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kqstaff

About kqstaff

We here at Keepsake Quilting are dedicated to bringing you all the fabrics, notions, tools, and kits you love—plus expert advice on how to use them to make beautiful quilts, table toppers, wall hangings, accessories, and more. We enjoy quilting just as much as you do, so we’re always up for fun contests, events, and ways to live the quilting lifestyle. As we observe our 30th anniversary, we hope you will join the discussion and celebrate with us!

pre-cut quilt kit

How to Make a Quilt Without Cutting or Math

From the time I first became aware of quilting, as an adolescent, it’s been my dream to make a quilt in the Double Wedding Ring (DWR) pattern. I not only loved the design, but the name sounded so romantic. This was back in the 1970s, when quilting experienced a revival and hope chests were still…

Hunter scrap quilt

Tips for Storing and Organizing Fabric Scraps

Welcome to the next-to-last stop on our National Craft Month blog hop. Be sure to see our giveaway at the end of this post. Ed note: Betty @bellsouth is the winner! I swear, fabric scraps from my quilt projects seem to multiply at night in my sewing room. And what isn’t home grown, I’ve adopted:…

table runner quilt project

Tips for Floral Quilt Projects

Spring is here and many of us are celebrating the Easter holiday. It’s a time of regrowth and renewal. Maybe you’ve started to plant your garden. Or, maybe you prefer to do your “gardening” in the sewing room: cutting floral fabrics, piecing rows of color, and “fencing” your quilt projects with borders and binding. Well,…

mary's scrap bag quilt pattern

Top 10 Reasons Why We Love Quilting

Today is National Quilting Day! Here at Keepsake Quilting we’re celebrating with the Top 10 reasons why we–as a nation of quilters–love to quilt. We asked you on our Facebook page why you like to quilt, and your answers helped us make this list. Read, enjoy, and let us know what you think. Reason 1:…

quilt fabric strips

We Love the Keepsake Quilting Staff–and They Love You

Happy Employee Appreciation Day! We’d like to this opportunity to introduce you to some of the many people who work at Keepsake Quilting and give you some insight on what they do. It takes a team of dedicated staff–most of whom live within a few miles of our New Hampshire store–to bring you the best…

filling scrap bags with quilt fabric

2016 Tent Sale – Quilt Fabric Bargains Galore

When is the Tent Sale? When is the Tent Sale? People started asking us in January, and now we’ve announced the dates: Friday and Saturday,  June 3 and 4, 8-5 both days. If you love quilting fabric, notions, fabric scraps, and everything else to do with quilting and needlework (our Patternworks yarn store also participates)…

neutral value quilt kit

How to Use Value in Quilt Design

Of all the quilt design principles, value is one of the most difficult to grasp. Value is the lightness or darkness of a color, from the palest version to the most intense. An easy example of value is the free paint chip strips you get at the hardware store: pick up a reddish-orange one and…

little house quilt fabric kit

Create with ‘Little House’ Quilting Fabric

When I was a girl, if you weren’t solving mysteries with Nancy Drew you were frolicking on the prairie with Laura and Mary Ingalls. With pigtails and bonnet strings flying in the wind, the pioneer girls–particularly Laura–scampered across the countryside gathering wildflowers, helping with chores, or playing with rag dolls before settling down under a…