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applique and patchwork quilt block designed by Ruth Blanchet with free instructions at Arbee Designs

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Sampler quilt stitch along with Friendship Star block and extra quilts

Tuesday Tutor Stitch Along - Part Five: Friends...

For this week's block you will be making half square triangles (HST). There are various ways of making half square triangles. A lot of quilters like using Thangles however I'll be...

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Tuesday Tutor Stitch Along - Part Five: Friends...

For this week's block you will be making half square triangles (HST). There are various ways of making half square triangles. A lot of quilters like using Thangles however I'll be...

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third block in the sample quilt with bonus quilts in pattern

Tuesday Tutor Stitch Along - Part Four: Flip Block

This week’s block isn't a standard block but one made to fit our design. It’s a technique you will be learning which can be used in many common blocks. I...

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Tuesday Tutor Stitch Along - Part Four: Flip Block

This week’s block isn't a standard block but one made to fit our design. It’s a technique you will be learning which can be used in many common blocks. I...

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Making nine-patch blocks for sampler and inspirational quilts - patterns available

Tuesday Tutor Stitch Along - Part Three: 9-Patch

9-patch blocks can be made a number of ways depending on the look you want. You can divide the squares into a certain color combination using light and dark or...

Tuesday Tutor Stitch Along - Part Three: 9-Patch

9-patch blocks can be made a number of ways depending on the look you want. You can divide the squares into a certain color combination using light and dark or...

Rail Fence block from sampler quilt and Rail Fence block quilts

Tuesday Tutor Stitch Along - Part Two: Rail Fence

Let's kick off the first installment of our stitch-along with the Rail Fence block, one of the easiest blocks to create. Join in the fun as we stitch these blocks...

Tuesday Tutor Stitch Along - Part Two: Rail Fence

Let's kick off the first installment of our stitch-along with the Rail Fence block, one of the easiest blocks to create. Join in the fun as we stitch these blocks...

collect some fabrics and quilting supplies to join Ruth with a stitch along - free pattern

Tuesday Tutor Stitch Along - Part One: Getting ...

Join Ruth in this stitch along to make a sampler quilt. There are 7 different blocks with multiple choices for other quilts along the way.

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Tuesday Tutor Stitch Along - Part One: Getting ...

Join Ruth in this stitch along to make a sampler quilt. There are 7 different blocks with multiple choices for other quilts along the way.

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Adding Your Own Twist To A Quilt Pattern

Adding Your Own Twist To A Quilt Pattern

It is fun to add your own personal touch and my star runner is an ideal pattern to change. I had a play and came up with some ideas.

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Adding Your Own Twist To A Quilt Pattern

It is fun to add your own personal touch and my star runner is an ideal pattern to change. I had a play and came up with some ideas.

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a blue ribbon for Freedom Bargello - an Arbee Designs quilt pattern

Blue Ribbon for Freedom bargello

It is always wonderful to receive photos of quilts made from our patterns and very exciting to hear when they have been awarded a prize.

Blue Ribbon for Freedom bargello

It is always wonderful to receive photos of quilts made from our patterns and very exciting to hear when they have been awarded a prize.

small pansy made using hand applique - original pattern pieces from the Pansy BOW flower block

From templates to project - hand applique

This week I decided to use those templates from last week's blog post to create a new hand applique block to share with you.

From templates to project - hand applique

This week I decided to use those templates from last week's blog post to create a new hand applique block to share with you.

transferring templates from machine applique to hand

Making Machine Applique Patterns Suitable For N...

Almost all of my machine applique patterns can be easily adjusted for needle turn applique due to the way I present my patterns. Today, I want to share with you...

Making Machine Applique Patterns Suitable For N...

Almost all of my machine applique patterns can be easily adjusted for needle turn applique due to the way I present my patterns. Today, I want to share with you...

try our quilter's word search puzzle for fun

Quilters Word Search

I decided to make a quilter's word search. I hid 30 quilting words in a grid and once complete, it reveals a message. Have some quilty puzzle fun!

Quilters Word Search

I decided to make a quilter's word search. I hid 30 quilting words in a grid and once complete, it reveals a message. Have some quilty puzzle fun!

62nd Flower Block - Hollyhock

62nd Flower Block - Hollyhock

For mother's day this year, I decided to design a new flower block. This will be my 62nd. 

62nd Flower Block - Hollyhock

For mother's day this year, I decided to design a new flower block. This will be my 62nd. 

playing with feather quilting on your home sewing machine

Feather Quilting

Today I was playing with feather quilting and I have to admit I love how the feathers pop when you echo quilt around it. Get 15% off this workshop!

Feather Quilting

Today I was playing with feather quilting and I have to admit I love how the feathers pop when you echo quilt around it. Get 15% off this workshop!

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