July 21, 2015 – Custom Star Light, Star Bright Log Cabin

Star Light Log Cabin Quilt



Star Light Log Cabin Quilt Block








Star Light Log Cabin Quilt Borders


Star Light Log Cabin Quilt Backing







This Log Cabin quilt was custom quilted by outlining the star and using a design in each block; quilting a star with waves in the inner border; and quilting clouds surrounding words in the outer border. Small, but fun project!




July 20, 2015 – Resource Series Part 3 – Local Quilt Shops

Sometimes the best way to get an idea for a quilt project is simply to visit a local quilt shop. In addition to fabrics, quilt shops offer patterns, block-of-the-month kits, one-time project kits, classes and wall samples. Quilt shop staff are also some of the nicest, friendliest people around, and they’re a good resource for help with matching fabrics and providing feedback. Here are a few of the local shops in or near Lincoln, NE. If you have a favorite shop you’d like to see added to the list, please contact us.


The Calico House
Sutter Place Mall
5221 So. 48th Street, Ste. 4
Lincoln, NE  68516


Cosmic Cow
6136 Havelock Ave.
Lincoln, NE  68507


Quilted Moose
109 Enterprise Dr.
Gretna, NE  68028


Sew Creative
220 N. 66th St.
Lincoln, NE  68516


Other fabric stores who carry quilt items:

Hancock Fabrics
7800 P Street
Lincoln, NE  68505


JoAnn Stores
220 N. 66th Street
Lincoln, NE  68505


June 30, 2015 – Resource Series Part 3 – Quilt Shows

Want to see and utilize some of the newest quilting trends available? Attending a quilt show can be a very fun, rewarding and inspirational experience. Whether you participate in workshops or lectures, peruse the vendor booths, or admire the quilts on exhibit, you’re sure to go home with new ideas, motivation and newly formed friendships (quilting classmates make terrific friends). Quilt shows can be found all over the country and even aboard cruise ships. Simply search online, peruse quilt magazines, or ask your local quilt shops for events.

We recommend you check out the quilt shows hosted by AQS (American Quilter’s Society). If you live in the Midwest, you may be interested in the AQS QuiltWeek in Des Moines, IA, to be held September 30-October 3, 2015. Classes fill up quickly, so we advise you to register at your earliest convenience.


AQS QuiltWeek – Des Moines, IA 2015

Iowa Events Center

730 Third Street

Des Moines, IA  50309

September 30-October 3, 2015

Click here for further details.


June 25, 2015 – Resource Series Part 2 – Magazines

Magazines are one of the more popular sources for quilting ideas. Some magazines are seasonal, monthly, semi-annual or special issues, and may be available by mail, online or in shops and/or bookstores (or even your local grocery store or pharmacy). Oftentimes you can even find old magazines at garage sales or thrift stores. Listed below are a sample of the magazines available.

American Patchwork & Quilting, a Better Homes and Gardens publication

McCall’s Quilting magazine

Love of Quilting, a Fons & Porters’ publication

Quilt Sampler, a Better Homes and Gardens publication (twice/year with a spring/summer and fall/winter issue and available only in shops and/or stores)

Best Scrap Quilts, a Quilters Newsletter publication

Quilting Quickly, a Fons & Porters’ publication

Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, a Quiltmaker publication

Scrap Quilts, a Fons & Porters’ publication

American Quilter magazine

Quick Quilts, a McCall’s publication

Easy Quilts, a Fons & Porters’ publication

Quilting Arts magazine



June 6, 2015 – Resource Series Part 1 – Inspiration/Ideas

From the beginner to advanced quilter, we are always looking for ideas and/or inspiration for quilting projects. For the next several blogs we’ll be providing some resources and tools that may provide ideas, helpful hints, upcoming quilting events (local and national), etc. The information provided is not meant to be all inclusive or exclusive; therefore, additional material will be provided as “updates” in future blogs. Today’s message is a beginning list of websites that will provide some inspiration for new projects. If you have a favorite website you’d like to share with our readers, please forward that information to us at loftworksquilting@gmail.com. Thanks and Enjoy!

Keepsake Quilting

Connecting Threads

McCall’s Quilting

American Quilter’s Society

Fons and Porter

Quilters Club of America

Pinterest (membership required)

Michael Miller Fabrics

Robert Kaufman

All People Quilt


Nancy’s Notions



Future blog entries will include magazines, online tutorials, organizations/clubs, fabric websites, local shops, and more. Happy quilting!