Posts tagged: "quilt tips"

  1. How to make a 60-degree triangle quilt: Pat Sloan’s tips! (video 🎬)

    Posted by on May 13, 2019

    Triangles, triangles, triangles—they make the quilting world go ’round! There are half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles, the bedrock of many quilt blocks. But have you experimented with 60-degree triangles, otherwise known as equilateral triangles? It may look complicated on the surface, but once you know how to make a 60-degree triangle quilt, you’ll find the […]


  2. No Time to Sit at the Sewing Machine? Do This Instead

    Posted by on April 19, 2019

    When we quilters are at our most organized, we carve out time to be at our sewing machine every day. But let’s face it—sometimes life gets in the way and our machine-sewing plans fall through. Does that mean there’s zero time to devote to your creativity? Martingale authors say no way! We asked several authors […]


  3. How to wash a red-and-white quilt: our staffers’ “catchy” secret

    Posted by on April 5, 2019

    If you’ve ever washed a quilt that featured red fabrics, you might remember holding your breath when you took it out of the wash for the first time. Did the color bleed? Did I prewash my red fabrics enough? Will my quilt be ruined? Sometimes red fabrics have us, well . . . seeing red! […]


  4. Tips for pressing quilt blocks: to one side, open, or both? (video tutorial 📹 )

    Posted by on March 22, 2019

    In recent years there’s been an ongoing conversation in quilting circles about pressing. Which method is better—pressing seams to one side or pressing seams open—and why? It’s a pressing question! 😂 Oh, Scrap! author Lissa Alexander knows a thing or two about pressing. After all, she made all of these amazing quilts: Her pressing preference? […]


  5. 📹 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? […]


  6. 📹 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 […]


  7. 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 […]


  8. 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 […]


  9. 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 . . . […]


  10. 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 […]