Simple Whatnots Club

Kim Diehl's 2019 Simple Whatnots Club is an 8-month club. It uses the new fabrics from Kim's "Wit & Wisdom" collection. (Click here to see the collection)

The Club features eight charming miniature quilts. Most of the projects are patchwork with a few projects offering applique. All are quick and easy to complete using basic quilting skills. They are perfect for decorative wall hangings and table toppers!

History of the Penny Rug

Penny rugs were traditionally stitched by thrifty Pioneer, Victorian and Civil War era homemakers. Back in the 1800’s most women had to make the best of the resources that they had, especially when it came to things such as “splurging” on decorations for the home. So, they would keep the small bits and pieces of the wool and felt that they collected from their clothing, hats, coats, blankets, etc., and then use these precious bits of fabric to make beautiful decorations for their homes.

5-YARD QUICKIES

  All these patterns can be made with rolls of five (5) coordinating fabrics that are one (1) yard each. Click on the picture to download the pattern.

Westering Women

On the last Wednesday of each month Barbara Brackman posts a free pattern and history lesson celebrating the women who walked west on the overland trails in the 19th centuryWestering Women will have patterns for 12" block designs, each chosen for a traditional name that recalls a location along the old trails from the Missouri River to the Pacific coast. The blocks use fabrics from two of Brackman's latest collections - "Old Cambridge Pike" and

Murphy's Law for Quilters

Did you know there was a real Murphy? Murphy's Law ("If anything can go wrong, it will") was born at Edwards Air Force Base in 1949 at North Base.  Capt. Edward A. Murphy, an engineer working on Air Force Project MX981 found a transducer wired wrong and commented about the technician who installed it, “If there is any way to do it wrong, he’ll find it.”  The contractor’s project manager kept a list of “laws” and added this one, which he called Murphy’s Law. 

Kim Diehl’s Tips for Centering Appliques

A few quick prep steps before beginning to sew results in a more efficient—and more pleasant—experience. Here are some tips from Kim Diehl's book Simple Appliqué.

How to keep Triangle Points Pointy

After taking the time to sew crisp and consistent triangles, it would be a shame to lose your points in the seams of your blocks. By following a few helpful hints, you can easily maintain sharp points when sewing the units together. In Martingale's STITCH this! blog, Jenny Cardon shared the following tips from Pat Sloan’s "Teach Me to Sew Triangles"that work for any type of triangle piecing.

Tumbling Pumpkins

Here's our block for the 2017 Wooly Block Adventure!
~~The theme this year is Harvest Time~~

We have kits available for $10.00.

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