Fall is for Family

My block for October’s Quilt Block Mania embraces the beautiful complexity of family life. Download “Flying Geese Family,” my free block pattern. Then make a full quilt with 28 other free block patterns from the #QuiltBlockMania crew. 

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My Favorite Foundation Paper Piecing Tools

Maybe you've been doing traditional quilting for years. Maybe you've been wanting to learn to sew. Maybe you're an innovative artist and don't want to make quilts like Grandma's. Enter Foundation Paper Piecing, your new BFF.

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Work of Heart Mini Quilt Free Pattern

When you open the lid on a box of chocolate hearts, do you read the card to know what you're biting into? Or do you embrace the surprise? Whatever your chocolate-eating style, variety and surprise are both key elements of creativity.

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How to Foundation Paper Piece the Easy Way

Foundation Paper Piecing is one of my favorite techniques for making quilts. To help you get excited about learning (or maybe re-learning) Foundation Paper Piecing, I've put together a step-by-step video tutorial.

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Happy Adorable Halloween

The first Halloween I can remember, Minnesota had a blizzard for the history books. Over the next four days, snowfall accumulated to an unbelievable 37."

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How I Choose a Quilt Block Layout

Have you ever pieced together an entire quilt top, stepped back to admire your work, and then asked yourself, "Why did I put those two blocks together?" Or "Why didn't I rotate that corner block?" Or "Why is that one row of star points up-side down??"

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Back to School with 37 Free Quilt Block Patterns

My boys don't realize it yet, but the start of the school year is just around the corner -- a time of fresh starts and new challenges. I'll start talking to them about school soon, but for now I want them to enjoy these carefree days.
To help you get excited about back to school, I've teamed up with some other pattern designers to give you 37 school-themed quilt block patterns for free!

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Black Lives Matter: How I'm Responding to Racial Injustice

The death of George Floyd marked a national crisis inside a pandemic. While I've been working on figuring out life with COVID-19, the events in Minneapolis have made me rethink my values and actions.

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Quilting Through the Quarantine

I am here to help you finish your quilts during the COVID-19 crisis. To support social distancing guidelines, I have a new procedure for you to safely send me your quilt tops.

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Free to Wander

Until today, I'd known this quote only as "not all who wander are lost," a pretty phrase lettered above a camping design on a throw pillow.

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