3 Great Quilting Charities to Get Involved With

Are you a quilter looking for a good organization to help you put your quilts into the hands of people who will love and appreciate them? Or maybe you have a lot of fabric you need to get rid of since you have way too much? I am here to help point you in the direction of a few really wonderful non-profit organizations who devote time, energy, and resources to helping get beautiful homemade quilts into the hands of people who need the extra warmth and love!

I hope this post will inspire you towards using your special talents to help spread the warmth and love a quilt can bring to someone else. Please also comment on this post any other wonderful charitable organizations you are a part of as well that could use the help of the quilting community!

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16 Awesome Gifts for the Quilter in Your Life

In honor of the holiday shopping season already being in full swing, I am sharing with you a GIFT GUIDE for the sewists, makers, and quilters out there! If you are seeking the perfect Chistmas gift, holiday gift, or birthday gift for a quilter – look no further!

This Quilter’s holiday gift guide includes inspiration to help you buy the perfect present to show your love, appreciation, and support to your favorite quilter!

Fabrics

Who wouldn’t LOVE more fabric for their stash? If you have a quilter in mind, I would suggest buying a nice Pre-cut bundle! Fat Quarter Shop has a great selection! Every quilter can always use more fabric, right?!

Rulers

When it comes to quilt rulers there are SO many out there. My favorite and most loved rulers are the 12.5″ Square, 8″ square, 6″ x 24″, and a 2.5″ x 8″ one for more detailed cuts. You could also get Bloc Loc rulers which help greatly with half square triangle trimming!

Ruler Organizer

This helps keep all those new rulers neat and orderly! It also makes a great stocking stuffer! I know I have one of these on my own wish list this year!

Wool Pressing Mat

I love THIS ONE by Project Wool Mats! A wool pressing mat cuts the ironing time in half and creates wonderful, crisp seams! Seriously, it is life changing!

Fresh Rotary Blades

We all know you can never have too many of these! Makes a great stocking stuffer and encourages keeping that blade sharp!

Sturdy Ironing Board

A brand new ironing board for Christmas?? Only for a quilter! Check out this great one from Polder!

Quilt Kit

Most quilters love a nice quilt kit! I personally enjoy seeing the pretty, curated fabrics all stacked and ready to go! See some gorgeous kits here and pick out the one that reminds you of the quilter you have in mind!

90% Faster Than Rotary Cutters

AccuQuilt Cutting Machine (and dies!)

Gifting an AccuQuilt is like gifting TIME to the special quilter in your life! Who doesn’t want more time to sew and less time spent cutting and trimming?! Take a look at the Go Me, Go!, and Go! Big machines. (Many machines are on really good sales this holiday season!)

While you are at it, you might want to go ahead and get some dies or even a bundle! I personally started with the Ready Set Go! System and I love it!

Fat Quarter Shop Basic of the Month Sale

Quilting Subscription Box

Gifting a subscription box is like giving again and again! Endless inspiration and tons of quilting goodies! There are a lot of wonderful quilting subscription boxes out there – I suggest checking out the Pineapple Slice box or the Basics of the Month from Fat Quarter Shop!

Quilting graphic Tshirt

There are so many adorable shirts out there! Check out Patchwork Threads, The Homebody Company, or even this cute one on amazon for the cat-lover in your life.


Husqvarna Viking Jade 20 Sewing Machine

Husqvarna Viking H/CLASS 250S Serger Machine

A new sewing machine or a Serger!

Is it time for an upgrade?! Surprise them with a high-quality Husqvarna machine! My Christmas came early this year with a brand new serger that I can’t wait to start playing with!

Magnetic Pin Cushion Slap Bracelet

I literally do not know how I ever sewed without this little handy pin cushion on my wrist! Snag one of these for a great stocking stuffer!

Travel Iron

This nifty little iron may fit in a small space but it really brings the heat! It is an iron/steamer duo and truly is great. You wont want to go to a quilting retreat without it!

Rotating Cutting Mat

Ideal for taking with you to class or squaring up blocks, this rotating cutting mat is a crowd-pleaser for quilters everywhere!

Thread

You know you can never have too much thread! Especially the basic colors for piecing! Consider this variety pack or maybe even a large thread cone!

Batting

Gift a touch of luxury with the super cozy Quilter’s Dream Orient batting! It’s my personal favorite and creates a wonderful drape on a quilt!

Want even more inspiration for what to get the crafter in your life? Check out my Amazon Storefront to browse own personal favorites! If you purchase from my amazon storefront or any other affiliate links, I will receive a small commission and be very grateful! Thanks in advance for supporting me!

FREE Quilt Pattern: Vintage Camping

Who loves a great free quilt pattern? I know I sure do! Right now I am going to deliver to you all a FREE beginner-friendly, accuquilt-friendly, throw size quilt pattern!

This FREE quilt pattern uses 12 traditional Churn Dash blocks and adds a border around all the sides, and the large scale of the blocks makes it great for any large-scale prints you want to show off!

This pattern was designed specifically to showcase the Vintage Camping fabric collection by Crissy Rodda! I fell in love with the whimsical mountains, bears, campers, and deer in the prints, and truly wanted to feature them in a classic, traditional quilt design to match the vintage feel.

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Explore Pillow – a FREE Pattern!

Are you looking for a quick, fun, beginner-friendly quilted pillow or mini quilt pattern? You’ve come to the right place! I’m going to share with you about how I made the Explore Pillow/Wall Hanging Duo! The pattern comes in 3 sizes (pillow, baby, and throw!) and the pillow size of the pattern finishes at just under 20” square. The Explore quilt is a great project for quilters at any skill level!

To get the FREE Explore pattern, sign up for the Homemade Emily Jane Newsletter here!

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How to Learn the BASICS of Crochet

Want to learn about yarn crafts like knitting and crochet, but so overwhelmed by the complexity of it all?

  • What is the difference between knitting and crochet?
  • How do I understand what yarn to get?
  • Why are there so many different size crochet hooks?
  • How do you read a crochet pattern?

Well, I was thinking all these same questions not too long ago! I just spent a ton of time researching and diving in and I am here to tell you about what I have learned!

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3 Ways to Make a Patriotic Quilt // a Veteran’s Day Special

Regardless of your political beliefs, I think most of us can agree that if it weren’t for the hundreds of thousands of people who have been willing to serve in the military to protect our homeland, America would not be what it is today.

Over the past few months I’ve had this amazing opportunity to partner with one of my favorite veterans (my mom!) on a project where we can give back to some incredible service men & women. Today I’m going to share with you 3 ways we made Patriotic quilts using the AccuQuilt Go! I hope they spark some inspiration for you!

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Vintage Lace Quilt made with AccuQuilt Go!

Ever since Lo & Behold Stitchery released her Vintage Lace Quilt Pattern I have had my eye on it! I love the delicate, modern vibes and all the negative space in it, and I knew it would be the perfect quilt to do with solids. I had a busy summer but am thrilled I finally got around to making this gorgeous quilt!

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Explore Quilt Pattern Release and Quilt-A-Long details!

The day is finally here and I get to officially release my first quilt pattern to you all!

I designed this quilt to be easy enough for anyone at any level, so if you’ve never made a quilt before, this is a great place to start! If you’ve been quilting for years, I am sure you’ll have fun making the Explore Quilt too! You can choose from 3 sizes: Pillow, Baby, and Throw! I’m toying around with the idea of scaling down even further to make a mug-rug size. Would you be into an extension pattern for some tiny piecing?

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To get the Explore Quilt pattern for FREE, sign up for my newsletter here!

Oh and by the way, this is also the launch of my very first newsletter! Yay! Sign up today so you can be in on the very beginning! When I start sending them out, please do share feedback with me about what you like/don’t like/want to see more of!

 

Quilt-A-Long Overview!

Have you heard that I will be hosting a QUILT-A-LONG for the new Explore quilt pattern? (I’ve been talking all about it on my Instagram!)

I have planned for the Explore Quilt-A-Long to be super laid back in terms of time commitment, so anyone can do it. I want to let you know we are going to make this thing in its entirety from START to FINISH during this QAL! I am not about unfinished projects! But do not worry, the Quilt-a-Long will be spread out through 7 weeks to make sure we all have plenty of time to finish!

What you need to know about this QAL timeline:

Like I said, we are taking things SLOW. I have things set out in a neat weekly timeline, but some things may actually take more or less time for you. For instance, if you plan on doing tons of intricate hand quilting, you might want to get started on the hand quilting a little early. I am 100% all for working at your own pace, but if you want to be entered to win prizes, you’ve just gotta be careful to post your photos during the correct week!

Oh that’s right, there will be PRIZES!

Each week we will have a prize or two, courtesy of some amazing sponsors! To be entered to win the prize, simply post the corresponding picture for that week’s prompt on Instagram using #ExploreQAL and make sure you register for the QAL at this link here. I will draw each winner at the end of each week, the morning that the next prompt begins. All the prize info will be sent out in the weekly Quilt-A-Long emails you’ll get when you register.

Here’s a shoutout for some of our sponsors! Go check them out!!

What about a GRAND PRIZE?

The #ExploreQAL is going to have a super awesome grand prize! You will only be eligible to win the grand prize if you post your corresponding photos during each week of the QAL!

*drumroll please*

One lucky winner will get their very own HUSQVARNA VIKING EMERALD 118 sewing machine!

This sewing machine is an amazing work horse and lightweight enough for you to take it with to sewing groups and classes; I actually learned to sew on an EMERALD and still have the one my parents gave me for my 16th birthday! I would recommend this machine to anyone, which is why I’m so thrilled that I get to give one away!

But Emily, does it really take 8 weeks to make this quilt?

It actually can come together really fast! One of my pattern testers actually made the baby size quilt with HAND QUILTING in less than 3 days, so if you want to go ahead and sew faster than this QAL timeline, go for it! Just remember that to be eligible for the grand prize, you MUST post pictures for the weekly prompt DURING that week!

Click here to register for the #ExploreQAL!

Without further ado, I want to show off to you the beautiful & creative ways my pattern testers made their own Explore pillows and quilts! I hope these inspire you and give you ideas for what your own will look like!

I love the modern yet timeless feel of this neutral colored pillow by @hollandhomesteaddesigns.

I also am a total sucker for beautiful soft pinks like @finleyfabric used in hers.

Can anyone resist coordinating Christmas pillows? These beauties are by @sewmanyboys and I can not get enough!

These bright florals speak to me! I love how @redheaded_rita did hers!

THIS was the one that I told you was finished in less than 3 days! @grandmothersbloomers did an amazing job on this baby quilt!

It takes a special kind of skill to back AND bind a quilt with MINKY fabric! I just love how @mandakayquilts did hers!

These pops of pink are my love language on this throw size beauty by @olliequilts!

If you want to turn yours into more of a rectangle, feel free to add some borders to the top and bottom like @chemescraftycorner did on hers!

Another green & red one to really get us in the holiday spirit! Love this one by @kate.vestermark!

The quilting on this pillow is out of this world amazing, done by @sharingseams!

Don’t you think those little plants are the cutest? I love this version by @thealabamastitcher!

The sewing themed sashing on this one really makes me smile! This gorgeous pillow was made by my AUNT & QuiltCon buddy @orthsandy!

This cute combo of modern geometric and floral fabrics by @thehomebodycompany is really nice!

I am super fond of the vibrant color palette @stitch_till_dawn used on hers!

Oh and look, it’s totally scrap friendly too! I love the scrappy, yet still cohesive, look of this one by @sew_ellen_.

This cheerful  yellow print is just divine in this baby size by @crinklyquilts.

I can’t get over the perfect use of fun floral prints in this modern one by @sew.darned.cute.

How to Embrace & Disguise the Imperfections in a Quilt

Womp Womp Womp… Please tell me I am not the only one who has done this before.

Recently I finished a quilt top and was SO thrilled with how it looked and then when I brought it outside into natural lighting for photos, I noticed that some of the white background pieces got mixed up and I somehow used the WRONG SHADE OF WHITE.

In this post, I want to teach you what I did to try to embrace the imperfections instead of ripping out the seams!

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