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Three Ways to Make Rag Quilt Borders

I have tried several different ways to create the outer edges of my rag quilts. First Try: Fringe the Outer Squares It isn’t strictly necessary to include any border at all on a rag quilt. You can use your rag snips to clip the outer edges of the quilt in exactly the same way you […]


How to Design a Better-Looking T-Shirt Quilt

I love t-shirts, but I’ve never been a big fan of t-shirt quilts. That’s because the typical t-shirt quilt pattern looks like this–worthy, but dull. It’s easy to see why so many t-shirt quilters go with a basic grid design. It helps unify a group of images that don’t necessarily have a lot in common. […]


How to Stabilize T-Shirts for T-Shirt Quilting

One reason we all love wearing t-shirts is because they are made from such soft, stretchy knit fabric. When it comes to making t-shirt quilts, though, their stretchiness poses a problem. The same give that makes t-shirts so comfortable also makes them get distorted and wonky if you sew them without preparing them in advance. […]


Flying Geese Quilt Blocks Tutorial

There are at least four ways to make Flying Geese Quilt Blocks. This post gives you step by step instructions for one of them: making the block from one rectangle and two contrasting squares. How to Sew a Flying Geese Quilt Block from Squares and Rectangles You will need a rectangle for the “goose” and […]


Printing Pictures on Fabric – a Tutorial

Photographs and other images add something special to your quilts,  t-shirts, and other sewing projects. Pretreated ink jet printer fabric makes printing on fabric at home fast and easy. You can print your first image on fabric in just a few minutes. Supply List for Printing Pictures on Fabric Here’s what you’ll need to print […]


How to Tie a Quilt

When a quilt top is done and you’re ready to assemble the layers into a finished quilt, there are several ways to attach the layers together. There’s hand quilting. There’s machine quilting. And then there’s the simplest option, tying the quilt. Hand tying a quilt consists of stitching a tough, heavy yarn or thread through […]


Courthouse Steps Quilt Block Strip Piecing Tutorial

The Courthouse Steps block is a variation on the traditional Log Cabin quilt block. Like other Log Cabin blocks, Courthouse Steps is made from light and dark quilting fabrics arranged in a step formation around a central “hearth” square. The arrangement of the logs in two sets of graduated light and dark “steps” gives the […]


How to Prewash Quilting Fabric

Do you prewash your quilting fabric? I do if I know the quilt I’m making will be washed after I finish it. I have a superstitious fear that if I don’t prewash, I’ll spend days and days making a quilt, only to have it shrink after I finish it and ruin all my hard work. […]


Strip Piecing Basics

We really do live in a golden age of quilting, with all kinds of time-saving devices and techniques the quilters of old didn’t have. I’m especially glad I started quilting after the invention of the rotary cutter and that fabulous time-saving trick,  strip piecing. If it’s possible to strip piece a quilt, I do. Three […]


Overrun with Scraps? Make String Quilts!

The more time I spend quilting, the bigger my scrap pile grows. The thought of throwing away all that precious fabric makes me break out in a cold sweat, so I keep all but the very smallest scraps. But what is a quilter to do with all those odd bits and pieces that accumulate as you […]