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Quilt Green - with Bonnie Hunter - - -
QuiltingCoach Penny
Quilt Green - with Bonnie Hunter - - - "Quilting Green" your scrap quilts will save the environment and your sanity - because your fabric will be organized and easy to use - without spending hours and hours organizing it. . . . keep reading
What is a Block?
What is a Block? Quilts and quilt designs are often created with a single block or group of blocks. . . . keep reading
How much Fabric Should You Buy?
Joen Wolfrom
How much Fabric Should You Buy? My standard used to be a third of a yard. I like to buy more fabric. I like to have more options, so I prefer to buy a third of a yard. . . . keep reading
Try Leather Fingers with your Iron
Try Leather Fingers with your Iron It's easy to burn your fingers while ironing your quilt blocks. . . . keep reading
Candy Corn - Adding a Pieced Border
QuiltingCoach Penny
Candy Corn - Adding a Pieced Border Once the first border was on, I decided to add a second border that suggested pieces of candy corn that are so reminiscent of Halloween -- at least at my house. . . . keep reading
Tips for Cutting Triangles from Squares
Tips for Cutting Triangles from Squares We're all looking for quicker ways to do everything quilting, and that includes cutting. Half-square triangles are no exception. . . . keep reading
Clever Fabric Hideaways
Clever Fabric Hideaways There are creative storage spots designed to hide fabric from anyone who doesn't understand why you need it at all! . . . keep reading
Keep the Layers of your Quilt Secure
Keep the Layers of your Quilt Secure Before you begin to stitch the binding on your quilt, stitch 1/8 inch all the way around your quilt . . . keep reading
No Binding for These Quilts
No Binding for These Quilts Quilts with scalloped, curved or deep angles on the edges could be good candidates for a special no-binding treatment. . . . keep reading
What's the Best Thread to Use for Machine Quilting?
What's the Best Thread to Use for Machine Quilting? There are really some fun and different thread with the variegated and metallic and all good stuff. Does the type of thread really make a difference? (Audio clip) . . . keep reading
Save time when you cut your fabric
Save time when you cut your fabric When you are cutting more than one layer of fabric at a time, one way to save time is to stack the fabric right sides together as you will sew the pieces together. . . . keep reading
Moustache Trimmer!? Did I read that correctly?
by Elaine Perkins
Moustache Trimmer!?  Did I read that correctly? A Quilter's Dream and a priceless time saver for all quilters. Someone who dreads ripping seams is using a moustache trimmer? Yes! . . . keep reading
Store your needles and keep them sharp
Store your needles and keep them sharp Looking for a safe place to park your needles while you take a break? . . . keep reading
Should I Press My Block as I Go or When It's Complete?
Should I Press My Block as I Go or When It's Complete? Some quilters press after every seam, I prefer to wait until all of the patches are sewn in my blocks. . . . keep reading
To Win a Marathon - Myth or Truth?
To Win a Marathon - Myth or Truth? Do you want to increase your chances of winning the marathon? . . . keep reading
Save your Finger Tips from Pins that Poke
Save your Finger Tips from Pins that Poke To save your finger tips from poking pins, use snap-shut hair clips to secure your binding in place for hand stitching. . . . keep reading
Test Your Batting Before You Buy
Test Your Batting Before You Buy If you've been in a fabric shop or looked online for batting, you know that there are bunches of different kinds -- polyester, cotton, cotton blends, wool, silk, . . . keep reading
Cutting Fabric With Scissors
Cutting Fabric With Scissors Having three pairs of scissors (or more) will save your sanity. One pair for fabric, one for paper and templates, one for . . . keep reading
Quick Tips for Successful Machine Quilting
QuiltingCoach Penny
Quick Tips for Successful Machine Quilting Machine quilting takes practice and good technique. Expert machine quilter, Pam Bauer, shares a few quick tips that will make your machine quilting easier and more successful. . . . keep reading
Tips for Piecing Rag Quilts
Penny Halgren
Tips for Piecing Rag Quilts Rag quilts are fun and easy to make. They are very forgiving in many ways, and sewing them together is somewhat easier than piecing a patchwork quilt. Here are a few tips that might make the construction of your rag quilt even easier: . . . keep reading
Trouble with Batik Fabric Bleeding
I have been rinsing this batik piece in cold salted water over and over and the color still runs. . . . keep reading
How to Blindstitch
QuiltingCoach Penny
How to Blindstitch Watch a video to see how to stitch a label onto your quilt so your stitches don't show. . . . keep reading
Gloves for Machine Quilting
QuiltingCoach Penny
Gloves for Machine Quilting It turns out that in free motion quilting, the machine quilter's hands serve as the feed dogs in directing the quilt under the needle. Why not make your quilting easier with gloves? . . . keep reading
Quick and Portable Ironing Board
Anna
Quick and Portable Ironing Board Usually I prefer to have a regular ironing board set up across the room from my work area so that I have to get up and stretch every so often. . . . keep reading
Selecting Fabric for Your Quilting Project
Selecting Fabric for Your Quilting Project Most quilters use 100% cotton fabric for their patchwork quilts. While part of the reason has to do with tradition, another part is due to what is practical. . . . keep reading
Backing Fabric for a Quilt
QuiltingCoach Penny
Backing Fabric for a Quilt Early on in my quilting days, I didn't pay that much attention to the fabric I used for the back of my quilts. Once the top was finished, I would scour through my stash . . . keep reading
Video: Stay Sane with Crazy Quilts Webinar Replay
QuiltingCoach Penny
Many quilters look at crazy quilts with wonder and amazement. What makes them so special and what, actually, is the process for creating one of these treasures? Crazy quilts are similar to traditional patchwork quilts in that they are created from scraps of fabric. The big difference is that crazy quilts include several different types of fabric. . . . keep reading
Storing Quilting Fabric
Quilting Coach Penny
If this is the year to get the entire stash of fabric organized, here are some tips for storing long lengths of fabric. . . . keep reading
Paper Templates and Quilting
Quilting Coach Penny
If you use any quilting software or print out templates on paper, but the whole template doesn't fit on a sheet of paper, here is an option. . . . keep reading
Video: Quilt Backings Webinar
QuiltingCoach Penny
Video: Quilt Backings Webinar Oh, I know the questions - Who cares what is on the back of my quilt? Why should I use high quality fabric on the back of my quilt? What if I don't have enough fabric for the back? All of those and more answered in this video replay of the Quilt Backings Webinar. . . . keep reading
Tips for Making Rag Quilts
Quilting Coach Penny
Rag quilts are fun and easy to make. They are very forgiving in many ways, and sewing them together is somewhat easier than piecing a patchwork quilt. Here are a few tips that might make the construction of your rag quilt even easier. . . . keep reading
Scrap Quilt with Hearts
Quilting Coach Penny
The problem was that because it was a scrap quilt, I didn't have the correct assortment of light, medium and dark fabric. I limited myself to the fabric I had on hand and it was difficult to create the effect I wanted. . . . keep reading
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