Tag: Quilting For Beginners

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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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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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Quilt Scene submissions still open!

See your quilt here! The editors of Quilting Arts Magazine and the staff of Quilts, Inc. are proud to be working on the eighth annual edition of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene. This publication captures the excitement and creativity of the quilt world and is our annual issue of fresh ideas for today’s quilter including…

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Quilting Lessons: The Basics of Nesting Seams

Quilting squares, particularly pre-cut charm squares, are one of my favorite ways to construct a quilt top. Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on a quilt that marries the ease of charm squares with the efficiency of chain piecing. Using Allie Heath’s Graphic Cross Quilt from Modern Patchwork Winter 2014 as inspiration, I…

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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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Get Inspired, Make a Quilt, Enter to Win!

Quilting Arts Magazine will celebrate its 15th year with the December 2015/January 2016 issue and we'd like to share this anniversary with you! Recently, we introduced a special Reader Challenge to commemorate this milestone. The theme is "Artful Adventure." To mark this festive occasion, we're asking you to create a small art quilt depicting your…

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A Quilters Guide to Art Quilting Supplies and Tools – Free eBook

Art quilters use many of the same quilting tools as traditional quilters. From irons, rotary cutters, and quilting rulers to basic quilting notions like thread, pins, and needles—our sewing rooms share similar quilt supplies. Jamie Fingal finds the best fabric scissors by trying them out on different types of fabric. But an art quilter’s supply…

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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.…