The Queen of the Wide Prairie

The Prairie Queen quilt block, another nine-patch variation, originated in Illinois, according to Nancy Cabot’s 1933 column in the Chicago Tribune. (To learn  about Nancy Cabot and her quilting column, click here to visit the Nancy Cabot sew-along blog written by Candace Moore.) This block is also called True Blue or Monkey Wrench. The Prairie Queen creates…

Fabulous Precuts: Layers of Goodness

Another precut named after a dessert! Do you think they know us? The precut we’re talking about is the 10” square, popularly called a Layer Cake, after Moda Fabrics’ offering. 10” squares precut bundles, like Moda’s Jelly Rolls or Charm packs, generally contain 42 pieces, representing each fabric and colorway in a particular line. 10” squares…

Quilting Fuel: Upside Down

The weather here in Southern NM has been rainy and cloudy for a change, and it’s starting to feel like fall.  Fall makes us think of lots of things, like turning leaves, cooler weather, and how many foods and drinks can they make in pumpkin spice flavor? But it also makes us think of birthdays-several Bernina…

Thread: Holding it All Together

You won’t be surprised to hear that one of our favorite topics is thread: the brand and style we love, how to use it, how to store it, and whether or not it’s worth keeping the snippets you cut off to use in one of those Pinterest projects. Thread is one of the subjects we…

Puttin’ On The Ritz

Ready to dress up in style, quilters? Because August 28th is National Bow Tie Day! And in honor of such a fashionable occasion, this month’s quilt block is the Bow Tie Block. This block can dress up a quilt in various layouts, creating striking and beautiful geometric patterns, and can be seen in quilts dating back…

The Care and Feeding of Your Longarm Quilter

You’ve cut and pieced and pressed, made blocks and rows, added borders, and now you’ve got this awesome quilt top. You know what the next step is, but…  Making tops is rewarding, but you find the quilting process overwhelming or tedious. You happily quilt smaller pieces, but that king size quilt you made for your favorite…

Quilting Fuel: Easy Does It

We stuck our heads out of the window, and yes,  it’s still summer, and still hot. Even so, we might want a meal that’s more than a cold salad, from time to time. Today, we bring you two easy recipes for dinner and dessert. The sooner you’re done cooking, the sooner you can get back…

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…

On a Wild Geese Chase

  Coming in for a landing in the next installment of our Block of the Month series is the Flying Geese pattern. Another traditional quilt pattern dating back to at least the early 1800’s, the Flying Geese pattern consists of a three triangles, one large and two smaller. While this seems pretty simple, it’s definitely…

Quilting Fuel: Summer Treats

Quilters, it’s been so hot here in New Mexico, and in the Southwest in general, that visions of cool deliciousness are shimmering in our brains like a mirage. Let’s take a break from quilting and head for that oasis on the horizon. The camels are getting grumpy, anyway, and so are we. Our first recipe is…

Fabulous Precuts: Yummy Strips

Quilters, the best thing about precuts is right there in the name: a lot of the cutting is done before you even bring that lovely collection of fabrics home!  If the thought of spending your sewing time cutting 2-1/2″ strips sends you up the wall, then these strip sets are a dream come true! The strips measure…

One Row Leads to Another…

Summertime, and quilters are hitting the road. And whether you’re traveling to see friends and family, or to visit a place you’ve never been, we know that one of the highlights of your trip will be the chance to visit new quilt shops. So, if you’re out and about between June 21st and September 6th,…