Posts tagged: "quilt tips"

  1. 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 […]


  2. 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 […]


  3. 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 […]


  4. 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 […]


  5. 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 […]


  6. Anything but pointless: how to keep triangle points pointy 🔺🔻🔺

    Posted by on June 19, 2017

    If you struggle with keeping the points of your triangles pointy when sewing them into your quilt blocks, Pat Sloan has a simple solution for you—and it works for any type of triangle piecing. Union Square quilt from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Sew Triangles All you need are two pins and Pat’s triangle tips […]


  7. Tips for choosing fat quarters (from someone who’s bundled 5,000)

    Posted by on May 15, 2017

    Got stacks of fat-quarter singles that you couldn’t resist at the store—and now you’re not sure what to do with them? If you have fat quarters that aren’t in pre-bundled form, it can be challenging to figure out how to choose the right combination of colors, values, and prints and sew them into a quilt […]


  8. 7 creative ways to hang a quilt on the wall

    Posted by on May 8, 2017

    Large, medium, or small: when it comes to quilts, we love them all! But when it comes to smaller quilts, what’s the best way to display them? You can drape quilts over tables, chairs, and dressers; tuck them into baskets and shelves; and even fold and stack them in nooks and crannies throughout your home. […]


  9. De-stash! 2 smart ways your stash can help you finish your quilts

    Posted by on May 5, 2017

    Ah, fabric stashes, we love you! You inspire us, you motivate us, you make our quilting dreams a reality. Sometimes. And then other times, we look at you and think: okay, you’ve gotten a little out of control here. Today we’re sharing two simple ideas for shrinking your stash—they’ll simultaneously make a dent in your […]


  10. ⏰ Flash sale! Cut and piece with precision (instead of frustration)

    Posted by on April 28, 2017

    No matter your skill level, no matter your style: every quilter needs a foundation of sewing skills that clear the way for creativity and inspiration, not frustration. So today we’ve got a step-by-step guide to developing piecing perfection—and you can get it for a super-sweet deal! Download Quiltmaking Essentials 1 by Donna Lynn Thomas for […]