How to Weave a Rag Rug

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Happy Chinese New Year in the year of the Sheep.  To ensure that that last year’s dirt does not enter your home this year, Chinese feng shui suggest to change your mats each new year, particularly your front door mat.   So, I felt that today’s featured linky party submission of ‘how to weave a rag […]

Learn How to Make a Quilt with 14 Online Quilting Courses

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Thursday is ‘Learn How to Make a Quilt’ – day with weekly (free) quilting  patterns at the Fine Craft Guild.  We have a huge library of 30 free quilting workshops here, many of which are taught by expert quilt instructors.  Today,  I’d like to share with you some further quilting classes I’ve been eyeing lately […]

Free Quilt Block Patterns for Valentines Day (hearts)

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With exactly a month till Valentines Day, it is the perfect time to make something extra pretty for that special friend and that special occasion. Here are 7 free (or nearly free) quilt block patterns that would befit a wide range of home sewing and embellishing projects. Lots of hearts, of course, but also pretty […]

Houndstooth Quilt Pattern, Free Video Tutorial

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Today is class #29 in our ongoing series of quilting workshops for beginners. We are now doing quilting projects, and today’s project is a Houndstooth quilt pattern for a lap quilt. The last two workshops we experimented with doing smaller quilting projects for the kitchen, such as Fall leaf potholders, coasters and table runners. Today’s […]

Hexagon Quilt Pattern for Trivets, Coasters and Potholders

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Today we are discussing the hexagon quilt pattern and are making some fun quilted projects with this shape. This is #27 class in our series of free classes on how to make a quilt. After 26 free step-by-step illustrated quilting foundation classes, we are now delving into the world of actually making fun quilted projects […]

8 Pointed Star Block :: Beginners Quilt Workshop

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: Today’s pattern is for a pretty 8 pointed star block to complete our sample quilt : Hi all! Sorry to say, but our beloved quilt instructor has a back injury. I don’t dare asking her to come teach us quilting as she should really rest and recover instead. Not sure if/when she’ll be back. […]

Flying Geese Block Pattern :: Free Quilting Workshop for Beginners (#25)

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6 block so far in our quilt sampler. It’s starting to look gorgeous. (Free block patterns at end of article) Janeen van Niekerk will teach us how to make a flying geese block ~ #7 ~ today. It has a real modern feel to it. As Janeen will point out, with some minor modification (letting […]

Free Domino Quilt Block Pattern + Workshop (#24)

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Hi guys. I realize that upon completion of this week’s Domino quilt block pattern we will have reached the 2/3 completion point of our 9-block Fall quilt sampler. Whoohooo. How’s it going for you? Today’s quilt block design is called a Domino. Lovely and colorful, it’s fairly easy and quick to sew.   Does your […]

Beautiful Blocks for Halloween Quilts

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Here is an exclusive by quilt designer Janeen van Niekerk that will just thrill you and yours. Look at these amazingly cute and beautiful paper piecing blocks to make Fall or Halloween quilts. It’s the ultimate in Halloween crafts! What is particularly nice about this set of Halloween quilt blocks, is that they say ‘Happy […]

Whirlpool Block Pattern (Sampler Quilt Workshop #23)

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:: Whirlpool Block Pattern (Sampler Quilt Workshop #23):: Our (and your) collection free patterns and workshops for beautiful quilt blocks is growing. Each block gives you an opportunity to learn new quilting techniques and to develop some insight as to which style of block patterns suit your taste. This is 5th block in the sampler […]

Free Hourglass Quilt Block Pattern + Workshop

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You know, when I did my graduation thesis, one of my professors once said that if you want to become EXCELLENT at something, you have to do the same thing over and over again. Continue to want the same thing…   This inspirational quote comes to mind when I look at the work of Janeen […]

Greek Square Quilt Block Pattern (Workshop #21)

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Today’s free quilting workshop by Janeen van Niekerk is about our third block in our sampler quilt. This is called the Greek Square* quilt block pattern. I’m intrigued by that name. Does it look like a Greek square? I’m not sure. What I do know is that it is a really old quilt block design […]

How to Make a Log Cabin Quilt Block

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Today’s ‘How to Make a Log Cabin Quilt Block’ is Quilting Workshop #20 for beginners. Today, we will learn how to make the second block in our sampler quilt. This free online quilting workshop is taught by quilting instructor Janeen van Niekerk, who is an expert designer of classic and paper piece quilts. Learn more […]

Striped Frame Block Quilting Workshop

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Last week I introduced this marvelous free quilting workshop to learn how to make a 9-block sampler quilt pattern in rustic Fall colors. Today we are starting with making our first sample block. I told you that Janeen was going to share a couple of quilting magic tricks, as well as quilting tips to ensure […]

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 (N-Z)

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The Complete Quilting Glossary for Beginning Quilters
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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 (A-M)

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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 brings 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 of a baby […]

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 […]

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