apply.

Sometimes it is nice to change things up a bit.  This stroked flying geese unit really shines and steps up a simple flying geese pattern.  Depending on what you were making, you could replace your flying geese with this and your project would take on ...

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October 24, 2021
Book Review – 100 Any-Size Christmas Blocks from Craft Gossip

100 Any-Size Christmas Quilt Blocks by Rita Weiss and Linda Causee is a treasure trove for the quilter who loves making holiday projects. The accompanying CD provides templates or paper foundation patterns for each design in multiple sizes, so you can print all you need for a project. The appliqué and foundation-pieced patterns are given in five sizes each: 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 inch. The patchwork patterns are sized for 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 16 inch blocks. With 550 options, you are sure to find just what you want!

To inspire you, sample projects include four ...

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October 16, 2021
5 Gifts That Every Beginner Quilter Will Love from Craft Gossip

Quilting is making a big-time comeback in the crafting world and there are plenty of newbies to the hobby.  If you, or someone you know, wants to start quilting then you may want to pick up a few helpful items.  Any, or all, of these items, would make great gifts for the first-time quilter in your life and they can be purchased over on Amazon.

  1. First-Time Quiltmaking – Learning to Quilt in Six Easy Lessons – This book will have you quilting in no time.  It’s ideal for a beginner who needs to learn the basics.
  2. If you want to cut ...

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October 12, 2021
How to Make a Disappearing Four-Patch Quilt Block from Craft Gossip

Disappearing quilts blocks are all the rage right now.  It basically means that you are taking a traditional block and turning it into something new.  This disappearing four-patch pattern from New Quilters is an easy one to start with if you want to give it a try.

With detailed step-by-step photos, you will be making this block in no time.

What is amazing about it is that from the simple start and a little bit of cutting, you end up with a block that looks pretty tricky to do.  Those are some of the best blocks to make and people ...

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October 3, 2021
Book Review – Pot Holders for All Seasons from Craft Gossip

Pot Holders for All Seasons contains a wide variety of quilted pot holders. You can easily find the perfect, display-worthy design to dress up your kitchen for any time of the year or any occasion.

You can purchase this book here via Amazon  Pot Holders for all seasons.

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October 2, 2021
7 Creativebug Courses for Learning Paper Piecing in Quilting from Craft Gossip

Have you ever wanted to learn paper piecing to make a quilt?  It’s not that difficult, but it is definitely worth it to give a class a try before you do it yourself.  Over on Creativebug you will find all sorts of courses specifically for paper piecing.  From beginner to advanced classes, they have you covered.  You can purchase any of the classes listed here over on Creativebug.

  1. Freezer paper piecing is a unique and fun way to make a quilt.
  2. Paper-Pieced Quilts is a guide to everything about this technique.  It has a second part too since there ...

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September 30, 2021
Mushroom Quilt Block Pattern from Craft Gossip

Here is a fun and unique quilt block.  It is a mushroom and it is from Love You Sew!  It is perfect if you are making a woodland themed quilt or any quilt at all for that matter.

I love that it includes lots of half square triangles.  Those give the mushroom a vibrant look that is not too static.

The unfinished block measures 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ so it is a nice large one. It is easy to make and, best of all, a great scrap buster.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, those ...

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July 31, 2021
10 Free Pineapple Quilt Block Patterns from Craft Gossip

 

The famous and somewhat intricate Pineapple quilt block may not be the easiest block in the world to make, but wow is it a show stopper!  Here are 10 different pineapple quilt block patterns that are all free.  Even better, there are a couple of them that don’t require paper piecing.  Make a stunning quilt with one of these blocks.

Looking for more Pineapple quilt patterns? Check these out on Etsy

  1. I’m Feeling Craft has a little bit of different take on the traditional block.  You can find this more modern take here.
  2. Here is a traditional version ...

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July 30, 2021
How to Make the Hourglass Quilt Block from Craft Gossip

Great on its own or as part of a larger quilt block, the hourglass is one of those must-know patterns.  This handy tutorial from Adventures of a DIY Mom shows how to make one.

In the article you will find a step-by-step tutorial along with detailed photographs.  You will also find a video tutorial.  Best of all is a detailed chart which has cutting sizes for eleven different sizes of the hourglass block.  Wow!

The tutorial has an easy method for assembling the block.  This is helpful because that center point can be tricky for beginners.

Considered one of the ...

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July 20, 2021
Hexagon Quilt Tutorial and Free Pattern from Craft Gossip

With a quick switch of fabric, one can easily change up the look of this stunning hexagon quilt by Polka Dot Chair.  Quilts made from one shape are always so eye-catching, and this one is no exception.

This one is loaded with Halloween prints and is so much fun and perfect for fussy cutting fabric.  The tutorial has all of the information you will need to make it.

There is also a section dedicated to how the designer made her hexagons.  It is a great method if you don’t have a hexagon template, and it makes easier work of ...

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July 15, 2021
How to Make a Windmill Quilt Block from Craft Gossip

For a fun quilt block with lots of movement in it, take a look at the windmill pattern from Generations Quilt Patterns.  It has a center that is a bit tricky, but all in all it is not a difficult block to assemble.

Depending on the color scheme used, this is a striking design.  I particularly like the hot pink and white that the author used for her photos.  It really packs a punch.

In the tutorial you will find measurements for 3 different sizes which is helpful if you need a particular size for a design you are working ...

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July 10, 2021
How to Turn a Quilt Block Into a Pillow from Craft Gossip

So you’ve finished your favorite quilt block and it, since you didn’t have a quilt planned out, you aren’t quite sure what to do with it.  Why not transform it into a throw pillow?  This tutorial from Shiny Happy World shows you how.  And even though I absolutely love the cute monster in the author’s pillow, this method works for any quilt block in almost any size.

One thing that I find quite helpful in this tutorial are the tips along the way.  It is not difficult to make the pillow, but you want to be ...

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July 7, 2021
10 English Paper Piecing Projects from Craft Gossip

More and more I see pictures of these beautiful and intricate english paper piecing projects.  From bags to large quilts it seems like they are everywhere.  We’ve rounded up ten tutorials to get you started on your english paper piecing journey.

  1. This tutorial on how to make your own english paper piecing papers will help you get started.
  2. The Missouri Star Quilt Company has a handy video and article introducing you to this fun method.
  3. For a fun project to start with, check out this sweet little mug rug pattern.
  4. Temecula Quilt Company has some lovely english paper pieced ...

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July 5, 2021
How to Make the Basket Quilt Block from Craft Gossip

If you are looking for a traditional basket quilt block then this tutorial is for you.  This traditional block is not as hard to assemble as it looks and Adventures of a DIY Mom helps guide you through the entire process.

This block would be a good one to show off one or more of your favorite fabrics.  It is also a great way to show off your half square triangle-making skills.

To make it you need standard quilt-making supplies.  The author has also provided a handy chart showing you the cutting needed to make four different sizes of the ...

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June 13, 2021
Free Paper Pieced Pom Pom Quilt Block Pattern from Craft Gossip

Here is a fun paper pieced quilt block from Blossom Heart Quilts.  It is full of movement and sharp points and life.

Paper piecing is a fun way to assemble blocks that can be more difficult to make.  Often times the designs have lots of sharp points.  This design is no exception and it is stunning.  The entire block measures only 6″ so there are some small pieces in it.

In the tutorial you will find a downloadable pattern which you can print as well as step by step photos to assist you when making the block.  There are also ...

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June 6, 2021
Spring Tulip Quilt Block Tutorial from Craft Gossip

Celebrate spring with a flower, a tulip to be exact.  This pretty quilt block from Samantha Olsen for Moda Fabrics is charming and easy to make.

The block, which measures about 6 inches when finished, does not take much fabric at all.  It would be lovely made in all sorts of pretty scrap fabrics.  I do love the gray background fabric that is in the block pictured.

The tutorial includes a list of all of the cutting that will need to be done.  In addition, because of the way things are cut, you will want to pay attention to the ...

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June 5, 2021
10 Free Batik Quilt Patterns from Craft Gossip

With their rich and saturated colors, batik fabrics are a joy to work with.  The patterns are varied and beautiful.  Batiks definitely have a different feel than other fabrics, but they make beautiful quilts.  Here are ten batik fabric projects that you may enjoy creating. Looking for more Batik Quilt patterns? Check these out on Etsy.

  1. Benartex Fabrics brings us this lovely pattern called Always Chasing Rainbows.  You know with a name like that it is bound to be beautiful.
  2. This stunning wall quilt from Connie Kresin is easy to make and would look great anywhere.
  3. Inspired Quilting by Lea ...

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