• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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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    Scrap quilts: a new take on an old favorite

    Back in the day, all quilts were scrappy. Women sewed their scraps together into the most useful and prettiest covering they could.  They traded scraps with each other and showed their finished patchwork with pride (and probably a touch of competition). Creativity and skill mattered, just like today. Because some things don’t change: we all still have scraps, and we want to do something beautiful and useful with them. But how we learn has changed. That’s what I like about Bonnie Hunter’s “Scrap Quilts” class on craftonlineuniversity.com: it’s such a cool mix of old and new. Old, in that she works with the oldest style of patchwork; new, in that…

  • We’re Tickled (Tula) Pink!

    Keepsake Quilting is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Tula Pink, everyone’s favorite illustrator, fabric designer, DIY’er, and all-around cool girl! She’s going to be doing a bunch of exclusive Tula Pink quilting patterns and projects for us: videos and kits you’ll find only at Keepsake Quilting. Our exclusive Tula Pink kits are here now, designed by Tula’s favorite quilt designers and made from her favorite fabrics. We’ve got bags of all sizes: the Adorable Tote, Cute Clutch, and Pretty Purse and projects to liven up your home: the Sunrise and Compass large floor pillows and the Palace Floor Table Runner. We’ve got six Tula Pink bed sized quilts,…

  • Star Wars Quilting Fabrics and Kits are here!

    Star Was quilting fabrics and kits (including Keepsake Quilting exclusives) are here! We’ve got ’em all: old favorites like Chewie and Han Solo, and all the new members of the Rebel Alliance like Rey, Poe, and Finn. And the adorable new droid BB-8! If you’re into bad guys (we know you’re out there), we’ve got the Dark Side as well: the Imperial Storm troopers return,  backed by new baddies: flametroopers, Kylo Ren, and Captain Phasma. They all come in a range of colors and patterns, so you can pick what works best for your project, whether it’s patchwork or a panel. We’ve got quilt kits and pillow kits as well,…

  • What is batting, exactly?

    Batting is usually just an afterthought once the fun parts (picking fabric, and designing and piecing the quilt) are done. But it’s more than that! It’s the heart of the quilt: when you snuggle under a quilt, batting keeps you warm. It deserves just as much care as the rest of your quilt! So use these tips, our cheat sheet, and our size chart to pick the best batting for your quilt. Let the quilt pattern guide your choice of batting. Modern quilts generally have a more streamlined look than soft, fluffy baby quilts. So modern quilters tend to use cotton batting, which gives a flatter finish, while polyester batting,…

  • Primitive Gatherings Pinwheel Tool

    Sew you want to know how to use the Primitive Gatherings Pinwheel Tool? Meet Laurel and find out! Laurel began working at Keepsake Quilting (at her husband’s suggestion!) about sixteen years ago after spending a few years being a stay-at-home mom. At first she worked exclusively in the shop, but now you might also find yourself talking to her at the call center. When she first began at KQ, Laurel was not a quilter. Had her husband known how avid a crafter she was going to become, he probably would not have suggested the job!  She dabbled at first with checkerboard quilts before discovering a love of tools and notions…

  • KQ Quilt School – Third Class

    For our June quilt class, we did strip-piecing, using that technique for 6″ Nine Patch blocks. We also combined the strip-piecing and half-square triangles for a 12″ Jacob’s Ladder block. Our final block was a 6″ Spool. What fun we had laying out all the blocks that the gals had made. There were so many different looks—just so inspiring! We’re coming up on our last quilt class in which we’ll talk about assembling all of our 12″ and 6″ blocks together, adding borders, layering, quilting and binding. The gals are all at different stages. Libby has actually finished two quilt tops, one in Balis, and one in 1800’s reproduction fabrics.…

  • Beginner’s Corner: Tools for Beginning Quilting

    Have you just started quilting, signed up for a quilting for beginners class, or know someone who wants to learn how to quilt? To make sure you (or they) are properly armed for class and ready to sew, here’s a list of beginning quilting tools we came up with that many new quilters will find helpful! Tools for Beginning Quilters 45mm Rotary Cutter such as this Olfa Rotary Cutter. This size is best for cutting many layers and general quilting; smaller sizes are best for applique, smaller pieces, or cutting curves. Cutting Mat an 18″ x 24″ is a good size to start, although many quilters prefer a larger board like our 36″ x…