There's more than one way to bind a quilt, and this method just so happens to be one of the most quirky and fun. Prairie points are folded triangles made from fabric squares, and can be used to decorate table runners, pillows, tea towels and — you guessed it — quilt edges. Plus, finishing your quilt with a prairie point binding is just as easy as it is fun — here's what you need to know to make it happen.
Sometimes there isn't enough time to make an entire quilt for your husband, father or brother, especially if Father's Day or V-Day is right around the corner. But there's no need to stress — you can still flex your quilting muscles to create something perfect for them, fast. These gifts all come together quickly, and your guy is sure to love each one.
Lauren Lang
Bright, floral quilts are definitely lovable, but sometimes you want a pattern that's a little more masculine. And while the word "masculine" is totally subjective, in general we're talking quilts in more neutral colors, or those that steer clear of circles and other curvy shapes.
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 best quilting classes to fire up whenever you're in need of an extra dose of inspo or want to brush up on skills.
Clean, straight-line quilting is always the goal, but stitching them can be challenging. The secret to success? Marking your lines correctly. Thankfully, there's more than one way to get 'em just so. Play around with these tools and soon enough you'll have beautifully straight quilting lines every. single. time.
Emily Dennis
Batting seems like it ought to be a stress-free topic. After all, its entire job is to make things soft and comfy. Yet choosing the right one for your project can be totally confusing. There's cotton versus polyester, tons of different brands, issues like fiber content and loft — the list goes on and on. Luckily, these tips provide the insight you need to navigate the batting aisle like a total boss.
Lindsay Conner
Batting is the magic in the middle of any quilt. Kelly begins by going over the key characteristics. Then she walks you through the fiber types available, showing both raw batting and quilted samples. You'll perform a simple test before you make your quilt to ensure it's right for your project.
There are several ways to baste a quilt, so how do you know which one to use? Kelly explains, discussing the pros and cons of four common methods. She also demonstrates pin-, thread- and spray-basting, plus how to use fusible batting.
Perhaps the most important tool in quilting? Your sewing machine! Learn how your machine works as Kelly goes over the essential parts, including the spool pins, flywheel, take-up lever and bobbin case. She also covers good and poor tension, plus troubleshooting tips.
Last but not least, Kelly shows you the best presser feet for machine quilting, and when to use them. See how thread stands and thread nets help you feed thread smoothly into the machine. Plus, get Kelly's top picks for free-motion quilting tools such as gloves, discs and hoops.
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