• Pumpkin Blossom Project of the Month by Lynette Jensen

    A crispness has settled in the air and the leaves have begun to fall. This surely means autumn is in full swing. The season is ripe with opportunities for sewing on chilly, overcast days. Plus, there are so many wonderful projects to quilt for our homes, as gifts for our loved ones, and for ourselves. Lynette Jensen was inspired by autumn when she designed Pumpkin Blossom, a darling quilt that functions as a table topper or a wall quilt available with the Thimbleberries Project of the Month. Here she is to talk about her inspiration and to share a great tip for keeping hand blanket stitches in place: It’s always…

  • Troubleshooting Tips for Table Runner Quilts

    Today Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries joins us for a guest blog to introduce her Kaleidoscope Burst Runner and to give us a peek at the extra scrap project. Just in time for fall, this easy quilting project is the September Project of the Month. I can’t wait to share mine with everyone who sits at my dining room table. Here’s Lynette with her tried and true tips for finishing this table runner perfectly: Kaleidoscope Burst Runner: September’s Project of the Month By Lynette Jensen The Kaleidoscope Burst Runner pattern for September is a simple and straight forward quilting project using the “cheater triangle” construction technique. When quilt makers switched from…

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    The Versatile Dresden Plate Quilt Block

    The Dresden Plate quilt block is one of the most popular quilt designs. But did you know how versatile it is? Below we give you some ideas for using the Dresden Plate to make a variety of quilting projects, plus tips on how to re-size the plates. With this information, you’ll be serving up all kinds of Dresden Plate patterns, like the Let’s Talk Turkey table runner, below. The Classic Dresden Plate     The Dresden Plate quilt pattern became popular in the 1920s and ’30s. The classic version is the one with Depression-era feedsack fabrics. The blades may be pointed, rounded, or flat on the end to make a…

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    Blanket Stitch Applique Tips for Success

    Do you use applique techniques in your quilting? Adding applique may seem like a time-consuming extra step, but there are many different techniques, such as fusible applique, that make it go faster. And applique can add that little something extra that takes a quilt from good to great. Today, guest blogger Lynette Jensen offers applique tips for using the blanket stitch to add “seeds” on her Thimbleberries Watermelon Time table runner design. Blanket Stitch Applique Tips By Lynette Jensen Watermelon Time is the perfect summer time table runner.  It is bright and fresh and makes every summer day seem like a picnic is about to breakout.  The rosy red print used…

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    Pressing Tips for Pinwheel Blocks Strip Sets

    Today we have a guest post from one of our favorite designers, Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries. I had the pleasure of meeting Lynette at Quilt Market in Utah last month, and she is just as lovely and pleasant as her designs. Today, she shows how pinwheel blocks can add a festive touch to your summer decor and gives you tips on pressing the strip sets that make this project so easy. Pinwheels for June! By Lynette Jensen Getting your home set up with wonderful small seasonal projects is a real joy when it comes time to refresh your decor. The exclusive Thimbleberries Project of the Month I designed for Keepsake Quilting is just…

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    How to Make Flying Geese Quilt Units

    Quilts with flying geese units find fans among quilters of all types. Depending on the size, formation, and colors used, flying geese quilts can look antique or modern. You can use flying geese for borders or fill an entire quilt top with them. Traditionally, flying geese blocks consist of one large triangle in one color with the two smaller triangles in a contrasting color or pattern. But you can mix them up any way you like, using solids or prints. Over the years, quilters have developed different techniques and tools for making flying geese units. Most recently, the availability of pre-cut fabric squares has made it easier than ever to…

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    Quarter Inch Seam Test for Perfect Patchwork

    Geometric patchwork quilt designs depend on accurate piecing to achieve their crisp look. If the piecing is askew, the blocks will look wonky. And if the blocks are wonky, the points and angles won’t line up. And if that happens, it’s not the end of the world, but you won’t get the effect you were going for. For accurate patchwork piecing, you not only have to measure and cut precisely, but your seam allowance needs to be consistent. “Although 1/8″ (6 mm) off may not seem like much, when you add 1/8” across multiple seams, it really does add up!’ says quilter Nancy Purvis in her book Quilting from Every Angle.…

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    Machine Quilting Ideas

    Once you’ve pieced and pressed your quilt top, how do you quilt your quilt? Machine quilting your quilt has become more popular over the years as techniques, tools, and technology have changed to make it easier and more affordable. Also, as quilters age, they often find that hand quilting is no longer an option, due to arthritis and other ailments that make handwork difficult. So, what are the options for how to machine quilt your quilt? Machine quilting on a home sewing machine With a little practice and some machine quilting lessons, many quilters find they can learn to quilt on a home sewing machine. Free-motion Quilting One way is to drop…

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    Tips for Floral Quilt Projects

    Spring is here and many of us are celebrating the Easter holiday. It’s a time of regrowth and renewal. Maybe you’ve started to plant your garden. Or, maybe you prefer to do your “gardening” in the sewing room: cutting floral fabrics, piecing rows of color, and “fencing” your quilt projects with borders and binding. Well, consider this your seed catalog, and we’re planting quilting inspiration with tips for garden quilts. Applique Bouquets – Fusing Tips Populate your quilt projects with posies, using fabric appliques. Fusible makes applique easy. If you’ve never fused fabric before, here are some tips: 1. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Every brand and type of fusible works…

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    How to Quilt: Master the Half-Square Triangle

    What is a half square triangle? Only one of the most popular building blocks for patchwork quilting! If you know how to quilt with half triangle units, you will greatly expand your quilting repertoire. The units, also known as HSTs or triangle squares, are simply two triangles that make up a square. You can make them large or small, use them here and there in a pattern, or create a whole quilt just with HSTs. Often, HSTs are made up of one solid color triangle and another of the same color but a lighter or darker value to create a shading effect, such as the quilt pictured here. But you…