Tag: Sewing Techniques

Foundation Paper Piecing: Tips from a First-Timer

It’s official; I’ve finally tried foundation paper piecing and I think I’m in love! I bought the Flight Delight Quilt Kit quite a while ago, but have been too nervous to give it a go. I’m a visual learner, so the idea of trying to understand how foundation paper piecing works without a ton of…

When Did You Learn How to Sew?

How old were you when you learned how to sew? I asked this question to our Facebook fans and I was blown away by the responses! Some of us learned how to sew before we were in school and others began quilting once retired. We’ve learned from mothers, grandmothers, teachers, or have persisted in teaching…

Embellish small projects like potholders with the chicken scratch embroidery stitch.

Chicken Scratch Embroidery Stitch: A Beginner’s Guide

I’ve always associated the expression “chicken scratch” with handwriting. Specifically, the spiky, sloppy, and near-impossible to read markings of kids still learning the craft of penmanship. With that as my sole reference to the phrase, I was astonished to learn chicken scratch is also the name of an embroidery stitch. I first learned of this…

QuiltCon Magazine 2017

Produced by the editors of Modern Patchwork in close collaboration with the MQG, QuiltCon Magazine will inspire and delight modern quilting enthusiasts worldwide! Celebrate the fourth annual QuiltCon, the international conference and show created by and for the Modern Quilt Guild. 2017 brings the show to Savannah, GA, and the excitement is palpable. This magazine…

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!…

Easy Envelope Backs for Quilted Pillows

Do you make quilted pillows? Pillows are a quick quilting project that I really enjoy making. I will often use the extra blocks from a quilt I’m working on to create a matching pillow. In addition to being a nice companion project, this serves the secondary purpose of allowing me to practice my machine quilting…

Modern Patchwork Gifts 2016

Don’t delay -The holidays are just around the corner, and there’s no time like the present to make handmade gifts, patchwork quilts, and easy quilt projects for you and your friends. Featuring more than 30 brand new quilting projects straight from modern quilt designers you know and love, this issue has a wealth of ideas…

Hand Sewing How-To: Heirloom Smocking

As you know, I’ve been in the market for hand sewing projects I can take with me while I’m on the go. I’ve been embroidering since I was a little girl, so I decided to keep looking for a take-with-me project that will enable me to expand my sewing repertoire with a new technique. Enter…

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…

Tips for Smudge-Free Printing on Fabric

Thermofax screens have a mystery about them, probably because you can’t just buy them in any store. You have to have a Thermofax machine (an old photocopy technology) or know someone who does. Fortunately, there are many artists who will make these screens for you at a reasonable cost. And once you have your screens,…