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.
Imagine Rihanna or Bruno Mars forgetting to put their name on a song. #nevergonnahappen. When you make a quilt and don't label it, it's kind of the same thing. (Okay, we said "kind of"!)
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.
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.
You're in an excellent sewing groove, your machine humming along, when out of nowhere your thread begins tangling on your fabric. So. Very. Annoying.
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 you’re wondering how to stitch that fluffy quilt sandwich with your sewing machine. Fear not! We’re here to help.
Natalia Bonner demonstrates marking quilt designs on a quilt top, following the lines in a continuous border pattern, free-motion quilting feathers, and combining rulerwork with free-motion quilting for gratifying results. Then Marie Eldredge shares a few of her favorite rulers to work with and a couple of sampler quilts she made using a lot of those rulers in different ways.
Straight-line quilting is a wonderful technique for beginners and goes well with a lot of quilting designs, but Jodi Robinson found it boring after a while. Jodi demonstrates adding asterisks, circles and other shapes to the lines as well as techniques to further break up the quilting space.