Posts by Sherri McConnell

Sherri McConnell's passion for sewing started as a young child when she received a sewing machine for her 10th birthday. As a teenager she sewed for herself and others, even sewing prom dresses and wedding attire as a part-time job. Her quilting journey began in the early 1990's when her grandmother agreed to help her make a quilt for her oldest child. Quilting for over 20 years, Sherri teaches classes and has had her designs published in Quiltmania, Quilts & More, American Patchwork & Quilting, and Stitch Magazine. She is a contributing author to Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs and has her first book, A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home coming in March 2013.

Try Impromptu Stitching With 4 Ideas for Improvisational Quilting!

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Improvisational quilting is a favorite technique used by many modern quilters — using simple shapes and a variety of techniques, quilters piece blocks using their own eclectic mixture of favorite fabrics. As each piece of fabric is added, quilters are able to make choices regarding fabric selection and placement. From patterns to classes, here are four ways to try your hand at creating improvisational quilt designs!

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Make It Right: 8 Tips for Precision Piecing

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Precision piecing is an important part of your quilting projects. After all, since you are spending the time to prepare, cut, sew and quilt your fabrics, why not make sure everything goes together well. Precision piecing won't be difficult if you use these helpful hints. Check out these eight tips for precision piecing in all of your quilting projects!

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Add Timeless Charm To Any Quilt With Scrappy Quilt Borders!

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I love finding new ways to use my scraps, and have done my fair share of scrap quilting. But, have you ever though of using scraps as a border for on of your favorite quilts or quilt blocks? You can have fun using those wonderful scraps by creating delightful scrappy quilt borders for quilts of all styles and sizes. Here are some tips and ideas to get you started creating fun borders from scraps.

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Terrific Traditions: Equilateral Triangle Quilts

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We love equilateral triangle quilts for their classic simplicity. Lending to both traditional and modern fabrics, equilateral triangles are a terrific tradition. Check out this roundup of lovely patterns and projects using equilateral triangles!

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Behind the Scenes at the International Quilt Market: Pattern and Color

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All eyes were on Pittsburgh May 16th - 18th as the International Quilt Market converged on the historic city. Go behind the scenes of this exclusive quilting trade show as we give you an insider look at the International Quilt Market spring 2014, where color was king and pattern prevailed!

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6 Quilted Clutch Patterns You’ll Love to Show Off

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Handmade small quilted bags and clutches are perfect for gift giving, organizing items throughout your home and for keeping track of things within a larger tote. Enjoy a roundup of six of the best clutches and small quilted bags to stitch up for yourself, special friends or family members.

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