All posts by Carrie Sisk

Carrie Sisk

About Carrie Sisk

Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad -- a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.

Batik Fabrics and Batik Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Batik Quilt Patterns

Using beautiful batik fabrics can make any quilt pattern pop right off of the quilt. Stunning batik fabrics are perfect for many different quilting patterns—from Civil War quilt patterns to floral quilts. Batik quilt patterns not only make a stunning statement, they are also a lot of fun to work with. A wide variety of choices—multicolored, semi-colored,…

Throw Quilt Patterns

BLOCK Friday: Woven Quilts & Quilt Blocks

Woven quilt blocks, or quilts that appear to be woven, are a delightful optical illusion. They can appear complicated, but depending on the quilt and design layout, they might be quite simple to create. Using graphic prints, sashing tricks and pre-cuts, quilters have the tools to make a woven quilt appear challenging, even if the process was quite simple.…

Patriotic Patchwork - Patriotic Quilts

Donate Time, Talent & Quilts: Quilts for Kids & Quilts of Valor®

Donating time, money, talent and quilts is such a gift to the recipients, whoever they may be. In the case of the two organizations we’re highlighting here, they are servicemen, servicewomen and children. Very deserving people, indeed. We’re dedicated to supporting these organizations and hope that you’ll join us. Here’s how you can help. The…

Off My Back by Tony Jacobson

BLOCK Friday: Disappearing Nine Patch

Quilting is an integral part of American history, especially during the time of the pioneers and their move west. Women sewed, as was tradition, and children began their sewing education with simpler projects, like Nine Patch quilt patterns. The Nine Patch quilt block has been around for hundreds of years. As the years have passed, the Nine Patch has,…

Luck of the Irish Quilted Tablerunner Project

BLOCK Friday: St. Paddy’s Day Quilts

The holidays are extra special for quilters because it gives us an excuse to take on new and exciting projects (and we get to decorate — very important). This month, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and the name of the game is Irish Chain and/or green quilts. Are these on your quilting bucket list? Yes…

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Move Over Brown, Pink’s in Town!

Do you know about the color of the year? Robert Kaufman Fabrics announces a new color annually that is expected to trend across quilting, sewing and crafting communities. Sure, brown quilts are lovely, but for 2017, flamingo pink quilts are what’s hot. Last year, highlight yellow was the color of the year and it was…

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Quell those Quilt Binding Queasies

Binding a quilt can be anxiety inducing for quilters — it ends up being stressful when we’d like it to be fun. Well, it’s time. It’s time to make binding a quilt something to look forward to! Since Fons & Porter loves all things quilting, we have a ton of resources for you, including quilt binding…

Cross Road to Grandma's House Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Album Cross Quilt Block

Happy BLOCK Friday! We have a tried-and-true quilt block for you today — the Album Cross block. It has withstood the test of time, having been a popular block for quilts made in the 1800s, like the quilt featured here from 1844. For you traditional quilters, you’ll likely recognize the Album Cross, either by name or…

Quilted Memories -- T-Shirt Quilts DIY

T-Shirt Quilts — DIY with a Little Help!

So many of us have T-shirts that mean something to us and we hold on to them, storing them away in boxes or in the back of our closets. A great way to assemble all of your beloved T-shirts in one place, and proudly show them off, is by creating a T-shirt quilt! These types of quilts…

Sweet & Breezy Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Windblown Quilt Blocks

Think of quilt block names that are associated with the wind. What do you come up with? Two that come to mind immediately are Pinwheel quilt blocks and Weathervane quilt blocks. They may not be 10 minutes quilt blocks, but they’re well worth the effort. Both are traditional quilt block patterns that have held a…

Thimbleberries Project of the Month -- Table Runner Quilt Patterns

7 Ways to Display Small Quilts with Lynette Jensen

Looking for innovative ideas for decorating with your small quilts? Lynette Jensen has 7 tips for you that are sure to strike a chord. With small quilt patterns, like table runner quilt patterns and table toppers, we can get carried away and make more than we have room for. With these tips, you can break out…

Circle Skirt - Table Runner Quilt Patterns

Table Toppers Worth Your Time!

Table runner quilt patterns, table toppers and anything quilted that decorates our tables is often the center of attention. Why not make them exactly how we want them? And, making more than one to suit your décor, times of year and your quilting personality is part of what makes quilting for a table so much fun. Table…

Romantic Trails Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Virginia Reel Quilt Block

Have you ever made a Virginia Reel quilt block? If you have, you’ve probably used those blocks in a quilt, like Romantic Trails by Tammy Vanderschmitt. They have such a unique look to them, it’s impossible to mistake them for anything else. You may have heard of a Snail’s Trail quilt block, which makes up…

Delightful Spooks Quilt

BLOCK Friday: Halloween Quilts for Every Age!

We’re sneaking up on it… Halloween is right around the corner! We have so many Halloween quilts and projects to choose from, you’re destined to find the one (or two, or three, or four) that speaks to you. Choose from easy quilts to make to those that are a bit more challenging. Not sure you…