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Putting a price tag on all your time, work and creativity can feel like the hardest thing in the world. Too high, no one will buy it. Too low, you won't be able to keep your business running. How do you find that sweet spot? We've got some tips to help you nail it.
Ashley Martineau
Sometimes the thought of measuring and cutting fabric is totally unappealing, and other times you just want to play around with all of the variations in a given fabric collection — without dropping a ton of cash on yardage. Precuts give you the chance to do just that!
Sherri McConnell
Sew
Faded fabrics can make your hand-sewn quilts look lackluster. Don't let your fabrics suffer this sad fate — these hacks are all-natural, using ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen. Genius!
Lindsay Conner
Free-motion quilting can feel intimidating when you're first getting started. After all, you're used to a walking foot doing the hard work of guiding your design. But once you switch to that darning foot, the power is in your hands. And that's a good thing!
Bluprint
You've got a heap of gorgeous fabric and a brand new quilt pattern — yay! But if that pattern is printed in grayscale, things can get complicated, fast. What goes where? How can you achieve that finished look you have in your mind (or saw in a photo)? Will the fabrics you have on hand even work?
Lindsay Conner
When you start out quilting, you have very clear goals: make a quilt for this bed, then that bed, then...that bed again? At some point, you have to start looking for other ways to display those gorgeous works of art.
Leah Day
Let's be real: quilting calls for loads of notions and supplies. And while that's exciting for a lot of reasons (new stuff to play with! new projects to make!), it can also be overwhelming. After all, which of these tools do you really need?
Emily Dennis
Y-seams can strike fear into the hearts of even veteran quilters. The dreaded seaming situation occurs when you have three fabric edges that all meet at one point (like when you’re sewing hexagons together). Once stitched, the seams form a Y-shape. You’ll also encounter Y-seams when you’re working with eight-pointed stars or if you're creating a tumbling block design in your quilt.
Sherri McConnell
Sure, you can trick out a standard sewing machine so you can free-motion quilt. But if you're in the market for a shiny new model, why not get one that will satisfy both your sewing and FMQ needs? These are the free-motion features you should keep an eye out for while shopping.
Christa Watson
While stitch in the ditch will never let you down, it's not the only move your walking foot can make. Whether you want totally straight or gently curved lines, these designs add visual bang to your quilt that'll get everyone talking about your mad skills.
Bluprint
You know how, no matter how many amazing TV shows or movies air, you still have your go-to favorites; the ones you watch over and over again? Yeah, same thing happens here. These are the fave classes we fire up whenever we're in need of an extra dose of inspo.
Bluprint
Every quilt needs a binding — that's just a fact. The real fun comes in when you realize how much this detail can add as an actual design element. Whether you prefer to go subtle or fancy, here's how to get your quilt across the finish line in flawless style.
Bluprint
Sashing doesn't just happen when you win a beauty pageant (congrats, btw!). If you love to quilt, you may be doing a lot of sashing, too.
Sherri McConnell
With their mesmerizing honeycomb pieces, hexagon — or hexie —quilts deserve all the buzz thanks to their insane versatility. Whether you work in a modern or traditional style, it's basically guaranteed that you can make these six-sided shapes work well in your design. The best part? They don't have to be difficult to piece. In fact, with these shortcuts and tips, you'll be well on your way to making fun, creative hexies over and over again.
Sherri McConnell
Clean, classic straight-line quilting is always a winner in our book. But stitching perfectly straight lines can be challenging. The secret to success? Marking your lines correctly.
Emily Dennis
Before you dismiss hand quilting as something your great-grandma might have done, here's something you should know. Sewing your quilt by hand provides a soft finish that really can’t be achieved by machines. And nothing beats the zen of sewing something with needle and thread.
Sherri McConnell
Here's a guaranteed way to up-level your quilts: appliqué. Sew fun shapes, bold lettering and other eye-catching textural elements right onto your pieced quilt.
Karen Walker
As with most creative projects, our fave motto applies here: You do you. If you like a thread color for your quilt top, you should 100 percent go for it. Buuuut if you’re craving some extra guidance, Angela Walters of the Midnight Quilt Show totally has your back. These are her tricks to making sure your selection is perfect every single time.
Bluprint
Your quilt looks perfectly fine without a border. But with a border? Masterpiece! That's definitely true when you're using a mitered border — and all you need to know to create this style of fabric frame is how to sew mitered corners.
Angela Mitchell
You’ve pieced together a killer quilt top (congrats!), picked your bottom fabric and purchased your batting. Now you’re wondering how to stitch that fluffy quilt sandwich with your sewing machine. Fear not! We’re here to help.
Carolina Moore
Cutting fabric for quilting is a little more involved than just taking a pair of scissors and snipping strips of cloth. You need the right supplies — a quality rotary cutter, a ruler and a cutting mat — plus some know-how.
Karen Walker
Choosing the right type of binding to finish a quilt or other sewing project can literally put you in a bind. Should you go with straight or bias cut? Single- or double-folded? Pre-cut or DIY? And then there are all the different combos of the above!
Sherri Sylvester
Picture this: You go to the fabric store, pick out the perfect materials for your next project, and come home only to realize that — doh — you already have great fabric you could have used tucked away in a forgotten corner of your sewing room.
Lindsay Conner
Can you feel that? It's the spark of new romance! Specifically, we're head-over-heels for these adorable quilt designs that reinterpret the classic symbol of love. Find a little inspiration here, then tackle a project that'll show everybody just how much heart you really have.
Lindsay Conner
Quilting involves a lot of pressing, from the fabric to the seams to the patchwork of pieces. If you make a mistake during one of these stages, the entire project can go south in a hurry.
Diane Knott
Sew
If you find yourself struggling to sew a straight line, you're definitely not alone. Sometimes sewing basics are the toughest to master. But you can get on the straight and narrow faster — or, if you're already a pro, pick up a new trick or two — with these tips from master sewer Christine Haynes.
Christine Haynes
Hand quilting involves sewing running stitches through the three layers of a quilt sandwich — the quilt top, batting and backing fabric.
Rachaeldaisy
Truth: If you quilt, you need math. Calculating yardages for borders, backs and bindings is part of the craft, whether you're making the best use of the fabric you have or deciding how much to buy.
Sherri McConnell
If you don't know how to make a quarter-square triangle, it is definitely time to learn. It is used in dozens of quilt blocks (get an insight to quilt blocks in this class) , and making one is a great skill for quilters of all levels of expertise.
Emily Dennis
We've all been there. You're quilting very happily ... until you suddenly discover you're out of border fabric. Or your seams are so wavy they become unintentional improv piecing. Or after you carefully measure again and again, somehow your blocks are all different sizes.
Lindsay Conner
When you're first starting to quilt, it's tempting to want to buy ALL the fabric. Makes sense: The zillions of colors, patterns, textures and weights out there are mesmerizing. Who can resist?
Sherri McConnell
We get it: To a beginner, maneuvering a needle up and down through all the layers of a quilt sandwich sounds a little scary. But the truth is that hand quilting isn't nearly as challenging as you might think. In fact, all you need to know are a few simple stitching techniques. Nail 'em and you'll be turning out heirloom-quality quilts in no time.
Lindsay Conner
It's one of the fiercest debates in quilting — starch or no starch?
Ashley Smith
Sew
As you dig around in your stash of quilting fabric, do you ever stop and think: Hmm, could I make a dress out of this? Or do you ever eye a quilting cotton at the store and wonder: Wouldn't that look cute as a shirt? Makes total sense — but wait, can you even make clothes out of quilting fabrics?
Bluprint
Meet the walking foot: Besides having one of the greatest names ever for a sewing-machine accessory, it's also your best friend when you're straight-line quilting or adding a binding.
Lindsay Conner
You'd be forgiven if you thought a barn quilt was a type of fabric quilt that you drape over a stall door, or maybe over yourself as you milked the cows.
Angela Mitchell
When you're quilting, you need super-straight seams for accurate piecing. In other words: You need starch or pressing spray. But what if you run out of the stuff? Or what if the chemicals in store-bought fabric starch skeeve you out? Should your sewing come to a screeching halt?
Lauren Lang
Scraps are just a fact of life for quilters — and it doesn't take long for that pile of leftovers to get pretty big.
Bluprint
Lifestyle
You've made up your mind to finally take a crack at knitting, cake decorating, paper crafting … whatever. But how to make it happen when there are so many options? The truth: Just. Go. Start.
Liz Callahan Schnabolk
Forget everything you know about quilting — that it requires cutting fabric into a gazillion pieces, then placing and stitching all those pieces together in a precise pattern. There's another, simpler way to get an equally amazing end result. Say hello to the wholecloth quilt.
Jackie White
When it comes to precuts, the quilting possibilities are endless. Whether you want to whip up a quick block pattern or piece together something more intricate, here are our go-to designs.
Bluprint
If you wanna learn to quilt, there's only one place to start: piecing basic blocks. These designs are totally beginner-friendly, and just might be the start of a lifelong quilting love affair.
Bluprint
Straight-line quilting can sound terrifyingly precise, but don't believe the hype. With some guidance you can definitely nail the straight-line technique, and soon you'll be using it to make totally spectacular quilts — no problem.
Lindsay Conner
Sew
Yuck, what's that black splotch on the dress you're ironing? It definitely wasn't there before, so that's clue #1: The iron did it.
Beth Galvin
It can be hard to justify revamping your holiday tree decor when you already have a pretty solid collection of ornaments. But not if you're using stuff you already have! Enter, the fabric scrap tree.
If you live with a quilter, or know a quilter, you're probably reluctant to buy them more fabric this holiday season. And that's okay!
Bluprint
The great thing about these blocks is you probably have all the supplies you need right in your scrap bin. Of course you can go big and make a whole quilt of 'em if you're feeling ambitious. But these simple trees are a cool foundation for a pillow or modern table runner, too.
Lindsay Conner
We get this question all the time: How is "patchwork" different from "quilting"? Aren't they the same thing? To the uninitiated, it can be a bit confusing, but it's not too complex once you know the basics.
Lauren Lang
When it comes to quilting, prints are prints, right? Yes and no. You certainly don't need any fancy knowledge to know what strikes your fancy — and that's a great way to choose fabric. But it can be helpful (especially for quilting newbies) to know a little about the different types of prints out there, what they're called, and the best ways to put them to work in your designs.
Lindsay Conner
Solid quilting fabrics aren't everyone's jam. But some designs really do need a neutral, non-distracting fabric to make the piecing or quilting shine. What's a pattern-lover to do?
Sherri McConnell
Quilting newbie? Take it easy on yourself and start with precut fabric. These convenient packs are pretty standard everywhere you look, and come in 5-inch squares (called charm packs), 10-inch squares (called layer cakes) and 2.5-inch strips (usually called jelly rolls).
Alyce Blyth
File bargello under "we just can't look away." These bold, rainbow-hued creations are certainly pretty, but many quilters also assume they're pretty difficult to make. Surprise: They're actually easy. You totally can (and should!) make one.
Angela Mitchell
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