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Tips for Determining Quilt Measurements
Joli Sayasane gives you a lesson on how much extra fabric and where to add it. You will learn that you need to add ½ to the height and width of squares and rectangles, 7/8 to the short side of half square triangles, 1 ¼ to the long side of quarter square triangle, and either multiply or divide by 1.414 for a triangle depending on the side. Try to memorize these cut sizes to easily give you finish sizes that you want.
Best Methods for Removing Stitches
When it comes to sewing and quilting, stitching mistakes can happen, especially ones where the only fix is to rip out the stitching. ZJ Humbach shares a few ways to remove stitches, including showing how to remove stitches without a seam ripper, and a way that she considers the best way to remove stitches, which is a method that protects the fabric as much as possible.
Hand Quilting Techniques and Ideas
Heather Thomas introduces a fun technique known as “Lay and Play” to make quilting pieces. Learn how to make quilts full of different fabrics! Find out how dip dying fabric can enhance the colors in your quilt. See many examples of this technique through samples of her quilt pieces. These fancy ideas will help you make even more fabulous quilts.
How to Choose the Right Quilt Batting
Heather Thomas teaches you how to select the type of quilt batting that will work best for your quilting projects. The proper batting is very important for a quilt, based on the form of stitching that you will be doing. When buying batting, you should consider what it’s made of and how quickly it shrinks when laundered.
Making Narrow Borders
Dana Jones shows you two helpful techniques for making a narrow border on your quilts. She demonstrates each technique while teaching you how to put quarter inch strips into your quilts. Find out when to utilize this simple technique and see how beneficial these tips can truly be for you. Improve your quilting skills today with these quilting techniques for making narrow borders.
How to Make a Quilt Label Out of Fabric
Diane Harris makes adding a label to your quilt completely painless. Start by brainstorming and creating what your label will say and how it will look using Microsoft Word. You will need to get special fabric paper that runs through your printer. After you get your label printed learn how to add a border and a backing to it to sew to the back of the quilt by hand.
Pressing Quilt Seams: Open or to the Side?
Pressing quilt seams is a crucial step of any quilt-making process – not only will it make it easier to join your blocks, it will also make your finished creation lie flatter and look so much more polished. Some quilters might prefer to finger-press, but pressing quilt seams with an iron is really your best bet. But should you press your seams open or to the side?
Choosing the Right Quilting Thread
Heather Thomas teaches you all about thread while providing helpful tips and techniques for working with thread. Learn the many types of thread available as well as the many brands and weights of thread. Understand the value of thread and add element to your quilts. Find out all you need to know about thread and how you can utilize thread when making your beautiful quilts.
Ensuring a Square Quilt
Do you want a “square quilt”? That is not to say that your quilt is literally a square shape (unless of course you want it to be a square shape); what this means is that your quilt will lie perfectly flat with no puckers, tucks, or unwanted pleating after it has been quilted. So how do you achieve this? Here are some helpful hints.
Different Types of Quilt Batting
There are many different types of quilt batting available on the market today, and different quilt batting can give finished quilts very different looks and feels. Ashley Hough shares some of the different types of batting, what their main characteristics are and when to use them.
Piecing Together Quilt Batting
After a quilt has been layered and quilted, most times there will be some excess quilt batting that needs to be trimmed away from around the edges. Rather than throwing away all of your smaller scrap sizes of batting, save them and learn how quick and easy it can be to piece together small pieces of batting- Heather Thomas shows you how.