14 awesome quilting tutorials—from our authors!

14 awesome quilting tutorialsIn nearly two years at Stitch This! we’ve put together quite a few quilting tutorials (see a roundup of 52 of them here). But we’ve yet to share one massive network of helpful, clever, eye-opening tutes from a group of true pros: our exceptionally talented authors!

From how-to-make-a-quilt basics to smart ideas for specific projects, you’re about to enjoy plenty of lightbulb moments. Click though to see each designer’s take on a technique; then follow them via email, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Keep in touch! And if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to Stitch This! for alerts to more tutorial roundups in the future.

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Prewashing fabrics Pre-Wash or Not? Quilting’s Perennial Question
Authors: Darra Williamson (Cuddle Me Quick, A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue) and Jennifer Rounds (A Dozen Roses)
Blog: See How We Sew
Choosing Fabrics for a Quilt Choosing Fabrics for a Quilt 101
Author: Amy Smart (Fabulously Fast Quilts—coming April 2014)
Blog: Diary of a Quilter
How to Square Up Fabric How to Square Up Fabric
Author: Amy Ellis (Modern Neutrals, Modern Basics, Modern Basics II)
Blog: Amy’s Creative Side
Podcast: The Quiltcast
Adding Borders to Quilts Adding (Not Wavy!) Borders to Quilts
Author: Cheryl Brown (Quilt Batik!)
Blog: Quilter Chic
How to Sew Mitered Corners How to Sew Mitered Corners
Author: Nancy Mahoney (see all of Nancy’s books)
Blog: Nancy Mahoney
Quick Quilt Labels Tips for a Quick Quilt Label
Author: Cheryl Lynch (Sew Embellished!, ¡Quilt Fiesta!)
Blog: Cheryl Lynch Quilts
How to Make a Pieced Quilt Back How to Make a Pieced Quilt Back
Author: Julie Herman (Skip the Borders)
Jaybird Quilts
Tying a Quilter's Knot Tying a Quilter’s Knot—the Video!
Author: Rebecca Silbaugh (Seamingly Scrappy)
Blog: Ruby Blue Quilting Studio


Scrap-Busting String-Block Tutorial Scrap-Busting String-Block Tutorial
Author: Stephanie Dunphy (Uncommonly Corduroy)
Blog: Loft Creations
Easiest Way to Sew Chevrons Easiest Way to Sew Chevrons
Author: Cindy Lammon (Simply Modern Christmas, Flowers All Around, Flower Pots, Gathered from the Garden)
Blog: Hyacinth Quilt Designs
How to Make and Use Bias Tape How to Make (and Use) Bias Tape
Author: Jill Finley (Home Sweet Quilt)
Blog: Jillily Studio
How to Sew a Zipper into a Pillow How to Sew a Zipper into a Pillow
Author: Katy Jones (25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks, 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks Volume 2)
Blog: Monkey Do
Free-motion quilting--Baptist Fan pattern Free-Motion Quilting: Baptist Fan Pattern
Author: Elizabeth Dackson (Becoming a Confident Quilter)
Blog: Don’t Call Me Betsy
60-Degree Quilt Tutorial 60-Degree Quilt Tutorial
Author: Kim Brackett (Scrap Quilting, Strip by Strip, Scrap-Basket Beauties, Scrap-Basket Sensations, Scrap-Basket Surprises)
Blog: Magnolia Bay Quilts

For more quilting how-tos, visit our How to Quilt page.

Which author has given you a lightbulb moment? Tell us in the comments!

13 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Amy Ellis’s hint was definitely light bulb quality. I cannot tell you how often this has happened to me. I have ended up with some pretty wonky borders. Not nice. I can’t wait to try this hint.

    Mary Jane Hildebrandt on February 25, 2014
  • My favorite article was by Elizabeth Dackson, FMQ:Baptist Fan Pattern. It was exactly what I needed to read and think about doing on the quilt I’m working on at the present time. I had no idea what I needed to do to FMQ the quilt and the Baptist Fan will be perfect. Elizabeth’s explanation was very clear and with the pictures I understood what she doing. Can’t wait to try on my quilt!

    —Dana on February 25, 2014
  • How to sew a mitered corner definitely gave me an aha moment. It is not a difficult border to do. Thank you

    Sharon Hansen on February 25, 2014
  • When it comes to lightbulb moments, I think Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilts comes to mind most often because of her quilting tutorials. She can uncomplicate a quilt block like no one else, and has inspired me to attempt quilts I had previously thought too advanced for my level of expertise. I hope she does write a book, and that Martingale publishes it!

    —Karen on February 25, 2014
  • I like the bias tape by Finley. I need to get the tool and cut the right size.

    —Linda Christianson on February 25, 2014
  • Amy Smart and Darra Williamson two of the areas I struggle with, Colors and to wash or not to wash the fabric? Would love the help in these areas. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Dot on February 25, 2014
  • The ultimate in perfect chevrons! or maybe the perfect 60-degree scrappy quilt! They are all very helpful, and I hope the links will stay up forever.

    —Lynne on February 25, 2014
  • Quick Quilt Labels Tips for a Quick Quilt Label
    Author: Cheryl Lynch

    I love this idea. I always hated making labels ’cause I embroidered them and they took so much time. Thank you so much for this idea. It will save me so much time.

    —Carol Domenick on February 26, 2014
  • Free-motion quilting – Baptist fan pattern has given me
    the a light-bulb moment – Never thought of using my half circle ruler> G R E A T

    —Trudie vd Westhuizen on February 27, 2014
  • I have just arrived on the quilting scene so most (if not all) tutorials are light bulb moments for me! Have sewn for years but quilts are a whole different venue so I definitely need all the help I can get.

    —Rhonda on February 28, 2014
  • Love the String Block Tutorial. Looks very easy & fun to do.

    —Terry H. on March 2, 2014
  • Lots of great info here! Thanks for sharing these with the quilting community!

    Diane Harris on October 15, 2014
  • I think the person that has given me the most insight to quilting was Ricky Tims when he said he didn’t worry about points. He just quilts. Love the relaxed attitude.

    —Patty Swatzell on October 18, 2014

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