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Quilt Labels

Check out these free, gorgeous quilt labels! Just print and sew!

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Precut Fabric

Using precut fabric bundles makes quilting fast, fun and super easy! Learn about all the gorgeous precut fabric bundles!

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Free Quilt Labels

Want free quilt labels? Sign up for my quilting newsletter and get 17 beautiful quilt labels. Print one or print them all!

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Deployment Quilting

In April 2009, we found out that my husband's unit would be deploying to Iraq for a year long tour. I knew that I would need to keep busy so I decided

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Curtis`s Quilt

I wanted to make a quilt for my eldest son who is going to university in September. I had never made a quilt before, but I wanted him to take a little

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Doris' Lone Star Quilt

I made my first quilt from your directions and you still have it posted to your student quilt page. I have been making quilts ever since. This is my

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First time Quilter

My name is Emily and my mother in law makes the most beautiful quilts. She ask me if I would like to learn because she wants to pass on her quilting things

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Myrtle's 2nd. Quilt

This quilt block is Grandmother's Choice. I did the quilt-as-you-go method, and then sewed the backing together by hand. You were to cut all fabric the

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Layering a Quilt

What is the best way to layer a quilt? I can never get all 3 layers to lay flat. I always end up with ripples or bunching. Are there any special tools

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Copyright Infringement

Written by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
123gotinfo.com/quilting.html is stealing all my blog posts and pasting them on their site, word for word. I have asked them to remove my copyrighted work, but they refuse. If you see my content on any other site, it's copyright infringement.

All-Day Quilting Party

Written by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
Grab your girlfriends and have an all-day quilting party! Find out what's new and exciting in your friends' lives. Start your own quilt or help them with theirs. It's all about friendship and quilting. The two go together like a hand and glove!

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I'm publishing this blog entry on January 18th, 2011 at 12:06 P.M.

You Gotta Have Heart Quilt

My husband is waiting for a heart transplant. After reading a news article about my husband my son's class (7th graders) decided they wanted to help.

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Kathy's Lone Star Quilt

I began at the age of 19 as a newlywed, to teach myself how to quilt (using what I thought was a cute pattern sold off of a rotating rack in a fabric store).

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Moda's December Fabric Collection #7: Sugar Pop

Moda Sugar Pop FabricWritten by Gloria Massard from
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Liz Scott must have been hungry when she created the Sugar Pop fabric collection. I'm sure it's true, because she loves candy stores, ice cream parlors and confectionery delicacies.

Clearly, this fabric features a "taste" of those inspirational goodies. Punchy florals, nature motifs accented with dots and bright, vibrant colors command your attention.

With the variety of scales and compositions, you can create to your heart's content. Sugar Pop fabrics are great for crafts, home decor, apparel or quilting. You can't get much sweeter than that!

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Snowman Quilt Pattern

Snowman quilt pattern for Christmas! Here's a few adorable snowman quilt patterns for your sewing pleasure.

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Moda's December Fabric Collection #6: Regent Street Lawn Sentimental Studios

Moda Regent FabricWritten by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
Travel to London's sophisticated dressmaking district! This gorgeous collection features traditional calico florals and hedge prints.

When you run this fabric through your hands, it feels like gossamer. That's because it's made of super fine cotton lawn.

What is cotton lawn? It's a very light, plain weave fabric. I absolutely love the pastel colors and delicate prints. I know you'll appreciate the variety and versatility of these designs. You could sew tablecloths, placemats, kitchen curtains or, even a quilt! This is a limited collection which won't last long.

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Moda's December Fabric Collection #5: Hideaway

Moda Hideaway FabricWritten by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
Do you like cuckoo clocks? How about the Swiss Alps? That's where the ideas for this sweet fabric collection originated.

Just imagine a quaint mountain village nestled in the Alps. The air is crisp and cool. Smoke flows gently from the chimney tops. This place is fresh and breathtakingly beautiful.

These charming fabric prints boast 9 different patterns in 4 colorways. You can mix and match any one of the designs, because they coordinate perfectly. Moda has designed 4 applique quilt patterns to go with this cheery collection. I'll post the patterns as soon as they're available.

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My attempt of the Peppermint Christmas Quilt

My wife and I are emptynesters. We have 7 wonderful children between us and I had seen my wife quilt before. I had even cut some fabric for her... I'm

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Moda's December Fabric Collection #4: La Petite

Moda La Petite FabricWritten by Gloria Massard from
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The La Petite collection takes us back to another time, the 19th century. As the name implies, this collection is French inspired.

Think of old fabric prints that young school girls might have worn, or fabrics that covered their school books.

The prints are purposely small, but they make a big impact. Alphabets, dictionary pictures, dots, stripes, flowers and everyday life symbols are done in shades of French blue, old red and hemp. Experience this fantastic French collection!

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Moda's December Fabric Collection #3: Brannock & Patek Woven Favorites

Brannock & Patek Primitive Wovens
Written by Gloria Massard from
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If you love the look of plaid or woven designs, you'll appreciate Brannock & Patek's stylish collection of woven prints.

The earthly colors and primitive styles will make you feel right at home.

Brannock & Patek have even designed a few patterns to use with this collection. They're quite charming, and they're sure to spark more creative ideas.


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Healing Hearts Quilt Blocks for Grieving Families

Healing Hearts Quilt Block
Written by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
Healing Hearts Quilt Blocks
Last week, 29 miners from New Zealand were tragically killed in a mining accident. Many young families were left behind.

To honor the lost miners, I'd like to pass along an opportunity for you to comfort and support the surviving family members.

Shirley Goodwin of Kiwiquilters has designed an easy healing hearts quilt block that you can sew for the grieving families.

After you complete your quilt block, or blocks (the more the better) you'll send it to Shirley. She and her helpers will assemble the blocks and sew them into quilts. Then they'll send the quilts to the families.

If you'd like to contribute, please visit Shirley's website for all the details.

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Moda's December Fabric Collection #2: Wildflowers IV Sentimental Studios

Moda Wildflowers Sentimental StudiosWritten by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
"Wow!" That's all I could say when I saw Moda's Wildflowers IV Sentimental Studios fabric collection.

I've always loved the fact that wildflowers are easy to grow. You sprinkle them into the ground, and soon you'll see a gorgeous blanket of color.

This fabric collection is almost as beautiful as the real thing. The flowers glow brightly, almost asking to be sniffed. Can you imagine sewing a quilt with these delightful designs? There must be an endless array of ideas for creating lots of projects, large or small.

I must admit, this is my favorite fabric collection in December's lineup. Once Moda releases these fabrics, you'd be wise to stock up. They're sure to sell out fast. For now though, feast your eyes on these pretty floral prints. You're in for a real treat!



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Moda's December Fabric Collection #1: Girlie Girl

Written by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
I'm a Moda fabrics fan. And if you're like me, you want to know what's in store for upcoming fabric collections. This whets your quilting fabric appetite and helps you to plan for future projects. It also motivates you to finish current projects.

Moda Girlie Girl by Cheri StroleIn December, Moda plans to launch seven new fabric lines. So, I thought it would be fun to feature one fabric line per day. At the end of the week, you'll be yearning to get your hands on these luscious quilting fabrics!

Let's start with the first collection. It's called, "Girlie Girl" by Cheri Strole. It features fairy angels, flowers, and a princely frog. Just imagine the possibilities!

Choose from cotton or flannel fabrics. You could sew a quilt, a comforter, curtains or pillow covers. The sky's the limit when it comes to this adorable fabric collection!



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Black Friday Quilting Deals!

Written by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
Forget black Friday crowds! You can find great deals on quilting supplies from the comfort of your armchair! Go ahead. Splurge on quilting fabrics, quilting notions or quilting patterns you've always wanted.

I scoured the net to find 10 quilting shops who are participating in black Friday Quilting deals. Just click and shop.

There are plenty more quilt shops who offer quilting specials. But, the following links will get you started. I hope you have a lot of fun finding the quilting deals of your dreams!

Missouri Quilt Co.
Hancock Fabrics
Virginia Quilter
The Thrifty Needle
Etsy
Loving Stitches
Green Fairy Quilts
Day Style Designs
Shared Threads
One Oak Quilts

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My First Srappy Wall Hanging

This is just a pattern I saw in a magazine and decided to try it and just use some of my scraps for it.

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Autumn Table Runner

This is my second quilting project. I was not sure if I was going to like it when I started piecing it, but I think it came out cute. It now has a home

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Jessica's very FIRST design.

I'm a 26 year old mother of three. My husband is in the Air Force and travels quite a bit. We're living in Seattle, WA (Very far from home, we're native

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Karen's First Quilt

I am a 37 year old single mom of 6. I have always sewn and did other crafts, but being very busy, have not had a chance to do it a lot. Well now that I

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Marcella's First Quilt!

I found your website and decided to try my hand at quilting. I am a 26-year-old wife and mother. Somehow I managed to find the time to take out some

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Free Quilt Patterns Giveaway!

Written by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
For May, I decided to give away FIVE free quilt patterns. Beginner quilters will appreciate the easy-to-sew designs. Enter now!

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum--a Fun Destination

Written by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
Remember the "Little House on the Prairie" books, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder? I sure do. Wouldn't it be fascinating to view some of her personal effects, up close and personal?

If this makes your heart beat a little faster, then head over to the "Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum" in Walnut Grove, MN.

Laura Ingalls
Young Laura Ingalls
Older Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Age 70

More Family Photos Below

Some of the authentic artifacts on exhibit are: A bible from the church where the Ingalls' worshipped, bonnets, aprons, dolls, historical documents and even a quilt made by Laura and her daughter, Rose.

The fun doesn't stop there. You can also visit the actual, undisturbed site of Laura's dugout home. It's located about 1.5 miles from the musuem. Incredibly interesting!

How would you like to attend a live drama reflecting Laura's life in Walnut Grove? This outdoor performance is called the "Wilder Pageant" and it's scheduled for July 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 2010.

Other actitives of interest include live appearances from Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) and Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) from the television series, "Little House on the Prairie." Look for Alison on July 24th, 2010 and Dean on July 17th, 2010.

Speaking of Nellie, this museum also hosts a "Laura-Nellie Look Alike Contest." One can only imagine how hilarious that will be! So, pack up the family and get ready for some historical fun!

Oh, and just for a kick, check out these photos of the real Ingalls' family. You gotta love 'em!

Charles and Caroline Ingalls
Caroline & Charles Ingalls
Laura's Parents
Carrie, Mary and Laura Ingalls
Carrie, Mary & Laura Ingalls
Laura and Almanzo Wilder
Laura with Husband,
Almanzo Wilder
Rose Wilder Land
Rose Wilder Lane
Laura's Daughter

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AQS Quilt Show & Contest, Paducah, KY

Written by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
Just a reminder. One of the most popular quilt shows in America will be held at the Paducah Expo Center from April 21 to April 24, 2010.

This year, the show features over 100 quilting classes, 400 vendor booths, lectures, and a quilt auction. Those of you who adore Eleanor Burns will want to attend her live stage show. She's such a wonderful person, and she's funny, too. It's worth the trip just to see her!

I truly enjoy viewing all the quilts from the quilt contest. This year, you'll get to visually devour over 400 of them. Not only do I appreciate the skill and beauty of each one, but I get a lot of new ideas for my upcoming quilts.

Although I love everything about the Paducah Quilt Show, I must admit I enjoy meeting other quilters the most. So, do something nice for yourself. Head out to Kentucky and make some new quilting friends!

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Male Prisoners are Sewing Quilts!

Written by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
Yes, you read that right. Male prisoners are sewing quilts, and they're loving it. I'll admit, I didn't know a program like this existed.

"Fine Cell Work" is the UK based organization responsible for this incredible program. Currently, they staff over 50 volunteers who teach embroidery and quilting skills to inmates throughout 26 prisons.

You might think that most of the prisoners are women. But, you would be wrong. Surprisingly, 80% of the inmates are male.

This program is so popular that there's a waiting list to enroll. Why do you suppose this is the case? The male prisoners say it gives them purpose, hope, skills, and independence. Prisoners also get paid for their work, so that's icing on the cake.

When I first heard about this program, I went to their website to see some of their quilts. Wow, their work is amazing! They give us ladies a run for our money!If you want to see some of the inmates' quilts, check out this awesome slide show.  You might also be interested in reading this interesting question and answer page.

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It's Coming! Janome Horizon 7700!

Written by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
To mark its 150th anniversary, Janome has introduced their newest sewing/quilting machine, the Janome Horizon 7700. And, it's a real beauty.

In a nutshell, the company took their bestselling model, the Janome 6600, and souped it up with more desirable features. This includes a larger working area and an extra long free arm. There are too many goodies to list here. So, check it out for yourself.

And, if you decide that you've "just got to have it," you won't have to wait long. It will be available for purchase on May 1st.

In the meantime, retailers are busily learning how to use it so they can answer all our questions. See you at the quilt shop!

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Jane's Patch Quilt

I was 49 years old when I started my first quilt. My cousin Aunt Monie helped me get started. She and I both wondered if I would have the patience to

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My first quilt for her first baby

I learnt to hand quilt in highschool and like most people in 'that boat' I was excited by the idea of machine quilting. I borrowed my Nan's cutter & tools

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Fun and Done

I have made a few quilts in the past, and enjoyed all but the hand quilting. I have problems with my hands that made the last quilt hard to finish...so

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My Course in High School Curriculum!

Written by Gloria Massard from Sew a Quilt.Com.
I'm excited to announce that my quilting course has become a part of Rockingham County High School's Apparel I Class curriculum!

Many schools, colleges, scout groups, senior centers and quilting shops have taught my course. This is a real honor for me.

So, why am I writing about Rockingham High School of North Carolina? Because Lydia-Patterson-Bryant, teacher of the Apparel I and II Classes, graciously sent me photos of her students holding their finished quilts.

Wow, what an awesome variety of colors and styles! I'm proud of all the students who participated in this class. Nice job, Girls!

I send out a great big "thank you" to Lydia for sharing these photos with all of us!

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Marcia's Table Topper/
Wall Hanging Sampler

Three years ago when I started quilting I found Gloria's web site with clear directions for a small sampler. I used most of the blocks and made this small

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Wall Hanging Sampler"

My First Quilt 2010

Well I never was interested in sewing too much, even though my Mother sewed. I learned to crochet from my Grandmother at 6 years of age. I was watching

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"Myrtle's Sampler Quilt"

I have been sewing for over 50 years, I have dabbled in a bit of quilt making through trial and error, mostly error. When I found this book on line I had

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Non-Bias Binding

How important is it for the binding strips to be cut on the bias? Would you buy the same amount of fabric to make bias strips as you would for cross

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Adapting Stretchy Fabric?

I have been saving my son's t-shirts since he was small. They are mementos of family trips etc. I thought it would be cute to make them into a

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Short Survey

Please take a short survey about quilting topics you enjoy!

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Binding

What seam allowance do you use for binding? ANSWER: The standard seam allowance for binding is 1/4.

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Why are My Squares Too Small?

I just sewed my first block. I followed the instructions which called for some solid 3-inch squares and then some of those squares laid right sides

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Lengthwise Grain of Fabric

What makes the lengthwise grain of the fabric stronger than the crosswise grain? ANSWER: That's an excellent question! There's a few reasons why

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