Now Touring: Project Teen Handmade Gifts Your Teen Will Actually Love by Melissa Mortenson

October 14, 2014

A book can only go well when the author, Melissa Mortenson starts out like this: “Case in point: A few years ago I decided, like crazy person, to make a quilt for each of my kids for Christmas. I’ve got three of them—kids, that is. Not being the best manager of time when it comes to [...]

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Quilt as Desired: Round 4

October 9, 2014

Identical blocks + different quilters = stitchy madness! Throughout the past few days, we’ve been sharing more of the Quilt As Desired pieces created as part of a feature in our Sept-Oct 2014 issue.  And today, we’ve got more! Background:  We created identical 15-inch paper-pieced wonky star blocks and asked some of our dearest friends [...]

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Quilt As Desired, Round 3

October 7, 2014

Identical blocks + different quilters = stitchy madness! Throughout the past few days, we’ve been sharing more of the Quilt As Desired pieces created as part of a feature in our Sept-Oct 2014 issue.  And today, we’ve got more! Background:  We created identical 15-inch paper-pieced wonky star blocks and asked some of our dearest friends [...]

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Make Mine Mini (In Scope, Not Size)

October 2, 2014

By Vicki Tymczyszyn I know many of you look at patterns in magazines, on blogs or in stores and see a technique or a design you would like to try, but it just seems too complicated. Or too big. Or too time-consuming. Maybe I have a solution: Rather than try the entire quilt, why not [...]

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Quilt as Desired, Round 2

September 30, 2014

Identical blocks + different quilters = stitchy madness! Riddle us this, Q-bies:  What three little words will make quilters stop in their tracks with eyes twitching and teeth gnashing? Answer: “Quilt as desired.” To have some fun with this law of the q-niverse, we gave identical blocks to a group of quilters, and in our [...]

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Quilt as Desired

September 25, 2014

quilt as desired identical blocks + different quilters = stitchy madness! Riddle us this Q-bies: What three little words will make quilters stop in their tracks with eyes twitching and teeth gnashing? Answer: Quilt as desired. Cleansing breath people! Now, let’s talk. While “quilt as desired” does freak many quilters out (and will, for as [...]

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Q-buds: Quilt! Knit! Stitch!

September 11, 2014

By Teresa Coates Since Quilts, Inc. announced that the Long Beach Quilt Festival was ending and a new event was coming, we’ve all been curious about what exactly it would be like. Quilt! Knit! Stitch! is all about the crafts that the name implies: sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet and embroidery. The inaugural show was held [...]

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Color Carnival Row-Along: Row 6, The Monorail and Row 7, The Swing Tower

September 9, 2014

Well Q-Bies, this Carnival has been colorful indeed. Flitting from ride to ride like a little kid, a squeal of delight here…a scream of fright there. The midway fun is ending, though, with our last two installments in the Row-Along. We hope you’re enjoying stitching up this energetic design by GenQ staffer Michelle Freedman.  And [...]

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Color Carnival Row-Along Continues; Row 4 The Zipper and Row 5 Bumper Cars

September 2, 2014

Any good carnival has lots of sights and sounds (and ice cream, cotton candy, fried pickles and good bbq). There’s a beginning (the gate), lots of middle (rides, games, vendors…did I mention the rides?) and an end (the last ride before going home). We’re in the middle part on our Color Carnival Row-Along designed by [...]

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Sept-Oct Playdates: !

August 30, 2014

Playdate. Playdate. Oh my goodness, do we have some serious Playdates in this brand-new issue! Let’s start with our cover girl, Kacia Hosmer, and her larger-than-life airplane! (Psst! Follow the link to get the templates needed for use with Kacia’s pattern.)                     And with fresh colors and [...]

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