• Keep Calm and Sew a Mask

    Let’s make a difference! In response to the growing need for personal protective equipment (PPE), the CDC is now approving the use of home-sewn masks. When combined with face shields or filters, these masks can lengthen the life of protective equipment.* At Keepsake Quilting and Pineapple Fabrics, our caring staff is cutting kits and sewing masks for this great need. We’ve reached out to local guild members in our community, both in North Carolina and New Hampshire, and we’re sending free mask-making kits as well as dropping off completed masks to essential personnel at local hospitals, nursing homes, childcare centers, and essential businesses. We’re committed to doing our part and…

  • Get Wise About Wide Backs!

    You’ve completed the quilt top, now let us take care of the back! With our WIDE selection of 108-inch wide backings, we have the perfect finishing touch for your quilt top. No need to piece your backing, we have a seamless solution to get your quilt top ready to be loved and cuddled faster. All of our wide backing fabrics, both traditionally and digitally printed, come from top-quality brands you love in various colors and shades. Our quilt backings are torn on the straight of grain to guarantee that you receive a true 108″ piece of fabric. The backing is the part of your quilt that hugs your loved ones and caresses…

  • Love Is…

    What is love? Love comes in many forms, it could be unconditional love between a mother and child, sister and brother, grandparent and grandchildren and more. Where there is a bond there is love! As quilters, we show our love through our craft. The gift of a quilt is an expression of love, comfort, and joy. We give quilts to celebrate life, love, and milestones from graduations to marriages and even just because. One of our best-selling quilt kits expresses love in the sweetest of ways: baby animals and their mothers sharing kisses and snuggles. Love Is by Rachel Shelburne of Maywood Studios created this darling quilt kit pattern that…

  • Past Meets Present: Let’s Make Log Cabin Quilts!

    The log cabin block is one of the oldest known quilt blocks, also known as the “housetop” block or seen in variations like the Courthouse Steps. It features a center square that symbolizes the “heart” and “hearth” of the home. This center square is traditionally red (sometimes yellow, which symbolizes a warm light in the window) and the block is built out from the center. As you add “logs” to the hearth center the block grows. Each log cabin block has a light and a dark side and the combinations are endless with their placement in a quilt. Rumored to have been named the log cabin because of Abraham Lincoln’s…

  • Happy National Sew a Jelly Roll Day!

    Today is the day we celebrate one of our favorite precuts: 2 ½-inch strips, or as Moda Fabrics has trademarked and coined the commonly used term, “Jelly Rolls”. They go by many names that vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, such as Design Rolls from FreeSpirit Fabrics, Island Strips by Island Batik, Bali Pops from Hoffman Fabrics, Strip-pies from Benartex, Tonga Treats from Timeless Treasures, but 2 ½-inch strips no matter how they are referred to are a fun option for a fast and fresh quilt.  At Keepsake Quilting, we cut our own precuts in-house at our facilities in North Carolina. Our careful production staff takes pride in providing quilters with…

  • Go to School at Keepsake Quilting

    Mary and Gloria As the kids start thinking about going back to school, we’ve got school on our minds, too. We’re talking quilt school where there are no tests and no grades, and every class is sure to be fun. We’ve got a terrific class schedule in the works that both locals and visitors to the shop are going to love. We plan to do something special every week. The first Monday of the month will be Make-and-Take-It Monday, with projects such as ornaments, potholders or holiday items that can be finished in just a few hours. The second Tuesday of the month will be Table-Setting Tuesday, with projects such…

  • Quilt Label Tips, Tricks and More!

    Labeling your quilt is an important–although often overlooked–step of making a quilt. When giving a quilt to a friend or family member, you might not think your quilts need labels. But they do! Quilt labels have helped quilt historians learn about a quilt’s origin long after the quilter was gone. They can also be a great way to make sure your quilt is never confused with someone else’s quilt. A label can also provide a personalized touch that makes a quilt that much more special for the lucky recipient. Tips for Labeling Your Quilt  I asked expert quilters, staff from Fons & Porter and other prestigious publications, how they approach labeling their quilts.…

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    How To Make A Bargello Quilt: Four Simple Steps

    For a lot of quilters–myself included–making a bargello quilt is on the “quilter’s bucket list.” If you’re not familiar with these stunning quilts, they’re the perfect blend of traditional quilting meets modern and look challenging but are deceptively easy. When you first look at one, you might think “Wow, that’s a lot of piecing – I’m sure it’s a lot of work!” Made of strips that are sewn together in such a way to look like a moving wave, the curves in a bargello quilt certainly do look difficult. However, these patterns are suitable for beginning quilters…let’s explore how: How To Make A Bargello Quilt Step 1: Cut And Arrange…

  • Squaring Wall Quilts with Lynette Jensen

    Lynette Jensen is back with another lovely quilt pattern from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club! This wall quilt (or holiday table topper) is called Winterscape and it’s an easy project that looks great all winter long! Here’s what Lynette had to say about it… How fun to have a small, easy project for the December installment of the Project of the Month. Not only can you get this Winterscape project made in this busy month for you to use in your own holiday decorating, but you could also make extra for gift giving. It is the perfect size for many uses – as a wall hanging in a…

  • Quilt Lessons: How to Make a Sleeve for Wall Hanging Quilts

    Tis the season of wintery wall quilts! Not every quilt is meant to keep us warm; some are made to be exhibited and others are made to spice up home décor as they spread cheer to all who gaze upon them. But, how do you hang a wall quilt? My favorite way is to make a hanging sleeve that can be attached to the back of the quilt. If you’ve ever made a wall hanging quilt, you know it can be difficult to find instructions about how to make a hanging sleeve. In researching for this, I explored books, blog posts, and videos looking for instructions to share. My favorite…