Punch Needle Project by Dawn Heese

The lovely cover project on our Summer 2018 issue is a folksy quilt designed by talented and popular artist Dawn Heese.  Dawn generously provided a bonus punch needle project to match.  The template can be found by clicking this link: Honey Hill Farm Punch Needle Template.…

Projects that Warm the Heart

Valentine's Day sneaks up on me every year.  In early January I think, "Oh Valentine's Day is 6 weeks away."  Then I forget about it and find myself scrambling to find a quick project to convey my love.  It's 2 weeks away, so I decided to compile some images of our heart-themed projects from the past:This pattern, Scattered Hearts by Jo Ann Mullaly, has special meaning.Need to warm…

Make this Seasonal Mystery Quilt

In 2018, all four issues of Primitive Quilts and Projects feature this Seasonal Mystery Quilt, a collaboration by Pat Sloan, Dolores Smith, and Marcus Fabrics.  Part 1 of 4 is featured in our Spring 2018 issue, on page 52.Pat designed all the blocks using Dolores' new line of Marcus Fabrics' Wallpaper & Paint. You can make the project as 4 separate mini quilts, o…

Quilt Size Measurements

Quilts come in all shapes and sizes. As far as quilts are concerned, there is no “right” size. If you’ve followed us for any length of time, you know that I still consider myself a novice quilter. Jeni, Gretchen, and Mom are the experts in our family. So far, the only bed-sized quilts I’ve made are for two full-sized beds. We recently replaced one of those full-sized beds with a queen…

Organization Tips from Designers

In our Fall 2013 issue, we asked the project designers for their favorite organization tips.  Here are their tips.  We hope you can find some new ideas. Laural Arestad I am a very visual person. My favorite tip is to keep your fabrics organized by color and easily accessible. Sometimes I find myself just staring at my stash (below) for inspiration.…

5 Tips to Boost Creativity for 2018

Need a boost to your creativity? Here are 5 steps I've learned over the years that really work.1. Step away from the technology.There are scads of great editing and graphic design tools that make it easier to complete our work: quilt design applications, photo editors, word processors, and the like. For me, the role of these tools comes after I’ve sketched, scribbled, colored, and created my ideas…