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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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…

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English Paper Piecing Goes Modern

I have tried hand stitching of all kinds. Anything to do with needles and thread has been in my project basket at one time or another. But every so often I discover something new. Several years ago I was helping a friend clean out her neighbor’s sewing room and we came across a beautiful piece…

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Keep Your Quilting Stitches Even with These 5 Tension Tips

Is there anything more frustrating than being ready to quilt only to find your tension is off? Not too loose, not too tight–how to get your sewing machine stitches just right! We all know what bad tension looks like: loops on the top of the quilt sandwich or on the backing. Good tension results in…

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Episode 1602-1: Lynn Krawczyk–Instructions for Color Dot Embroidery Sampler

***The free download link is below for logged-in users. To access Quilting Daily web extras, bonus patterns, tips, techniques, and more—all absolutely FREE—please register or sign in here. *** Other topics you may enjoy:Episode 1603-1: Catherine Redford–Instructions for Beaded Edge PincushionsEpisode 1603-2: Jane LaFazio–Instructions for Hand-stitched MilagrosEpisode 1611-1: Sue Spargo–Instructions for Wool Appliqué Needle CaseQuilting…

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Episode 1611-1: Sue Spargo–Instructions for Wool Appliqué Needle Case

Photo courtesy of Sue Spargo Sue Spargo uses hand appliqué techniques with wool, adding embroidery to make a beautiful needle case.  Available as a free download to members of the Quilting Daily community. Click the “download now” button. Other topics you may enjoy:Episode 1602-1: Lynn Krawczyk–Instructions for Color Dot Embroidery SamplerEpisode 1601-1: Pat Pauly–Instructions for…

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Handmade Gift Ideas for Mothers and Others

Mother's Day is just a few weeks away. If your mom sews, quilts, or just likes to receive quilted gifts from you (of course she does!), then you will love these free patterns, downloads, and projects to make easy handmade gifts. Susan Brubaker Knapp took years to embroider this jacket, but you could decorate just…

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Sewing Beads on Fabric: Create Text with Beaded Embroidery

When I first discovered art quilting, heavily encrusted, beaded quilts were very popular due to a revival of crazy quilting. For a while, paint, needle felting, and fabric manipulation became more popular as surface embellishment–and that's still true. But I see beaded embellishments are making a comeback, especially in combination with embroidery. One of the…

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Basic Quilting Abbreviations: From ATC to WOF

If I told you to go to your LQS to get some PFD so you could finish your ATC you HSY, would you know what I was talking about? Quilters use many abbreviations to communicate basic quilting terms. Some are practical: you don’t want to have to write (or repeat) “half-square triangles” over and over…

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Trendy Quilting Blocks: Modern Drunkard’s Path

Is the Drunkard’s Path quilt block the new hexie? We are getting tons of submissions for Drunkard’s Path quilts in our in-boxes. “Drunkard’s Path is definitely on trend right now. Modern quilters often love block quilts with curved piecing, and there have been many variations on the Drunkard’s Path block,” says quilt collector and historian…