Category Archives: Blocks

He’s Here, He’s Here (Again): It’s Christmas in July at SHWS!

Seriously, Jennifer? Christmas in July?  It’s +90º outside! Yes! It’s time to get started. As I was super late delivering the Santa Smiles Tree Skirt pattern last year, I thought I’d throw this out to you well before the holidays. … Continue reading

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Quilt-Along Panel 2 for Blackbirds & Blossoms Oh-La-La!

                                            We are halfway done with round 2 of our Quilt-Along, Blackbirds & Blossoms Oh-La-La! I hope you are having … Continue reading

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Quilting Wisdom: Collected Thoughts from See How We Sew

Probably one of the nicest aspects of sewing arts is our tradition of sharing knowledge and expertise. As we absolutely love to spread quilt making, sewing, and crafting know-how, here’s a few lessons and insights picked up by your “quilting … Continue reading

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Improvisational Scrap Busting – French Style

I have spent the past two months finishing all the forgotten quilt projects I can possibly manage. This has been great for clearing my sewing room, checking off the to-do’s on my list, and giving me hope that I can … Continue reading

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I like it/I don’t . . . I like it/I don’t . . . Tackling The Quilt-Making Seesaw

Despite fighting the flu, I did start 2014 in a fever (ha-ha) of industry. So far, I’ve made one quilt, plus I finished a little quilted portrait of my mother. Then, I segued into a quilt for my own use, … Continue reading

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2013 Craftsy BOM: A Year in Designing (+ 3 FREE Book Offers)

This post is for all of you Craftsy students who have been waiting patiently for a final post on the 2013 BOM class. For those of you not participating in the class, I hope you will bear with us and perhaps … Continue reading

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A California Quilter Crosses the Pond: Part 2–A Feast of Stitching Inspiration (+ Giveaway)

The jet lag may be history, but I’m still bubbling with inspiration from my recent “holiday” in the UK. In addition to the Autumn Quilt Festival Malvern, which I shared in my Tuesday post, the trip provided a feast of ideas for future stitching projects. Sunday saw us … Continue reading

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The (Not So) Humble 9-Patch

I have been clearing out a few projects in my sewing room the past few months. A lot of them have to do with leftover blocks from block exchanges I’d participated in with my group of quilting friends.  To be … Continue reading

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New York Beauty Quilts – Finding Inspiration in our Past

Last Sunday, I was fortunate enough to attend an opening reception at the San Jose Quilt Museum for its new exhibit; Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volckening’s Passion. It was extraordinary. Bill Volckening is a self described quilt magnet: he claims that … Continue reading

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The Bumpy, Rocky, Twisty Road of Quilt-Pattern Design–Giveaway Today!

(Or, Attempting That HUGE Leap From Cute Sketch to Marketable Pattern) Do you remember those paper-pieced holiday blocks I designed last December? Well, they’ve been a tremendous hit in our FREE Pattern collection and I’ve been jazzed to devise a … Continue reading

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