Posts tagged: "quilting 101"

  1. Semiannual warehouse sale: spotlight on techniques (did you miss these $6 books?)

    Posted by on September 20, 2018

    School’s in, sewing machines are out! Try some out-of-the-box fun with our beautiful and handy how-to books! Each one below is on sale for just SIX BUCKS—they’ll teach you new tricks you can keep in your quiltmaking tool belt and whip out whenever you want. Isn’t it nice to have creative options? Piecing Techniques Crazy […]


  2. Big-stitch quilting technique: have you tried this fun way to finish? (video)

    Posted by on September 7, 2018

    When the quilt finish line is near, it’s fun to take a moment to decide which techniques you’ll use to complete your quilt, especially when it comes to quilting your top. There are lots of options! From quick machine quilting with free-motion methods or walking-foot techniques to hand quilting, hand tying, and tacking, the choice […]


  3. Miss Rosie’s trick for a perfect pieced-border fit 👍🏻

    Posted by on August 20, 2018

    Carrie Nelson—a.k.a. the clever and talented designer behind Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company—does amazing things with pieced borders. Cracked Pots from Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites—this quilt features three pieced borders surrounding a center of Courthouse Steps blocks A pieced border is like a picture frame: it adds structure, balance, and beauty to the main attraction. When […]


  4. How to check 1/4″ seam allowance: Pat Sloan’s simple trick

    Posted by on August 17, 2018

    Raise your hand if it’s happened to you: you’re happily sewing along, creating a pile of pretty patchwork blocks. They look perfect—until you press and compare them. One block is too big, another is too small, and the rest are somewhere in between. How did this happen?!? Best-selling author Pat Sloan will tell you: it […]


  5. Prewash quilt fabric or not? Jo Morton has the answer

    Posted by on July 20, 2018

    It’s a question every quilter’s come across on their quiltmaking journey: to prewash fabric or not? Sometimes when you buy the perfect fabric and own the perfect pattern for said fabric, it’s hard to get home and then be patient. Going through the prewashing process before commencing cutting can feel like it takes forever! Best-selling […]


  6. Sawtooth Star quilt-block pattern, step by step (video)

    Posted by on May 28, 2018

    Star blocks have been around as long as quiltmaking itself. There might be enough different Star block patterns to populate a whole galaxy! One of the most iconic star motifs in quilting is the basic eight-pointed star, and there are dozens of variations. As with many other common blocks, you can take your pick of […]


  7. Our beginner just finished her quilt 😍 See her final share!

    Posted by on April 27, 2018

    It’s official: Tara’s a quilter! Martingale’s marketing graphic designer is back with the final installment of her quilting saga, giving us a peek into the mind of a beginning quilter. We’ve shared her highs and lows, her troubles and triumphs—and today is most certainly a triumph. See Tara’s finished quilt below, and remember to leave […]


  8. Our beginner is machine quilting! See her sublime first stitches

    Posted by on March 21, 2018

    Third time’s the charm! Martingale graphic designer Tara is back with a third installment of her “newbie” series, giving us a peek into the mind of a beginning quilter. Help us cheer her on! This time Tara tackles a topic that even longtime quilters can feel anxious about: machine quilting. Leave your good wishes and […]


  9. Infected with the quilting bug—a beginner tackles triangles (+ advice needed!)

    Posted by on February 12, 2018

    Martingale graphic designer Tara is back to share another tale about her adventures as a beginning quilter! This time Tara tackles a pinnacle of piecing: Flying Geese units. Let’s all cheer her on—and offer some advice for the question she’s been pondering. My last post ended with me teasing that my Rainbow Runner quilt top […]


  10. 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 […]