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Wavy Stars Quilt Fabric Table Runner


With summer right around the corner, that means a couple of patriotic holidays.  We also have the summer olympics this year.

puppy flag opt

So at LoveQuilting.com, we needed something patriotic to display on our table.  We came up with this table runner made from Windham Basics Stars fabric with appliqued wavy stripes.


stars coll

Follow our instructions below and make your own Wavy Stars Table Runner

Finished Size:  18” x 48”

Fabric Cutting Requirements:

Blue with White Stars – 9-1/2” x 9-1/2” – 2 EA

White with Red and Blue Stars – 9-1/2” x WOF – 2 EA

Red with White Stars – 3” x WOF – 4 EA; 3” x 48-1/2” – 1 EA

Lite Steam A Seam II – 3” x 40” – 5 EA

All seams are 1/4″

See template below for the wave.  Trace this template onto the Lite Steam A Seam II, with enough repeats to measure the full width of fabric.  Repeat this for a total of 4 waves.  Then make one wave that measures 48-1/2”.  Trim the Lite Steam A Seam II and fuse to the WRONG side of the Red with White Stars, following the product directions for fusing.

wave10 (enlarge so that each wave is 1-1/2″ wide)


We made our waves slightly longer than necessary so we could place the waves to be parallel and trim as needed.

Work with the White with Red and Blue Stars strip, make a mark 1-3/4” from the top, then a second mark 4-3/4” from the top.  These marks represent the center line for your wave.


Place the center of one wave at the first line.  When satisfied with placement, fuse into place, following fusing instructions.  Repeat this for the second wave on this strip and repeat with the 2 waves on the other White with Red and Blue stars strip.


If desired, stitch around the edge of the waves using your favorite stitch.  This can be straight stitch, zig zag stitch (this is what we used), blanket stitch or any other decorative stitch your prefer.

Sew one Blue with White Stars square to one White with Red and Blue Stars rectangle.  Press towards the darker square.  Repeat for the other Blue with White Stars square and White with Red and Blue Stars rectangle.  Trim these pieces to 48-1/2”.


Position the 2 strips so the blue square is at opposite sides and stitch these pieces together.


Using the seam line as your center guide, place the final wave across the entire length of the table runner.  Fuse into place and stitch around the edges.

Quilt, bind and enjoy!


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Placentia, CA


Landscape Quilt Fabric

This week, we would like to focus on landscape quilting, including fabrics and techniques.   Landscape quilting is the art of creating a representation of a scene with quilt fabric.  Inspiration can come from a picture or a favorite place.

landscape 1

Your particular landscape can be water themed or land themed.  Most importantly, there is no set of rules that you must follow and many different techniques can be used.

landscape 2

When you think outside the box, you can see landscape segments in many fabrics.  A sky, for example, does not always need to be light blue fabric with puffy clouds.  Consider using a Hoffman Watercolor batik as a sky.

Watercolors Montego

We can also use the design in a fabric to enhance our landscape quilts.  For example in an underwater scene, we can use colorful fish from one or more fabrics to create our own ocean of sea life.  Other design elements for an underwater scene, such as sea plants can be randomly cut pieces of solids or tonal fabrics.



The background for a landscape quilt can be pieced with scraps of squares or strips, then appliques added.  Or the background can be part of the process.


In the example below, we used a package of pre-cut strips and arranged them to our liking to create our ocean scene.  We then added fish cut out from other fabrics and we made our own sea plants with solids.  We attached these with the fusible applique method.

Ocean for Tony

In this next example, we pieced the background specifically to create the uneven ocean bottom, after free hand cutting with slight curves.  In addition to appliqued fish, we also used hand dyed fibers and embroideries as design elements.

landscape 3

In this golf themed quilt, we used our landscape technique to create the mountains and the sun in the background.  We added hand dyed fibers in the mountains to represent the forest trees.

landscape 4

Our Tulip Love Table Runner (click here for FREE instructions), does not include any curved piecing, but still creates slight curves of uneven ground where tulips may grow.


Our newest landscape fabrics, Digital Garden and Orchids, both from Elizabeth’s Studios, are the perfect choice for creating your very own field of blooms.

orchid coll     Digital Garden

If you have ever wanted to try a landscape quilt, this is a great time.  Use our examples to help you get started and be sure to check out our What’s on Sale?! Category for some great landscape inspired fabrics on sale.

Want to try a beginner’s landscape kit?  Click here for our landscape pillow kit.


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Placentia, CA



Tulip Love Quilt Fabric Table Runner

I love tulips, but they never last as long as I would like them to.  I made this table runner to keep tulips on my table all through spring.


Tulip Love is made with Hoffman batiks.  We just couldn’t resist colors like Crocus and Waikiki from the Watercolors collection for our tulips!

Ground Cover – Hoffman Fabrics Batik Grass Snake – 1/3 yard

Sky – Hoffman Fabrics Watercolors Batiks Montego – 1/3 yard

Tulips/Stems/Leaves – Hoffman Watercolors Batiks Waikiki, Crocus, Radish, The OC, Citrine, Chiles, Frog, Paisley, Belize – Scraps

This project is what I like to call “free form”.  The “free form” style is intended to push your creativity limits to outside your box.

Prepare your tulips and leaves with your favorite tulip, stem and leaf template or feel free to download this one.  This project uses the fusible applique method with Lite Steam A Seam II, due to it re-positionable quality.  Following the instructions on your preferred fusible product, prepare your tulips, stems and leaves.  Try adjusting the bend or thickness of the stems and the profile of the leaves to add interest to your project.

Preparing the ground cover (Grass Snake), using the full width of fabric, lay fabric out on your cutting mat and using a rotary cutter, “free form” cut gentle waves at the top 1/4 of the fabric.

tulips 1

Take the bottom piece to your iron and gently fold the top edge down 1/4″, following your curve, and press.

tulips 3

Place this prepared ground cover on your sky background and using your choice of removable marking, mark the location where you want the top edge of your ground cover to be located.

Place your tulips, stems and leaves on the sky background piece so that you get your desired layout.  We had the bottom of our stems below the line we just drew.  Once you’re satisfied, fuse your tulips, stems and leaves into place.

tulips 4

Place the prepared ground cover piece at the drawn line and top stitch into place 1/8” from the edge, then again at 1/4” from edge.


Using your preferred stitch and thread choice, stitch around the edge of each tulip, stem and leaf.


Quilt, bind and enjoy your spring tulip table runner!


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Placentia, CA



JUST IN – New Loralie Quilt Fabric!



Who can resist their big puppy eyes?  This fabulous panel from Loralie Designs includes all of these adorable doggies and the window too!   The 24” x 44” panel includes a large bone above the window display where you can applique or embroider your pet’s name.

Included with this collection are doggie dots black and doggie dots tan.  These dots are whimsical random ringed dots that will make you smile just saying their name.  Tossed Doggies and Dinky Dots are more collection coordinates.  All these coordinates complement the panel perfectly, but are also bold enough to stand on their own.

Doogies Coords

For your convenience, we have put together panel/fat quarter sets featuring all the fabrics shown below.  What can you come up with?  Please send us a picture of your Doggie in the Window project and we will showcase it in our Gallery section.

Dear Doggie


This week, our What’s on Sale?! Category features some of our customer preferred fabrics at the best prices around.  There are batiks and beach/nautical fabrics, as well as novelty prints and blender/solid favorites.  SHOP NOW and help us clear the shelves to make room for more inventory!


April 22nd is Earth Day.  This is a great reminder to re-use and recycle.   As quilters, we can re-use and recycle fabrics from previous projects or even apparel, such as jeans or shirts.  We also can make totes or bags from our fabric stash to use when shopping to reduce our use of plastic bags.


Here are our picks this week to promote Earth Day.  You will find grocery tote patterns as well as a link to a FREE downloadable applique called Love the EarthClick to get yours today.

Here are our picks for  FREE tote projects.

The Ciao Bella Market tote by Windham Fabrics, is the perfect size for your indoor or outdoor market shopping.

Ciao Bella Market Tote Brochure

Fabric Grocery Tote, a LoveQuilting exclusive, can be downloaded immediately by clicking here.


Want your candy and your candy bag too?  We have a zippered bag that we made from a recycled M&M’s bag.  This little bag sits right next to my sewing machine and is quite handy filled with my clover clips.

Candy Bag

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Candy Bag Quilt Fabric

Eat your candy and turn the bag into your quilt fabric!  That’s exactly what we did with our M&M bag, after we ate the M&M’s, of course!  In honor of April 22nd, Earth Day, we are sharing this project to help promote respect for the earth by re-using and re-cycling.

This small zippered bag sits on my sewing table and is quite handy as it holds my Clover Clips right at my fingertips.


Several attempts, which meant several bags of M&M’s eaten, went into making this tutorial.  When we attempted to attach the zipper to the M&M bag, it wanted to tear the bag.  By adding a small strip of cotton fabric and attaching the zipper to the cotton fabric, we had much better results.

We did not attempt to put a lining in our bag so that we wouldn’t have to push and pull, tug and twist to pull it through the lining.  The good thing about the M&M bag is that it’s raw edges don’t unravel.

We had great results using an 80/12 universal needle and of course, no pressing with the iron, finger press only!


Bag of Candy


2 Scraps of fabric

Starting with a bag of candy, carefully open one end to access the candy.


Eat the candy at your leisure.  When the bag is empty, square up both ends cutting off the closure at the other end.


Measure your bag of candy and cut 2 scraps of fabric 1-1/2” W x same length as your candy bag.

Cut your bag in your desired location to open it flat.


Place the zipper face up with the zipper pull to the left and place one scrap of fabric face down lining up the top raw edge with the top edge of the zipper tape.  Using a zipper foot, sew as close to the zipper as possible.  Finger press.


With the zipper face up and the zipper pull to the right, place the 2nd scrap raw edge lining up with the top of the zipper tape.  Sew as mentioned above and finger press.


Attach the zipper segment Right Sides Together to the top of the bag, sew with 1/4″ seam, finger press.


candy7 Fold the bottom edge up to meet the top of the scrap above the zipper, sew with right sides together.  You will have a tube.

Open zipper halfway.

With the bag still inside out and the zipper at the top, sew each side seam with 1/4″ seam.  Turn the bag right side out and gently push out the corners.  Fill your bag and enjoy!


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Placentia, CA





New Digital Print Quilt Fabric by Elizabeth’s Studios – Orchids

The newest collection in the shop, Orchids, by Elizabeth’s Studios is one of the most stunning digital prints we have seen so far.  This luscious collection features brightly colored orchids in all their beauty.  The main print showcases a scene of rolling hills of orchids for as far as the eye can see, until they touch the sky filled with fluffy clouds and a subtle rainbow.  The butterflies are so life like, you may think they’re going to fly right off your fabric!  The main scene is approximately 24” x full width of fabric.

orchid coll

The collection includes several coordinates of delicate orchids in strikingly bold colors with intricate detail to the flower petals.  This collection also includes a sky print to complement the main scene.  This sky print with the fluffy clouds and rainbow is also perfect for your landscape projects.

A FREE downloadable pattern is available as well as a kit with all the required fabrics.

orchids Cover


 Digital print cotton fabrics, while not new, are a trend that we are seeing increasingly.  What is digital print cotton fabric, you ask?  Digital print cotton fabric is the high quality quilt cottons from our favorite fabric manufacturers where the fabric design has been transferred to the greige goods with an ink jet method of printing.


Traditionally, our quilt cottons have been screen printed.  This process requires a different screen for each color which limits the amount of colors to between 16 and 20.

Digital printed quilt cottons can have a limitless number of colors.  The clarity of the design is exact in each case with this process compared to screen printing which can become less than perfect as colors are added and may blend together.


By eliminating the use of the screens for printing, the digital printing process also eliminates the need to rinse the inks.  Using less water and creating less wastewater is a definite benefit to our environment.

Without the limitations of the screens, the digital designs are also unlimited in their size.  Pattern repeats can be the entire length of the fabric!

We have seen some wonderful digital print fabrics recently from Hoffman Fabrics and Elizabeth’s Studios.  Their popularity has been amazing as they sell out as quickly as they come in.

Digital Garden, also by Elizabeth’s Studios is another of our favorites.  The panel features a field of flowers that goes on forever in strikingly beautiful colors.  Be sure to check out the FREE pattern, Garden View.

Digital Garden

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Forest Friends, by Hoffman Fabrics is popular with young and old alike.  These friendly whimsical forest creatures are sure to liven up any project!

forest friends

We have been receiving new collections weekly and will be sure to let you know what’s new in the shop!


Stop by our What’s on Sale?! category and see what fine fabrics are on sale this week!

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Placentia, CA


Log Cabin Love Fabric Quilt

One of the most recognized and beloved quilt patterns is the Log Cabin.  This pattern has so many variations and even more variations are possible by changing the fabric placement.  This week we’ve put together instructions for a log cabin quilt with the log colors running diagonally through the quilt.

The idea for this one came about 5 years ago when I was using fabric I inherited from my mom to make kid’s charity quilts.  She had only a small piece of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, which I always loved as a kid, so I had to find a way to use it.


The following instructions showcase this log cabin layout with fabrics from the Weekend Retreat collection by Henry Glass Fabrics.


Finished size 27″ x 36″

Fabric Requirements:

Weekend Retreat Kites – 1/4  Yard

Weekend Retreat Tonal Swirl Yellow – 1/8 Yard

Weekend Retreat Tonal Swirl Red – 1 Yard (Includes binding)

Tonal Swirl Tonal Swirl Blue – 1/2 Yard

Cutting Requirements:

Center Focal Squares (Kites):

3-1/2” x 3-1/2” – 12 EA


1-1/2” x 3-1/2” Yellow 1 EA, Red 6 EA, Blue 5 EA

1-1/2” x 4-1/2” Yellow 2 EA, Red 12 EA, Blue 10 EA

1-1/2” x 5-1/2” Yellow 2 EA, Red 12 EA, Blue 10 EA

1-1/2” x 6-1/2” Yellow 2 EA, Red 12 EA, Blue 10 EA

1-1/2” x 7-1/2” Yellow 2 EA, Red 12 EA, Blue 10 EA

1-1/2” x 8-1/2” Yellow 2 EA, Red 12 EA, Blue 10 EA

1-1/2” x 9-1/2” Yellow 1 EA, Red 6 EA, Blue 5 EA

Starting with the center square, begin attaching the logs at the top and work clockwise around the block. Press each time a log is added.

Block 1 (Make 1):

Block 1

1-1/2” x 3-1/2” yellow to top of center square, 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” red on right side, 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” red to bottom, 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” yellow on left side.

1-1/2” x 5-1/2” yellow to top, 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” red to right, 1-1/2” x 6-1/2” red to bottom, 1-1/2” x 7-1/2” yellow to left.

1-1/2” x 7-1/2” yellow to top, 1-1/2” x 7-1/2” red to right, 1-1/2” x 8-1/2” red to bottom, 1-1/2” x 9-1/2” yellow to left.

Block 2 (Make 1):

Block 2

1-1/2” x 3-1/2” red to top of center square, 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” yellow on right side, 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” yellow to bottom, 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” red on left side.

1-1/2” x 5-1/2” red to top, 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” yellow to right, 1-1/2” x 6-1/2” yellow to bottom, 1-1/2” x 7-1/2” red to left.

1-1/2” x 7-1/2” red to top, 1-1/2” x 7-1/2” yellow to right, 1-1/2” x 8-1/2” yellow to bottom, 1-1/2” x 9-1/2” red to left.

Block 3 (Make 5):

Block 3

1-1/2” x 3-1/2” red to top of center square, 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” blue on right side, 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” blue to bottom, 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” red on left side.

1-1/2” x 5-1/2” red to top, 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” blue to right, 1-1/2” x 6-1/2” blue to bottom, 1-1/2” x 7-1/2” red to left.

1-1/2” x 7-1/2” red to top, 1-1/2” x 7-1/2” blue to right, 1-1/2” x 8-1/2” blue to bottom, 1-1/2” x 9-1/2” red to left.

Block 4 (Make 5):

Block 4

1-1/2” x 3-1/2” blue to top of center square, 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” red on right side, 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” red to bottom, 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” blue on left side.

1-1/2” x 5-1/2” blue to top, 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” red to right, 1-1/2” x 6-1/2” red to bottom, 1-1/2” x 7-1/2” blue to left.

1-1/2” x 7-1/2” blue to top, 1-1/2” x 7-1/2” red to right, 1-1/2” x 8-1/2” red to bottom, 1-1/2” x 9-1/2” blue to left.

Using a reference point of the shortest log being at the top of the center focal square, lay out the blocks as pictured.  Sew blocks together in rows, then sew rows together.


Quilt, bind and enjoy!


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Placentia, CA




April Sports and Quilt Fabric

April is here and that means that spring has sprung.  April brings us more than just new flowers and blooms.  April has also become known as a month that is filled with sports.  Some sports are finishing their season with playoffs, some are about to start a new season and some are continuing their season.

Would you believe me if I told you that quilting is a sport?  It is in my opinion.  Quilting involves batting, running stitches, pumping iron and hunting for fabric.   Quilting can be a team sport or a solo activity.  Who knew that quilters were such athletes?!

The other, no less important than quilting, sports that we will be enjoying this month are the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs, National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs, Opening Day for Major League Baseball (MLB) and continuation of the NASCAR circuit.

You may even have a local team or league in darts or pool that is starting up, which are even more sports to enjoy.

At LoveQuilting.com, we consider any kind of activity to be a sport.  This week, we are having a sports/activity sale.  Come shop and get your game on!


Some of your favorite sports themed fabrics are on sale, such as Sports for all the hockey enthusiasts and Games People Play, featuring dart boards and pool balls, by Elizabeth’s Studios.



Fast Women, for those that like to drive fast cars and Sew Creative for the very athletic quilters amongst us, by Loralie Designs.



Future All Stars by Elizabeth’s Studios, fabric that keeps hopes and dreams alive to be one of the all-time baseball greats.

Quilting Fabrics-Baseball

For those that are out enjoying a walk with their dogs, we have Dog Happy by Loralie Designs, on sale.


Creating music is definitely an activity.  Therefore, it only makes sense to have our music themed fabric on sale.  Whether you prefer jazz or classical, we have fabrics to bring music to your ears.

thats jazz


And let’s not forget our colorful fish, sea turtles, dolphins and sharks doing their share of activity with swimming all day and night.  These are wonderful underwater scenes from Benartex.



Spend $75 and receive your order shipped FREE!

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Placentia, CA







Bento Box Fabric Quilt

Six years ago, my sister in law, who had just recently lost her husband to cancer, told me about a close friend of hers with a teenage son battling a similar cancer.  The topic of a quilt came up because that’s what I always think about as an offering of comfort.  Without knowing too much about this young man and his interests or hobbies, I wanted to think of something that was not considered feminine, and also not “interest” specific.  I had seen pictures of a Bento Box Quilt, which I thought would be a great idea.

I chose to use 2 colors – black and blue.  My blue fabrics were scrappy.  Of course, at the time, I didn’t document the steps involved to make the quilt, so I re-created the process to share with my readers.


My Bento blocks are a combination of a 4-1/2” center square, 1-1/2” strips and 2-1/2” strips.  I like the variation created with the different widths.  The magic occurs with the use of 2 blocks that have their fabric/color placement opposite of each other.  Read on and watch the magic unfold . . .

These instructions will create two 12″ blocks, which will measure 11-1/2″ square when sewn into your project.  We will call our fabrics “Light Fabric” and “Dark Fabric“.

From both Light Fabric and Dark Fabric, cut the following:

One 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″

Two 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″

Two 1-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

Two 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

Two 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″

Two 1-1/2″ x 10-1/2″

Two 1-1/2″ x 12-1/2″

All seams are 1/4″ and press between steps to maintain flatness and keep your block from getting wonky.

Starting with the Light Fabric 4-1/2″ square, add a 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ Dark Fabric strip to each side.


Next add a 1-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ Dark Fabric strip to remaining sides.


Add a 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ Light Fabric strip to 2 sides, then the 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ Light Fabric strips to the remaining sides.


Add the 1-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ Dark Fabric strip to 2 sides, then the 1-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ Dark Fabric strip to the remaining sides.

Repeat all steps above starting with a Dark Fabric center square.


Measure your block to make sure it measures 12-1/2″ square.  If it does not, then make sure both blocks are the same size and work with your measurement.  Cut each block in half first in one direction, then in the perpendicular direction, so that you now have 4 equal sized squares.


You will swap out 2 squares from each block and sew the four squares of each block together.


Make as many blocks as you need for your project and sew together.  Quilt, bind and enjoy!


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Re-Stocked Quilt Fabric and Just In


The Dream Blossom collection by Hoffman Fabrics has been one of the hottest sellers this year.  We just received the last bit of it from Hoffman Fabric’s warehouse.  Get yours before it’s gone forever.  At just $8.49 per yard, our Dream Blossom fabrics are priced to sell quickly!  Shop Now!

Dream Blossom


We are excited to announce that we now carry fabrics from Riley Blake Designs.  We love the fabric lines produced by Riley Blake Designs for their vintage sensibility with modern attitude.  Their prints are designed with versatility that make them perfect for quilting, apparel or home decor.

Our first shipment of Riley Blake fabrics, the Offshore collection, is in, with more on the way.  We love this beach/nautical collection as it reminds us of days at the shore.  There are some wonderful coordinates with this collection to compliment the main prints, yet they are bold enough to stand on their own.


As with all our wonderful fabric manufacturers, Riley Blake Designs brought us this FREE download for the Tulika Tote.  This reversible tote would be fabulous with the Offshore collection fabrics.  Click here for the FREE tutorial.

Here are a couple that we made, with an added pocket on the red version.  One bag with 4 styles – be sure to check it out!

Tulika Tote Collage 2     Custom Tulika Tote Kit

The Salt Water Beach Tote is another wonderful FREE project from Riley Blake Designs.  Click here for the FREE tutorial.

salt water

Check back often as more fabrics arrive!


Neptune’s Dream by Benartex is an elegant beach/nautical inspired collection.  This collection features black and white seashell prints with some colored coordinates.  This collection would make wonderful pillows to refresh your home decor or if you need a house warming gift.

Nautical Fabrics Neptune

Are your kids on spring break this week?  We’re bringing Art Class to you and on sale!

art class

Cachet by Benartex is modern and fun with confetti, bubbles, zig zags and geometric shapes.  Textural, tonal blenders complete the collection.

cachet blue     cachet pink

Need a project idea?  Check out our Snowball Love kits.

Snowball Love in Blue Cover     Snowball Love in Purple Cover

Be sure to check out our What’s on Sale?! category to see what other surprise fabrics we have on sale this week!

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Placentia, CA




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