25 Gifts for Quilters in Every Price Range

It’s that time of year when we make lists, check them twice, and sometimes slip them under our significant others’ morning coffee (or forward via email) for them to find.

Quilt Happy Glass Quilting Gifts

A toast to quilting gifts! Enjoy a glass of your favorite beverage with your quilting buddies.

Or, maybe you are looking for a gift for that special friend who quilts or the perfect Secret Santa item for your guild’s gift swap.

No matter whether you’re doing the shopping or you’re leaving hints for others, we have compiled a wish list of 25 gifts for quilters in every price range.

Stocking Stuffers and Quilting Gifts $5.99 to $25
A toast to quilting! Whether you’ve finally completed a bed-size quilt or pieced all your squares without running out of bobbin thread in the middle, this Quilt Happy Wine Glass will help you celebrate every step of the way.

2. Shed light right where you want it with the Mighty Bright Sewing Machine Light. Attach the 2½ ” x 1″ adhesive-backed base to your machine, and slip the light into the base.The flexible-neck light has a powerful LED that never needs replacing, and comes with one AAA battery and an extra mounting base.

3, 4. Decorate with Jim Shore collectibles. Popular artist Jim Shore has created many pieces with quilters in mind, and his line of thimbles and ornaments make beautiful stocking stuffers or small gifts for quilters.

Jim Shore Sewing Machine Ornament

A lovely gift for a quilter to hang on the tree or in the sewing room.

5. Glass-head pins are the best, and our Thin Quilting Pins are extra long, extra sharp, and extra thin, gliding effortlessly through your quilts.

6. If all you want for Christmas is perfect ¼” seams, you’ll want one of these: The Perfect Piecing Seam Guide gives you an exact seam every time.

7. Who still uses wall calendars? Lots of quilters! Not only are they decorative, but it’s convenient to just glance up to check the date of your next guild meeting or how many weeks until the quilt show deadline. This 2016 Quilt Wall Calendar inspires with 366 quilt blocks and has a classic grid with room for appointments.

8. For the quilter who has everything—or just someone who appreciates fabric design and wants to have some relaxing fun, we recommend the Tula Pink Coloring Book. Studies prove coloring—like quilting—offers positive effects on the brain and body similar to meditating. Add a set of fine markers, and you have a lovely gift.

Quilting Gifts $25-50
9. It’s possible only a quilter would get excited to receive a box of clips as a gift, but oh are there handy when it’s time to bind! Also great for keeping strips or squares organized.

KQ Wool Applique Row House Kits

Wool Row House Kits include everything you need to complete a beautiful piece of wool applique–even the frame.

10. How about the gift of finishing a beautiful project quickly? Small quilted gifts like Wool Applique Art Kits are easy to work on, quick to finish, and come with fabric, backing, directions, and the frame.

11, 12. Can’t go wrong with fabric, especially charm packs and batiks.

13. Fabrics from the 1930s are coming back in vogue (some say they never went out), and this Aurifil 1930s thread collection will coordinate beautifully with the soft Depression-era colors.

14. Why are my triangle measurements always a little off? What are the tricks to piecing curves? How can I sew bindings faster and more evenly? If you or a quilter you know has asked these questions, consider giving them the gift of expert advice. Included in this Quilting Made Easier Webinar Bundle are three of our most popular web seminars – Quilter’s Need-to-Know with Diane Tomlinson, Making Curved Piecing Easy with Jenny Kae Parks and Machine Quilt Binding Made Easy with Jenny Kae Parks.

Quilting Gifts $50-100

Sew Steady Wish Table for Quilters

A place for everything, including your quilt! The Sew Steady Wish Table make a great quilting gift.

15. Welcome them to the club. KQiQ Club membership offers quilters special treatment, quilt-related gifts, cash back, free stuff and more. And it lasts all year!

16, 17, 18, 19: A kit makes any quilt or quilting project go faster with fewer headaches. Less (or no) cutting, no fabric matching, and the pattern, instructions, and embellishments are included. Here are four popular kits that will put a smile on the face on your favorite quilter and keep it there all winter: Twinkle Quilt Kit, Christmas Trees Kit, Don’t Lose Your Mittens Kit, Adorable Tote Kit.

Quilting Gifts $100 and up
20. Quilt with plenty of space and no wobble with the new, bigger Sew Steady Wish Table! The 22 1/2″ x 25 1/2″ acrylic extension table has adjustable legs, a grid, a drawer tray and a lock to secure table to machine, a circle sewing tool, and includes a travel bag.

21. Shine a light on your high-tech quilter with the Mighty Bright Brooklyn LED Task Light. Streamlined and modern, it casts bright white, energy-efficient light, with LED panel technology for an even, soft light that will never require a replacement bulb.

22. When your quilter opens this rainbow palette of 72 hand-painted fat quarters from Bali, watch out: You are in for one enormous hug. Perfect for mixing with multicolored Balis and large florals in pieced and appliques projects.

four inch quilt squares collection

Your favorite quilter will jump for joy when opening this unique collection of 2015 fabrics.

23. For an even bigger hug–and maybe a bottle of bubbly–gift your quilter with the 2015 Collection of 4″ squares: 2,015 different fabrics from the year 2015! With this collection you’ll have enough fabric to make two king-size quilt tops and one very merry quilter.

24. The gift that lasts all year: A Block of the Month subscription like this Beauty All Around the Block. Each month for a year, your quilter receives the materials one block to make this Joyce Weeks applique stunner. Many other BOMs to choose from.

25. Finally, the only thing a quilter likes more than fabric, thread, gadgets, and tools is shopping for fabric, thread, gadgets, and tools. That’s why a Keepsake Quilting gift certificate is always a welcome present.

Happy Shopping!

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Build Your Fabric Stash! KQ Quilt Projects Contest

If there’s one thing all quilters should be proud of, it’s the amazing quilts they create. Whether an heirloom wedding quilt, a bed quilt, wall hanging or a table runner, it’s truly inspiring to see what quilters can do with fabric and thread.

KQ Quilts I Make ContestThat’s why we’re inviting you, all our Keepsake Quilting fans, to share the quilts you’ve made using products from Keepsake Quilting. That’s right, we want to see how you took the inspiration from fabric, kits, patterns, and projects from Keepsake Quilting and turned them into a unique creation. And by sharing your creations, you’ll be entered to win one of eight delicious prizes!

Here’s how to enter:
1. Take a picture of a quilt you’ve made or are currently making using a kit, pattern, fabric or tool purchased from Keepsake Quilting. Don’t worry if your photo isn’t professional! A snap/phone shot will do.
2. Visit your favorite social media spot–Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest–and post, pin, or comment with your quilt or project photo. Be sure to include the hashtag: #KQQuiltsIMadeContest.
3. Repeat for any additional quilts you’ve made from Keepsake Quilting.

That’s all there is to it!

KQ mystery medley example

Just one sample of the Mystery Medley you could win by entering our #KQQuiltsIMadeContest

The Prize:
By submitting your picture(s) you’ll be entered to win one of eight super-sized Mystery Medleys from Keepsake Quilting! Each mystery medley consists of 12 different fat quarters – 6 prints and 6 batiks. Retail value $32.99; fat quarters measuring approx. 18” x 20” each.

The Details:
1. You must use the hashtag #KQQuiltsIMadeContest on your post, comment, or pin in order to be entered.
2. Each entry must be unique and shared only once, no duplicates please.
3. You can only enter during the sweepstakes period, November 6, 2015 to December 5, 2015.
4. Winners will be selected at random from all the entrants (from Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest). Winners will be posted at blog.keepsakequilting.com and on our social media pages on or around November 30, 2015.
5. Updates on the sweepstakes can be found on the Keepsake Quilting Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KeepsakeQuilting/ or Twitter page: https://twitter.com/KQ_Quilting.

The Official Rules:
1. ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and The District Of Columbia (“U.S.”) who have reached the age of majority in their state of residence at time of entry. Employees, officers and directors of F+W Media, Inc., (“Sponsor”), its promotional partners, their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate family members (spouses and parents, children and siblings and their spouses, regardless of where they live) or members of the same households (whether related or not) of such individuals (collectively, “Sweepstakes Entities”) are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
2. SPONSOR: F+W Media, Inc., Keepsake Quilting, PO Box 1618, Center Harbor, NH 03226
3. TIMING: The #KQQuiltsIMadeContest Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins on November 6, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends approximately November 20, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”). Sponsor’s computer is the official time keeping device.
4. TO ENTER: During the Sweepstakes period, take a photo of your finished or in progress quilt which utilizes materials or instructions from a Keepsake Quilting product to be made. Post this photo as a comment on the Keepsake Quilting Facebook page or post or pin to Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest via a personal account. All entries must contain the designated hashtag: #KQQuiltsIMadeContest to be valid. Each photo can only be entered once. By entering, participants warrant and represent that they agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the final decision of the Sponsor.
5. RANDOM DRAWING/PRIZES/ODDS OF WINNING: On or about November 30, 2015, representatives of the Sponsor will pool the entries from Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest using the sweepstakes hashtag and will conduct a random drawing to award eight prizes. Prize package is a fabric mystery medley which consists of 12 different fat quarters. Retail value $32.99. Odds of winning will be determined by the number of eligible entries received.
On or about December 5, 2015 winners will be posted at blog.keepsakequilting.com and on the Keepsake Quilting Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KeepsakeQuilting/and Twitter page https://twitter.com/KQ_Quilting.
If a potential winner fails to respond within 10 days of Sponsor’s notification attempt, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected at random from the remaining eligible entries. Winners may be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility, release of liability and (where legal) publicity release, which must be returned within time period specified in notification letter or an alternate winner may be selected. Return of prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. No prize transfer or cash redemption. No prize substitution, in whole or in part, except by Sponsor due to prize unavailability or any other reason as solely determined by Sponsor in which case a prize of comparable or greater value will be awarded.
6. GENERAL: All federal, state and local taxes on prize and all expenses related to acceptance and use of prize, not otherwise specified, are the sole responsibility of winner. By participating, entrants agree [a] to these rules and decisions of Sponsor and judges, which shall be final in all respects relating to this Sweepstakes; and [b] to release, discharge and hold harmless Sweepstakes Entities from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind resulting from their participating in the Sweepstakes or their acceptance, use or misuse of a prize including, without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage; and if a winner, [c] to permit Sweepstakes Entities to use his or her name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, voice likeness and city and state address for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in all media, including but not limited to on air and online, in perpetuity, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) and agree to execute specific consent to such use upon request. Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: [a] electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, computer or other technical malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind, including without limitation, server malfunction or by any human error which may occur in the collection, processing and transmission of data; [b] lost, late, misdirected, illegible or incomplete entries or postage-due mail; [c] any type of graphical or other error in the advertising or printing of the Sweepstakes or in the administration of the Sweepstakes; or [d] any condition that may cause the administration, security or proper play of the Sweepstakes to be disrupted or corrupted; and in such event Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend the Sweepstakes or any portion thereof and to award the prize via a random drawing from among all eligible entries legitimately received prior to cancellation. Entry information becomes property of Sponsor.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Internet entry must be made by the entrant only through Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Entries may not be made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originate at any other Internet Web site or e-mail address, including but not limited to commercial sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering service sites. Any winner who enters by any of the methods described above will be disqualified and an alternate winner selected. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an online entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the person in whose name the originating post, pin, or comment is registered at the time of entry. Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited. Judge’s decisions are final and binding.
7. DISPUTE RESOLUTION/CHOICE OF LAW: Except where prohibited, by participating each entrant agrees that all issues and questions concerning these official rules shall be governed by Ohio law without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Entrant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Sweepstakes shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in Hamilton County in the state of Ohio, United States, and entrant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that: [a] any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and [b] any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys’ fees; and [c] under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.
8. Entrant’s Personal Information
Information collected from entrants is subject to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy which is available at http://www.fwcommunity.com/privacy.

Good luck!

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Quick and Cute: Quilted Projects They’ll Love That Won’t Take Forever

We’re all busy, but we still want to make beautiful things for our family and friends–and let’s not forget making things for ourselves, either!

Even the simplest quilt is a commitment (which is great when you want to dive into something big), but you can finish the prettiest placemats, napkins, table runners, or pillows in a few hours. Everyone over for dinner will admire your beautiful quilted placemats, but no one knows you whipped them up in one afternoon. (We won’t tell if you don’t!)

"Double Dip" digital placemats quilt pattern

Imagine the dozens of color variations you can get from this “Double Dip” placemat pattern!

Take our “Double Dip” reversible placemat pattern. The strip piecing makes for superfast construction, but the color and pattern variations are endless. You could do a set in coordinating (but not matching) colors, or swap colors between the horizontals and vertical strips, or, if you use three colors, have half the set be colors a, b, and c, and the other half be colors a, b, and d.

Table runners aren’t far behind in ease and speed of construction. Look how eye-catching the “Pure Color” table runner (below) is in bright modern solids. But it’s a Keepsake Quilting Quick Kit, which means you get a kit designed for fast sewing delivered right to your door with everything you need included, so you can jump right in. That means faster finishing, and more time for your guests to admire your handiwork!

"Pure Color" table runner kit

This “Pure Color” Keepsake Quilt Kit gives you everything you need to start sewing!

No rundown of quick projects is complete without talking about pillows. They’re simple, comfy, and there’s an endless range of patterns, colors, and styles. Take our “Log Cabin :eaves” digital pattern: we show three color variations here, but the Log Cabin pattern may be the most versatile quilt pattern out there  (and it’s one of the easiest, thanks to strip piecing).

"Log Cabin Leaves" digital quilted pillow pattern

The “Log Cabin Leaves” digital quilt pattern has endless color variations!

Whether you choose placemats, table runners, or pillows, in no time you’ll have a fresh new quilted piece for your guests to admire. Let’s get sewing!



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Scrap quilts: a new take on an old favorite

Back in the day, all quilts were scrappy. Women sewed their scraps together into the most useful and prettiest covering they could.  They traded scraps with each other and showed their finished patchwork with pride (and probably a touch of competition).

Creativity and skill mattered, just like today. Because some things don’t change: we all still have scraps, and we want to do something beautiful and useful with them.

"Scrappy Jewels" digital quilt pattern available online for immediate download

The “Scrappy Jewels” in this digital quilt pattern really shine!

But how we learn has changed. That’s what I like about Bonnie Hunter’s “Scrap Quilts” class on craftonlineuniversity.com: it’s such a cool mix of old and new. Old, in that she works with the oldest style of patchwork; new, in that she teaches it online and brings a fresh new look to the oldest form of quilting.

Bonnie is the scrap quilt queen– she’s been giving classes, workshops, and lectures for years, but now you can learn from her even if you can’t see her in person. Sign up for her “Scrap Quilts” class (Oct. 12th- Nov. 23rd) and you’ll be learning from the best,  even though you’re sitting at home in your jammies or your oldest sweats (we won’t judge, or even know).

And if you don’t want a full class, Keepsake Quilting now has 1, 211 (you read that right) digital quilting patterns online for your shopping and immediate downloading pleasure. Here’s a couple of the scrappier ones, but with so many, you’re sure to find a quilt pattern that speaks to you, and that you can download right now!

Lime Twist digital quilt pattern

“Lime Twist” digital pattern available online for immediate download

Starlit Path digital quilt pattern available online for immediate download

“Starlit Path” a sup-scrappy digital quilt pattern available online for immediate download











If by chance you don’t have enough scraps, we can help! Visit our scrap collections page, where we spoil you with literally hundreds of scrappy collections: batiks, holiday fabrics, flannels, florals, kids fabrics, and of course every color in the colorwheel. You’re welcome!

Given how excited 19th century quilters were when sewing machines first appeared, I bet they’d love the online quilting world: immediate download of digital quilt patterns, classes with new techniques demonstrated online, and of course online fabric shopping: thousands of bolts delivered right to your door!

They couldn’t take advantage of all this; you can. Go for it!





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Quilting Arts Magazine’s Holiday Giveaway: It’s Christmas in September!

Our sister publication Quilting Arts is running a Holiday Giveaway: 12 days of Christmas in September! It’s actually a great time to celebrate: no cold or snow, beautiful autumn weather, and the kids are back in school.

Win great quilting prizes in Quilting Arts holiday giveaway

Enter once a day through Sept. 25th to win great quilting prizes!

Today’s prize (there’s a different one every day) is something we can all use: Aurifil thread, the really good stuff that we quilters love. We’re not skimping on quantity, either: 12 large spools at 1,422 yards each means 17,064 yards of thread! Money you would have spent on thread can now go straight to fabric!

Win this Aurifil quilting thread library in Quilting Arts's holiday giveaway

Win 12 large spools of top quality Aurifil quilting thread

The contest ends Sept. 25 (exactly three months before Christmas!) But you can enter once a day until then. My favorite prizes are the Kai scissors (super sharp, high quality scissors) and CraftOptics lenses (customized to your prescription so you can see even the smallest stitches clearly). Check out the complete list of prizes and you’re sure to find something you like.

Win Kai quilting scissors in Quilting Arts's holiday giveaway

Win these long-lasting, super sharp Kai scissors in Quilting Art’s Holiday Giveaway

Win CraftOptics lenses quilting tool to see clearly

Win customized CraftOptics lenses and you will see even the smallest stitches clearly!







Remember, you can enter once daily through Friday, September 25th. Good luck, and happy quilting!

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We’re Tickled (Tula) Pink!

Keepsake Quilting is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Tula Pink, everyone’s favorite illustrator, fabric designer, DIY’er, and all-around cool girl! She’s going to be doing a bunch of exclusive Tula Pink quilting patterns and projects for us: videos and kits you’ll find only at Keepsake Quilting.

Tula Pink quilting patterns and fabrics

Our exclusive Tula Pink kits are here now, designed by Tula’s favorite quilt designers and made from her favorite fabrics. We’ve got bags of all sizes: the Adorable Tote, Cute Clutch, and Pretty Purse and projects to liven up your home: the Sunrise and Compass large floor pillows and the Palace Floor Table Runner.

We’ve got six Tula Pink bed sized quilts, five of them exclusive to Keepsake Quilting. The “Tokari Bunai” quilt shown below uses the full range of Tula’s glorious colors and patterns, and sets the squares on point for a super dynamic quilt.

"Tokari Bunai" quilt by Tula Pink

“Tokari Bunai” quilt by Tula Pink- the mix of fabric patterns and the on point setting of the squares makes it so dynamic!

The other five Tula Pink bed sized quilts are equally eye-catching and fun! Each kit comes with instructions, patterns and all the Tula Pink fabrics you need to start creating!

OK, OK, here’s one more:

Tula Pink's "Jewel of Burma" quilt-- a Keepsake exclusive

Tula Pink’s “Jewel of Burma” quilt is exclusive to Keepsake Quilting!

And coming soon is what I’m super psyched about: a 12-part video series (that’s tons of Tula!) called “Tula’s House: Inside the Mind and Studio of Tula Pink.”  Each episode follows Tula Pink as she designs a new fabric line, “Eden,” starting with her notes and sketches and culminating in a printed bolt of Tula-licious fabric. She lets you in on every aspect of the design process, so you’re sure to pick up new ideas you can use in your artistic journey.

My personal fave, though, is the Tula Pink coloring book. First, there’s that amazing cover:

Tula Pink coloring book cover

Glorious colors, glorious design– the cover of Tula Pink’s new coloring book.

On the inside, there are Tula Pink illustrations to color and hang on the fridge! (Why should your kids have all the glory?)

Illustration from Tula Pink's coloring book

Imagine what you can make of this illustration from Tula Pink’s coloring book!

The coloring book is a favorite of hers too, as per Tula Pink’s Facebook page:

Tula Pink loves her new coloring book!

Tula is almost as excited about her new coloring book as we are!

So let Tula Pink inspire you. I hear she doesn’t even mind if you use colors other than pink and green!


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Celebrate National Sewing Machine Day!

Celebrate the quilting buddy who’s always got your back: your sewing machine! Yes, it’s National Sewing Machine Day. Whether you’ve got a simple classic Singer Featherweight or a high tech, high feature Bernina, today’s the day to send your buddy some love!

Classic old sewing machines

A wall of classic old sewing machines– a quilter’s dream!

Visit our tools and notions page to find something nice for your sewing machine, and for today only, free standard shipping on orders of $49 or more! How about a special foot to make free motion quilting easier? And remember, some specific sewing tasks need specific needles; find out which with Liz Kettle’s “Know Your Needles” book. And I’m sure your machine would appreciate a trip to the day spa (a.k.a a tune-up at your local sewing store).

Sewing machines are amazingly sturdy: the basic technology of two threads intertwining to make a nice durable stitch has existed for 150 years. Today we’ve got more stitch options, but the basic technique is tried and true. With proper care, your machine will last a long time.

If you want to get your bestie something extra special, consider this sewing machine cover. It will protect your machine and show off your creativity!

Patchwork sewing machine cover from Snippets

This adorable patchwork cover will protect and cuddle your machine while it show off your creativity.


Or declare your solidarity with sewing machines in general with this Christmas tree ornament (which is just the right size to work as a necklace). Remember, in celebration of National Sewing Machine Day, free standard shipping on orders of $49 or more!

Jim Shore sewing machine Christmas tree ornament

Show your love for your best sewing buddy with this sewing machine Christmas tree ornament from Jim Shore.


I close with a shoutout to my 22 year old Singer Spartan. I couldn’t afford much machine back then, so it was a big purchase. But it’s been with me through three states (Massachusetts twice), seven moves, and has sewn quilts, clothes, curtains, pillows, and cat beds. Thanks, dude. I appreciate the hard work.

What’s your favorite sewing machine? How many machines do you own? Share your memories with us, and happy quilting!


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Star Wars Quilting Fabrics and Kits are here!

Star Was quilting fabrics and kits (including Keepsake Quilting exclusives) are here!


We’ve got ‘em all: old favorites like Chewie and Han Solo, and all the new members of the Rebel Alliance like Rey, Poe, and Finn. And the adorable new droid BB-8!


Rebel Alliance fabric

If you’re into bad guys (we know you’re out there), we’ve got the Dark Side as well: the Imperial Storm troopers return,  backed by new baddies: flametroopers, Kylo Ren, and Captain Phasma.


Kylo Ren quilt kit

They all come in a range of colors and patterns, so you can pick what works best for your project, whether it’s patchwork or a panel. We’ve got quilt kits and pillow kits as well, if you need a quick hit. You can finish the pillow kits in just one afternoon!

So declare your allegiance, pick a side, and start sewing!

Rey Throw Pillow Kit

Rey throw pillow kit


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QuiltFest 2015

The Keepsake Quilting retail store grounds came alive with quilting, color creativity, and new ideas as QuiltFest 2015 showcased the best in all styles of quilts from around the country.

We were amazed and impressed by the mix of styles and techniques within quilts. Clearly quilters don’t let boundaries stop them! We had traditional patterns in modern colors, modern piecing with traditional quilting, modern piecing with traditional applique… I loved seeing quilters take whatever they needed from whatever niche of the quilting world to make a quilt that’s uniquely their own.

First place winner was Kim Gregoire with “Sunflowers”. She took an older pattern (which she had bought at Keepsake– yay us!) and made it her own by enlarging one detail of the pattern quite a bit. The results are gorgeous!


Not that the other winners were too far behind! Carmen Weeks’s beauty “Red Star Bouquet” took second place, and  “Pomegranates” Linda Miner won third.

We also had two Honorable Mentions: “Listen to the Stories They Tell” by Jennifer Carson, and “The Year of the Sunflowers” by Cynthia Zoller. Clearly, sunflowers are a current fave for quilters!

The Ladies of the Lake quilt guild from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire showcased their raffle quilt. (See how well the piecing and applique compliment each other?) Keepsake always like supporting local groups, especially when they do work this lovely.


Keepsake Quilting retail store manager Deb Comeau and her team worked their tails off before, during, and after the show to keep everything running smoothly. Congratulations- you guys did a great job! I hope you took a well-deserved rest afterwards.

I’ll close with one of my favorite images: a selection of the beautiful quilts on display (I’ve always wanted to try a star quilt but never had the nerve– maybe this will inspire me!) We’ll be back next year, so watch for your chance to participate in QuiltFest 2016!



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What is batting, exactly?

Batting is usually just an afterthought once the fun parts (picking fabric, and designing and piecing the quilt) are done. But it’s more than that! It’s the heart of the quilt: when you snuggle under a quilt, batting keeps you warm. It deserves just as much care as the rest of your quilt! So use these tips, our cheat sheet, and our size chart to pick the best batting for your quilt.

Let the quilt pattern guide your choice of batting.

Modern quilts generally have a more streamlined look than soft, fluffy baby quilts. So modern quilters tend to use cotton batting, which gives a flatter finish, while polyester batting, generally the loftiest, is common in baby quilts. Cotton and polyester are the two most common types of batting; see our cheat sheet below for info on bamboo, eco-friendly, and wool batting.

Batting in a 2.5″ wide strip is super useful! All those jelly rolls and strip quilts can use this size batting, especially for quilt-as-you-go projects, and it works really well in small projects like potholders, Christmas ornaments, or quilted jewelry, too.

Moldable batting is a stiff form of batting used in tote bags, hats, and other craft projects. It works great in those projects, but it’s generally too stiff for quilting.

Click to download and print or save this handy quilt batting reference guide.

Click to download and print or save this handy quilt batting reference guide.

What color batting to buy?

If you are working with a deep, true Amish black fabric, consider a black batting. This minimizes contrast in case of bearding. Otherwise, white or natural should be fine.

What size batting to buy?

Re-measure (measure, don’t guess!) your quilt top when it’s done, then look at our quilt batting size chart below. Compare the size of your top to the sizes listed, allow an inch or two extra batting (quilting always takes up some batting), then decide what size is best.

If your quilt will be longarm quilted, you must allow much more. The Keepsake Quilting longarm service asks for an extra 6” all around; all longarmers ask for at least this, and many ask for more. As a result, you might have to go up a size in batting. It’s worth it to get your quilt finished properly!

Quilt batting sizes

Batting size chart

Terms To Know When Choosing Batting For Quilts:

  • Loft: the degree of puffiness that batting gives the finished quilt.
  • Sandwich: the three layers of the quilt as a group: top, batting, back.
  • Longarm: a large quilting machine that pulls the top, batting and back through separately, and hence always needs extra batting.
  • Bearding: when bits of batting work up through the quilt top. Keep your piecing nice and tight and you won’t have to worry about this!
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