Posts tagged: "quilting 101"

  1. Need to make a quilt sandwich in a hurry? Spray basting to the rescue (how-to)

    Posted by on November 9, 2016

    As the holidays draw near, do visions of quilty gifts dance in your head? Do you wonder how many gifts you can start and finish before Christmas? Do you assume you’ll be burning the midnight oil—along with Santa and his reindeer—come Christmas Eve? Often it’s not block-making or row-sewing that halts our gift-making progress: it’s […]


  2. Seams: to glue or not to glue? Watch this video first

    Posted by on October 28, 2016

    While it’s fun to have long-term quilting projects to work on—challenging quilts that might take months or even years to finish—I frequently find myself on a much tighter deadline. Maybe there’s a new baby on the way or a friend in need of comfort, and time really is of the essence. Theresa Ward’s book Sew, […]


  3. Learn to machine quilt with Pat Sloan? Yes please (+ big giveaway!)

    Posted by on October 12, 2016

    First she taught you all about appliqué; then she turned triangles into a hassle-free task. Now celebrated teacher, designer, and bubbly quilting personality Pat Sloan is back to teach you the know-how you need to become a confident machine quilter. We are so excited about pairing up with Pat to bring you an all-new resource, […]


  4. How to sew bump-free block seams (video tip) 🎥

    Posted by on October 7, 2016

    We’ve all done it: you’re happily whirring along at the sewing machine when you feel a little bump under the needle. Oops. One of your seams just got sewn in the wrong direction. Rats! In the video below, Martingale acquisitions editor Beth Bradley shows a quick fix for avoiding those accidental bumps. And if you […]


  5. Free quilt pattern: a quick beauty for beginners (and for THAT fabric)

    Posted by on September 30, 2016

    It’s the weekend!!! So, whatcha doing this weekend? Got any plans yet? Well guess what: we just reserved a spot for you, and it’s the best seat in the house. It’s at your sewing machine! Download this free quilt pattern by Sara Diepersloot, called Nest, and then head to your fabric stash pronto. Let’s get […]


  6. Sew half-square triangles 4 and 8 times faster than you are now

    Posted by on September 26, 2016

    The humble yet mighty half-square triangle (or as I’ll fondly refer to it here: HST) is an essential element in scores of classic quilt blocks. And when you’re making a quilt that’s chock-full of HSTs, every little trick that streamlines the process can add up to quite a bit of time saved. If you find […]


  7. 4 rick-rack hacks: how to sew it, use it, 💜 it! (videos + sale)

    Posted by on September 19, 2016

    How do you use rick rack? Do you own a stash of it? Do you have a favorite width, color, brand? Or . . . maybe you’ve never used rick rack before. Trust us: by the end of this post, you’ll want to rack up the rick rack in your sewing space! Popular authors Jeanne […]


  8. Want bump-free quilt blocks? Try Jo Morton’s clippy trick (video)

    Posted by on July 15, 2016

    Little quilts are so appealing because they’re fun to make and easy to finish. That’s precisely the reason Jo Morton, author of the super-popular book Jo’s Little Favorites, loves designing on a smaller scale. Being the quilt genius that she is, Jo’s come up with a wealth of tips and techniques for successfully piecing diminutive […]


  9. How to sew binding strips together: 2 ways

    Posted by on June 17, 2016

    If you make your own quilt binding, you probably do it the same way every time. But depending on how you cut your binding strips, it can be beneficial to sew them together in a certain way. With a simple change to your routine, you can avoid bulky seams, eliminate unsightly stretching, and strengthen your […]


  10. How to use a quilting ruler without slip-sliding away

    Posted by on April 15, 2016

    When it comes to precise piecing, which do you think is more important: accurate cutting or accurate sewing? If you said cutting OR sewing, you’re close . . . but for seams that butt, points that match, and blocks that turn out to be the size they’re supposed to be, accurate cutting AND sewing are […]