Quilting Techniques

Learn how to make a quilt with techniques for experienced quilters and beginners. Quilting tips, quilting lessons and tutorials, quilting ideas–all you need for your quilt making journey.

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Embellished Quilts: How to Attach Heavy Objects

Have you ever made embellished quilts? From hand stitching to attaching metal objects, embellishments are a versatile way to create one-of-a-kind art quilts. If you’ve ever tried to attach objects to your fabric art, you know it can be quite a challenge! If the bits you’d like to add are too heavy they can make…

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Fabric Collage Techniques for Creative Exploration

This year my fabric stash has grown considerably so there was a lot of tidying to do this past weekend! After digging through, adding more fabrics, I usually need to reorganize my stash of scraps at least once a year. While going through my scraps, I’m always awash with indecision when it comes to the…

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Quilting Basics: How to Hand Tie a Quilt

Learning how to hand tie a quilt is a skill every quilter should learn. Even though I don’t often use this quilting technique, it’s handy to have in the technique toolbox–especially for finishing small handmade quilts in a pinch. Oftentimes quilters will shy away from tying a quilt because it doesn’t wash as well as…

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English Paper Piecing: The Basics

Do you English paper piece? This is one quilting technique that I’ve wanted to try, so I’ve decided to take the plunge. “What is English paper piecing?” you ask. It’s a patchwork technique that uses fabric covered templates to create geometric patterns. Fabric is stitched around the templates, oftentimes made of paper or thin plastic,…

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6 Reasons to Learn How to Appliqué

Trying a new technique can be difficult. It’s easy to feel flustered by a process while you’re trying to get the hang of things. Or when your projects aren’t turning out the way you’d hoped. The good news is that after some fumbling, you can become fluent in a new technique. With practice, a style…

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Quilt Binding Techniques and Tips

Once you’ve finished your quilt top and have quilted the layers together, you’re ready to add the quilt binding. It’s this quilt making step that always makes me want to pause so I can look over a quilt binding tutorial. Even though I’ve bound many a quilt, somehow I inevitably forget one important step that spurs…

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The Raw-Edge Machine Appliqué Technique Every Quilter Should Know

I don’t know about you, but I just can’t resist appliqué quilts–whether it’s needle-turn, raw-edge, or reverse appliqué. I’ve dabbled in hand and machine appliqué over the years with varying rates of success which makes me all the more impressed when it’s done well. Since I’ve yet to master the varying appliqué techniques, I’m always…

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Quilting Essentials: Squaring up Quilt Blocks

I have a confession; I’ve become a bit obsessed with Half-Square Triangle blocks. They are such a versatile block, once you learn how to make them there are endless design possibilities. Plus, they make up so many easy quilt patterns for beginners and experts alike. Luckily, I’m not the only quilter falling head over heels…

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Add Appliqué to Your Technique Toolbox

If you’re interested in learning how to appliqué quilts, what are you waiting for? There are so many ways to learn this timeless technique—you can read a book, watch a video, or even take a class. If reading is your preferred method of learning, the Quilter’s Appliqué Workshop is just the book for you. Kevin…