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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Chain Stitch: Directions and Variations to Try

Do you know how to chain stitch? If you hand embroider, there’s an excellent chance you’ve tried this popular stitch. Constructed to look like loops, chain stitch can embroider everything from bold lines to delicate curleques. Not only is the shape itself easy to manipulate, once you’ve got the technique down, it’s easy to modify…

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Quilt Designs for the Back of Your Quilt

When we talk about quilt designs, we are almost always referring to the quilt top. Why is that? Oftentimes, the back of the quilt has a design of its own. In fact, some quilters put so much work into their quilt backs they’ve basically made a two-sided quilt. Today, I want to highlight this often…

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Wool Flowers for Fiber Art & More

Over the past several years I’ve often thought about learning to crochet so I could make flower embellishments to use in various fiber art projects, but have never found the time. Luckily, Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum has devised an easy way to make pretty three-dimensional posy flowers using wool—no crochet required! Enid began creating fabric flowers…

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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…