Machine Quilting Help, Ideas, Resources

Quiltmaker has declared 2014 as The Year of Machine Quilting. You’ve told us you need help to improve your machine quilting. Most questions come in two forms:

  1. How to machine quilt
  2. What to machine quilt

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We have started a series of machine quilting Chapters on our Machine Quilting page. You’ll find two helpful chapters so far:

  1. Quick Start Guide
  2. Early Challenges in Machine Quilting

They’ll help you get started right away so you can finish your UFOs, practice and improve, and be proud of your machine quilting skills. I’m working on Lesson 3 right now.

We’ve added light-hearted features too!

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We have nine free bonus quilt designs—great ideas for how to machine quilt your projects! Each one is a downloadable pdf with instructions for how to quilt that design. They make great practice exercises, too.

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Quiltmaker has machine quilting ideas in each issue.

The Lessons in every regular issue of Quiltmaker also show quilting designs. Be sure to read each lesson from Natalia Bonner, machine quilter extraordinaire in the Year of Machine Quilting section of the magazine.

Not yet a subscriber? Get print or digital subscription options.

motifofthemonth 200 Machine Quilting Help, Ideas, ResourcesWe’ve partnered with Handi Quilter to bring you a regular Motif of the Month. No charge for this either—find a great new quilting design around the beginning of each month. July’s motif is Priscilla’s Rainbow. Get it while it lasts.

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Priscilla’s Rainbow free quilting design

And if you’re in the market for quilting designs, please consider 501 Quilting Motifs from the editors of Quiltmaker.

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501 Quilting Motifs: A great resource for anyone who wants to finish quilts in style.

This popular book title is showing up in quilt shops worldwide and with good reason: It’s a fabulous resource people return to many times over. Shop locally or check out print and digital options from Quiltmaker.

If you have questions about machine quilting or suggestions for future machine quilting topics, send them to machinequilting@quiltmaker.com. We’ll do our best to answer questions in upcoming lessons and blog posts.

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Scrap Quilts: Beth Makes “Goose Poop”

The Quiltmaker Scrap Squad is a select group of six QM readers who take one pattern from each issue and make scrappy versions of it to inspire others. You can see slideshows of past Scrap Squad projects—great scrap quilts all!

QM scrap squadB3 Scrap Quilts: Beth Makes Goose PoopThe featured design from the July/August issue of Quiltmaker is called Pup Tents. This issue is on newsstands now. On the cover is a fabulous scrap quilt from that most famous of scrap quilt makers, Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.

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July/August ’14 on newsstands now

Pup Tents was designed by Janice Averill from West Haven, Connecticut. The pink version below was made using fabrics from our preferred partners Quilting Treasures.

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Today’s featured quilt is by Beth Helfter from Pepperell, Massachusetts, who blogs at Quilting Hottie Haven. Beth has a unique voice and she’s told me she wishes there was a font for sarcasm. I think you’ll see what I mean. Enjoy Beth’s quilt story in her own words below.

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It’s no secret that I am not a fan of matching points. I want to be known for keeping my designs “fun over fuss,” which means intentionally creating quilts with as few matching points as possible.

So you can imagine my mental state when I saw the Pup Tents assignment, mocking me from my computer screen with its one hundred bazillion matching points, blazing in gleeful mockery of my points paranoia.

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Not that it wasn’t a lovely quilt. I appreciate stunning quilts of all styles, not just my own “fun over fuss” brand of laziness quilting style. It was just the thought of how many seam rippers I would go through to make one block as shown—it was enough to cause heart palpitations.

And there were SEVENTY BLOCKS!  But then I remembered that part of my job on the Scrap Squad is to remake designs reflecting my own scrappy style. I figured I could make this work. Or die trying.

My first few rounds with redrawing the design in EQ were overwhelming failures, I won’t lie. I was obsessed with trying to find a secondary pattern that worked for me using the original blocks, and it was going nowhere fast, unless you count “to the liquor cabinet.”

I finally gave up the dream and moved on to a more “me” solution – simplifying the block to just four Flying Geese and modernizing the design by putting them on a simple white background.

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The colors are sad, but now we’re getting somewhere.

I finally felt like I was on to something I could live with, so the next step was to overcome my current aversion to Flying Geese. This was an unfortunate timing thing. I don’t hate Flying Geese. They are lovely and classic and fun to make – in moderation. Unfortunately by the time this quilt was assigned to us, I had already made four or five Flying-Goose-Heavy quilts since January, and I was a little pooped out.

Goose Pooped-Out, if you will.

But great quilt name, huh? Always a silver lining.

Since I had some Flying Geese blocks left over from a recent group project, and they happened to miraculously be the correct size, I decided my color scheme was going to be “whatever on white.” It made pulling fabrics easy.

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Anything Goes – it’s not just for the musical theater stage.

Enter the minions. I whined one morning on my Eva Paige Quilt Designs Facebook page about having to make 280 Flying Geese units for this quilt, and suddenly people were actually offering to HELP! No way! You want to make some geese? HAVE AT IT, oh minions of mine.

I was beside myself! Since I love to run group projects anyway, this was a bonus for my regular participants, and I love them all to death for helping. Soon I was getting fun mail on a regular basis, and with each envelope I was able to cross more geese off the total number needed. Yay Minions!

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I love happy mail.

Since I couldn’t expect the minions to do everything, although how awesome would that have been, I did spent many a day slaving away on my own geese. I used whatever method worked for the size scraps I had, but many were done using Triangles on a Roll “Sew and Flip” geese, because I had them available. I recommend them for sure. Makes even those of us who are really bad at points more accurate.

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It’s like Paper Piecing for Dummies, really.

I also did some fast Flying Geese. I would argue that “fast” might be stretching it, but they too tend to be pretty accurate, so I really like this method for larger scraps. (See QM’s Fast Flying Geese video tutorial.)

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Assembly line fun

After one million years, my geese were all “in da house” as the kids say, or did say about ten years ago. I may have stopped at 252. I may have been mentally spent.

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All lined up and ready for action

There were several different ways I could approach the next steps of making the blocks. Different ways to cook the goose, you might say. I knew I wanted to have each of the places where the geese formed diamonds be coordinated with the same colors of scraps for each half of the diamond, but beyond that this quilt was not going to be “planned” in any way. This meant I could either add all the background pieces to the geese, make all the blocks, and hope that I had the proper colors where I needed them in those places, or do it all block by block and row by row to be certain.

In the end I decided to wing it. It only seemed appropriate. I added most of the background pieces to the geese in one day, making the longest chain-pieced strips of wonderment in my own personal quilting history.

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Better than the type of goose poop one normal finds on the lawn, am I right?

But in all honesty I got bored of background piecing and started to make some blocks before all the geese were backgrounded. I’m just a rebel. So at any given time I had blocks, geese, and bits of background lying all over my workspace. If you still weren’t sold on the name I gave this quilt, I hope you are starting to see how it fits. It just took over and covered everything!

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Goose Poop Central, on any given day in mid-May

It became apparent about halfway through the block process that flying by the seat of my pants might not be the best solution to putting the entire top together, so I started laying out rows and piecing rows and blocks as I went to get those cute little diamonds the way I wanted them.

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Very pennant-like

See how every now and then there is a diamond/square that fell over shape and both sides of the shape are made from the same color? I love that aspect of this quilt and it was only going to work if I made one row at a time.

This top was put together without a lot of regard for matching points. That is just how I am. I had eliminated a lot of the original points in my decision to make the geese the main focus of the blocks, and as for the rest of them, well, we can pretend I had no idea where my seam ripper was. The beauty of a “modern” quilt, in my opinion, is that it can be anything you want it to be, cut-off points included. I embraced the beauty. Maybe you will, too.

For quilting, I went with straight diagonal lines using two threads I pretended to be surprised to find in my Christmas stocking last year. At least I got what I wanted.

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Aurifil variegated threads are known around my studio as “the only variegateds that don’t cause me to swear a blue streak due to breakage.” I love them.

First I quilted diagonally in one direction with the orange…

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I’m breaking my own rules and showing you a close up. Behold my horrific points.

…then went in the other direction with the teal.

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Perfect quilting? No. Kinda cute? I think so.

I really wasn’t sure what would look best for a binding, so I used my go-to method of pulling chunks of stash fabric I knew were large enough for a binding. I decided on a simple black and white polka dot. I find that polka dots can often serve as the little black dress of quilting fabrics, and in this case they did not disappoint.

So are you ready for the big reveal? Once again I welcome back my daughters and company namesakes Eva and Paige to show off their Vanna White-esque quilt holding skills. And isn’t it fun to see how this angle of my backyard and deck changes from season to season?

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This season features sweaty girls and dying grass.

A little closer up…

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And my personal favorite, even though it isn’t straight on and is darker lighting and is trying to be too artsy, but I think it shows the design better and features happier girls who aren’t as blasted hot since they are in the shade so you are getting it anyway…

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I feel like I’m almost seeing a secondary, “goose-tracky” pattern in there. Maybe I got my wish after all!

I really like how the white background replacing the various yellows in the original has made this a less busy design while maintaining the scrappy character. While I prefer more fabrics and more variety in a quilt to fewer fabrics or those from all one line, I think this quilt showed me that sometimes less is more, or to be more grammatically correct, fewer fabrics are more delightful to me. (The Grammar Nerd in me will never miss an opportunity to make sure the fewer/less thing is addressed.)

Thank you for checking in to see what I did to this assignment. I’d love to know what you think and what you will do with Pup Tents!

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Get the July/August issue: Includes Pup Tents pattern, Bonnie Hunter’s pattern and so much more!

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Quiltmaker Needs a Few Good Sewers

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Quiltmaker
is looking for a few good sewers! We seek a small team of experienced quilters for a short-term project. We provide the pattern and fabric for you to make a simple 48″ x 60″ pieced quilt according to our instructions. You will have about three weeks to complete the assignment. Completed quilts are due in Colorado 8/22/14 and will be returned to you in September. To be considered, email a photo of a recently completed quilt along with a few sentences stating your desire to participate to editor@quiltmaker.com by 11:59 pm Sunday 7/13/14. Put “2014 BTS application” in the subject line.

We will make and announce selections on or before Friday, July 18.

Friday, July 18, 2:37 pm CST: We’ve just emailed eight applicants with invitations to the Back to School sewing team. We’ll announce their names as soon as they confirm.

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Christmas Quilts: Moda and Christmas in July

CIJ14logo Christmas Quilts: Moda and Christmas in JulyPlease note: This contest is for U.S. readers.

Quiltmaker’s Christmas in July contest is in full swing! There will be eight lucky winners who will each receive a holiday quilt top from the July/August Quiltmaker along with lots of fabric and more quilty goodness!

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Each prize package, valued at $558, is made possible by generous industry sponsors. We’re highlighting the sponsors one by one. We hope you’ll support these businesses at your local quilt stores.

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Braddock Road makes a unique modern Christmas quilt.

Today’s featured sponsor is Moda Fabrics. We took the Braddock Road pattern found in the July/August Quiltmaker and made the quilt above.

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The fabrics are Solstice by Kate Spain.

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The pattern maybe purchased separately or as part of the complete issue.

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Braddock Road is an easy modern quilt.

This is the original Braddock Road quilt, designed by Katie Blakesley. It’s a great and easy modern quilt design.

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These Christmas quilt tops will be given to contest winners.

Please take a few moments to enter Christmas in July. Lots of quilty pleasures will be awarded to lucky winners. One could be YOU!

Quiltmaker is pleased to partner with Moda Fabrics and we’re grateful for their sponsorship.

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Easy Tricks: Seeing Quilt Patterns in a New Light

Today I want to share an easy color trick with you. I think you’ll find it useful. I figured this out by accident along with some trial and error.

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It all started with this pattern.

It started with this pattern. I didn’t think I’d ever make a chicken quilt, but I loved the colors! The pinks and reds combined with blacks and grays and accented with a few yellowy neutrals was heavenly—so I plunked my money down without a second thought. I bought the pattern just to have a record of that color combination. (This was before the internet.)

With this purchase I realized that the design and the color recipe could be two separate things. Each one could be its own little world.

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My handout of string piecing ideas in black and white—on accident.

About that same time, I was developing a class on string piecing. I accidentally printed some of my handouts in black-and-white instead of in color. They printed as shown above, but they were supposed to look like this:

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This is the same image as the one above except that it’s in color. The quilts look different!

I was stunned at the difference. I realized that I liked most of the examples because of their colors, not their patterns.

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Seeing these two tulip quilts in black and white was an eye-opener. I loved them in red, but when viewed in black and white, many more possibilities opened up to me.

I also had a light bulb moment: Looking at a quilt in black and white could help me visualize it in any colors I wanted! I was suddenly free from liking or disliking a design based on its colors. What a revelation!

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When we see quilts in color, it’s natural not to imagine them in any other colors!

Years later, I frequently copy a quilt image in black and white just for this purpose: to free myself from the prejudice that certain colors impose, and to see if I like the piecing, design or pattern of it once it has no color. Let me give you a few more examples.

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Blue Baskets by Alex Anderson for Quiltmaker’s March/April 2005 issue

Alex Anderson’s Blue Baskets appeared in QM’s March/April 2005 issue. It’s a beautiful quilt in blue and yellow and it was very popular. But what if you wanted the quilt in a different color?

bluebasketsbw Easy Tricks: Seeing Quilt Patterns in a New LightDo you see how much easier it is to imagine it in pink or green or aqua if it’s reduced to a black and white image? It’s like magic!

nightrecital Easy Tricks: Seeing Quilt Patterns in a New LightNight Recital is an older QM pattern from May/June 1997. Look at the difference in black and white below.

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Night Recital takes on new possibilities when seen in black and white.

Imagine the quilt with a blue background, or even with something lighter such as yellow. Isn’t this fun?!

peckingorderbw1 Easy Tricks: Seeing Quilt Patterns in a New LightLet’s go back to Pecking Order. I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I love this even without its gorgeous pinks and reds. It’s just a great quilt design—and now I can imagine it in golds and greens, or blues and reds, or whatever.

Give it a try with some of your old quilt magazines, patterns or pictures. Take a photo of the quilt and then you can edit the photo to black and white right on your smartphone.

smartphones Easy Tricks: Seeing Quilt Patterns in a New LightPhoto editing apps work, too. It’s easy and fast—if you need to ask your kids or grandkids to help you, that’s fine!

You can also use a copy machine to make a black and white version. If you have Photoshop or PS Elements or other photo editing software, you can remove the color using those.

Let me know if you try this and what results you have. I can be reached using editor@quiltmaker.com.

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Gwen Marston’s Minimal Quiltmaking: Book Review

I was anxious to get my hands on Gwen Marston’s latest book, Minimal Quiltmaking, from AQS Publishing and I was not disappointed.

gwenscover Gwen Marstons Minimal Quiltmaking: Book ReviewGwen Marston is one of those legendary quilters I respect and admire. She’s been making quilts for decades. She has experience as a designer, a colorist, a writer, a teacher, a speaker, a retreat planner and more. She’s friendly and casual, and in the classes I’ve taken from Gwen, I’ve liked her a lot. She’s someone you’d enjoy having as your neighbor.

I read the new book from cover to cover in one evening, but it’s the kind of book I’ll go back to because there is a lot to digest. It’s a book about one approach to design: minimalism. In other words, Gwen limited the design elements in these quilts and kept them simple.

“…the focus of designing minimal quilts is to produce work that has been reduced to its essence—stripped down to its essentials…when design is stripped down to its rudiments, when there is in fact “less,” everything counts more.”

What’s interesting as you study the quilts is that they’re anything but simple. Gwen’s observation that “everything counts more” is astute. It will take me some time to absorb these quilts and to understand why they work.

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Minimal Composition, designed and made by Gwen Marston. Hand quilted.

Minimal Quiltmaking is chock-full of color photos and detail shots. Gwen also included work by other people and their thoughts about the quilts. It’s fascinating.

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Turquoise, designed and made by Gwen Marston. Machine quilted by Rogene Fischer.

The chapter titles hint at the book’s contents:
• How to Use This Book
• About Designing
• Minimal Quilts
• Hard-Edge Quilts
• Minimal Color
• Minimal Quilts Inspired by Art
• Gallery
• The Grand Finale: A Baker’s Dozen

As I prepared to write about Minimal Quiltmaking, I thought of the other books I own by Gwen. I was curious to see how many I had, so I pulled them all out.

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I own these books by Gwen Marston.

It’s quite a stack. I wonder if the woman sleeps, especially when you consider that many of her quilts are quilted by hand. As far as the books, there’s not a dud in the bunch!

gwen5 Gwen Marstons Minimal Quiltmaking: Book ReviewThe “Liberated” titles are among my favorites. Once you get the hang of liberated quiltmaking, it’s hard to enjoy anything else.

gwen4 Gwen Marstons Minimal Quiltmaking: Book ReviewAnd Gwen’s collaboration with Freddy Moran was a recipe for dynamite. They wrote two books together. Unbelievably fun!

gwen8 Gwen Marstons Minimal Quiltmaking: Book ReviewAs much as I love the books just mentioned, one of my favorites continues to be Gwen Marston’s Needlework Designs. The motifs are gorgeous.

gwen6 Gwen Marstons Minimal Quiltmaking: Book ReviewThey can be used for quilting, applique, redwork, or whatever you can dream up. Each page shows how the design looks when used in these ways.

So now you’ve been introduced to a quilting legend. If you’ve come to the place when you’re no longer satisfied to make quilts just like the pattern, get to know Gwen. She’ll help you move forward.

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I loved the last few lines of Gwen’s dedication in Minimal Quiltmaking, so I’ll leave you with those. They’re a reflection of the wonderful woman she is.

“And as an elder in the quilt world, I also dedicate this book to the new generation of quilters. I admire their spunk, welcome them with enthusiasm, and trust them to carry the future of quiltmaking forward.”

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Christmas in July: Robert Kaufman

Please note: This contest is for U.S. readers.

Quiltmaker’s Christmas in July contest is in full swing! There will be eight lucky winners who will each receive a holiday quilt top from our July/August issue along with lots of fabric and more quilty goodness!

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Each prize package, valued at $558, is made possible by generous industry sponsors. We are spotlighting the sponsors one by one. We hope you’ll support these businesses at your local quilt stores.

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Today’s featured sponsor is Robert Kaufman.

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We used the Patriot Stars pattern from our July/August issue to make the quilt top above. The fabrics are Winter’s Grandeur 2.

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This is a panel from Winter’s Grandeur 2.

One of the eight lucky winners in the Christmas in July contest will win the quilt top, along with fabrics, patterns, books, notions and more. It will feel like Christmas!

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Patriot Stars by Carolyn McCormick from Quiltmaker’s July/August issue, made in fabrics from Island Batiks.

This is the original Patriot Stars quilt, designed and made by Carolyn McCormick. You can get the July/August issue on newsstands or from quiltandsewshop.com. Or you can purchase just this pattern for Patriot Stars.

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I hope you’ll take a few moments to enter Christmas in July. Lots of quilty pleasures will be awarded to lucky winners. One could be YOU!

Quiltmaker is pleased to partner with Robert Kaufman and we’re grateful for their sponsorship.

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Christmas in July: Quilting Treasures

Today we’re featuring Quilting Treasures, another generous sponsor of Quiltmaker’s Christmas in July contest.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to enter the contest—surely you’d love the chance to win this quilt top.

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I know I’d love to cuddle up under this 50″ x 65″ throw with its icy blue color scheme. The fabrics are from Winter Olympics: A Tribute to 1914–2014 by Studio 8 for Quilting Treasures.

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This project was made from the Luminous pattern in Quiltmaker’s July/August issue. Here is the original quilt.

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Luminous was designed by Ann Hansen and made by Diane Liddell in fabrics from Michael Miller Fabrics.

This is the issue that contains the Luminous pattern, so if you’re a subscriber you already have it:

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Quiltmaker July/August ’14

Please take time to enter Christmas in July. Lots of quilty pleasures will be awarded to lucky winners. One could be YOU! Entering involves answering a few questions about the sponsors’ products in a scavenger hunt. It’s easy and fun.

Quiltmaker is pleased to partner with Quilting Treasures and we’re grateful for their sponsorship.

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Christmas in July: Hoffman California Fabrics

Please note: This contest is for U.S. readers.

Quiltmaker’s Christmas in July contest is in full swing! There will be eight lucky winners who will each receive a holiday quilt top from our July/August issue along with lots of fabric and more quilty goodness!

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Each prize package, valued at $558, is made possible by generous industry sponsors. In the days to come we’ll be spotlighting the sponsors one by one. We hope you’ll support these businesses at your local quilt stores.

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Today’s featured sponsor is Hoffman California Fabrics. We used the Irish Stars pattern from our July/August issue to make the quilt top above.

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The fabrics are Holiday Shimmer, Woodsy Winter and Pear Tree Greetings. See the fabrics in Hoffman’s online fabric catalog—you can get lost in there!

Here is the original quilt, designed and made by Jo and Kelli Kramer.

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Irish Stars was designed and made by Jo and Kelli Kramer in fabrics by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics.

I hope you’ll take a few moments to enter Christmas in July. Lots of quilty pleasures will be awarded to lucky winners. One could be YOU!

Quiltmaker is pleased to partner with Hoffman California Fabrics and we’re grateful for their sponsorship.

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Quiltmaker and the Christmas in July Contest

(Please note: The Christmas in July contest is for U.S. readers only.)

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Our annual Christmas in July contest is open and you could be one of the eight lucky winners.

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Eight winners! Each prize package is worth over $558.

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Each winner will receive one of these holiday-themed quilt tops (plus backing and binding to finish), as seen in our July/August issue, and beautiful fabric from:

Clothworks
Hoffman California Fabrics
Moda Fabrics
Northcott
P&B Fabrics
Quilting Treasures
Robert Kaufman
Timeless Treasures

Winners will also receive the following prizes:

• Three pattern book set from AccuQuilt
• Variegated thread set from Connecting Threads
• Quilt Ruler Upgrade Kit from Guidelines4Quilting
• Free-Motion Machine Quilting for Beginners DVD featuring Helen Godden
from Handi Quilter
• 18 spool box of Cotona thread from Madeira
• Handwork Sampler: Printable Sticky Fabri-Solvy and six popular colors of
Sulky 12-wt. Cotton Petites 50-yd spools from Sulky

Correctly answer questions about our sponsors’ products in the scavenger hunt for a chance to win one Christmas in July quilt top and a fantastic prize package. The contest is open until 11:59 pm MST on August 5, 2014.

(Please note: The Christmas in July contest is for U.S. readers only.)

Why is this contest open only to U.S. residents?
We value all of our readers, whether in or outside of the U.S. While we wish that it was possible to include everyone in our contests, it isn’t. Holding contests has complex legal implications and you will find that many contests are only valid in the country where they originate. This article gives a good explanation: howstuffworks.com/question541.htm

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