Free quilting tutorials roundup, day 2: smart techniques


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Welcome to day two of QUILT TUTORIALS WEEK!

This week—all week!—we’re sharing free quilting tutorials from the past year. Bookmark them, pin them, however you save them—but keep this week’s posts handy for the times when you need them!

Today’s quilt-tutorial roundup topic: smart techniques 


Tips for sewing quickly, accurately…and piecefully.

Sew perfectly accurate half-square triangles


3 ways to sew half-square triangles


How to sew half-square triangles from strips


Easy trick for straight strip sets


Speedy strip quilts with a triangle twist


Bargello-quilt basics


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Gadget fan or basics only: which quilting camp do you roast your marshmallows in? Tell us in the comments!


12 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Gadgets all the way, although I’m currently trying to reform.

    —Sandy W. on March 10, 2015
  • I like and use the gadgets that help me learn techniques and get results without wasting time, money (no "uni-taskers"), and fabric.

    —Jane on March 10, 2015
  • I like my gadgets. Some are good; others are not. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

    —Daleen on March 10, 2015
  • Depends on the gadget-if it is useful and will help me with my activity, I will get it. If I feel I can use something I already have, it doesn’t come to my house! Got more than enough stuff@!

    —Bev Gunn on March 10, 2015
  • I like a gadget that I know I’ll use. If it isn’t that interesting to me, I won’t buy or use it. There are so many out there, but they’re not all for everyone.

    —Jeanette on March 10, 2015
  • I am a sucker for gadgets – get them home and promptly forget how to use them!! So I just use the basics but if a pattern recommends the use of a certain gadget I go looking in my "collection" and lo and behold, there it is!!

    —Yvonne on March 10, 2015
  • I don’t have extra money for a lot of gadgets so if I find sdomething on sale I’ll check it. I’ve made a few good purchases that way hut feel I’ve all I need.

    —ELIZAJANE on March 10, 2015
  • I have to admit I will succumb to to some of the new gadgets especially when I go to a big quilt show!

    —Pam Reim on March 10, 2015
  • I love the new gadgets. It jumps at me and screams "you must have me". Some have worked out to be not a good investment but others have been great time savers or make some really neat quilt blocks.

    —connie b on March 11, 2015
  • I am fascinated by gadgets, but often find they do not perform as well as they might. Sometimes careful technique is better than the latest gadget, but a few are worth their weight in gold!

    —Linda Towers on March 13, 2015
  • I’m sure I saw a tutorial in the past two weeks for a machine-sewn binding with flange, attached to the quilt back, then folded over and stitched in the ditch between the binding and flange fabrics. And now I can’t find it! Can anyone help me? Thanks so much…

    Hi Cindy, is this it? Magic Binding tutorial ~Cornelia/Customer Service

    —Cindy Humphrey on April 6, 2015
  • I am trying to locate a BiRangle Ruler to make bias rectangles. Mary Hickey has a wonderful section in Quick & Easy Quiltmaking (1993) in which she has a section on making these triangles. This plastic ruler is now "out of print". Does anyone have one I can purchase? PLEASE????

    —Liz Grasty on April 29, 2015

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