Monthly Archives: February 2013

Drafting, Part 1: Changing the Size of Pieced Quilt Blocks

If you have ever wanted to make a pieced quilt block in a different size than those that you are able to find in books or magazines, I think you will find this easy, step-by-step tutorial helpful. I suspect that there are still some of … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Wedding Quilt Part II

As promised in my Tuesday post, here’s a look at my wedding quilt project from the perspective of commissioning the input of a long-arm machine quilter. In this case, I’ve found Marla Monson, a super-talented long-armer based in Northern California.  … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Wedding Quilt Part I

Another year, another family wedding! My niece/goddaughter will be marrying in the French village where she grew up and we’re so excited to visit that side of the family for such a joyous event. Of course, such a milestone requires … Continue reading

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In Honor of President’s Day: American Quiltmakers Speak Their Minds–in Fabric!

Long before the 19th amendment was ratified in August 1920, granting them the right to vote, American women were making their voices heard–albeit silently–with fabric, needle, and thread. Although no longer silent, today’s quilters continue to express their political preferences and … Continue reading

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For Valentine’s Day and Beyond: Capture Mementos (and Memories) with a Nostalgic “Pocket” Pillow

Some sources say that it was Henry VIII who, in 1537, settled the English celebration of Valentine’s Day upon February 14–by Royal Charter, no less. At the time, he was married to his third wife, Jane Seymour. Jane, who was expecting, ultimately produced the long-awaited male heir, marking one of … Continue reading

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A Heart-y Hello from See How We Sew Along with a Giveaway!

It’s that time of year again when we can plunder our stashes for all things pink and red in the name of fondness, friendship, and love. Just in case you want to know why we celebrate February 14 with representations … Continue reading

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“Quilt Blocks Go Wild!”–Fun & Funky Improv Projects from Six Favorite Designers (Giveaway!)

“The classic quilt block: Our cherished legacy. And now, the perfect inspiration for your creativity…a collection of fresh, modern quilt projects made with quilt blocks that are twisted and tweaked, sliced and skewed.” –Eleanor Levie, from the intro to her … Continue reading

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Spring Blooms Quilt Block Teaches Partial-Seam Construction

Happy February everyone! I can’t believe how quickly this past month has flown by. I hope you are finding time to work on some of those projects you may have put off due to a busy holiday season. If you … Continue reading

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