Tag: Quilting Techniques

Gorgeous machine quilting by Dawn Cavanaugh.

Longarm Quilting: Making Muscle Memories

Machine quilting, whether it’s on a longarm or a domestic sewing machine, takes practice. Of course, you can do this sitting at the machine, but you can also work on machine quilting exercises which don’t require a needle and thread. Dawn Cavanaugh shares a few ideas I’d like to try. I mean, you can’t go…

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How to Read Paper Piecing Quilt Patterns

If you’ve ever tried them, you know that paper piecing quilt patterns can be difficult to decipher. Often it seems like they are written in a different language. Plus, the process of paper piecing can seem backward when you first start learning this sewing technique. Don’t let these minor roadblocks stop you from trying paper piecing!…

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Quilt Lessons: How to Resize Quilt Blocks

For many quilters resizing blocks is something to avoid. And if you’ve ever tried to resize a quilt block, you know there’s some math involved.  Don’t let that scare you away! Changing the size of quilt blocks is much easier than it looks. Plus, learning how to modify the size of your quilt blocks can…

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Expert Tips for Free-Motion Quilting

This time of year I am always looking for quilting techniques I can use in my quilted gifts. My go to technique is almost always free-motion quilting. Quilted potholders are the ideal project in my book because they are quick to make and easy to customize. Plus, potholders are a manageable size and they give…

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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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Quilt Binding Techniques and Tips

Once you’ve finished your quilt top and have quilted the layers together, you’re ready to add the quilt binding. It’s this quilt making step that always makes me want to pause so I can look over a quilt binding tutorial. Even though I’ve bound many a quilt, somehow I inevitably forget one important step that spurs…

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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…