I Can’t Go to Paris, so I Made a Pillow Instead

Hello, lovely sewists! Carla here, to show you how I made this simple but sharp-looking flanged pillow sham, with  an envelope back opening. When the new Destination Paris fabrics arrived in the shop, I knew I needed some of them to make new occasional pillows for my living room. And since my husband is a…

Fabulous Feet for Fashion Divas

Dear Sewing Friends, we know that quilts are not the only sewing projects you love. We’ve devoted time and space to quilters and machine embroiderers, but what about you awesome garment makers? We have not forgotten you! The Bernina Babes know that you’re out there,  sewing an adorable dress for a daughter or granddaughter, finishing…

Quilting Fuel: Tuscan-Style Roasted Asparagus

Spring winds have arrived in  New Mexico, and when we’re not being blown away, we’re enjoying the sunshine and warmer temperatures. Fresh spring vegetables are making their way to the grocery store: asparagus, peas, fava beans, and greens of all kinds. If you’d like a list of what’s in season you can peek at lists…

On The Fence

  One of the simplest blocks you can learn as a quilter, the Rail Fence is made from three or more pieced strips . Don’t let that simplicity fool you, though: this straightforward block creates varied and unexpectedly beautiful quilts. Rail Fence blocks can be put together to create the Roman Square, Fine Woven or Basket…

Quilting Fuel: Sweets to the Sweet

Yes, Valentine’s Day is next week, and we promise we’ll stop talking about love and hearts and delicious sweet treats after that. Wait, scratch that–we can’t promise to stop talking about sweet treats. But while we are talking about Valentine’s Day and sweets together, we have a question: Why does chocolate get to have all…

Love & Marriage

Valentine’s Day: when our thoughts turn to love, chocolate, flowers, and quilts.  Before we get to the quilt part, a little background on St. Valentine. There is more than one early saint called Valentine, but the popular story about this particular St. Valentine is that he performed marriages in secret for Roman soldiers who had been…

Puzzle It Out

Get your gear together, quilters, because we’re sending you to the mountain tops. The next entry in our Block of the Month is the Rocky Mountain Puzzle block. This block has got a lot of action going on!  All those points give create lot of movement. Needless to say, two very busy fabrics put together…

Quilting Fuel: I Say Chowder, You Say Chowdah.

Are you still recovering from all the holiday eating and sewing? All the lovely, calorie-laden dishes and special treats are gone, or waiting to be thrown out when you’re tired of looking at them. It’s the beginning of a new year, and our thoughts turn to healthy living. But winter’s still here, with its grey…