The Quilt Whisperer

When she unfolds a quilt, it’s more like she’s opening a storybook. Sandy Sutton has been collecting and studying antique quilts longer that I’ve been alive. Her extra bedroom is a library, stuffed wall to wall with quilted stories, some written more than a hundred years ago. Her obsession has made her more than a just quilt collector. She reads the stitches like words on a page. They whisper their secrets. 

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Quilt Nirvana, Coming Right Up

If you think these pink pinwheels are pretty now … after this quilt is washed it will transcend. The backgrounds will recede, and the pinwheels will puff and rise when the batting does its antiquing thing. Ahhhh. Namaste.

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Single-Fold Bias Binding

These instructions were created for my Overwatch Ornaments, but they can be used for any project using purchased double-fold bias tape for the edging.

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Happy Christmas, Heroes!

As a kid, decorating the Christmas tree was a magical experience. My mom assembled the tree and wound the lights (the hard parts). Then, while she retreated to the kitchen to bake cookies and warm apple cider, my siblings and I hung the ornaments. 

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Bargello Got the Wiggles

This classic Bargello throw quilt is the creative brainchild of Melody and her husband, who worked together to choose the fabrics. The result is a beautifully blended quilt that pulses with movement. 

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Whatever Frida Wants, Frida Gets

Nancy made this reversible throw quilt as a gift for her daughter. Bursting with energy, it turned out as iconic and magical as the woman it honors. We talked about some different quilting ideas, but in the end, Frida insisted on my "Fiesta Flowers" pattern. 

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Modern Autumn Splendor

Plum, seafoam, slate blue and celery green are a fresh alternative to classic fall colors. Whatever the color palate, it’s hard to go wrong with Hoffman’s Batik Bali Pops. The collection plays together beautifully in this pattern that resembles a brick wall. 

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Classic Churn Dash

Hey Ewe! Have you herd about this quilt? It’s right at home in a farmhouse setting — distressed shelf not included. Loretta's friend has been drooling for years over her beautiful quilts, and finally is getting one of her own. This Churn Dash quilt, made up of classic navy and cream fabrics, is more than worth the wait!

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All Spook, No Sweet

No sweet swirls or loops for this embroidered Halloween quilt. Check out the creepy echo around the embroidery designs, and the bat wings on the orange border. Trick or Treat, witches!

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Who's Cuter than Boo?

There are many different variations of Halloween, but “creepy romantic” is by far my favorite. Blame my six-year obsession with The Vampire Diaries. The show’s blend of “When I’m with her, I forget who I am” followed by “Stake her … rip her head off … something poetic” are hard for me to resist. But this year, I was craving a cute Halloween.

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