2020 is the year of staying home. It’s the year of sweatpants and old t-shirts and not knowing if I even own makeup anymore. There’s nowhere to go and no one to impress. But sometimes I just want to feel fancy. I long for sequins and heels and sparkling diamond earrings. I want to see my husband in a well-tailored tux with patent leather shoes and a dapper bow tie. Is that too extreme for ANOTHER movie night at home? [...]
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!
Have you ever admired a stained-glass window and thought, “That’d make a great quilt block!” We quilters find inspiration everywhere we look! We see quilt blocks in the facets of sparkling diamonds. We see quilt blocks in patchwork fields of wheat and corn. And this week’s new quilt was inspired by…a tile floor! Click HERE to learn how to transform 2.5 inch strips of fabric into the fabulous Tile Style quilt!
Life on the American frontier was hard. There were prairies to tame, trees to fell, and fences to build. There was butter to churn, laundry to scrub, and water to fetch. Despite such labor-filled days, those resourceful pioneer women found ways to whip up easy patterns like the Log Cabin block. These simple, pretty quilts were used not only as bed coverings, but as windows, room dividers, and doors, too! This week Jenny is working on a Simple Log Cabin with [...]
When Henry Ford implemented the assembly line, he cut the production time of the Model T from twelve hours to just two and a half! The car was the same. The parts were the same. But putting it together assembly-style was so much faster! The same is true in quilting! The Diamond Terrace quilt is made of dozens of little pieces, but they come together lickety-split with chain piecing! Click HERE to learn how to make this quick and easy [...]
Social distance. It’s a new phrase – and a new way of life – for most of us. But I think it’s a bit of a misnomer. Because even though we’re separated physically, we aren’t really alone! From video chats with grandkids to friendly greetings from across the street, there are a million ways to connect every day, and I’m sure grateful for that! One little girl spent hours decorating the sidewalk with chalk. She drew a hopscotch that [...]
Quilts are an incredible thing. Whether they’re hanging on the wall or tucked safely upon a bed, they add an artistic flair to the room. Clean, colorful quilts with plenty of white space can brighten up the room, but sometimes a darker touch can really add a comfortable and cozy ambiance. Quilts that utilize bold color choices complimented by black and dark space aren’t just for the Fall season! These beautiful quilts draw attention and focus to the complimenting colors, [...]
The tippy tops of the Rocky Mountains are covered with ten feet of snow right now! But underneath that blanket of white, wildflower seeds wait patiently. And when summer arrives, those mountain peaks will be bursting with blooms! If you’re like me, you can’t wait till summer; we need flowers today! Click HERE to learn how to create your own Mountain Lily blocks out of 2.5” strips!
Andromeda, our next-door-neighbor galaxy, is named after a mythological Greek princess known for incredible beauty. It’s made of 1 trillion stars dancing through space in a massive, brilliant swirl. While our Brilliant Swirl isn’t quite so epic, it sure is pretty! Learn how to make this quick and easy quilt using your favorite 2.5 inch strips! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
When it comes to tying knots, I’m all thumbs! I never can remember which end goes over and which goes around. Frankly, it’s no small miracle my shoes stay laced! But this week’s Square Knot quilt is so quick and easy, you’ll be whipping up those “knots” faster than a well-seasoned sailor! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!