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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 […]


How to 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 […]


All About Pin Basting a Quilt

My favorite way to baste most quilts is with basting spray. But sometimes basting with safety pins is a better choice–if you don’t like breathing in chemical fumes, for instance, or if you’re basting a quilt that you might not get finished for quite a while. Pin basting is easy to learn, low-tech, and involves […]


All About Spray Basting a Quilt

What’s your least favorite part of making a quilt? Mine is basting. Or it was, until I discovered basting spray. Basting spray glues the layers of a quilt together temporarily until you can quilt them together permanently with your sewing machine.  It’s by far the fastest and easiest way I’ve found to baste, and the […]


How to Machine Bind a Quilt (No Hand Sewing!)

I know many people love to sew by hand, but I am not one of those people. I’ve noticed that my sewing machine is faster, more accurate, and, with all of its clever decorative stitches, more inventive than my fingers. It’s machine quilting all the way for me, baby! That’s why I was so pleased […]


How to Make a Quilt Hanging Sleeve

A hanging sleeve is a fabric tube sewn to the back of a quilt to make it possible to hang the quilt on the wall. A dowel or a rod or a flat board is slipped through the tube, then suspended from nails or screws on the wall. Hanging sleeves are also used to mount […]