How To Quilt

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Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks

If you have chosen to machine quilt your project, you need to prepare your machine for the chore at hand. Each machine quilting technique requires a different type of presser foot and machine setting, [more…]

Framing Your Quilt with a Beautiful Border

A border is a strip (or strips) of fabric that frame the edges of the quilt. Your entire quilt top is usually bordered, but you can also have borders surrounding your quilt blocks or as part of the quilt [more…]

Ten Time-Saving Quilting Tips

Quilts today, while continuing to add warmth to a household, are no longer a necessity, but rather a means of self-expression — a glorious work of art in fabric! Quilt-making today is a hobby enjoyed by [more…]

Quilting Basics: Choosing Cotton to Match Your Style

When searching for cotton fabrics to use in a particular quilting project, keep in mind the look you want to achieve. Is the project a casual country quilt or a more formal Victorian design? A simple pieced [more…]

Quilt Shopping List

Much of the fun of starting a new quilt comes from planning the shopping trip to get the supplies you need. Even if you’re using fabric scraps you already have, you may need to find some complementary [more…]

Common Fabric Yardage Cuts for Quilting

If you’re quilting, you’re dealing with fabric and yardages. The following chart is a useful tool to have on hand when you’re purchasing fabric yardage. You can also refer to this chart when pulling fabrics [more…]

How to Select Fabric for Quilting

A quilt is all about the fabric used to make it. Sure there’s batting and backing, but the design and integrity of a quilt comes from the fabrics you choose to compose it. Use the tips in the following [more…]

Quilting Lingo

Hang out in a fabric store long enough and you’re bound to hear some quilting lingo that you may or may not be able to translate. To help you feel more comfortable and in-the-know, here’s a quick rundown [more…]

Quilting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Quilting results in pieces prized for both usefulness and beauty. The long history of quilting offers ages-old tips, and modern technology throws in some shortcuts, if you want to take them. But the lingo [more…]

Tackling Traditional Bias Binding

Traditional bias binding, as you would expect, is the old-fashioned way to bind a quilt. The binding is made from a wide strip of bias-cut fabric that’s folded down the center lengthwise. Each lengthwise [more…]

Getting the Right Amount of Fabric for Your Desired Quilting Bias

You can use the same process for making a continuous bias binding with different size fabric squares to make less binding — it all depends on what you need for your project. Use the guide below to help [more…]

Create a Continuous Binding Strip for Your Quilt

When making bias strips for your quilt, you can either create one long strip or cut individual strips and then sew them together to get the length you need. You can use either of these methods to produce [more…]

Make Double-Fold Binding for Your Quilt

The double-fold binding method uses a single layer of fabric on the edges of the quilt, making it more economical than traditional bias binding. This type of bias binding isn’t quite as durable as traditional [more…]

Make a Self-Binding for Your Quilt

Self-binding is a quick and easy way to bind small quilting projects. Also known as fold-over binding, a self-binding is made from excess backing fabric that’s trimmed to size and folded to the front side [more…]

Easy Bias Binding Strips for Your Quilt

You can create bias strips by simply sewing strips together. Many quilters prefer this stitch-as-you-go method because it’s a good way to use up an odd-size piece of fabric. Because you're cutting bias [more…]

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