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Quilting Basics

our best basic how-to content

Look for the following blocks while on a barn quilt trail and...
There are a lot of factors to consider before you buy an antique...
We've all been there -- you start a project and then years...
We know, we know. You're so busy! When your to-list is a...
Trimming the seam allowance at a corner is the best way to make...
When you sew a curved seam, reducing the bulk of the seam...
Your thread choice is so important to the quality and enjoyment...
Here’s a fact: If you sew, you will “unsew...
Create uniquely colored prints by bleaching or overdyeing...
Use interfacing between layers of fabric to add body and...
Wool is very versatile and can be used for many projects,...
Whether you are a collector of antique quilts, inherited a...
Although quilting is often a solitary activity, many quilters...
With a warp of one color and weft of another color, shot cottons...
Do you find yourself using only your straight stitch on your...
See a variety of thread choices from Coats, then see how to...
In Week 4 of the Sharpen Your Skills video series, we're...
Learn how fusible fleece and fusible web can help make sewing...
In Week 3 of the Sharpen Your Skills video series, we're...
When you come across a fabric you love but you don’t have...
In Week 2 of our Sharpen Your Skills video series, we share an...
Plan your next trip around these upcoming shows. Admire the...
See creative uses for this popular crafting supply! These ideas...
Brush up on your sewing and quilting skills with our new weekly...
In Week 1 of our Sharpen Your Skills video series, we share a...
Beth shares 3 tips for marking your projects and demonstrates...
Fight the effects of light, creases, acid, mold, and time on...
Learn about common types of sewing adhesives: fusible web,...
Learn the features and accessories important to pressing well.
Pressing well makes a big difference in your finished quilt'...
Make this year one for the books, and expand your quilting...
If you use a pattern or kit and follow the instructions exactly...
Sometimes you start a new project, and your enthusiasm quickly...
We don’t always like to admit the bad sewing habits we...
While we all have good intentions of finishing our UFOs (...
If you’ve been quilting a long time, it’s likely you...
Motivation may be the key to success when working on a project,...
Do you know the right spool cap to use? What's a thread net...
Have an item missing in action because it's missing a button...
A casing is a hollow channel that holds elastic. It’s a...
If your sewing machine doesn't have a 1/4" seam guide,...
Batiks have been around for thousands of years. Believed to...
Panels come in a variety of sizes. The original artwork is...
Designer Amy Walsh offers these tips for working with silk in...
Learn how to use Terial Magic, a liquid fabric stabilizer that...
With airline security regulations constantly changing, sewers...
We asked the designers featured in Quilts and More magazine...
Road trips are great for handwork because they involve long...
We asked our Facebook readers what quilting lie they keep...
We asked our readers their favorite quilt museums -- and there...
Zippers are easy once you get used to adding them. Here are some...
There are some things only quilters understand. We asked our...
Use this chart to figure out what machine needle size you need...
There are other ways to hem a T-shirt or knit fabric without...
Pinning your fabric will save you time and ensure...
Whether you've purchased a new sewing machine, inherited a...
Threading a sewing machine may seem easy enough. There are a...
Trips to the fabric store are tempting, but we always end up...
Every quilter has learned the lesson "measure twice, cut...
An accurate quarter-inch seam is crucial in piecing so...
If your sewing and stitches aren't going smoothly, your...
Maintaining an accurate seam allowance is essential to...
Our staff shares a few of their favorite tools and notions for...
Our staff shares a few of their favorite tools and notions when...
Do you draw a blank when the class list says to bring a BSK? We...
Using contrast and value in your quilts can make a big...
If you’re having trouble starting a new project or feel...
Many of us make the mistake of only replacing our sewing machine...
If your stitches look off, you might have tension trouble....
Here's how to finish the edges of a place mat, quilt, bag,...
Learn how to adjust the stitch length and width on your sewing...
If you're looking for a simple way to ensure smooth sewing,...
Sewing with a walking foot makes quilting easily, is helpful...
Ensure smooth stitching each time you start a project with our...
Learn to get perfect 1/4" seams when you're sewing and...
Learn to add fabric applique shapes to your sewing projects and...
Use tape to hold fabric un-pinnable fabric together such as...
See how to sew straight using a rubber band.
Push out pillow and bag corners using the eraser end of a pencil...
See how to save time while sewing with a Post It.
See how to sew straight using a rubber band.
See how to sew straight using painter's tape.
See how to keep unfinished projects organized with a binder clip...
Hold fabric together temporarily for appliqué using a...
See how to mark dark or printed fabrics with chalk.
See how to make easy circle or scallop patterns with a CD.
Your first trip to the fabric store can be overwhelming! You don...
One of the first design concepts to consider when making a quilt...
Sewing with plush fabric can present new challenges. But,...
Caring for fabrics properly, both before and after they’re...
Learn to care for and clean your quilts, so they can be enjoyed...
Opinions differ on whether it is a good idea to wash your...
It doesn’t matter how much you pay for a sweater -- those...
A selvage is the tightly woven edge of a fabric. It...
In many patterns, you'll see instructions that read "...
A design wall provides a space to audition fabric placement and...
If you need to convert a pattern's units of measurement, use...
You probably have more washi tape than you'd care to admit...
Here’s how to stitch a seam that doesn’t require...
Fusible fleece is a good choice when you want to add body and...
Make an accurate fold and crisp fabric crease every time with a...
Learn to sew a smooth, curved edge.
When you're working with T-shirts, it's important to...
Sewing together two pieces of bias tape with a diagonal seam...
The first step to success in sewing is threading a needle, which...
When you’re standing at the great wall of notions in the...
Jody Sanders shares some needle know-how, including 3 things...
Drafting allows a quilter to copy a block in a quilt, develop an...
Jody Sanders shows you a tip to make changing thread on your...
  A serger is a handy tool to add to your sewing space....
Learn the meaning behind common quilting acronyms, so you can...
If your sewing machine is just not sewing correctly, try these...
Two common precut fabrics—fat quarters and fat...
Take advantage of this golden opportunity in sewing -- the...
Learn how to select the right needle for your project, how often...
Learn how to press seams and clip edges in order to prevent bulk...
To achieve a smooth and even quilt top, it's important to...
Create your own embroidery designs and take personalization to a...
Use templates to make fun shapes from jelly rolls or strips.
Learn what a perfect serger stitch looks like and how to achieve...
Make super easy ruffles with your serger. Just a few setting...
Using a double fold bias binding foot is a great way to add a...
Using a serger is a great way to finish knits and other stretchy...
Discover a world of new techniques for your serger by adding...
A serger is a great tool to add to your sewing room!
Learn about the unique features of OLFA tools and how they can...
Get four quick tips for sewing straighter to improve accuracy...
Sewline Fabric Tools make marking and erasing lines and gluing...
The Baby Lock Ovation Serger is full of innovative features that...
Looking for a way to make your quilting more creative? Take a...
Sewing with laminates and coated fabrics will go smoothly with...
A Serger can open up so many possibilities when it comes to...
Put your sewing skills to work on outdoor projects with Coats...
There's no limit to your creativity when you take advantage...
Fine fabrics, such as cotton lawn and voile, can be used in...
Confused by all the thread options out there? Jennifer Keltner...
Sew a rolled hem with a serger to add a finished edge to any...
When working with knits, cuddle and stretch fabrics, be sure to...
Tips for finding the perfect quarter-inch seam on your sewing...
The Baby Lock Tiara offers all the functionality of a long-arm...
Selecting the correct needle for the thread you are using is key...
Using a leader strip is a simple way to ensure smooth machine...
Precuts are fun to work with! Watch this video for some quick...
Choosing the correct needle and thread combination results in...
A walking foot helps guide your fabric to ensure pucker-free...
Take your creativity to a new level with the Baby Lock Destiny.
Choosing the correct needle and thread pairing results in a...
With hundreds of decorative stitch options, creating a stitch...
Don't come undone! Stay stitching along the edge of your...
Achieve a smooth, flat quilt top by piecing and pressing the...
Your machine and bobbin are the perfect pair! Watch for some...
Do you notice your seams bow when sewing long strips? To keep...
Color gorgeous quilts and create fun designs with printable...
Do you need help figuring out what to pack for your next quilt...
Paint yourself happy with a rainbow of products that'll...
If you grew up with Star Wars, you know how many life lessons...
Cats are quilter's best friends! See a collection of...
Dogs are quilter's best friends! See a collection of reader...
If you're a quilter, you probably make (frequent, daily...
Trust us, we've all been there. You're sewing along fine...
Pressing well makes a big difference in your finished quilt'...
Understanding contrast helps add depth to your quilts.
Here's advice to help you begin quilting.
A beginner's guide to visiting a quilt shop.
Select the right tools to mark you quilt tops.
Sewing with plush fabric can present challenges. But, overcoming...
Learn about color selection and get tips about prints so you can...
Stock up these handy tools, gadgets, and notions that could save...
Check out our list of top quilting notions and supplies that...
Selecting a color palette for your quilt or sewing project doesn...
In the 1800s, manufacturers began printing fabrics with...
From bale to spool, get a behind-the-scenes look at how thread...
Learn to use fabric scraps, leftover blocks, selvages, with...
Designer Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio shared her remedy...
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the process of designing a...