• "Log Cabin Leaves" digital quilted pillow pattern

    Quick and Cute: Quilted Projects They’ll Love That Won’t Take Forever

    We’re all busy, but we still want to make beautiful things for our family and friends–and let’s not forget making things for ourselves, either! Even the simplest quilt is a commitment (which is great when you want to dive into something big), but you can finish the prettiest placemats, napkins, table runners, or pillows in a few hours. Everyone over for dinner will admire your beautiful quilted placemats, but no one knows you whipped them up in one afternoon. (We won’t tell if you don’t!) Take our “Double Dip” reversible placemat pattern. The strip piecing makes for superfast construction, but the color and pattern variations are endless. You could do…

  • "Scrappy Jewels" digital quilt pattern

    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…

  • Tonga Treats Table Topper and Table Runner Patterns

    Here are two quick and easy table runner patterns that both utilize 5″ squares. We’ve chosen to highlight our Tonga Treats collections because they create such striking visuals; however you can use any charm pack to create these quick, beautiful, and functional table accents. Tonga Treats Table Topper – finished size is 32½” x 32½” Supplies: 1 pack of Tonga Treats 5″ square 40 piece collection (you will only use 36) ½ yard border fabric – cut four 3½” strips 1 yard backing Directions: Choose 3 squares in cut and in half to yield six 2½” x 5″ rectangles. The first row is made of six 5″ squares (row A). The…

  • At the Shop: Christmas Tree Napkin Tutorial

    Sew you want a quick but memorable gift you can make for everyone on your list? How about these lovely Christmas Tree napkins suggested by staff member Gloria! Gloria has been on staff at Keepsake Quilting since 2000.  She began quilting in 1991 when a local quilt shop offered an Eleanor Burns Log Cabin Quilt in a Day class and hasn’t stopped since.  Her favorite notion is her 6½” square ruler; she uses it all the time and finds it very helpful when making her preferred type of quilts- country scrappy! Gloria also has an addiction to all things chickadee, enjoys cross stitch, and is on a wool project kick…

  • Quilting Spotlight: Jessica Homan of Los Angeles, California

    Last summer, Jessica walked into our shop in Center Harbor, New Hampshire, with a fabulous flag quilt that she had made. We thought you’d enjoy learning a little bit about this enthusiastic young gal and her newfound quilting passion, so we posed a few questions and asked her to send along pictures of her projects and herself.  Jessica’s quilting bio: I started quilting with remnants from my late grandmother’s collection, creating a quilt using basic squares. I made a few quilts during college as gifts, but it wasn’t until this past year that I truly fell in love with the craft. Now I see the creative potential in a swatch…

  • Patty’s Tablecloth

    There are certainly more than a few advantages to working at Keepsake Quilting. Before Patty, one of our Merchandising Assistants, went to her daughter’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, she quickly bought a couple of fabrics that she thought would make pretty table-toppers. For the main fabric, she cut a 3-yard piece of gray fabric in half and seamed the two halves together. She then used a 1-1/4-yard cut of the lighter floral fabric to form a square to spread on top of her new tablecloth. In the past, she has used festive fabrics for Christmas table-toppers, and this could be done with themed fabrics for any holiday or event. You…