How to Quilt

There is no one way to make a quilt. Quilt artists use a vast range of techniques, from fabric dyeing and painting to machine and hand stitching. Many choose to experiment with different methods and approaches to their work. The Quilting Arts online community offers ideas, inspiration, and advice to help you along the way.

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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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Mitered Corners Made Easy

There’s no doubt about it, mitered corners can give any pieced project a professional and polished finish. Even though some consider this to be a basic quilting technique, many a quilter has struggled to create the perfect miter, whether it’s for a border or for binding. If you’re new to quilting and want to learn…

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How to Make a Photo Quilt: Five Free Tutorials

Go to any quilt show or scan the Internet, and you’ll find that quilts incorporating photographs are very popular. Nowadays, it’s a snap to scan your favorite photos into your computer, then print them onto fabric that can easily be incorporated into a quilt. But how do you make your photo quilt stand out from…

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How to Make Simple Quilt Labels

Experienced quilters know that an essential part of finishing a quilt is attaching a label. As Jessica Alexandrakis writes in her book Get Started Quilting: The Complete Beginner Guide, “Labels can document who made the quilt, who it was made for, where it was made, and if it came from a published pattern or from the…

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Five Efficient Tips for More Creative Quilting Time

Few quilting artists have all the time they want for creating fiber art & quilts. But accomplishing more–while still enjoying it and doing a good job–is often a matter of efficiency rather than speed. Here are some ways to work smarter and more efficiently without rushing or taking shortcuts that could compromise your quilt art.…

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Quilting Arts Magazine, June/July 2015

    A ‘sweet little something’ by Leslie Tucker Jenison ONLINE EXTRAS View more artwork by Susan Brubaker Knapp and Reader Challenge finalist Susan Price. Check out the latest Call for Entries listing from around the world. Check out the latest digital media products from Quilting Arts. Learn about the newest Quilting Arts Reader Challenge.…

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How to Make a Simple Quilt with a Wow Factor

Novice quilters looking for their first big projects can be intimidated by elaborate patterns with complicated piecing. On the other hand, many beginner quilt patterns lack the wow factor that today’s quilters crave. Here are some tips for how to make a simple quilt pattern into a sophisticated and stylish quilt: 1. Choose cutting-edge fabrics.…

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Quilting Lessons for the Beginner: Assume Nothing!

Recently, a young colleague who is an expert in other crafts but had never quilted expressed an interest in learning how to quilt. Basic quilting tools for beginning quilting lessons. We–her quilting coworkers– suggested a beginner’s quilting project that included fabric and a home décor pattern. Then, with good wishes, we sent her off to…