Posts tagged: "quilt tips"

  1. The “value” of your smart phone: are you using this quilting trick? 📱

    Posted by on April 4, 2018

    We’ve got a quick quilting trick for you today! If you’ve ever struggled with deciphering the values of different fabrics, this is a tip that’ll provide lots of “value” when you’re choosing fabrics for a quilt, arranging blocks, or just trying to figure out the value of a particular fabric—not value moneywise, but value colorwise! […]


  2. Can you imagine quilts in different colors? 5 examples to explore (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on February 16, 2018

    Have you ever fallen head over heels for a quilt pattern but found it hard to envision the design in your favorite colors? It can be a challenge, but imagining quilts in different color palettes is worth learning how to do—the patchwork possibilities are endless. Three-time Martingale author Christa Watson understands those color predicaments, and […]


  3. Pat Sloan’s slick trimming trick (why didn’t we think of this?)

    Posted by on February 2, 2018

    If there’s one thing every new quilter wonders, it’s how to make sure fabric is cut straight. Just one little nudge at the wrong angle can make straight cuts go wonky, which means sewing goes wonky, which means blocks go together wonky. And that’s just too much wonky for one quilt! Best-selling author Pat Sloan […]


  4. Do you pop your quilt-block seams? (how-to video)

    Posted by on September 15, 2017

    Last month we shared a video from Carrie Nelson that explained how to get quilt-block centers to nest together perfectly. Her how-to is a game changer! Today we’re excited to share another video from Carrie that reveals how to press quilt block seams so your blocks lay super-flat and nest perfectly together with other blocks […]


  5. Perfectly pieced Four Patches: Miss Rosie’s simple secret

    Posted by on August 28, 2017

    The Four Patch. It’s the first block many quilters learn to sew. It’s basic. It’s classic. It’s a great introduction to patchwork. Of course you know how to sew a Four Patch quilt block. But if you’re not sewing them like Carrie Nelson (aka Miss Rosie), there’s a new technique to learn! Ask most any […]


  6. Have you tried machine quilting panels for practice? (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on August 11, 2017

    How are your free-motion machine-quilting skills coming along? If you need a little practice (don’t we all?), Pat Sloan has a smart little tip: practice your free-motion quilting on printed fabric panels. A free-motion-quilted panel from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt Why practice on panels? In her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to […]


  7. Welcome to sashing school: 6 ways to sash your quilts

    Posted by on August 7, 2017

    Ever looked at a block layout and thought it could use a little extra punch? Sashing is a great way to set off your blocks and make them truly sparkle! If there’s one person we’d trust to make a sashing choice for us, it would be Donna Lynn Thomas. She’s written a dozen books on […]


  8. Scrap shrinker! How to make a Log Cabin quilt block (video)

    Posted by on July 24, 2017

    The Log Cabin block is on the favorites list of so many quilters—is it among your faves? The variations are virtually endless. Plus, Log Cabin blocks are super scrap-friendly! Scrappy Courthouse Steps by Lissa Alexander We wondered where Log Cabin blocks originated, and we found a little history about the design via the American Quilter’s […]


  9. Got orphan quilt blocks? There’s a pincushion collection in your future

    Posted by on July 17, 2017

    Raise your hand if you’re a Kim Diehl fan! I know that there are a LOT of you out there joining me as I wave wildly. As if Kim’s beautiful patterns aren’t enough, her books have the added value of her “Pin Point” tips sprinkled throughout. If you can’t have Kim in the room with […]


  10. How to put a rainbow in a quilt? Add a little black and white (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on July 3, 2017

    Wouldn’t it be fun to add all the colors you love to a single quilt, and not have to worry about whether it all “goes” together or not? Sounds impossible, right? Or maybe you’ve made a quilt of many colors and come away disappointed. But Splash of Color author Jackie Kunkel’s figured out how to […]