Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas, Day 2

Welcome to Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas, Day 2. Are you ready to learn and be inspired?

CClogo Quiltmakers Countdown to Christmas, Day 2

Today I want to share with you links to a couple of quilty items. Take your time and enjoy them, and if you think they’ll come in handy, bookmark them for reference.

Nancy Mahoney told me recently about a tutorial she created on mitering borders. Take a peek—you’ll find that mitering corners isn’t really that big of a deal. Or maybe it’s just that Nancy’s casual style makes it so easy to do.

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Learn to miter border corners with Nancy's free tutorial


Nancy’s Mitering Instructions

Side note: Nancy taught for Quiltmaker’s Block Party in Williamsburg last August to rave reviews. Find details on QM’s Block Party in Portland, March 20 to 23. Sew much fun!


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I had a review copy of Nancy’s most recent book, Kaleidoscope Paper Piecing, and I just loved it. If you like piecing with foundations, you’ll want to check it out.


Bonnie Hunter also taught at the Block Party in Williamsburg, and will teach again in Portland. (You should come!)

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Bonnie Hunter's freebie mug rug


Bonnie has a free tutorial and foundation for a cute little mug rug she designed. This would make a great last minute gift!

If you haven’t heard, Bonnie has a great mystery quilt going on right now at quiltville.com.

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These are units from the Bonnie Hunter mystery we're starting in March/April!

And Quiltmaker is happy to be hosting another Bonnie Hunter mystery in our pages come March. Sew much fun!

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More mystery units from the Bonnie Hunter project we'll start in the spring!

And I know I’ll be using this great tip from applique expert Kay Mackenzie. In this tutorial, she’ll teach you how to handle white fabric so that darker fabrics don’t show through.

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Kay Mackenzie's Plum Pudding


She’ll use the “hard sauce” on Plum Pudding as her teaching tool. This design is from Kay’s book, A Merry Little Christmas to Applique.


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All three of these designers have been in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. If you don’t have any of the six volumes we’ve published, oh my, you’d really love them! See what’s available.


And as one final little bonus, Quiltmaker has free foundations for the piece below called Seasons and Celebrations at quiltmaker.com.


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Seasons & Celebrations: free foundations at quiltmaker.com


Enjoy—it’s on us!

CClogo Quiltmakers Countdown to Christmas, Day 2

Please come back tomorrow for more Countdown to Christmas fun.

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: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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5 Responses to Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas, Day 2

  1. Claudia says:

    There’s something about that little figgy/plum pudding that makes me smile. Don’t know why, it just does. The elf is cute. I just took my local library, where I am a Friend, an Elf for their shelf. Wonder what kind of reviews he will get? Thanks for the goodies.

  2. Liz Mandelkow says:

    Fun patterns…love the mug rug.

  3. DianeH says:

    Thanks very much for all the great patterns and links. I’m off to visit Kay and finally find out how to hand white fabric.

  4. Cathryn H says:

    Thanks for the great ideas today. The little paper pieces seasonal quilt will do well for a friend who is a teacher and likes to do things for her students.

  5. Jamie says:

    Thank you for sharing great information and patterns today. I love the mug rug idea as a gift for my children’s teachers.

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