Roundup: Just for fun free quilting tutorials

Martingale's Stitch This! blogLoved the top 20 free quilting tutorials we shared during our anniversary week in March? Today we’re rounding up another batch of tutorials for you to peruse!

From using your scraps to choosing quilt colors, you’ll find ideas to jump-start your creativity and the inspiration to try something new. Bookmark them, pin them, save them however you choose, but keep these tutorials handy for the times when you need them.

Smart block patterns for scrap quilts

How to hand piece quilt blocks

No-fail tip for colorful quilts

Use every fabric you own in a single scrap quilt

How to wash a quilt

How to make fabric yo-yos

Build your quilt-color confidence


Want more free quilting tutorials? Visit our tutorial roundups from anniversary week:

Quilting 101: 8 tutorials

Smart techniques: 6 tutorials

Finishing your quilts: 6 tutorials


Where do you most often find answers to your quilting questions: from a quilting friend, in a quilt book, at your local shop, or online? Tell us in the comments!

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16 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I learn a lot at the quilt retreats I attend. The more attendees, the more information and new ideas gathered and shared!!! I also learn a lot online watching videos and reading. There is just so much information online, my mind can’t absorb it all so I try to concentrate on one new idea at a time.

    Diane on May 14, 2015
  • I use all of those quilters’ resources. Quilting groups are valuable sources of information. The ladies at our local quilt shop are always ready to help. And quilting blogs and tutorials online provide clear visual direction. How lucky we quilters are.

    —Bernice Restivo on May 14, 2015
  • I find most of my answers on the web site: quiltingboard.com
    It is an international quilting board and you can ask questions and get help almost instantaneously. You can share pictures, recipes, talk about vintage sewing machines, and etc. I’ve belonged to the group for about 5 years now and cannot imagine ever leaving it. It is free and worth every penny of it. The people there are the most helpful and wonderful group of people ever.

    —Mary Ann Campbell on May 14, 2015

    —Mary Ann Campbell on May 14, 2015
  • I would have to say I get the majority of my inspirations from on-line as there is just an endless supply of examples and ideas out there. Magazines are good too but anytime I see something in a book I usually change something about the pattern to make it unique to the person I am making the quilt for. I tend to make a good majority of scrap quilts so whether a pattern is geared toward a scrappy version or not, I usually make it somewhat scrappy. Besides how am I ever going to use up my 2 rooms+ full of fabric!

    —Sue Fender on May 14, 2015
  • Since moving to Georgia, I have had to use my stash of books and online downloads to get answers. Lucky for me, a lot of my Florida friends are on Facebook and we can chat about our quilt projects and any problems we might have. I’ve recently started going through the many blogs that are online as well.

    —debra lee on May 14, 2015
  • Although I have learned much from each of the sources mentioned, more of my quilting questions are answered by my friend / next-door-neighbor / favorite quilt teacher than any other source. Nelly is by far my best resource and my finest inspiration.

    —Jane on May 14, 2015
  • All of the above. Quilting friend and LQS for color choices to go with a focus fabric. On-ine tutorials for detailed instructions, books for questions on color theory and pattern variations.

    —Lynne on May 14, 2015
  • Actually, I would have to say – all of the above. It depends on the questions! Color choice and sometimes technique from my friends. Books for new ideas and techniques and on-line for very specific information.

    —Patty on May 14, 2015
  • I am obsessed with YouTube! If you want to know how to do anything, from chemical free household cleaners to the easiest way to finish your quilt binding – YouTube is the place to go.
    I love books and blogs, but as a visual learner I need to SEE it done before I ‘get’ it.

    —Kayt Deans on May 14, 2015
  • I would say that I get answers to quilting questions from books and online. I get inspiration from those sources, as well as from magazines and my friends and LQS.

    —Dottie on May 14, 2015
  • I would have to say my go to for quilting is Missouri Star Quilt Company and Jenny Doan. I have learned so much from her!

    —Sandy on May 14, 2015
  • I am so lucky to have access to a great community education program in my local school district. The program offers quilting classes and my wonderful teacher, Judy, is NQA certified and was recently named NQA Teacher of the Year. She’s more than a teacher, she’s a friend to all her students. She’s always ready to answer our questions. She’s an incredible resource. I also consult books and online resources, so those plus Judy mean every question gets answered and every problem gets solved! Lucky me!

    —Bette on May 14, 2015
  • I find a lot of my inspiration and information online and from reliable books a fed magazines! I also use my quilting buddies, they are invaluable! Take care, Leslie

    Leslie legros on May 15, 2015
  • I usually go to other quilting friends who I believe are better at certain techniques than I am.

    —Lorraine Brown on May 15, 2015
  • Most often I check through my books & magazines first. If I don’t find an answer, then I check with my friends & my favorite quilt shop.

    —Barbara Pryga on May 16, 2015
  • Almost exclusively online. I live on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia with little access to quilting info locally – thank goodness for such informative sites as yours – and so much free information.

    —Carole-Jayne on May 29, 2015

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