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A Faster, Easier Way to Make Half-Square Triangle Blocks

I have made a lot of half-square triangle blocks in my life as a quilter. If you’ve spent much time quilting, you probably have too, and you’ll understand why it’s so exciting to come across a technique that promises to speed up the process of making them. Triangle Blocks from Raw-Edged Appliqué I found this […]

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Make Your Own Pressing Spray and Save $$ — a Tutorial

A hot iron alone doesn’t always get all the creases and wrinkles out of your fabric — even when you use steam. (I speak from bitter experience.) Pressing sprays like Mary Ellen’s Best Press really do help smooth out stubborn wrinkles, but they aren’t cheap! In fact, they are so pricey that I rarely buy […]

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Simple Table Runner with Prairie Points

We’re always on the lookout for easy projects like this table runner from Jordan Fabrics. The basic table runner is made from 5″ squares, which you can buy in precut charm packs or cut for yourself. See the video below for exact instructions. Make This Table Runner for any Holiday Like many of our favorite […]

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41 Gorgeous Quilts from PIQF 2018

If you’ve ever been to a large quilt show, you’ll know how amazing it is to see the sheer variety of different quilts that come out of the minds and sewing machines of people from around the world. I can’t begin to do justice to the creativity on display at this year’s Pacific International Quilt […]

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Black Cats Halloween Table Runner Quilt

I’ve had a long love affair with the rail fence quilt block. I’ve lost count of how many rail fence bed quilts and lap quilts I’ve made, but until this week I had never made a rail fence table quilt. No more! This week I made two: this cute Halloween table runner, and a 24″ […]

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Day of the Dead Rail Fence Table Topper Quilt

I have a child who is a huge fan of Halloween, so I have made quite a few quilts featuring pumpkins, spiders, bats, and witches. This easy little table topper quilt is only the second quilt I’ve ever made in honor of the Day of the Dead. Dia de Los Muertos is the distinctively Mexican […]

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6 Ways to Cut up Fabric Layer Cakes

Wondering how you can use that layer cake precut package you just bought? There are lots of different ways to cut it up for use in quilts and sewing projects. 1. Four 5″ squares The finished size of the squares will be 4-1/2″ when sewed into a quilt. 2. Eight 2-1/2″ squares The finished size […]

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Basting a Quilt with Fusible Batting

If you’re looking for a fast and easy way to baste a quilt, fusible batting is definitely worth a look. It’s probably the simplest of all the five quilt basting methods I’m aware of. No safety pins, no spraying, no tedious stitching — all you need is an iron and your quilt layers. How Fusible […]

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Basting a Quilt with a Tack Gun

Basting with a quilter’s tack gun involves loading a rack of plastic tacks into the gun, poking the needle on the gun’s nose through the fabric layers, and pulling the trigger to shoot the tack through the quilt sandwich. The two brands I’ve come across are the Dritz Quilter’s Basting Gun, which I have tried, […]

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How to Self-Bind a Quilt

If you’ve ever wished there was an easier way to bind a quilt than laboriously making your own binding strips and sewing them onto the quilt, there is! You can save several steps (and quite a bit of time) by making a self-bound quilt. A self-bound quilt uses the backing fabric to create a finished […]

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How to Square up a Quilt: Video Tutorial

Squaring up the quilt layers is one of the last and most important steps in making sure your quilt will look right after you finish it. We recently found this very helpful video from The Crafty Gemini that shows you exactly what to do.

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