Posts tagged: "quilting 101"

  1. 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 […]


  2. Wish list day! Pat Sloan, precuts, and Civil War patchwork (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on July 5, 2017

    Yay yay yay, it’s Wish List Day! We’re counting down to a new batch of beautiful Martingale books arriving in August—tell us which new release is your favorite and you could win it! Subscribe to our blog and you’ll always be first to see new Martingale quilt books, plus special sales, freebies, tutorials, and more. […]


  3. 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 […]


  4. Kim Diehl’s 5 tips for perfectly centering your appliques

    Posted by on April 10, 2017

    If you have a question about appliqué, you look to the pros for an answer—and when it comes to appliqué, Kim Diehl is the pro-est of the pros! Appliquéing oodles of beautiful quilts through the years (while writing 11 best-selling books and counting), Kim’s perfected her appliqué techniques and shares them all in her book […]


  5. Walking-foot quilting tutorial (video): try quick & easy curves

    Posted by on February 27, 2017

    Are you a "quilt by check" quilter—meaning you send out your quilts to be quilted? Or maybe you’ve tried free-motion quilting and the results weren’t, um, what you’d expected (ask anyone in our office who’s tried it: we’ve all been there). Today we’re here to tell you that free-motion quilting and quilting by check aren’t […]


  6. Spring cleaning (of your stash): try these 3 simple categories

    Posted by on February 20, 2017

    If you break into a sweat when you think about the state of your sewing space… You might need a spring cleaning. If towers of fabric teeter as you dig for just the right color and print… You might need a spring cleaning. If you’ve ever sighed as you stood knee-deep in fabric… You might […]


  7. Scrappy Nine Patch quilt block tutorial (+ the one clever step you’re missing)

    Posted by on February 3, 2017

    Once in a while we come across a piecing technique we hadn’t heard about before—just goes to show that even after 40 years, there’s always something new to learn! We’re excited to share this little tweak to a technique you’ve likely used many times before: chain piecing. The video below focuses on a scrappy version […]


  8. T-shirt quilt patterns for beginners: how to stabilize a T-shirt for sewing (tutorial)

    Posted by on January 16, 2017

    There’s a reason why T-shirt quilts are an all-time favorite—they’re simple, they’re personal, and they’re filled with memories. T-shirt quilts are a wonderful way to say congratulations, thanks, and I love you to graduates, sports fanatics, music lovers, and more. One question most quilters have—since we work primarily with woven fabric—is how to cut and […]


  9. Splendid Sampler block #92: a splendid tip for matching seams

    Posted by on January 15, 2017

    Have you been sewing along with the Splendid Sampler? It’s truly inspiring to see quilters from around the world sharing the love of quilting together. I’m really honored to be a part of it, and also excited to share a little bit about my block today! Download Beth Bradley’s Double Bees block at the Splendid […]


  10. 5 easy quilt-finishing tips for “toppers”

    Posted by on January 13, 2017

    Are you a topper? If you’ve got lots of quilt tops waiting to make their debut as a quilt—but you haven’t finished them yet—you’re a topper, alright. Welcome to the club! Our own acquisitions editor, Karen Burns, compares herself to the cobbler whose children have no shoes. She is the quilter with no finished quilts! […]