New Friday Tutorial: Flying Geese Diamond Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: Flying Geese Diamond Quilt

The Flying Geese Diamond Quilt is as Quick as it is Beautiful! Free Video Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

Yes, it’s July. Yes, we’re featuring Christmas fabric in our new tutorial! Anything to take our  minds off of the sweltering Missouri summer heat!

What would happen if the One Seam Flying Geese Quilt and the Easy Cathedral Window Quilt had a baby? It would look a lot like the Flying Geese Diamond Quilt… and it would be the cutest baby ever.

This gorgeous quilt combines fast-as-lightning flying geese construction with deceptively simple curves for a look that is as stunning as it is easy! Click on the button to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies that Jenny used!

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Motivational Monday: The Best Medicine…

Motivational Monday: The Best Medicine…

There was a story featured in our July 12th Daily Deal email from Mary Beth (every Tuesday we share one of your stories… there are some really wonderful ones!). It was Mary Beth’s story that inspired our Motivational Monday printable for today, so click on the image above so you can print it for your sewing room! Here’s what Mary Beth said:

“Several years ago I was ill for an extended period of time. My life consisted pretty much of shuffling between the bed and the sofa. I had long hours of free time but no hope of being able to do what I most loved: making quilts. But those unfinished projects piled in my upstairs sewing room were never far from my mind and I yearned to bring them to life again. Then inspiration struck: the dining room!  I wasn’t going to be serving dinners in there anytime soon. My daughter and husband were most cooperative. They hauled down my sewing machine, cutting tools, ironing board, endless gadgets, as well as piles and bins of fabric and, of course, the unfinished projects.

“I could tolerate working about fifteen minutes at a stretch. I learned to iron sitting down. As I worked on  my various quilts in this way for more than a year, I found it to be liberating and life affirming. I had accomplished something by the end of each day. I once again felt the satisfaction and joy of a finished quilt project. My daughter was thrilled with the Bargello wall quilt I completed for her office. When my guild did a mystery quilt I was able to participate. I made charity quilts. I had something cheerful to mention when talking to friends and family and they got excited for me as well.

“This was not only therapy for me it was therapy shared. I was sewing again; surely all was right with our world. Eventually I grew stronger and moved back into my upstairs sewing room.  However, I no longer accumulate partially finished projects on my shelves. Everything started is a work in progress until finished and somehow that feels therapeutic too!”

Pictured below is Mary Beth’s daughter Katy and the Bargello quilt mentioned in the story.

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Whatever you’re going through, we hope that quilting can offer you a little reprieve. Download the printable for a little extra reminder. It’s not just a hobby, it’s preventative medicine! 🙂

Happy Quilting!

New Friday Tutorial and Fabric Feature: Diamonds Squared Quilt featuring Uppercase Fabric!

New Friday Tutorial and Fabric Feature: Diamonds Squared Quilt featuring Uppercase Fabric!

SCROLL DOWN FOR A SUPER FUN FABRIC/MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY!!

50 light years from earth sits a white dwarf star with a core of pure diamond. Think of it! 10 billion trillion trillion carats, just floating around in outer space! (I’m suddenly feeling an inclination for space travel!) So beautiful, and yet, so out of reach! This new tutorial, however, features many diamonds that are easily accessible to even the least experienced quilter! This is one block that is as quick to make as it is pretty! It’s called Diamonds Squared and we know you’re just going to love it.

Watch the Diamonds Squared Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

Make sure to watch the tutorial so you can learn how to make your own Diamonds Squared Quilt!

Watch the Diamonds Squared Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

Watch the Diamonds Squared Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

This tutorial features the beautiful Uppercase 2.5″ Strips by Janine Vangool for Windham Fabrics. Aren’t they gorgeous? They’re so bright and happy that they give the perfect pop to this quilt! In fact, we love it so much that we’ve teamed up with Janine to do a little fabric feature and giveaway!

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The Uppercase Fabric line was inspired by Uppercase Magazine, which was founded by Janine Vangool and is operated by her and her family. The rich, saturated colors paired with neutrals brings this line full circle for any project that might need some happy, positive energy. Janine used small scale monocromatic prints in her designs to add depth to each color that can be used as a more dynamic alternative to solid color fabrics. If you can’t tell, we love it!

So, today we’re giving away a 1-year subscription to Uppercase Magazine (North American addresses only), 3 single copies of Uppercase Magazine (North American Addresses only), as well as a beautiful Uppercase Fabric Bundle! Find out the ways to enter below (All entry options are optional, but you have to choose at least one to enter!) That means there will be FIVE winners!!

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New Friday Tutorial: The Freestyle Churndash Quilt

New Friday Tutorial: The Freestyle Churndash Quilt

Saving for later! Awesome Freestyle Churndash Quilt Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

If you’re a quilter, then you’ve seen a churndash block. It has many names because it has been around forever, but today, we’re putting our own spin on it. Jenny’s new tutorial is the Freestyle Churndash Quilt and it’s just so fun to make!

I'm adding this to my list! Awesome Freestyle Churndash Quilt Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

Here’s what you need to make it. Just some 10″ squares and contrasting background fabric!

I'm adding this to my list! Awesome Freestyle Churndash Quilt Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

What fabrics are you going to use? This tutorial features Citron Twist by Maria Kalinowski for Kanvas Studios, but this would be so fun in any style of fabric!

I'm adding this to my list! Awesome Freestyle Churndash Quilt Tutorial with Jenny Doan!

Click on the button to watch the tutorial and get the supplies you need to make your own Freestyle Churndash Quilt!

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Feed Sacks – (Call for Stories!) Mother Necessity’s Sewing Champion

Feed Sacks – (Call for Stories!) Mother Necessity’s Sewing Champion

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Feed sacks are the perfect example of a utilitarian product turned into something beautiful. Our friend Janine Vangool (creator of UPPERCASE magazine) recently introduced us to a forthcoming book from UPPERCASE, written by author Linzee Kull McCray, who explores the history of the humble feed sack, from a plain burlap or cotton sack to exuberantly patterned and colourful bags that were repurposed into frocks, aprons and quilts by thrifty housewives in the first half of the 20th century. Extensive imagery and at-scale reproductions of these fabrics create an inspiring sourcebook of pattern and colour—and offer a welcome visit to a slower-paced way of life.

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We just love to hear your stories of quilts and quilt tops made by mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, and so many of these heirlooms are made from feed sacks. They were often made from scraps left over from sewing clothing for their children. This makes them gorgeous artifacts of a time gone by, when women found a way to make something beautiful from every bit of leftover fabric they had.

While there’s plenty of history on feed sacks and the ways they were used, we’re looking for more personal stories from the people who experienced them firsthand. We’d love to hear your stories and answers to the following questions:

  • Do you have a feed sack quilt made by a female relative?
  • Did you or someone you know ever wear a garment made from feed sacks?
  • How and where did they get the sacks?
  • What kinds of things did they make with them?
  • How did they feel about feed sack clothing/household linens?
  • Do you have any connections to historical feed sack manufacturers, designers or things of note?

To answer these questions and have your story included in this publication,  please fill out the survey form HERE! We can’t wait to hear from you! The form will close on July 25th, so don’t wait!

If you’d like to know more about the book, check it out HERE!