• David Taylor Brings His Applique Master Class to Keepsake Quilting

    What a delight to have a former Keepsake Quilting challenge winner teaching at the shop. We were first introduced to David Taylor back in the fall of 2000 when he entered our biannual Keepsake Quilting challenge contest. The judges awarded him second-place honors for his intricate foundation-pieced quilt. It was a remarkable piece of work on two counts. First it was only the quiltmaker’s third completed project, and, second, that quiltmaker was a man—our first gentleman challenge winner. David, who now resides in New Hampshire, was living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, at the time and working as a graphic designer. When we interviewed him, he told us he was working…

  • Getting Ready for the Annual Summer Sale!

    Summer in New Hampshire is yard-sale season. If you’ve ever had a yard sale, you know it can be a lot of time and work. First you have to gather together everything you want to sell, stick on price tags, set up tables on the lawn, and then pray for good weather. But then when the cars start pulling over and the neighbors begin showing up on your front lawn, it’s all worth it. If you’d like to come to a yard sale beyond compare, plan on heading to Center Harbor, New Hampshire, for the annual Keepsake Quilting Summer Tent Sale on May 31, June 1 and June 2. You’ll…

  • Spring Has Arrived at Keepsake Quilting

    It’s April in New Hampshire, and every day Mother Nature has a new surprise for us. First it was little purple and yellow crocuses peeking through the snow. Those hardy little flowers may have disappeared for a day or two last week under a blanket of April snow, but they’re back again along with a lovely little daffodil here and there and buds on the lilac bushes. Oh how happy we all are to see that spring has arrived. That’s not the only thing we’re happy about these days. We’re delighted to announce that Keepsake Quilting has gone back to its roots as a family-owned business. It happened on April…

  • Win Quilting Fabrics For Life from Keepsake Quilting!

    She who dies with the most fabric probably won our Fabric For Life contest! That’s right: the latest top quality quilting fabrics–prints, solids, batiks, flannels, and whatever else fabric designers come up with in the future–will all be yours. The Grand Prize winner will receive a 20-year supply of fabric from KeepsakeQuilting.com, valued at $11,440! But wait, there’s more! The First Place winner will receive a 350 PE Sewing Machine from BERNINA. The Second Place winner will receive a Reliable Velocity 200IR iron. Last but not least, 3rd place will receive will receive a Fabric Bundle from Paintbrush Studios. Entering is easy: once a day, right here, from now through December 31, 2017,…

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    Quilt Ideas for 10-inch Squares – Free Tutorial

    Looking for quilt ideas for precut 10″ squares? Here are five suggestions and a free tutorial for a Nine-Patch Rearranged quilt using 10″ pre-cut fabric. Precut fabric makes quilting so much easier, because a lot of the work is done for you. Ten-inch squares are among the most versatile pre-cuts. Slice them into strips, smaller squares or triangles to make all kinds of quilt designs. This diagram shows eight ways you can cut up 10″ squares to make a quilt. Or, you can simply stitch the blocks together without further cutting, and add a pretty border. Here are some quilt ideas for pre-cut 10-inch squares. 1. Hourglass quilts. Hourglass quilt blocks…

  • 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.…

  • Fusible Applique Is “Sew” Easy!

    Groundhog Day is here and bringing with it thoughts of springtime blooms and creatures! While the groundhog might not be ready for spring, our Woodland Creatures quilt kit is ready right now! Designed by Rosemary Makhan of Quilts by Rosemary, this 80″ x 100″ quilt is an heirloom piece you and your family will love for many years to come.When I look at the top, I think about how excited I am for warmer temperatures and all the creatures and flowers that come alive in the spring. I also think about how much work this quilt would be to make. Between that floral border and all of the adorable animals on the…

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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…

  • Let’s Get Our Fabrics Organized in 2017!

    OK, quilters, let’s be honest with ourselves: no matter the size, we all have a bit of a fabric stash laying around the house. If you’re anything like me, it isn’t just laying around the house: I have fabric and rulers in the trunk of my car! When meeting up with a friend recently, she mentioned how she was looking for a vintage fabric for a quilt she was making. I told her to meet me at my car. She gave me a weird look but when I opened my trunk, she understood! While storing fabric in the car might make for funny stories, it doesn’t make for effective quilting.…

  • Keepsake Quilting Fabric for Life 2016 Winners!

    As you all know, the Fabric for Life 2016 Contest ended December 31, 2016. You’ve all been so patient for us to announce our winners. But before we do, let’s take a peek at the fabulous prizes one more time: The Grand Prize, a 20 year supply of fabric, was won by Terri W., Belmont, NH The First Place Prize, a 570QE Sewing Machine from Bernina, was won by Cynthia D., Tracyton, WA The Second Place Prize, an iron package from Reliable Corporation, was won by Rebekah L., Linn Creek, MO And last, but certainly not least, the five winners of the Third Place Prize, five fabric bundles, were won…