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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.

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…

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Scrap Quilt Patterns Inspired & Designed by Bonnie Hunter

We’re often inspired by the very designers who feature their quilts in our magazines and our affiliate’s magazines — traditional, easy, scrap quilt patterns… we love them all! Makes sense, right? We invite them to debut their quilts with us because they’re amazing at what they do! We find their creativity and expertise with quilts,…

Pumpkin Blossom -- Table Quilt Patterns

Pumpkin Blossom Holiday Table or Wall Quilt by Lynette Jensen

The holidays are such a fun time for quilters! So many opportunities to quilt for our homes, quilt for gifts and quilt for ourselves! Lynette Jensen was thinking of this when she designed Pumpkin Blossom, a lovely wall quilt or table topper offered with the Thimbleberries Project of the Month. She’s so excited about it…

Ruby's Garden -- Block of the Month Quilt

String Piecing Techniques & Quilt Patterns that WOW!

Today, it’s all about string piecing. You could even call it a string piecing bonanza! Why do we love string piecing? These projects are often stash-busters, they allow quilters to to express their creativity in a personal way, and they have a unique look to them that is unmatched by any other quilt design. Marianne…