Author - Sissy's Quilt Designs

Planning for Holiday Sewing Success

The holidays are filled with joy: decorating, baking, singing, and visiting with family and friends– it’s a time for celebration. But we all know that many times the season can also end up very overwhelming, especially when it comes to holiday gift-giving. Sewing can sometimes become more of a chore than a fun hobby as we stress about getting all our project plans done in time. When we move from quilting for fun to quilting with a purpose, it [...]

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Framed Pinwheels Quilt

The Framed Pinwheels quilt is a master of disguise.  It looks like a tricky maze of itty bitty pieces, but don’t be deceived! This block is simply a disappearing nine patch!  Here’s how it works:  Whip up a nine patch of charms and lil’ pinwheels. Slice up that block. Shuffle the pieces. Stitch ‘em back together. That’s it!  This pattern was inspired by the creative genius of V and Co, and we’re so excited to share it with you!

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What’s Your Story? – My Sister’s Unfinished Quilt by Barb R.

BLOCK Magazine is always looking to publish original stories from quilters like you. We believe that everyone has an important story to tell and that sharing our stories brings us closer together. Quilting isn’t just a hobby for some. For many it’s a way to cope, stay inspired, or even honor others. Thank you, Barb, for sharing your story. “Prior to my sister, Susan’s, untimely death from ovarian cancer at age 49, we had the opportunity to go through some [...]

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Free August Quilt Planner Download

It’s August, the Sunday of the summer. Our long, sunny days are coming to an end as we prepare for back to school, dark evenings, and cold mornings. But for us quilters, it’s also the time to start our holiday quilting and sewing! As the “Monday” of year slowly creeps in, stay inspired and organized this month with our FREE August Quilt Planner as you begin all your holiday projects!

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Rhombus Gemstones Quilt

Would you like to make a diamond? Here is my recipe: Add 725,000 pounds of pressure to ¾ cup pure carbon. Bake at 2000° for one million years. That’s it! Pro tip: If you’re short on time, stick with fabric diamonds!  Jenny’s Rhombus Gemstones quilt is made with yardage, 2.5 inch strips, and the Missouri Star Large Rhombus Template. This pretty pattern is quick, easy, and absolutely dazzling!

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The Beauty of Blenders

The hum of a blender spinning takes us to poolside parties and cool, tropical drinks (with those cute little umbrellas!). We’re getting thirsty just thinking about it! Refresh your summer quilts with blender fabrics in a rainbow of color! These gorgeous fabrics go beyond basic for smooth color transitions and beautiful texture.  Blenders are incredibly versatile, from tone-on-tone prints to crackle texture and even trendy ombre. They aren’t quite solids, but they aren’t exactly patterned. They blend seamlessly into your [...]

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Starstruck Quilt

How does the poem go? “A quilting tool with many uses is a joy forever!” The Binding Tool was invented for bindings, but that’s not all it can do! (Jenny has an entire collection of Binding Tool quilt tutorials HERE!) This week Jenny has whipped up yet another Binding Tool masterpiece! Starstruck is a gorgeous pattern with big star blocks made out of 2.5 inch strips. Click HERE to watch the video!

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Behind the scenes of BLOCK Magazine – August 2020

Dear Quilters, This year has been so completely out of the ordinary, and challenging in so many ways, that I find myself simplifying again and experiencing great joy in the things that I have often taken for granted. Now, preparing for the holiday season is less about the hustle and bustle of finding just the right present, but taking the time to help create a warm, welcoming spirit in my home and in my community.  As I contemplate the spirit of [...]

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Triple Play! Circle Magic

What’s so magical about Circle Magic? Plenty!  Jenny’s Design These clever templates are designed for quilt-as-you-go circles. That means the top, back, and batting are stitched together all at once – no raw edges! Misty’s Design Join those finished circles together and your quilt is complete!  Natalie’s Design The Circle Magic template comes in two sizes: One for 10” precuts and one for charms.

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Give Love | Gift Gorgeous Quilts

You know the saying, “One who sleeps under a quilt is comforted by love?” When you give a quilt, you aren’t just giving a quilt. You’re giving love, inspiration, wonder, joy, peace, comfort, and so much more. Fueled by love, we are inspired to create for those we hold dear and a handmade quilt is a perfect representation of that love. This year, give handmade for the holidays. Give Love || T-Shirt Quilt Give love during the holidays with a T-Shirt [...]

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