Tips and Thoughts on Quilt Backings

Posted by on 21 September 2020 | 2 Comments

Have you ever found yourself short of fabric for your quilt backing or simply want to use up some of your scraps/stash? Today Anita Eaton shares some thoughts on how she makes scraps work for quilt backs.

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Have you cut strips the modern way?

Posted by on 14 September 2020 | 0 Comments

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Have you cut strips the modern way? It's not about using a ruler but rather cutting without one. Sound daunting? Well, it really isn't that hard. I created a short video to show you how easy it actually is.

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Knitting Needle Case extended

Posted by on 4 August 2020 | 0 Comments

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Last week I posted about my sleeve inserts for the knitting needle case I made. This week I wanted to share some additions and adjustments that I've made over the last week to complete my case.

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How to make a Quilted Knitting Needle Case

Posted by on 28 July 2020 | 1 Comments

Many of you will already know about my free workshop at academyofquilting.com.... today I decided to use one of my project samples in another way. You see, recently I changed my style of knitting from English back to continental which was how I taught myself around the age of 7 but changed as a teenager to English style.

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Tips and Suggestions for Foundation Piecing Based on Mariner's Compass

Posted by on 14 July 2020 | 0 Comments

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Recently, I've had a number of quilters ask me about foundation piecing.... in particular my Mariner's Compass pattern. I have this available as the full pattern with complete instructions and the templates only...... and also as an online workshop that includes a beginner's block and an advanced block.

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Quilt As You Go - How to Insert a Quilted Block

Posted by on 10 May 2020 | 0 Comments

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Most of my applique blocks are quilt-as-you-go because I prefer to do the applique stitching through all layers and it is just so much easier to quilt small blocks than it is a large quilt. My flower blocks which have added stitching are all done this way. After launching my new flower block quilt "Flower Garden" I had a customer ask "how do you add a layered block into a pieced quilt design?" .....I decided to share the answer here on my blog.

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Half Square Triangle Blocks for a new Quilt

Posted by on 20 April 2020 | 2 Comments

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This week I've been making a new quilt using some of my blocks - I have lots of them! The design includes 12 blocks, four 10" square blocks and eight 8" square blocks. I decided to use my flower blocks for this quilt. These will work wonderfully although some blocks will be more suited to the 10" square size. This being said, it is easy enough to reduce the size of many blocks by simply printing the templates at 90% of the actual size.

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Photos With Your Phone

Posted by on 13 April 2020 | 3 Comments

Do you create quilts from photos? I use photos all the time and although I have a really good camera, I often see potential quilt ideas when I'm out walking without it in hand... but I always have my phone so can snap photos with this. So today I thought I'd share with you how I go about doing that because there are a few important tips you should know.

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Scrap Quilt Color Thoughts

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Did you realize that scrap quilts actually have thought put into them when it comes to color and fabrics? Anita Eaton loves to make scrap quilts and today she is going to share some of her thoughts about choosing fabrics and colors for them. 

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