Posts tagged: "quilt tips"

  1. 📹 How to do single-fold binding: video (+ a quick mitering trick 👍)

    Posted by on March 4, 2019

    Have you tried single-fold binding on your small quilts? How about on your big quilts? Hope’s Journey author Betsy Chutchian (also one of the Moda All-Stars!) has been quilting since 1980—she taught herself to quilt with a quilt top made by her paternal great-grandmother and great-aunt. She’s been teaching quiltmaking since 1990, and guess what? […]


  2. 📹 How to starch fabric before quilting: Lisa Bongean’s trick for tiny piecing (video!)

    Posted by on February 18, 2019

    Your jaw might drop when you see what we’re sharing with you today. But don’t worry: it’s in a good way! Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings is a beloved quilt designer, and a Moda fabric designer too. If you’ve seen her work, you know she’s also an impeccable piecer: Memory of a Masterpiece from Red […]


  3. Flying Geese quilt-block tutorial with designer Pam Buda (video + giveaway!)

    Posted by on February 11, 2019

    Okay, let’s have some serious quilt talk today. Let’s talk fudging. Have you ever had to fudge your patchwork units? S-t-r-e-t-c-h-ing them or easing them to fit together? If you’re familiar with fudging, raise your hand. 🙋🙋🙋 Well, fudge no more! Vintage Patchwork author Pam Buda knows that just a few minor adjustments in your […]


  4. How to set up your sewing machine for free-motion quilting: 12 essential steps

    Posted by on December 14, 2018

    Have you ever wanted to learn the secrets of expert free-motion quilters? How do they dream up their designs? How much practice did they need before their machine quilting started looking great? Are there any tips or tricks to machine quilting that they know . . . and I don’t? Short answer to that last […]


  5. Create a holly-jolly home 🎄 8 Christmas decorations and ideas

    Posted by on November 21, 2018

    The time is near for Christmas cheer! Soon many of us will be unpacking those boxes and bins filled with tinsel, ornaments, and memories that make the season bright (oops, how did that candy cane get in there?). Today we’ve rounded up fun ways to display your handmade pieces from the past . . . […]


  6. How to sew with Jelly Rolls: 4 smart strip-piecing tips

    Posted by on November 19, 2018

    Got Jelly Rolls? Great! Hesitant to unroll them? You’re not alone! Best-selling author Susan Ache (pronounced “AH-kee”) has a passion for strippy quilts, and in her book Start with Strips, Jelly Rolls take center stage—those rolls of 2½"-wide strips from a coordinated fabric collection. Her quilts expand WAY beyond the typical Jelly Roll quilts you […]


  7. Miss Rosie’s trick for a perfect pieced-border fit 👍🏻

    Posted by on August 20, 2018

    Carrie Nelson—a.k.a. the clever and talented designer behind Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company—does amazing things with pieced borders. Cracked Pots from Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites—this quilt features three pieced borders surrounding a center of Courthouse Steps blocks A pieced border is like a picture frame: it adds structure, balance, and beauty to the main attraction. When […]


  8. How to check 1/4″ seam allowance: Pat Sloan’s simple trick

    Posted by on August 17, 2018

    Raise your hand if it’s happened to you: you’re happily sewing along, creating a pile of pretty patchwork blocks. They look perfect—until you press and compare them. One block is too big, another is too small, and the rest are somewhere in between. How did this happen?!? Best-selling author Pat Sloan will tell you: it […]


  9. How to make single-fold binding: video (sew smart!) 📹

    Posted by on July 23, 2018

    Whether you bind your projects using a machine/hand-sewing combo or sew 100% by machine, binding provides that special finishing touch that makes our quilts complete. And what a joy it is to get to that nearly-done stage! There are lots of techniques for sewing double-fold binding (see here and here for a few), but have […]


  10. Prewash quilt fabric or not? Jo Morton has the answer

    Posted by on July 20, 2018

    It’s a question every quilter’s come across on their quiltmaking journey: to prewash fabric or not? Sometimes when you buy the perfect fabric and own the perfect pattern for said fabric, it’s hard to get home and then be patient. Going through the prewashing process before commencing cutting can feel like it takes forever! Best-selling […]