A Tip for Adding Borders

Here's an important tip: Before you add borders always measure your quilt top. Don’t assume that your piecing is perfect.

Barbara Brackman's "Civil War Sampler"

 This remarkable book features fifty quilt blocks to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, some of which were presented on Barbara’s blog in 2011. Many of these blocks weren’t designed until the 1930s, but Barbara selected each one for the unique symbolism its name lends to recounting stories of the war during the mid-1800s. Dig into your reproduction fabrics and enjoy mixing and matching blocks to make your own tribute quilt. Images of sampler quilts are included for inspiration

Ten Best Reasons for Making a Bed Runner

The bed runner is a luxurious decorator touch that was first seen in higher-end boutique hotels, quickly becoming a familiar and welcome bedroom accent. As quilters, we can easily create several new looks to give new life to one single, solid color bedspread or duvet.

The Windrose Mariner's Compass

Several people have asked about repeating this class. If you are interested, please give us a call (540-377-9191) and we'll reschedule the class A favorite quilting design, the points on the Mariner's compass rose can offer quite a challenge. However, in class you will learn a paper-piecing technique that makes the design very doable. Sandy teaches you how to make templates that allow you to piece from the front of the design (a much easier method that the standard one). She has also developed a quick and easy method for making the pinwheels that surround the compass rose.

X Marks the Spot!

Carolyn's X-Block class on Friday launched a group of terrific quilts! It was great to see how well different types of fabrics worked with this design....fabrics included a collection of florals, Timeless Treasures batiks, Moda's Essence fabric collection. I took pictures of the class in action, but my photography left a lot to be desired. The only viewable shot was Diane's quilt-in-progress where she is using assorted florals. The photo shows one related set of six blocks; on the left is another set that has been layered, sliced, shuffled and is ready for sewing.

Fabric Trivia

Did You Know that in 1846.... ...A yard of calico sold for 25 cents per yard or 5 lbs of butter. ...Fine muslin was priced at 60 cents or 20 eggs. ...And these prices were about 3 times more than 20 years earlier. from www.cottonopia.net

Bias Strips

Cutting a bias binding can seem overwhelming. See if the attached directions make it a little easier! Read more....

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