Sewing Techniques

Sewing is an integral component of the artistic process for nearly all quilt artists. There are many different types of sewing techniques that can be used, including hand stitching, hand embroidery, free motion machine embroidery, free motion machine stitching, thread painting, thread sketching, and more. Many artists use some or all of these techniques construct, embellish, and create imagery on their quilts.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Machine Embroidery

Do you add machine embroidery to your sewing and quilting projects? I’m learning how to embroider with the machine here at our office, and I need all the help I can get! Lucky for me, and every other machine embroidery novice, Sara Gallegos is here to save the day with her quilting show Absolute Beginner…

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How to Embroider (and Stay Organized) on the Road

Is it just me, or is there something about the long summer days that makes it seem like anything is possible? This is my most productive time of the year and I’ve always attributed it to the long and light evenings that are perfect for sewing. Plus, summer vacations are a nice change of pace.…

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How to Hand Sew: The Beaded Back Stitch

Hand stitching is a staple in my book. For many quilters and sewists it is, and has been, in their repertoire for years. If you’re like me, hand sewing is the first sewing technique you learned. While chain stitch and buttonhole stitch along with other embroidery stitches are great ways to embellish fabric, bead embroidery–especially the…

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Hand Embroidery on the Go

Over this past weekend I took a quick trip to California for a family reunion. After spending several hours sitting at the gate, on the plane, and in the car, I was really wishing I had brought some hand sewing to pass the time. Now that school is almost out, for many of us summer…

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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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Valentine Gifts for Quilters and Non-Quilters

It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner–only one month away! I don’t know about you, but it feels like I just finished putting my Christmas decorations back into storage and am finally recovering from the anxiety of finishing my handmade gifts. One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to stop…

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Reverse applique

You can find directions for this small reverse appliqué sampler (by Beryl Taylor) that can be left as is, further embellished, or perhaps even inspire a series of work. From Quilting Arts Magazine Dec 2010/Jan 2011 Most everyone is familiar with raw-edge or needle-turn appliqué, but unlike these more conventional types, reverse appliqué can offer…

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Free Motion Machine Quilting – Resources

Free-Motion Machine Quilting Free-motion quilting is more than just a way to hold the pieces of your quilt together. Stitching lines, swirls, and motifs onto your quilt can add dimension, depth, meaning, and interest. You can use free-motion quilting to accent parts of a quilt or as an overall texture. And you can change the look…

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Hand Sewing – Free Projects, Downloads, and Instructions

Quilters and embroiderers alike share a common passion for cloth, stitch, and color! For centuries, people around the world have used hand sewing not just to stitch two pieces of fabric together, but to add interest to their projects. Here at Quilting Daily we appreciate all that hand sewing brings to our quilt world, and…