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Quilters’ Inspiration All Around Us

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Inspiration is “any stimulus to creative thought or action,” according to Webster’s Dictionary, and clearly any of us can be inspired in many ways as quilters.

Major sources of inspiration for creative artists throughout history include natural surroundings, life experiences and cultural traditions.  Quilters can use these inspirations just as painters or sculptors do – sometimes with literal interpretations like realistic flower appliqué, or sometimes with an abstract work in sunset colors.

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How to Make a Pillowcase

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

This tutorial presents a great method for sewing a pillowcase that has no exposed raw edges.

To sew a standard-size pillowcase you’ll need 7/8 yard of cotton print fabric for the body of the pillowcase and 3/8 yard coordinating fabric for the band.

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“Technicolor Dream Quilt” Pattern

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Materials Needed:

2 yards colorful scraps, jellyrolls or yardage in at least 8 different colors or prints

1 yard black for inner border and binding

1 ½ yards for outer border

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National Quilting Day 2013

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

National Quilting Day is March 16th this year.  This special holiday for quilters was started 23 years ago by the National Quilting Association.

Many quilt guilds celebrate quilting on this day by holding special workshops, retreats or by gathering to sew charity quilts. Individuals or on-line groups often celebrate by spending the day quilting, or by visiting their favorite quilt shops.  One of the online forums I belong to has had a running joke for years about setting our sewing baskets out for “Quilta-Claus,” who brings good quilters gifts of thread or fabric on National Quilting Day.

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Essential Websites: Quilter’s Cache

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

There are a few websites every quilter, or aspiring quilter, should know about.  One of the most important is QuiltersCache.com.  Begun in 1997 by Marcia Hohn, this site is an essential block-pattern resource with patterns and instructions for over 1,400 quilt blocks.

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Easy Needle-book Pattern

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

With the holidays and gift-giving season coming up, it’s good to have a few options for quick and easy gifts to make for your fellow quilters and other sewing and craft enthusiasts.  These instructions will allow you to make an easy needle-book that’s practical, quick to make and can be individualized however you prefer.

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Free Patterns from Fabric Companies

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

If you’re looking for free quilt patterns or inspiration, you should keep the quilt fabric companies in mind.  A lot of these companies pay top designers to produce patterns to show off their latest fabric collections.  And they’re free to use whether you’re buying the fabric or not!

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Croutons Wallhanging Instructions

Posted by on Oct 6, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

This project requires 9 Croutons blocks.  If you missed the instructions on how to make them, check it out here.

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Croutons Block Pattern

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 | 0 comments

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

This is a great pattern for using up coordinated scraps or jelly roll strips.  Because it’s inspired by the well-known Crumbs block but is based on squares and rectangles, I’ve named it the Croutons block.

This is the same block I’m currently using as the Quiltcentric logo.  It’s simple to make, quick and attractive.

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