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Sherri McConnell
Sherri McConnell's passion for sewing started as a young child when she received a sewing machine for her 10th birthday. As a teenager she sewed for herself and others, even sewing prom dresses and wedding attire as a part-time job. Her quilting journey began in the early 1990's when her grandmother agreed to help her make a quilt for her oldest child. Quilting for over 20 years, Sherri teaches classes and has had her designs published in Quiltmania, Quilts & More, American Patchwork & Quilting, and Stitch Magazine. She is a contributing author to Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs and has her first book, A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home coming in March 2013.
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Modern Quilting Blocks

There has been much discussion around modern quilt blocks, modern quilting, and the modern quilting movement. In order to define what a modern quilt block is, it first helps to review what defines modern quilts. Elizabeth Hartman, in the introduction to her book Modern Patchwork, defines herself as a modern quilter who "embraces a clean, modern aesthetic."According to the Modern Quilt Guild, "Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles Read more »

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Embroidered Quilts

Beautiful embroidery and quilting can be found combined in quilts that are hundreds of years old; however using these two art forms together is still popular with quilters today. If you'd like to incorporate embroidered blocks into your quilt, there are a lot of available options. You'll find many patterns that combine embroidered blocks with the setting directions for a quilt, so you can put the blocks together after the embroidery is complete. You can also embroider your own blocks and arrange Read more »
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Cutting Techniques: Keeping Things Straight

Successful quilting begins with accurate cutting. The first rule of quilting I learned as a beginner came from my grandmother: "Measure twice; cut once." This old adage has stayed with me over the years and helped prevent many mistakes. As a result of her sage knowledge, I really do check the pattern and the measurements twice before cutting. As it takes only a few extra seconds and helps make my quilting better.Knowing the measurements you need to cut is just the first step. You also need to ensure Read more »