• Squaring Wall Quilts with Lynette Jensen

    Lynette Jensen is back with another lovely quilt pattern from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club! This wall quilt (or holiday table topper) is called Winterscape and it’s an easy project that looks great all winter long! Here’s what Lynette had to say about it… How fun to have a small, easy project for the December installment of the Project of the Month. Not only can you get this Winterscape project made in this busy month for you to use in your own holiday decorating, but you could also make extra for gift giving. It is the perfect size for many uses – as a wall hanging in a…

  • Create Fabric Paintings using Pre-cut Quilt Kits

    Ready to give picture quilts a try? My favorite way to create fabric paintings is to layer fabric shapes using fusible appliqué. It can be quite time consuming to iron fusible to your fabric and to cut out the various appliqué shapes. Now that laser pre-cut quilt kits are available, quilting images is easier than ever! What’s a laser pre-cut quilt kit? If you’re not familiar with these handy appliqué kits, you’re missing out! The kits include pre-cut fabrics with the fusible web already ironed in place. The fabrics have also been laser cut into the smaller, more intricate shapes required by the pattern. Small tabs keep the various cut…

  • 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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    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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    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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    Top 10 Reasons Why We Love Quilting

    Today is National Quilting Day! Here at Keepsake Quilting we’re celebrating with the Top 10 reasons why we–as a nation of quilters–love to quilt. We asked you on our Facebook page why you like to quilt, and your answers helped us make this list. Read, enjoy, and let us know what you think. Reason 1: The Fabric Let’s face it–from pretty pastel prints to deep, dark batiks, we’ve never met a fabric we didn’t like. Tips for choosing quilt fabric: Make sure the fabric is colorfast. If you’re not sure, wash it before you use it. (Actually, many quilters recommend pre-washing all fabric, especially if the quilt will be functional…

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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…

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    How to Bind a Quilt: Double-layer Quilt Binding

    There are many ways to bind a quilt, and every quilter develops a preference. Your choice may depend on the type of quilt you are making: a quilt that will be used for warmth or on a bed (and that will be washed) will need a sturdy quilt binding, whereas you can get away with whipstitching the binding on a decorative wall quilt. Aesthetics also play a role on how to bind a quilt. Do you want a squared-off quilt binding with mitered corners or rounded corners? A “pillowcase” edge with topstitching, a hand-sewn finish with invisible stitches, or a machine-stitched binding with matching or contrasting thread? Or maybe you…