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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.

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Rough Edge Appliqué: An Easy Embellishment Technique

While there are many different appliqué techniques available to today's quilter, rough edge appliqué is one of the easiest to learn making it a popular choice for even beginner quilters. While many patterns and designs are created specifically with this technique in mind, others can easily be adapted for use with this method. Simple appliqué shapes such as flowers and leaves are good choices for rough edge appliqué.To rough edge appliqué, use hand or machine stitches to sew around the a piece Read more »
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Quilting Authors: Building a Reference Library

Building a basic reference library for quilting is a great idea for taking your quilting to the next level. Lucky for you, there are many books available to help you with every aspect of the art of quilting, from understanding its history to instructions for specific quilt blocks.Some quilting authors, like the ones below, present excellent collections of quilt blocks and historical information in their books. While only one title is listed for each author, they have all written other informational Read more »
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Fun Piecing with Templates

Piecing with templates helps quilters create difficult blocks more easily and achieve precision on even simple blocks. Several popular quilts are easiest to piece when using templates. Many of the blocks in the Farmer's Wife quilt must be pieced using templates.There are several different types of template materials available for quilters to create their own templates, and there are many wonderful templates on the market to help quilters with just about any type of block.Many quilters like to create Read more »
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Quilting Play with Pattern and Scale

Whether you are choosing fabrics for your stash or just picking out fabric for a single quilt project, you'll want to consider your use of pattern and scale. Effectively using different patterns and prints of different scale will result in more interesting, vibrant quilts.Every quilter knows there are a variety of patterns being produced on high quality cotton for quilting. Stripes, polka dots, plaids, geometric designs, ginghams, and floral prints of all sizes are just a few of the seemingly endless Read more »
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Modern Quilting Blocks

There has been much discussion around modern quilt blocks, modern quilting, and the modern quilting movement. In order to define what a modern quilt block is, it first helps to review what defines modern quilts. Elizabeth Hartman, in the introduction to her book Modern Patchwork, defines herself as a modern quilter who "embraces a clean, modern aesthetic."According to the Modern Quilt Guild, "Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles Read more »