Free Sampler Quilt Workshop

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I am so excited that Janeen van Niekerk is back from her summer break. I can now introduce her new, free quilting workshop that’s just marvelous! I had asked her to design a quilting project for Fall. And she created this gorgeous modern 9-block sampler quilt pattern in rustic Fall colors*. And so here is […]

Quilted Organizing Baskets :: Free Sewing Pattern

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Get organized for good with these lovely quilted organizing baskets for every room and season. Size matters when it comes to baskets.   Reduce clutter throughout the house.  These handy cloth baskets let you organize scraps in your craft room, or the cutlery in your living room.   The free quilting course for beginners at  Fine […]

HST Block Wall Hanging or Pillow Cover

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Hi all! It’s your free quilting course again today. Quilt Instructor Janeen van Niekerk created this gorgeous HST block for us, incorporating the quilting techniques she taught us in the last two quilting workshops.  She wrote to me that it’s intended as a wall hanging, but oh, me the decorator, immediately, instinctively called it the […]

How to Sew Half Square Triangles for Quilts – part 2

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Half Square Triangles Quilting Technique, Class 15

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This is Class #15 of tips for quilting beginners. In today’s workshop we will learn how to create half square triangles to make dazzling larger triangle quilts out of them. There are some basic techniques for quilting triangles. Over the next few weeks quilting Instructor Janeen van Niekerk will walk us through the various steps […]

Quilt Glossary for Beginning Quilters

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The Complete Quilting Glossary for Beginning Quilters

This Complete Quilting Glossary for Beginning Quilters constitutes our 14th workshop with Quilting Tips for Beginners. This series of how to make a quilt is taught by Janeen van Niekerk.  We now have the complete quilting glossary for beginners, with the Quilting Terms A-Z for beginners from last week’s class.  Essentially, reading  these new terms […]

Quilting Terms for Beginners

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Today’s the 13th free quilting class with tips for beginners, guided by Janeen van Niekerk.  We’re giving everyone two weeks more to catch up on finishing the first three quilting projects: the fussy cutting project, the ‘beginners quilt, or ‘miracle’ quilt as I call it, and the modern quilt or ‘pixel’ quilt, as Janeen calls […]

Buy King-size Quilts for Sale Online or DIY?

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Get your king-size quilts for sale online or sew your own large size quilts. That is the question.   Having started a quilting movement here at the Fine Craft Guild, we have mobilized beginners into the wonderfully enriching experience of quilting, with our ‘HOW TO MAKE A QUILT’ – workshops. What about more experienced quilters? […]

How to Finish our Lap Quilt – Online Beginners Quilting Course – #12

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Hi all. Welcome to yet another class in our free online beginners quilting course. It will be class 12.  Today we will finish our lap quilt, and I am going to show you a couple of quilting techniques to do so in a most beautiful way.  All pretty easy, so no worries; Your quilt will […]

How to Make a Lap Quilt – Quilting Class for Beginners #11

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:: The quilt-making workshop today is part of a series for quilting beginners. Two weeks ago, we started making a modern lap quilt and today we are going to take the next steps. Next week we’ll finish it off. It will be so exciting seeing the end result of your own lap quilt. I can’t […]

How to Make a Modern Lap Quilt- Tutorial for Beginners – Quilting Class #10

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Today, quilting instructor Janeen van Niekerk is going to bring you a free lap quilt pattern in her step-by-step online workshop on quilting for beginners. In case you wonder ‘What is a lap quilt’…. it is just a particular quilt size. Another word for it would be an afghan. It is about 2x the size […]

How to Make Quilt Blocks Exciting

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This is workshop #9 in the beginners quilting series at FineCraftGuild. Today quilting expert & art quilt designer Janeen van Niekerk shares her secrets of how to make a simple quilt look more exciting (without making it difficult!). Again, another perfect class for those who are relatively new to the art of quilting. It’s filled […]

How to Add Batting & Backing, and Bind a Quilt – Free Class

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Today’s workshop #8 about how to finish a quilt, is really three free quilting classes in one: How to add batting to a quilt how to add backing to a quilt, and how to bind a quilt. Get ready for a ton of illustrations! And with so many step-by-step photos, this is arguably the best […]

How to Add Borders to a Quilt :: Free Online Quilting Course #7

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Fabulous Quilt Designer and Quilting Instructor Janeen Van Niekerk is treating us another class in her free online quilting course for Beginners. This class helps us finish the top side of our first project in the course. Today’s quilting workshop topic is: ‘How to Add Borders to a Quilt.’ Let’s go have a look how […]

How to Make Quilt Rows :: Free Online Beginners Workshop #6

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I don’t know about you, but in last two quilting classes, a ‘miracle’ occurred. I had literally NO IDEA that all you do to make this dazzling number of tiny pieces that make up a quilt block are simply small cut squares from a larger 2×2 quilt block. All  that our quilting instructor Janeen van […]

Creating a Finished Quilt Block (Beginners Workshop #5)

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginners ~ Class #5 : Tips for Beginners on Creating a Finished Block By Janeen van Niekerk.       Quilting Workshop Class 5 – Introduction In this free online quilting workshop for beginners, we dove right in! In class #1, we learned about fussy cutting. If you wished, you […]

How to Read a Quilt Pattern (Beginners Workshop #4)

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginners ~ Class #4 : Tips for Beginners on How-to Read a Quilt Pattern By Janeen van Niekerk. Quilting Workshop Class 4 – Introduction We have come a long way in a short time. We got our feet wet right away in class #1, learning about fussy cutting. If you […]

Quilting Fabric Howto :: Beginners Workshop #3

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Free Online Quilting Course for Beginners ~ Class #3 : Tips for Beginners on Choosing Fabrics for Quilts By Janeen van Niekerk.     How to Choose Quilting Fabric When you are just starting out with quilting, the selection of fabrics can sometimes be very overwhelming.  The objective of today’s quilting class is to take […]

Quilting Tools :: Free Beginners Quilt-Making Course, Class 2

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Quilting Tools & Supplies :: Class 2 :: Free Online Quilting Course for Beginner Quilters ~with practical quilting tips you can do at home. By Janeen van Niekerk.   Beginners Quilting Workshops :: Class #2 Fundamentals :: Quilting Supplies & Quilting Tools   Last week we took a look at "fussy cutting" (How to Make […]

5 Paper Piecing Quilt Patterns, Animals and Flowers

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:: Paper Piecing Quilt Patterns Animals and Flowers :: It was hard. Hard to pick just a handful favorite quilt blocks from the huge collection of art quilter Janeen van Niekerk’s paper piecing quilt patterns of animals, flowers, lovely woodland trees and more paper piecing goodliness. Saw that opportunity last week on the blog??!: you […]

How to Make a Quilt: Free Quilting Beginners Course, Class 1

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:: How to Make a Quilt for Beginner Quilters – Lesson 1: What is Fussy Cutting? :: This free quilt-making tutorial is the first of a series of free online quilting classes. Collectively they will teach you how to make a quilt, with all the in’s and out’s. This series & techniques of  tips for […]

Time for a Party :: Come Link Up!

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Tomorrow marks the first day of Spring and we’ve groomed the closets, making space for the new: a series of quilting for beginners.  Remember our featured blogger at last week’s linky party who make the unique quilted postcard pattern? Exactly. Janeen van Niekerk, who turns out is a published international quilter with  many years of […]

Party 96

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It’s Wednesday!!! Time for a Party!!! The Featured Party Submission is … A Postcard Quilt. This miniature quilt by Janeen at her blog ‘Quilt art designs’ is mind-blowing. Look at this stunningly detailed postcard quilt!   I so absolutely love it.  It reminds me of Canada. Look at all that miniature detail. It is a real […]

Hexagon Quilt Clock Tutorial (Ikea Hack)

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Jodi calls this an Ikea Hack, but her version is more like an Anthropologie-find than a cheap Ikea-type thing. Although the base is really the (dare I say …. ugly) Ikea Smycke Wall Clock, which Jodi used as the base in her quilt clock kit.   But then, Jodi covers the front of the hexagons […]

Recycled Furniture Design

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Green Crafts DIY Recycled Furniture and Green Home Design Indoor Recycled Furniture How to Silver-leaf your Dresser U – featured favorite recycled furniture project Recycled Furniture a la Anthropologie :: Lace Dresser DIY Top 10 Recycled Dressers w/ Fab Makeovers … including this Masculine, rocker-themed boys Bedroom Dresser Makeover :: recycled furniture at its best! […]

Kitchen Table Settings & Recipes Features

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What’s On that Kitchen Table ? (5 features ) These are 5 features from last week’s linky party. This week’s linky party will open in a couple of hours..   The Table 1. Grain sack Table Design. By Cottage Magpie I want this grain sack table design for my kitchen. I am in love with […]

What to do with an Old Towel + a Pillowcase

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Great summer craft project tutorial. Well, make practical beach bags that transform into a beautiful quilted beach towel with built-in pillow. What? How?  Have a look at this: Stella’s invention. She calls this the ‘The Sunbathing Companion’ at her blog ‘The Golden Adventures of a Very Dark Horse’.  And indeed, she seems to live her […]

Decorative Pillows: Cathedral-window Quilting Technique

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Depending on the scale you prefer to use, this free quilting pattern is for a sunburst decorative pillow for the sofa or a tiny pin cushion for your craft room. The original design which shows you the cathedral-window quilting technique is for a small 3.5” square pincushion. But scale it up, if you want! 100% […]

Decorative Pillows: Kaleidoscope Quilt Pattern

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  Fabulous! is the word that came to mind in response to Brooke’s  paper-pieced kaleidoscope-quilt-pillow. photo credit | quilting pattern : by Brooke from Pitter putter stitch Quilting and patchwork can be so granny-ish, while this happy and bright kaleidoscope quilt pillow is ultra- modern! I totally adore it.   Making a kaleidoscope quilt pillow […]

Love Quilt :: latest of our FREE Quilt Patterns

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Oh, I fell in love… with this lastest in my long list of featured free quilt patterns, that is. This love mini – quilt pattern is moderately easy to make but I can see extensive joy coming from having it. photo credit : Cindy Sharp | Get your free pattern here: : ModaBakeShop   I […]

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