Category Archives: Scrapbag

This category is for all of the things that don’t fit into the other categories. It’s like your scrapbag: here we put the leftovers, and sometimes they’re the best bits of all!

One Scrappy Story

I finished piecing a 90″ x 90″ scrap quilt last week, and soon it will head off to the quilter. This quilt and I had a love-hate relationship from the get-go. I blogged about its birth in a post called … Continue reading

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QM Tips: Keep Fusible Applique Soft

Garden Waltz is a quilt designed by Nancy Mahoney and patterned in Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ’14 edition. It’s a beautiful quilt with some really eye-catching applique. The large applique patches  can become stiff, though, if you apply … Continue reading

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Giveaway! Lori Holt and Great Granny Squared

Quiltmaker is pleased to partner with It’s Sew Emma publications today. We’re reviewing the brand new Great Granny Squared book by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet. And then we have several copies for giveaway! If you have yet … Continue reading

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Tune-Up on Twenty

It’s the 20th of March. That means it’s time for Tune-Up on Twenty! This is a friendly reminder: • Open up your sewing machine’s innards and gently clean out all the lint, dirt and debris. • Oil your machine (not … Continue reading

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Recommended Quilt Books Giveaway

There are many new titles of interest to quilters. Let’s take a look at several and then we’ll have a giveaway. • From Kansas City Star Quilts: Baskets, Birds and Boughs: Quilts Year ‘Round by Debbie Roberts, $27.95 If you … Continue reading

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It’s National Quilting Day: Giveaway

Today is National Quilting Day. I hope you’re doing a little something to celebrate. At least grab a few minutes at the machine, or do some cutting for the Brain-Free Sewing Zone. I’m lucky enough to live fairly close to … Continue reading

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QM Staff Inventory: I Love Funky

If you took inventory among Quiltmaker staff members, you might be surprised. Our personal quilt styles don’t necessarily reflect the style of QM, which is generally traditional and whimsical. I’m the staff person who loves funky. For me, the more … Continue reading

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National Quilting Day is Saturday, March 15: Giveaway!

We’ll celebrate National Quilting Day on Saturday with a great giveaway here on Quilty Pleasures. Be sure to visit us on that day and leave a comment for your chance to win fabric, thread and books. The National Quilting Association, … Continue reading

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Quiltmaker’s Block Network

I hope you’ve discovered Quiltmaker’s Block Network. It’s a tremendous free resource for quilters. Each episode features a free block pattern from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, but also highlights a particular technique. You may find a new way of doing something … Continue reading

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Machine Quilting: Practice, Practice, Practice

This is Quiltmaker‘s Year of Machine Quilting! I want to share something inspiring with you today—a bit of encouragement on your journey to becoming an excellent machine quilter. As I’ve started interacting with readers learning to machine quilt, I have … Continue reading

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