• 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…

  • Tips for Quilting With Flannel

    For many of us, cooler temperatures have descended upon us and a cozy quilt is just the ticket to keeping warm! And what could be nicer to cuddle up with than a soft, warm, flannel quilt? But quilting with flannel can be tricky! It just doesn’t behave like your typical quilting cottons. Here are some helpful tips to know before you start your next flannel project. Tips for Quilting with Flannel 1. Choose simple designs with large, uncomplicated pieces, like the Cozies Fall Flannels Fat Quarter Collection shown here. Avoid working with tiny pieces. 2. Buy extra fabric if you plan to prewash because flannels shrink and fray more than…

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    Fabric Projects to Make from One Yard

    What can you make with one yard (give or take) of quilt fabric? So many creative fabric projects! No doubt, as a quilter your stash is full of coordinating fat quarters and scraps that make up about a yard of fabric. And you probably have yard-lengths (more or less) of leftover backing fabric, fabric from the remnant bin you just couldn’t resist, or pieces you inherited from family members or given by friends who know you love fabric. Or, maybe you’ve just seen some yummy quilt fabric and thought, I’d love to buy just a yard, but what would I do with it? Here are some ideas for creating with one…

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    10 Ideas for Using Fabric Panels

    In my experience, quilters will collect just about any fabric they think they can turn into a quilt. I, personally, have a weakness for fabric panel prints. There are always plenty of them in our offices attached to fabric sample cards, and if they are remotely within my interest, I’ll nab them. I love the pretty pictures, but then I’m faced with the problem of what to do with them. So I asked some of my quilting colleagues for their ideas for fabric panels and we’re sharing them with you below. One Panel, Several Ways     For panels with one image: 1. Play mat. Take your storybook or busy…

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    Tips for Storing and Organizing Fabric Scraps

    Welcome to the next-to-last stop on our National Craft Month blog hop. Be sure to see our giveaway at the end of this post. Ed note: Betty @bellsouth is the winner! I swear, fabric scraps from my quilt projects seem to multiply at night in my sewing room. And what isn’t home grown, I’ve adopted: I’m a sucker for a fabric scrap bag found at a yard sale or thrift shop—especially if it’s vintage fabric. Those ‘30s and ‘40s novelty prints and tiny florals just call to me. I used to keep all my scraps in one big bin. It was fun to poke around and find just the right…

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    We Love the Keepsake Quilting Staff–and They Love You

    Happy Employee Appreciation Day! We’d like to this opportunity to introduce you to some of the many people who work at Keepsake Quilting and give you some insight on what they do. It takes a team of dedicated staff–most of whom live within a few miles of our New Hampshire store–to bring you the best in fabric, quilt kits, notions, tools, and so much more. Let’s meet some of them now. Heather, Cutting Room We start in our cutting room, where each staff member is responsible for cutting fabric in the amount or size to match the project. Cutters like Heather train for 2-3 months, working with a more experienced…

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    2016 Tent Sale – Quilt Fabric Bargains Galore

    When is the Tent Sale? When is the Tent Sale? People started asking us in January, and now we’ve announced the dates: Friday and Saturday,  June 3 and 4, 8-5 both days. If you love quilting fabric, notions, fabric scraps, and everything else to do with quilting and needlework (our Patternworks yarn store also participates) you won’t want to miss it. The Tent Sale is held at our Keepsake Quilting store in Center Harbor, New Hampshire–a picturesque lakeside setting near Meredith, NH. Make your reservations at one of the local inns, B&Bs, or hotels now! Wait. What? You don’t know about our annual Tent Sale? Well, let us tell you…

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    The Difference Between Chain Store Fabrics and Quilter’s Grade Fabrics

    by Jim Salinas I’m often asked, “Is there really any difference between the printed cotton quilting fabric found in chain stores for $2.99 to $5.99 per yard and those found in quilt shops and the best mail order catalogs for $7.99 to $9.99?” You bet there is! Premium quilting fabric brands start with high quality greige (gray) goods. Premium greige goods have a thread count of at least 60 by 60 threads, and most have thread counts higher than “60 square.” Higher thread counts produce a silkier hand, less bearding when quilted, longer fabric life and better printing definition. Most chain store cotton prints are made from less expensive greige…

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    Create with ‘Little House’ Quilting Fabric

    When I was a girl, if you weren’t solving mysteries with Nancy Drew you were frolicking on the prairie with Laura and Mary Ingalls. With pigtails and bonnet strings flying in the wind, the pioneer girls–particularly Laura–scampered across the countryside gathering wildflowers, helping with chores, or playing with rag dolls before settling down under a big quilt to sleep after Pa played his fiddle. The stories in the “Little House” books have stuck with readers generation after generation, and became even more popular when the “Little House on the Prairie” TV show aired (1975-1983). So you can imagine how hearts beat faster than a working butter churn when Andover Fabrics…