Pretty things in the kitchen make every day cooking SO much more pleasant. And, since it’s close to Mother’s Day, a Sew Pretty Kitchen would be just the right gift for Mom! “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”  William Morris Pretty Little Potholder.. read more →

16 Mar 2017
March 16, 2017

The Legacy of Quilting

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March is National Quilting Month in the USA and on Saturday, March 18th, quilters everywhere will also celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day. The legacy of quilting has had an amazing, heartfelt, hands-on impact in our nation and the history is rich. Come with me on a little journey! Quilting Connects Us to the Past We often.. read more →

Those who sew and quilt are the most generous people I’ve known. There’s something about hands-on making  that expands our hearts and inspires us to reach out to others. Our Sewing Superpowers can enrich lives around the world through charitable sewing! Little Dresses for Africa My fabulously generous friend Barbara, has been making Little Dresses.. read more →

As you’re planning for the holidays have you thought about how to dress the cook? Dressing should include more than just the turkey or roast beast you know. If you’re the cook, you may wonder what you’ll wear as you’re dashing around a warm and steamy kitchen.So, let’s make two new aprons. One for the.. read more →

The cool, wet days of Fall create the perfect time to get cozy and quilty! Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet designed delightful Leaf and Turkey Blocks that are just right for the season. They’re charming, fun to make and lend themselves well to wall hangings, table runners, placemats, pillows and, of course, quilts… read more →

15 Nov 2016
November 15, 2016

Make a Family Memory Quilt

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The family that quilts together, makes memories together. . . especially if they create a Family Memory Quilt. And, Thanksgiving is an excellent time to begin. I’ve found beautiful designs to inspire you and collected ideas to get you started below. Read on and enjoy deciding what will be the best fit for your tribe!.. read more →

So. . . .  it turns out Improv isn’t just for quilting and comedy anymore! Those of us who stitch can jump on the Improv train and enjoy the creative ride, too. And, if you’re a Tim Holtz fan, you’re going to love this fabulous Stitches and Lace Improv Pillow created by a Paula Cheney, a very.. read more →

We are thrilled and honored to be a participant in the One Million Pillowcase Challenge Sew-a-Thon Blog Hop! Coats and FreeSpirit have sponsored this fabulous charitable challenge for many years and the Sew-a-Thon Blog Hop is all about inspiration and helping others – it’s perfect for you! Learn more about the Blog Hop and Sew-a-Thon,.. read more →

09 Jun 2016
June 9, 2016

Nautical Baby Quilt

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Ahoy, sewing mateys! Summer is the season for sailboats, beaches and all things nautical, so this darling Nautical Baby Quilt is just perfect for this time of year. Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl designed this sea-worthy quilt for a friend who had chosen a nautical theme for her nursery and she did a fabulous job!.. read more →

With Memorial Day coming up, Flag Day on June 14th and the 4th of July not far behind, a Simple Patriotic Table Runner seems like just the right project for this week. Originally designed for the 4th of July, this quick, quilted table topper will be the perfect thing for a handmade holiday. If you’re.. read more →

Let’s hold a Love of Quilting Party! The encouragement and inspiration we gain through a community of like-minded sewists is a huge part of what keeps us quilting, isn’t it? Even if you follow quilting blogs or participate in quilting on social media, nothing compares to warm, smiling faces and in-person quilting support! March is.. read more →

So, can we talk? It’s just us here.  Have you wanted to try Free Motion Quilting, but freeze up every time you think about it? Well, quilting buddy, just between you and me, it’s time. Time to take a risk in the privacy of your own home, do a little preparation (more chocolate?) and try.. read more →

Half Square Triangles, affectionately known as HSTs are one of the most versatile and commonly used components of quilting blocks. I’ve never counted, but I’m sure there are literally thousands of basic and complex designs that are based on this simple little unit. But when it comes to matching points, there’s nothing that can make.. read more →

Are you involved in Charitable Quilting? Quilts have a unique ability to impart encouragement, warmth, love and hope and quilters have the biggest, warmest hearts around!   If you’d like to use your skills to benefit others, but aren’t sure what to do, I have some inspiration for you! Quilts of Valor Foundation Begun by Catherine.. read more →

28 Mar 2016
March 28, 2016

Hexie Home Accents

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When quilting is your passion, shouldn’t your home reflect what’s dear to your creative heart? Hexagon – Hexie for short- Home Accents are a wonderful way to express your artful enthusiasm and what better place than the kitchen and dining area of your home? The center of your home’s hospitality will be so much more.. read more →

“Stitch with a quarter inch seam.” Sounds simple doesn’t it? So, why are we often sobbing at the sewing machine while piecing our blocks? Seasoned quilters know if seam allowances are off, block pieces will not match-up no matter what you do. That seemingly simple quarter inch seam allowance is incredibly important. Often we don’t.. read more →

Oh, you’re going to love this adorable Scrappy Organizer Book from the Where the Orchids Grow blog! No matter how many little pouches and organizers I own, I often find that I don’t have just the right one for a particular need. As we makers know, the best solution for getting what you want is.. read more →

So . . . apparently Scrappy Pincushions are addictive. At least I can’t seem to get enough of them! If you share the same addiction, you’ll love the Five Little Scrappy Pincushions I found for you. They’re perfect to corral all your pins, awesome for gifts and totally fun to make. Follow me for the tour!.. read more →

Last year my “Sewing Sister”, Claire, spent several weeks diligently sorting, organizing and transforming her basement sewing space.  I coined the name Sewing Spa to describe the new space that so thrilled her sewing heart. Sewing, after all, is a rejuvenating experience that produces all the healthy benefits associated with the word spa! If your.. read more →

“I too believe creativity is not in the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found . . . “ —Tim Holtz From the needle of your sewing machine to the tip of your thimble finger, this statement from creative master Tim Holtz most likely resonates through your mind.. read more →

We talked to one of our favorite quilter superstars, Michele Muska, and got the 411 on some of her favorite sewing/quilting projects, along with some of her own! For those of you who don’t know, Michele is an incredible fiber artist, as well as the marketing communications manager for Simplicity Creative Group. Yeah, she’s kind of.. read more →

Amy Butler is one of our favorite quilt designers and she offers her amazing patterns for free! How could we resist? Check out a few below that you can download straight to you computer now! Find all the patterns here!                              .. read more →

Whether you’re using a cotton or polyester all purpose thread, a machine or hand quilting thread, or a polyester embroidery thread, you’re sure to be inspired by the variegated color offerings. Surprises are in store! Multi-color threads change color as they come off the spool with random variegation. The length of a single color can.. read more →

Denyse Schmidt grew up with a mother who sewed and a father who made furniture and began making herself when she was very young. She has been designing quilts for almost two decades, and after career hopping for several years, finally started Denyse Schmidt Quilts, home-based in an old Connecticut textile factory building, about ten years.. read more →

You don’t need to be a sewing pro to turn out an awesome quilt project. Start with a potholder and advance to a strip & flip quilt or an easy peasy chevron quilt. You’re going to love the process of quilting so much we bet you’ll want to make all four. Go ahead. You can.. read more →

05 Mar 2014
March 5, 2014

Ginkgo Leaf Block

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        The leaf from the exotic Gingko tree provides an appliqué pattern for this block. Contrasting thread color defines the leaf sections.  Click here for the Ginkgo Leaf instructions. read more →

  Reminiscent of Egyptian design, these leaves are appliqued to a machine-embroidered stem.  Select one of the decorative stitches on your machine for the veins in the leaves.  Need a refresher on how to applique? Read our post, Applique, more than Satin Stitching? Click here for the Block instructions for EgyptianTempleLeaves-Block_2 Ginkgo Leaf Block 1 This.. read more →

08 Feb 2014
February 8, 2014

Pillowcase Fun

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Pillowcases are possibly the most fun you can have with a yard of fabric. They make wonderful gifts; after all, everyone has a pillow, right? While a yard of 45″-wide quilting cotton is just the right size for making a standard pillowcase, there’s so much more fun to be had by embellishing the pillowcase with.. read more →

24 Jan 2014
January 24, 2014

Quilt Along 2014- Leaf Quilt

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Join us in making this beautiful quilt this year. Start now and it will be completed when the fall leaves begin to turn. Each block is a leaf design. This quilt combines applique, free motion embroidery, decorative stitches, paper piecing and more. Links to each Block pattern are listed below.   We challenged quilt designer.. read more →

Hey everyone! I’m Jennifer Mathis, a pattern designer, modern sewist and blogger at Ellison Lane. I’m delighted to be guest blogging today at Sewing Secrets sharing all about my recent trip to Houston for International Quilt Market. It was my first trip to market and boy what a whirlwind! Quilt Market is a total burst.. read more →

Today we want to introduce to you (or perhaps remind you of) the brilliant Anna Maria Horner. She shares our passion for bright, lively color and is an amazing creator with a host of sewing books and products and a site full of inspiration and tutorials to show for it. Her beautiful collections for FreeSpirit.. read more →

27 Jun 2013
June 27, 2013

Patriotic Jar Apron

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Have fun using festive red, white and blue fabric scraps from your stash to create this country-style jar apron. Fill the jar with fresh flowers or a candle and decorate your mantel for the summer months!  What you will need: Coats & Clark Threads:  Dual Duty XP General Purpose Thread: Color No. 100, White; Color.. read more →

We challenged Heather Jones to create a qult for us to use in our booth at Spring Quilt Market and she created this fantastic quilt. See how great it looked in the booth? Hanging above the thread displays, the strips almost looked like spools laying on their sides! We asked Heather to describe her creative process………. read more →

Continuing on our search for the best techniques out there, we’re bringing you a neat “trick” to piecing arrows, developed specifically for Denyse Schmidt’s pattern, Point me. If you do any sort of piecing, be it for regular sewing or quilting, you know that the process can quickly become cumbersome and tiring, taking forever to.. read more →

  We’re continuing on our trail through sewing techniques, making sure we’re all staying sharp on our skills! Today we’re bringing you a tutorial for adding bias to a curve, a great technique that can be useful in apparel, quilt, and home decor sewing. Read more about this great tutorial from The Haby Goddess, a.. read more →

We’re more than ready for spring-time outdoor dining, so we’ve found a perfect tutorial to get you ready for the warm outdoors. A beautiful Asian-inspired design from the Cloud9 blog, we can’t wait to get to work on these tipped napkins and coordinating round placemats! read more →

We love finding great tutorials from people all over the world, amazing makers sharing their talents in sewing. We often find, however, that a good tutorial on techniques and skills is hard to find, especially for the things some might find “simple” — but sometimes it’s helpful to see exactly how someone else is teaching.. read more →

Decor for kids’ rooms just keeps getting cuter and cuter, and modern quilts for little ones are no exception. We love quilts because they’re both useful for warmth and decorating, and if it’s extra special it can be hung for display. Modern quilts remind us that quilting isn’t just an art of the past —.. read more →