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Time Management: How to Start Quilting Projects
Between work, family and errands that need to be done it can be hard to find time to quilt. ZJ Humbach shares tips on how to start quilting and how to make time for it every day. Whether you want to finish a quilt to give as a gift for a holiday or you are making it for yourself, making it a priority will help you get it done. ZJ explains how putting quilting on your schedule can help you find time to finish.
Starting in the Center or at the Sides: What’s the Scoop?
Question: I was always taught to start quilting in the center of my quilt and work my way out and down, then return to the center of the quilt and repeat in the other in direction. Lately, I’ve come across many ideas that seem to start on the side or mention stabilizing the quilt at key points and then doing what I want, where I want to do it. What’s the scoop? Answer: Hi, The reason most teach to start quilting at the center and work your way out is to help eliminate the possibility of...
How to Add a Wavy or Scalloped Border to your Quilt
Adding a scalloped or wavy border to your next quilting project can really make it stand out from simply straight borders. Colleen Tauke walks you through how to plan out, measure, draw, cut, and sew a wavy or scalloped border.
Top 10 Quick Quilting Tips
Whether you’re just getting started or are a quilting expert, it’s always a good idea to be looking for tips and tricks to add to your repertoire. We asked our circle of ambassadors to share their favorite life-saving quilting tips. Here are a few of our favorites!
Beginner’s Guide to Quilting: Essential Tools & Supplies
In this article, I’m going to go over some of the basic supplies and materials you will need to get started in quilting, as well as offer some tips for getting started on your very first block. Look toward the end for your essential supply list too. If you are a new quilter and you are reading this article, then you are already off to a great start!
Hand Beading on Fabric with Bugle Beads and Single Stitch
Heather Thomas teaches you how to hand bead so you can add even more extravagance to your quilt. It is very simple to learn and she teaches you using only five basic stitches. The different types you will learn is the bugle stitch that uses bugle beads, the stack stitch using multiple fancy beads, a single stitch, a back stitch to fill something with beads, and a stacking stitch.
How to Paint Fabric for Quilting
Heather Thomas teaches you how to put color onto fabric. You will need stabilized fabric and she suggests three different inks – tee juice markers, fabric markers, or liquid ink. Learn how to paint your fabric by penciling your drawing on your stabilized fabric and then color in different areas using multiple colors with a wet blending technique.
How to Prevent Fabric Bleed
To stop quilting fabric from bleeding in your finished quilt, be sure to machine wash your fabric (sorted with like colors) and dry before cutting. Yes, that does mean you will have to iron or press your quilting fabrics as well!
Piecing a Quilt with Strips
Carolyn Beam presents her creative and easy technique of using leftover strips of fabric. Learn how to incorporate old bindings or scraps of fabric to quilting blocks. Spark new and creative ideas for a fun project of your own. See examples of pieces shes done and use these tips to help get rid of leftover fabric strips!
How to Hang a Quilt on a Wall
Angie Hodapp demonstrates how to avoid making a sleeve when you finally finish your quilt. This video will let you hang your quilt with just one hook/nail at the same time you make your binding. All you have to do is fold two squares in half, baste the triangles in two corners of the quilt, and add your binding.
Tips for Determining Quilt Measurements
Joli Sayasane is here to give you a lesson on the benefits of extra fabric and where to add it when determining your quilt measurements. You will learn how much extra fabric to add to your squares and rectangles, as well as how to go about the various types of triangle pieces.
Quilting on a Budget Tips and Tricks
Every time I get a new quilt student I see their eyes glaze over in shock when we talk about how expensive quilts can be to make. I’ve developed a new shock therapy that snaps them right out of that dazed look: I teach them some money saving skills that encourage and challenge them to make beautiful (but expensive-looking) quilts when quilting on a budget! In this article I’ll go over some of the most expensive aspects of quilting and offer tips on how to save money in each of those areas.
When we view patchwork, many of us begin looking for the quilt “points”. The points are defined as the intersection of seams, which can be simple corners of squares and rectangles, but more often our eyes travel to the areas of a quilt top that contain triangle shapes. Those more interesting angles and how perfectly sharp the tips of triangles appear refers to the quilt points.
Sewing Partial Quilt Seams
Learning new techniques and skills as a quilter can be a challenge. Video is the perfect platform for learning about sewing seams that are in a partial seam quilt block. The ability to rewatch and pause can assist you as you work your way through this new approach. Once you have mastered this skill, you will find a new group of quilt blocks you had previously avoided. New skills = new adventures.