How to Quilt Books

how to quilt books

sewing bookI believe most of us crafters can’t resist a good book, they are a great source of new ideas and I just love adding how to quilt books to my collection!

Things have come a long way since the book in the image was published in 1921. Thousands have been published since then and I’ve put together a list of my top 5 favorite quilting books.




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Craftsy Quilting Classes

creative quilting with your walking foot

creative quilting with your walking footUPDATE – This offer has now ended, but you can still take advantage of these great classes by heading over to CRAFTSY and learning new or updating your skills.

Just a short post to today to let you know Craftsy are celebrating National Craft Month by offering up to half price discounts on their Craftsy Quilting classes It’s only on for 5 days and once you purchase it’s a lifetime access so you can take as much time as you need learning from them.

If you’ve ever taken any of their classes before then you’ll already know what a good deal this is! For those of you thinking about taking the plunge, why not now, while this offer is on?

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Quilting Materials Supplies

Wrist Cushion Wonder Clips

Wrist Cushion Wonder ClipsI’ve written reviews on some of the larger items we use as quilters but there are lots of other tools and notions that can be useful. Here are commonly used tools for quilting and the best place to purchase them




Quilting Materials Supplies


clover wonder clips being usedClover Wonder Clips (100pc pack) $59.99

Wondor Clips are particularly good for holding binding in place while sewing and have 1/4″ and 1/2″ seam markings.

They can be used in place of pins for all sewing related tasks. They can also be used for card craft and knitting tasks where you need to hold pieces together.

They’re easy to see if you drop one and it’s also easy to see them on your project.

Even if you have arthritis in your hands they are easy to operate, easier that pins.



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Long Arm Quilting Machines

long arm quilting machines

long arm quilting machinesRising in popularity at the moment, the long arm quilting machines trend looks set to continue. Designed so you can complete fabulous quilts more easily, they can save you LOTS of time. You’ll be able to produce more quality quilts in a shorter space of time with a long arm machine.

As opposed to a regular quilting machine a long arm machine will allow pieces up to 18 inches on a side. The long arm quilting table can be 10 to 14 feet wide making it easy to create a very large quilt. Long stitches and large patterns become simple when the piece is being sewn. It’s the machine that moves, the fabric remains in one place. You do need a dedicated space to set up one of these machines; they are not fold up and put away items!

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Fons Porter Free Patterns

Fons Porter free patterns

fons porter free patternsUPDATED – no longer free but still some great patterns

If you’ve been quilting even for a short time then you’ve probably heard of Fons and Porter and their fab quilting magazine. They also have a website chock full of information and today I’m going to have a look at the selection of Fons Porter Patterns.  First though, let’s have  a brief look at the Fons Porter history and how they got to where they are today.

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