In Hindsight: Posts You Might Enjoy & Giveaway!

It’s a busy time at Quiltmaker, as I’m sure it is for you. Seems like a good time to highlight some of the most useful posts from Quilty Pleasures’ past. You might enjoy these:

A Quick Quilt Label Method

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Understanding Stitch Length

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Color Tools for Quilters

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And let’s have a giveaway. Leave a comment below by midnight, Thursday Dec. 15 telling me what kinds of blog posts you’d most enjoy in 2012. I’ll put together a surprise package of quilty goodness for one random winner. The winner is DebrafromMD who left comment #4. Thanks for all the ideas. Look for lots of great material in 2012 on Quilty Pleasures!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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48 Responses to In Hindsight: Posts You Might Enjoy & Giveaway!

  1. Erica Rao says:

    Hi. I always have trouble with serial quilts. I discover at the third section of 5 or 6 that I like it and cannot put my hand on the back issues! Is there a way to put them all in one place? Also, I may forget to catch the succeeding issues! It means, perhaps with good mental exercise – use it or lose it! that I have to re-design it from the assembly diagram or something. Lots of unnecessary work there!

  2. Robin F. says:

    Pictures (to catch my eye) with explanations (for my brain). I love to learn how to do it so it looks like the pic.

  3. allgoodthings says:

    I personally love mystery quilts that are not impossible to finish. I could also use help with color selection/value etc.

  4. Helen says:

    I love all the tips and techniques. Would like articles on how to pick colors and patters for a quilt. I usually am at the mercy of fabric store owners!

  5. Kate says:

    Id like to see more on the quilting. So much on piecing and making tops out there but not as much on how to design the quilting, whats appropriate, are there guidlines for different battings, how the seams were pressed or peiced, etc. So many of my quilter friends get overwhelmed and just send them to long arm quilters. Thats great if you have the funds but I have to do my own and Im pretty sick of straight lines, outlines and stippling. But its hard to know how to make your own stencils and designs if your not artistic…

  6. Barb Watson says:

    I would love to see articles on how to pick colors for a quilt. Also, any shortcuts or tutorials would be great. I am just learning how to quilt so any information is appreciated.

  7. Sandra Timmons says:

    I was also thinking about all the new beginners starting out in the quilting world. You could choose one subject that would help out. Maybe how to make a quilt from start to finish; what about your tools needed to make a quilt (rotary cutter/mat, scissors, seam ripper). Also helpful is material. Cutting and buying. Any information is helpful to a new quilter and information as well as advise is always welcomed.

    Sandra Timmons

  8. Katie says:

    I love hints and tricks and step by step sew-alongs.

  9. MarciaW says:

    I liked your installment QAL with pattern, tutorial, ideas, and giveaways. And, would like to see another one in 2012. I also like the QM Squad and would like to see that continued. Third on the list is more information on quilting motifs and hand quilting… I just kind-of do it yet know there is a better way. I cannot use a thimble and do it in a hoop … and is tough to find instructions on actually handquilting a motif in a block and also borders/sashing soup to nuts. Thanks for asking your readers for input.
    Now, you hit the nail on the head about some of the top posts in 2011 – especially the stitch length post where you sent me emails to help me. Thank you for that kindness.

  10. Pamela Montague says:

    I really enjoy the tips and ideas that others send in. As always, tutorials are fun to watch and I learn best by watching others. New techniques to achieve the “older” methods are great and save time and yardage ($), too! Thank you for all that you do to help keep us smiling and turning the pages, whether in a magazine or on the computer:)

  11. Nancy Sue says:

    I like the hybrid tutips. A tutip is a tutorial on a spiffy tip that it isn’t on the normal quilting technique path.

  12. wordygirl says:

    I really enjoy tutorials on self-contained projects, by which I mean something I can start and finish in a reasonable amount of time: wall-hangings, table runners, etc–learning a new skill on a small project isn’t so scary.

  13. DigitalMichelle says:

    I like seasonal project tutorials (Jan=winter, Feb=valentines, Mar=st patricks, Apr=easter, May=spring, etc) :)

  14. Rebecca says:

    I love seeing new fabric lines, and projects done with them. And lots of pattern reviews :)

  15. SewLindaAnn says:

    I would like a short series done on different techniques while you’re making something. i.e. Free Motion Quilting, while making an artsy mug rug or set of coasters; Using inks to stencil or make abstract designs in a day, while making a small art quilt. A series on Word quilts, or making a quilt with your favorite saying in embroidery or patchwork. Using crayons to color on fabric. Making our own color wheel. I also love designer’s series. It’s neat to learn about the designers (fabric, pattern, etc.) that we admire so much. I have loved the Patchwork series in the magazines, the scrapbusters and seeing what color changes do to a pattern. I’m a big fan.

  16. Janet says:

    I feel challenged when a pattern does not give dimensions for squaring up the blocks. I would love a tutorial that would give instructions on how to calculate the dimensions so that my quilts don’t come out wonky! I also would be interested in any tips that newbies may not know. For example, I watched a video today where the instructor said to put the borders on top when attaching them to your top so they don’t come out wavy. What a great tip!

  17. Linda says:

    Machine quilting…I know practice, practice, practice but I’m not very good and rarely know what to do other than stitch in the ditch or diagonal lines!

  18. I enjoy hearing about new products and reviews on well the user liked them, especially things that make quilting easier and quicker. I still get confused with all the fusibles and which types to use for what.


  19. Carol in E TN says:

    Anything about tips, tutorials and color would be great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Barb says:

    I can never get enough tips and tutorials on free motion stitching, there are plenty of patterns available for quilt blocks but not for finishing the quilt.

  21. Claudia says:

    Everyone preceeding has good suggestions. In today’s world, I love when I find something that makes me smile. I was just watching a YouTube on how to Christmas wrap a cat–and he didn’t mind. Silly, but made me smile.

  22. Kaye M. says:

    I like tips, tutorials, and new product reviews. I enjoy the lessons that you provide when you write about the design process and what elements make for a top-notch quilt!

  23. Jocelyn says:

    You know I would really love to know about behind the scenes in the making of a magazine. How much lead time? How do you find designers?? How does it feel to be making Winter quilts in the middle of July. Who has the final say? Are there any great hints about writing for a magazine?

  24. DianeH says:

    Tutorials for quilting projects and I’d love to see something on rulers. The best sizes and how to use them. thanks.

  25. Carol says:

    I’ve enjoyed the Scrap Squad and would enjoy more posts like those.

  26. Nancy B from Many LA says:


  27. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I’d love to see more color options for other projects in you magazine, and some ideas on how to select a quilting design for a top when you get it done.

  28. Judy P says:

    As a beginning quilter, I have enjoyed the tutorials and tips the most. But I also enjoy the product reviews and learning what other quilters are doing. Thanks for your blog and the giveaway.

  29. Amy B. says:

    Quilting tips would be great!

  30. Nancy says:

    I too like tutorials…mostly for quick gifts for next Christmas. I like to get started early and squirrel stuff away…

  31. Joan M. says:

    I enjoy product reviews, (so I know whether to try something myself), and new projects that introduce me to techniques I haven’t yet learned.

  32. Time saving techniques, tips and differences between needles and threads. Which I think would be great for beginner quilters/sewers.

  33. Karen A says:

    I really like the tutorials and quilt block patterns.

  34. LizA. says:

    I love seeing new tools and must have notions.

  35. Maureen Flax says:

    I like the tips and tutorials, but I always need to look at new notions and tools. Like I need more! LOL


  36. Lisa Marie says:

    I’m enjoying the scrap squad posts and hope they will continue. I also like reviews of new quilting tools, tutorials, previews of new fabric collections, mini-bios of authors and/or Quiltmaker personnel, and of course, giveaways!

  37. Linda says:


  38. Christine M says:

    I like a bit of everything. Some tutorials, small projects, tips, anything really. I just enjoy reading the blog.

  39. kaholly says:

    Tutorials are my favorite posts, especially for small, quick to finish projects, esp. sewing related!

  40. Brenda says:

    I like the tutorials, as well as reviews of new products. thanks for the chance to win!

  41. Mary Kastner says:

    Thanks for the tutorials. Good info. I desperately need to catch up on my labels. thanks for the chance to win the surprise too. Happy Holidays.

  42. Annie K says:

    I don’t have a lot of time to sew, but it’s what I enjoy doing most, so I especially love learning shortcuts. I love looking at, and have immense respect for the work of meticulous quilters, but I’m not in their league, and that’s okay. Slow and careful may win the race (and the quilt shows!) but quick and simple gets my projects finished sometime this century!

  43. Nancy says:

    Tutorials are by far my favorite posts, followed by tips.

  44. Bente says:

    I like to read alle about new notions, new books, tips and tutorials.

  45. DebrafromMD says:

    I love seeing the Scrap Squad use your patterns in innovative ways. It gets my imagination working.

  46. I love tips too. And reviews. It is so nice to hear about new products from someone who isn’t working for the company. ;) Merry Christmas!

  47. Esther L. says:

    Maybe a beginning quilting series? Otherwise, definitely tips and tricks.

  48. paskiaq says:

    I love tips and tutorials :)

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