AccuQuilt Block Design Contest

Hi Quilters!

Enter AccuQuilt‘s block design contest to win extraordinary prizes!


This contest is as easy as 1,2,3. First, design a quilt block. Not an entire quilt, just one block! Second, upload an image of your block to AccuQuilt by May 27th. Last, tell your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to vote daily for your design from May 1st to May 27th.

AccuQuilt is providing awesome prizes to the winner. The Grand Prize is worth $22,000! Your design will be featured in an issue of Quiltmaker – you could see your creativity in print. The grand prize package also includes:

  • A trip to Omaha, NE to see your design unveiled
  • A Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen® sit-down longarm machine and table
  • A Baby Lock Aria Sewing Machine
  • One year’s worth of Moda fabrics and goodies

This is the ultimate prize package for any quilter. All of these things could be yours:


The second and third place prizes aren’t too shabby either. AccuQuilt will also be giving out daily prizes to participants who submit designs.

What’s even better? You can enter as many times as you’d like!

Make sure to check out the requirements for this contest and see the blocks other quilters have entered.

Quilters, put on your thinking caps, get in touch with your creative side, and get to quilting! Remember, submit a block to AccuQuilt (or 20 blocks), tell your friends and family to vote every day, and you could win every quilter’s dream in prizes.

Good luck and Happy Quilting!

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Sneak Peek into Easy Quilts Summer ’14!


We’re excited to present our Summer issue of Easy Quilts magazine, on sale April 1.

We think you’ll love what we have to offer in this issue of Easy Quilts. A stunning two-toned quilt called Blue on White, a Quilt of Valor, and a series of six triangle quilts that are as Easy as 1-2-3 to make. This issue offers colors, patterns and ideas that will spark inspiration for quilters of every skill level. Our goal is for you to enjoy making quilts as much as we do.



Here’s a little sneak peek into Easy Quilts Summer 2014:




Blue on White is a two-color quilt that features blue and white blocks and sashing made with strip sets. This twin-size quilt project is great practice for using the blue Fons & Porter Triangle Trimmer.







Criss Cross Tiles features fussy cut squares and rectangles in crisp, contemporary colors. This quilt project is great for practice using Fons & Porter’s Fussy Cut Template.






Old & New is a fat quarter-friendly quilt project that features brightly colored triangle-squares on a white background. Check out our free Sew Easy video tip on making quick triangle-squares.

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Quilt a Cozy Scarf


Learn how to create a warm and cozy winter scarf! Erin Gilday will provide you with tips and tricks to make the perfect quilt patchwork.

In this Daily Craft TV webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Improvise a fabric’s grain by creating your own
  • Line a scarf with fleece to keep warm
  • Quilt a garment without the commitment of a large project

Create a scarf using quilting techniques! Experiment with different colors and patterns to suit your personal style.

 A free instructional download will be available after purchase.

An example of the patchwork scarf is shown below. Click the photo to see an enlarged version.

How to make scarves with pattern.


Watch a preview of this DCTV class here!

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Learn To Make a Strata Quilt!


Join Marianne Fons as she welcomes fabric designer, Gail Kessler. Gail will share two of her projects with you that are new takes on an old technique. The main attractions are two beautiful strata quilts that spotlight all of the colors of the rainbow, as well as shades of black and white.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Organize your colors and fabric strips for strata piecing
  • Cut strip sets
  • Arrange the blocks to create a dynamic quilt

Put a spin on an old favorite with these fun and exciting quilt designs!

A link to download the pattern “Strata Quilt” ($6.99 value) will be available for free after your class purchase.

An example of this strata quilt is shown below. Click the photo to be taken to the video tutorial at Daily Craft TV.


Watch a preview of this class!

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How to Make Sashiko Pot Holders


Learn to make stunning Sashiko-inspired pot holders with fiber artist and sewing educator Ellen Osten with Daily Craft TV.

In this DCTV webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Translate the Sashiko pattern from a square to a pot holder
  • Construct a grid for the Sashiko pattern
  • Choose fabrics that are appropriate for a Sashiko-inspired pot holder

Take an old favorite and make it new again! Making potholders with unique designs are fun for personal use and gift-giving. 

A link to download the stitching, circle, and folding patterns ($6.99 value each) will be available for free after your class purchase.

An example of these pot holders are shown below. 

How to make pot holders with an included pattern.

Watch the preview of this class below!

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Learn to Make a New York Beauty Quilt with Pattern


Quilters don’t always sit at home piecing patchwork; a lot of us, including Marianne Fons and Mary Fons, love to get out and see the world. This quilt was inspired by a fabulous trip to New York City.

On this Daily Craft TV webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Paper piece sections for a New York beauty quilt
  • Join curved piece sections
  • Piece a double square in a square block

Let Marianne and Mary ignite your imagination as you visit the world through quilting!

A link to download the pattern “Times Square” ($6.99 value) will be available for free after your class purchase.

You can see a picture of the completed New York Beauty quilt called the Times Square below. 

A New York Beauty quilt made with paper piecing.

 Watch a preview of this DCTV video tutorial below!

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Make a Maxi Dress in One Afternoon!

DCtv_logo5Learn how to make a maxi dress by following the measuring instructions to match your figure perfectly without a pattern. This dress is easy to make by simply sewing in a straight line. Also, expert Brett Bara will teach you all about shirring to make construction even easier.

In this Daily Craft TV webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Sew a French seam and discover why it’s the best choice for this project
  • Use the shirring technique to create a fitted bodice
  • Accurately measure and cut your fabric to fit your body type

Create an entire dress in an afternoon! You can transform a plain rectangle of fabric into a fitted, flattering garment.

An example of this dress is shown below.

Tutorial on how to make a maxi dress easily.

Watch the preview for this class!

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Win an APQS longarm quilting machine with all the options worth $21,695

Our friends at APQS brought back the much-anticipated APQS Longarm Giveaway earlier this month and this time they’re giving away a Freedom longarm machine equipped with all the bells and whistles.

To sign up for the contest, visit the APQS site – and remember, you can enter once per day until June 30 to increase your chances to win.

The grand prize winner, who will be selected in a random drawing the week of June 30, will receive:

Freedom-sweepFreedom longarm machine valued at $17,300. The APQS Freedom longarm machine offers simple touchpad controls, a low bobbin indicator, a top thread break sensor and more.

Quilt-Glide-sweepThe Quilt Glide stitch mode valued at $1,250. This option combines manual sewing mode and stitch regulation mode to give you accuracy and consistency without that “jerky” feeling that is common when trying to do detail quilting in regulator mode alone.

Bliss-Track-SweepThe Bliss track system valued at $1,000. The Bliss option eliminates resistance that can be found with traditional track systems. It provides smooth, effortless and easy movement enabling hours of quilting.

Quilt-Advance-sweepThe Automatic Quilt Advance system valued at $1,350. The advance system comes with foot pedal control and lets you advance or back up your quilt with the push of a button or a toe tap on the foot pedal. The motorized advance turns the pick-up roller to move your quilt ahead, saving time.

Overhead-sweepThe overhead lighting bar valued at $795.Our overhead lighting system attaches to your APQS table and provides a dependable light source that illuminates your workspace. Being able to see your quilting area well is the first step in getting great quilting results!

For more information on this fantastic giveaway, visit the APQS site:

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Learn How to Make Curtains with Endless Panel Variations


In this tutorial, learn to make curtains with a basic panel and see the endless variations as Pam Damour shows you how to create different styles in a snap.

In this Daily Craft TV webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Identify the differences between sewing garments and sewing draperies
  • Cut, press, and insert the lining into a curtain panel
  • Pair the correct lining with any given curtain panel

Every home can use a lovely set of curtain panels. Learn how to make your own today!

You can see one of the many curtain design options in the photo below.

Make your own curtain panels.

 Watch a preview for this informative DCTV tutorial here! 

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Make a Baby Blanket with a Serger Machine


Experiment with an embroidery machine and a serger to create a keepsake baby blanket. In this DCTV webinar, you will learn how to make a baby blanket with one of the best instructors, Rebecca Kemp Brent!

In this tutorial, you will learn how:

  • Style and function come together during the sewing process
  • To cut and create ruffles as edging using your serger
  • To add embroidery that suits your tastes

Create a quick and easy baby blanket for gifting or giving! An example of a completed baby blanket is shown below.

A home made keepsake baby blanket by Daily Craft TV.

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