Roundup: 52 quilting tutorials

52 quilting tutorialsWhen Stitch This! launched just over a year ago, one of our goals was to pack posts with interesting, fun, and helpful quilting tutorials. Recently we took an inventory of those quilting tutorials and were giddy to find that we’d amassed 52 so far—that’s about one tute a week!

Today we’ve classified, categorized, and compartmentalized those 52 quilting tutorials into one handy post that you can refer to again and again. Bookmark it, pin it, however you do it—just be sure to save this page for the times when you need it!

Got a burning question about quilting that isn’t answered with a tutorial below? Make a quilting-tutorial request in the comments—our aim is to answer every quiltmaking query you can come up with.

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Choosing fabrics for quilts

How to choose quilt fabrics in 5 minutes Color lessons for quilters

Tips for choosing fabrics Quilting with batiks


Scraps, strips, and precuts

Organizing quilt scraps Scrap-quilting therapy

Strip quilting: 4 techniques Top tips for precuts

Fat-quarter tips Fabric-trade tips


Designing quilts

How to design quilt settings Quilt design-wall ideas


Basic quiltmaking techniques

Rotary cutting and piecing tips Every quilter's magic number

How to resize quilt blocks How to press quilt seams

How to sew flying geese 25 quilt tips from Kim Diehl


Pattern tutorials

Easiest quilt pattern ever Easiest pillow ever

How to make a t-shirt quilt How to make wonky quilt blocks


Appliqué

5 tips for better applique How to applique by hand

How to machine applique Fusible applique how-to


Paper piecing

How to paper piece Paper piecing tips


Machine quilting

Tips for machine quilting Machine quilting baby quilts


Finishing techniques

How to miter quilt borders Quilt sandwich tips

How to quilt a quilt--quick! How to label a quilt


Sewing techniques

How to sew purse straps Ruched flowers how-to

How to sew in a zipper Embellishment tips


Just for fun

Breaking quilt rules Sewing-room makeover ideas

Hosting a quilt party How to hang a quilt


How to Quilt: FREE downloadable eBooklets

Our How to Quilt eBooklets are filled with tried-and-true, solid quiltmaking techniques that you can apply to any project. In fact, several of our free eBooklets are quite substantial—entertaining, meaty pieces that cover several aspects of one technique. In short, they’re deep. Download one or all of them now!

Quilt vocabulary Rotary cutting

Piecing quilts Paper-foundation piecing

How to applique Common hand-embroidery stitches

How to sew borders on quilts Making a quilt sandwich

Binding a quilt How to make a hanging sleeve


Did we miss a topic? What quilting tutorials would you like to see? Tell us in the comments and we’ll consider your idea for a future post!


56 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Adorei…

    —Sandra Petersen Callegari on May 21, 2013
  • Sewing tecnics

    —Sandra Petersen Callegari on May 21, 2013
  • Love the tutorials, but was really looking for one on hand quilting. Thanks for all the information.
    Sandy

    —Sandy Fontana on May 21, 2013
  • I noticed an error on the flying geese tutorial. Under Flippy Flippy Finish there is a table with cutting directions. The third column titled Small Triangles should instruct to cut 2 squares not 1 square. Might confuse someone.

    Oh dear! Thanks so much for the heads-up, Debra! We’ll be sure and get it fixed.
    ~Cornelia

    —Debra B, on May 21, 2013
  • I was happy when you started this informative newsletter and have been watching them faithfully from the beginning (I think). Thank you for making this complete file to use again and again, it is really helpful and fun.

    PJ

    Thanks so much for your kind words, PJ!
    ~Cornelia

    —Phyllis Good on May 21, 2013
  • Oh, my gosh! You are the best! I have read, reread, and referred to these articles many times. Thank you!

    —Karen on May 21, 2013
  • Great job! I bookmarked, for sure.

    Judy Smith on May 21, 2013
  • More tutorials like these would be heavenly!

    Some ideas:
    – Caring for your sewing machine (lint removal, replacing needles, adjusting tension, needle-up when threading through tension disks, when to get professional servicing, how to tell when timing needs adjusting, etc.) [I could write this one – would you like a draft?]
    – Converting a traditional pieced pattern to paper-pieced [Another one I could write?]
    – Quilting with flannel (larger seam allowance, more lint, what needle, etc.)
    – Embroidery on crazy quilts: past, present, future.

    —Lynne on May 21, 2013
  • how about
    ufo busting/motivation tips
    scraps, cutting/storing, using, taking a quilt pattern and making it scrappy
    simple/quick quilts from precuts for last minute gifts

    —jackie on May 21, 2013
  • I am looking for a tutorial in machine quilting. How to make the leap from stitching in the ditch to free-motion.

    —Barb on May 21, 2013
  • Wow, thanks! I will be referring back to this post again and again.
    Great job.

    —DianeH on May 21, 2013
  • Ok – the quilt in the picture above – the one with the words "52 quilting tutorials" beneath it – where can I find a pattern for this quilt? Thanks!

    Hi Karen,
    That quilt is called "Pie in the Sky" and is in the book Simple Graces, by Kim Diehl.
    ~Cornelia

    Karen H on May 21, 2013
  • I have just inherited antique quilts at least 80 years old. One antique applique quilt needs to be cleaned and possible stain removal. Other just need to be preserved. What would be your recommendations.

    Thanks,

    Donna

    Hi Donna,

    Oh, how wonderful that these antiques have been entrusted to someone who truly understands their value!

    None of here at Martingale are experts on the subject and your antiques are too precious for a non-expert to tell you what you should do! I did find this link on QuiltHistory.com on repair and restoration.

    I hope this helps get you started!

    ~Cornelia

    —Donna Viar on May 21, 2013
  • Machine applique’ and paper piecing and I are not good friends. Thanks for including tutorials on them. I’ve posted several of your credited articles in our Guild’s newsletter for our new members to learn from. Keep up the good work, you’ll probaby never know how much you’ve taught us all "how to do something" and from the tutorials, we’ve gone forth creating better quilts.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on May 21, 2013
  • They’re all great posts….thanks so much…have learnt a lot this year….Have a Great day!!!!

    —Darlene Krystal on May 22, 2013
  • I would like to know the process from A-Z on how to design fabric, have it made, and selling it. Thanks, Nancy

    —Nancy Bryant on May 22, 2013
  • Love the tutorials would love one on Quilt as you go

    —Vicki Bourke on May 23, 2013
  • I`ll bookmark this.Thanks so much,have this all together is fantastic!!

    rosa on May 24, 2013
  • Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Already bookmarked…great resource go-to page!

    —Rhonda D. on May 24, 2013
  • These are awesome. Would luv to see some on strip piecing and/or quilt as u go by rows. Thx

    —Deb on May 26, 2013
  • Thank you so much for all this wonderful information for everyone. As a new quilter this is priceless. I know it will help me to increase my quilting skills. I look forward to trying many of these techniques, and tips to better what I attempt.

    —Susan P. on May 27, 2013
  • Deb Have you tried the Trip Around the World Quilt?

    —Vada Semple on May 27, 2013
  • I have just found your website and I will certainly become a regular reader and look forward to seeing all your previous posts. This really looks to be a website I could really enjoy and appreciate. Thank you.

    magsiesss on June 1, 2013
  • I would love help with knowing what needle to use when, and what threads are best for different kinds of quilting and sewing projects. Cotton vs. polyester, Egyptian vs. regular cotton. The options are endless. Something so simple, yet not often talked about. Maybe others are just as confused about this topic as I am?

    —Lisa on June 4, 2013
  • I am desperate to learn how to quilt!! I love both machine and hand sewing, and have basic skills. I am pinning your tutorials for future reference but need a recommendation for how to get started in quilting. Thank you!!!!
    PS: I am awed by all of your expertice and beautiful quilting!!!!

    —Kate on June 18, 2013
  • I love what you have done. Thanks!!

    Charlotte ralston on July 2, 2013
  • What a wonderful informative site. I am thrilled to have found you. I did find you through Pinterest, just in case you were wondering. You are all over the site too. Thanks again.

    Sonia Rumzi on July 10, 2013
  • This is my first time go to see at here and i am really pleassant to read all at one
    place.

    make a free website blog on September 20, 2013
  • Quilting to go

    —Nancy on November 1, 2013
  • I would love a tutorial on disposable diaper covers. The covers are made of fabric and can fasten with velcro or snaps. I’ve seen them completed and they’re so cute for boys or girls. I’d like a tutorial so I can make for shower gifts or something fun for infant grandkids. Thank you for asking!

    —DIANNE PATTERSON BURNS on December 30, 2013
  • machinetiying

    —lila on February 21, 2014
  • I am being to see quilts quilted to the point it becomes one big "pot holder". They look beautiful, but hang stiff at the shows when I see them. How much quilting is enough? Often the batting reads quilt up to 4″ apart. Why then quilt every 1/4″? I also need more ideas on quilting the border. Should one mark out all patterns? When do you use what in the quilting pattern, which if one is not careful will take away from the beauty of the block.

    —Linda Christianson on February 26, 2014
  • I just like the helpful information you provide on your articles. I will bookmark your blog and test once more here frequently. I’m moderately certain I will learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next! dadfkdaebdfe

    —Johng425 on May 2, 2014
  • Love to know more details in quilting

    —siji on July 7, 2014
  • Thank you for putting all these tips in one place! So good to be able to find everything together in one place.

    —Suzanne on October 31, 2014
  • I didn’t see anything on "scant" 1/4 seam
    1/4 ‘ seam
    getting accurate points
    GREAT LIST TO KEEP AT HAND
    I am putting this in my favorites for easy access
    Thanks

    —Flor Chavarria on January 27, 2015
  • I really appreciate all this information you gave us. It answer’s so many important topics. I also am a huge fan of Kim Diehl! When I get to my computer, I will print out the other topics you brought together for us. Thank you so much.

    —Carolyn J Bradley on February 20, 2015
  • О, спасибо!!!

    Translation: Ok thanks!!!

    —Vera on June 28, 2015
  • Thanks for sharing. I had not seen this one.

    —Margaret Steinacker on July 17, 2015
  • Scanning your website would like to stay in touch..thanks

    Hi Edie, feel free to sign up for our emails–we’ll send you our blog posts either daily or weekly. You can sign up here. Thanks for your comment! –Jenny

    edie mosley on September 26, 2015
  • Do you have any patterns for Quilt in a Day?

    —Robin on October 19, 2015
  • You did not include trupundo. I would like to see something on trupundo

    —Phyllis Sahlin on October 23, 2015
  • I know how nto make rag quilts, but I was wondering, instead of sewing the seams on the outside, can I sew them on the inside, to make it look more like a regular quilt. I will use the blocks like I donfora rag quilt, but alll the seams will be on the inside. I will use a 1/4 inch seam, instead of a 1/2 or 3/4 seam.
    Do you understand what I am asking?
    I will post a picture of the quilt after I make it, if I can make it the way I am asking.
    Thank you,
    Bobbie

    Hi Bobbie,
    I don’t see why not, but typically rag quilts include the top fabric, batting and backing fabric sewn together. If you sew your seams to the inside, then it will just be a quilt-and you won’t be able to include the batting and backing in the same way as you would with a rag quilt. Also, your squares are going to come out larger since you are using a smaller seam allowance.
    I hope my answer makes sense to you as well. Good luck,
    Cornelia/Customer Service

    —Bobbie Jedinsk on December 18, 2015
  • New to machine quilting and looking for the 52 quilting tutorials.
    Thank you.

    —Cindy on January 17, 2016
  • Bookmarked! This will be so handy to have in one spot! Somehow-when it comes to binding, I freeze. I always have to find a tutorial to read. What about that for a topic? Also, table topper ideas. And have you ever seen a bed runner? Are they quilted or just fabric lined? Just a few ideas. Thanks so much for putting these together.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas, Rita! And short answer to your question about bed runners – we have a book all about them that you can learn more about here. 🙂 –Jenny

    —Rita on October 23, 2016
  • Am a brand new quilter at 67 reading your site thanks for making it so clear
    Marie

    —Marie on October 31, 2016
  • These tutorials are wonderful. Thank you for putting them together.

    As a future topic, would you consider adding "How to cut LOF" to your Rotary Cutting guide? Including: my mat is too short, how many folds can I accurately cut? Why do I want to cut LOF? etc.

    Thank you again!

    Great idea for a topic, Jeannette, thanks for the suggestion! –Jenny

    —Jeannette on February 27, 2017
  • The quilt on the bed at the top of home page. Could I buy the pattern, or get a picture of it. It is gorgeous. Thanks!

    —Gail Zamarron on March 3, 2017
  • Making a quilting-tutorial request: Roundup “52 quilting tutorials”

    —Liz Patterson on June 12, 2017
  • I just found your sight! I am so grateful to have a reference for many questions about quilting.
    I am a newbie to this craft, I’ve begun several and have finished none. I’m in two quilt guilds, where we are working on a Block of the Month (BOM). By the end of the year, one should be completed, the other very soon. I will refer back to this site, a lot, while I do this.

    Thank you for putting this together.

    Jane Waits on July 5, 2017
  • Do you have tutorials on hand quilting?

    Hi Jeanne – yes, we do! You can find a tutorial here. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Jeanne Baron on November 6, 2017
  • Lovely quilting tour, lot of things still left, ready for the next one, thanks

    Janet Wallace on March 29, 2018
  • would like to see a tutorial on how to make mitered binding, have never seen one on line.

    Hi Sandra, we have the tutorial for you right here! Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —sandra cogbill on April 21, 2018
  • What a GREAT WEALTH of INFORMATION! T hank you so much for putting together, I’ve learned a lot, my techniques have improved and I see a great difference from my first quilts from a year and a half ago to pieced blocks, points and and other techniques today, I have shared this link with my quilting and sewing friends. Again, Thank you!

    How wonderful, Vera – congratulations on becoming a quilter and welcome to the club! 🙂 And thank you for sharing too! –Jenny

    —Vera F. on June 3, 2018
  • I am at the slicing part of Brights pattern in your book Sew, sliceand sash. Is there a tutorial on the slicing. I’m ready to just finish the quilt by adding the sashing and bordesand call it a quilt

    Hi Billie, we don’t have a video tutorial for the slicing technique, but you can refer to pages 9 and 10 of your book for detailed how-to on cutting. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Billie Awbrey on July 6, 2018
  • Hi my name is Angela. This is in regards to a comment posted by Lynnita Shipman. I have searched all over for someone who knew the poem I was talking about. Lynnita had posted a comment back in 2012 about a poem that her mom had seen while on vacation. Did she happen to be vacationing at a cabin in kingvale by lake tahoe? My childhood cabin had a little postcard above the toilet paper roll in the bathroom. Of a scottish guy wearing a kilt and sitting on the toilet. Next to him on the postcard was a poem that read: "Sit down my friend and rest your weary frame, do what you must and do it without shame, this little throne your fanny occupies, makes all men equal underneath the skies, the king the queen the wiseman and the fool, all take down their pants and sit on this same stool, the millionaire who dwells in marble halls, can’t high-hat me one bit when nature calls, the wiener and the t-bone steak by heck, when they get here are running neck and neck, and one more thought I leave with you my friend, is don’t waste the paper on your big rear end!" Ha ha. Thank you so much Lynnita Shipman for posting that comment. I miss my cabin so much and it makes me happy to think that someone else was able to share in that happy memory too.

    Hi Angela, I’m afraid the last time Lynnita posted was in March of 2017. We heard she had taken a turn in her health, and we sent her some books to cheer her up. I’m not sure what’s happened since then, but I do remember Lynnita posting that poem! I hope this helps – sounds like a fun memory the two of you share. –Jenny

    Angela on September 24, 2018

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