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Quilt Lessons: What is Stippling?

If you are new to free-motion quilting or unfamiliar with the terminology of various free-motion quilting motifs, you may have asked yourself, “What is stippling?” With so many quilt artists well-versed in the art of quilt stippling, it can be difficult to discern what stippling actually is. Personally, I’ve found Sulky’s explanation the most concise…

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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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Quilt Designs: The Value of Value

After choosing fabrics, piecing blocks, and quilting everything together, even the most beautiful quilt designs can make for lackluster quilts. Why is that? Most of us are quick to name color choice as the culprit of our (dare I say it) boring quilts, but commonly value, not color, is the offender. To avoid this outcome…

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Quilted Table Topper Patterns with Pizzazz

Many of us have tried our hand at curved piecing, but a lot of quilters shy away from quilts in the shape of a circle, even when it comes to smaller projects such as placemats or table runners. It’s true, most quilted table topper patterns are of the rectangular variety, but that’s just another reason…

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How to Bind a Quilt with the French-fold Binding Method

If you’re a quilter, chances are you’ve got some quilt binding experience—good or bad. Binding a quilt can be difficult; I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t my favorite step in the quilt making process. This is why I am always looking for variations on how to bind a quilt. While looking through…

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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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Small Quilting Projects for The Home

Do you use your sewing and quilting skills to create home furnishings? Small quilting projects including pillows, table runners, and placemats are all great ways to spice up your home décor. When I’m working on a quilt, I often make an extra block or two. The reason is twofold; first it allows me to practice my…

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How to Machine Quilt a Cross Hatch Design

Do you machine quilt your own quilts? Or do you take send them out to be quilted? Each option has its merits and there is no right or wrong choice. I tend to make small quilting projects, most often baby quilts or lap quilts, so I usually quilt them myself. However, I have the notion…