Posts by Ashley Smith

Ashley is the quilting Acquisition Editor at Craftsy, gathering the best talent in the industry for Craftsy's high-quality classes. With more than 17 years of experience, Ashley leverages knowledge from past roles as Director of Marketing for Possibilities, Great American Quilt Factory, and The Quilt Show. Additionally, she has in-depth experience in retail and wholesale channels, publishing, fabric design and video production.

Create a Photo Transfer Quilt in 4 Simple Steps

full_3840_27210_MemoryQuiltwithphotos_3 One photo-preserving project that is especially appealing to those of us in the quilting world is photo transfer quilts. These quilts allow us to express ourselves through one of our favorite art forms, while maintaining the integrity of treasured photos. Let’s explore how to create a photo transfer quilt! Read more »

4 Creative Quilt Display Ideas


Do you have more quilts than you know what to do with? It's time to get creative in the way you display them! Here are some new and unique ways to display your quilts proudly.

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Back It Up! 6 Creative Quilt Backing Ideas


The back of a quilt — it isn’t often on display, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be as exciting and unique as the front of a quilt. Explore 6 creative ideas for making quilt backings in a variety of wonderful ways!

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Trend Alert! Beautiful Quilt Embellishments

Modern Stupendous Stitched Pillow — Quilting embellishments on the Craftsy Blog!

I've recently been impressed with the number of quilters using embellishments on their finished works of art. Because the tools and products required for embellishment can get pricy, I’ve come up with some great items to let you get your feet wet. Once you try embellishing I think you’ll be instantly hooked! Here are 6 simple embellishments and ideas for getting started.

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Fluff-Factor Matters for Your Quilts: How to Make the Right Choice

Riley Blake Chevron Squares Quilt Kit

When making a quilt, “fluff-factor” matters. A wall-hanging should have minimal fluff, while a snuggly baby quilt should have lots of fluff to comfort the little one. With so many choices on the market, (over 300 types!) deciding on the perfect batting for your quilt can be difficult. Here we'll demystify your options.

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Machine or Hand Appliqué? What Do You Think?

Applique Projects -- Machine or Hand Applique? On the Craftsy Blog!

With quilting there have been a few classic debates over the years. One debate you can find plenty of support for (on both sides!) is whether or not to wash your fabrics before using them. Another debate stems from appliqué and whether quilts should have machine or hand appliqué. Let's review the two basic types of appliqué and discuss their usefulness!

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Tackling Your Quilting UFOs on World UFO Day

Quilting Scraps -- Finish Your UFOs on the Craftsy Blog!

No matter what your theory is about life on other planets, Earth is filled with UFOs—that’s right, quilters' Un-Finished Objects. We all know these projects exist in the depths of our sewing rooms, packed away so we can forget them, ignore them and pretend we never started them. Not to fear, here are some of the best ideas on how to get the most mileage out of all your unfinished projects!

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Handcrafting for a Newborn: Welcoming a Baby!

Baby Boy Laying on a Baby Quilt

Welcoming a new baby into the world is such a special and amazing event. Months of preparation often go into getting ready for the big day. One way to make a baby’s arrival more special is to create a custom nursery. Discover how to take advantage of the best products and patterns to sew special touches for a one-of-a-kind nursery, with ease!

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