If you're a beginner quilter, terms like bias tape appliqué and curved piecing can sound mighty intimidating. But they don't have to be! Quilting pro Latifah Saafir — who teaches two gorgeous quilting projects in her Modern Quilts With Bias Tape Appliqué class — is convinced that newbies can tackle anything they put their minds to, especially if they aren't afraid to make mistakes. She gave us her best tips for those just getting started, along with the one technique that's been a total game-changer for her quilting.
Admit it: it's easy to lose control of your sewing space to fabric, thread and other tools. But we're here to fight back against clutter and keep your craft room mess-free. Say hello to your new favorite organizers — that you get to DIY!
Whether it's your very first quilt project or one of many in the works, making a baby quilt is tough to beat in the fun department. They're small (which equals fast!) and, of course, are irresistibly cute. Get ready for all the oohs and ahhhs you'll hear at the baby shower!
We love a nice, hefty quilting project — it feels so satisfying once it's done! But there's something equally wonderful about starting and finishing a quilt top in just one weekend. That's where these beauties come in: they're super speedy thanks to smart use of precuts, large blocks or just a whole lot of negative space. Mark your calendar, this weekend is booked!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ve pieced together a killer quilt top (congrats!), picked your bottom fabric and purchased your batting. Now, how do you stitch that fluffy quilt sandwich in your sewing machine? With stitch in the ditch, of course.
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!
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.
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.
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.
We've all been there. You're quilting very happily, until you discover you're out of border fabric. Or your seams are so wavy they look like improv piecing. And even though you carefully measured, somehow your blocks are all different sizes.
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.
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?
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?
Scraps are just a fact of life for quilters — and it doesn't take long for that pile of leftovers to get pretty big. But where others might see waste, quilters see opportunity. Here are just a few incredibly creative ways to use up every last scrap in your stash.
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.
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.
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! To make your tree more unique than ever, use our fabric scraps to make this easy braided garland, along with a simple ornament you can pull together using scrap fabrics. Not only is it easy on the wallet, but there's no doubt it's 100 percent original.
If you live with a quilter (or at least know one), you may be reluctant to buy them more fabric this holiday season. That's totally OK — fabric choice is personal. But the love of quilting, now that's a little more universal. So rather than research charm packs and jelly rolls this year, give your quilter something they'll love no matter what their fabric vibe.
There's nothing better than using scraps to make a fun quilt block. After all, you already have all the supplies you need! And these cute Christmas trees just so happen to be the perfect holiday project. Not only are they a cool foundation for a pillow or table runner, but you could even transform them into a big ole' Christmas quilt. Regardless of which direction you choose, these cuties are guaranteed to put you in the festive mood.
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.