Category Archives: Quilting 101

Instructional posts and how-tos for building your quiltmaking skills

Scrap Quilt Ideas: Pam’s Moon Flower

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of readers who make scrap quilts from the patterns in our regular issues. Their job is to experiment—to see what happens when they play with their stash and our designs. Today’s quilt is … Continue reading

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Bonnie Hunter and Criss Cross Stars

Quiltmaker is pleased to have Bonnie Hunter in every regular issue via her Addicted to Scraps column. She always shares a great scrappy quilt block for readers to enjoy. See all of the blocks on the Addicted to Scraps webpage. … Continue reading

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QM Bitty Blocks: October’s Bitty Tree

Welcome back to QM Bitty Blocks! October is a month of changing leaves and Bitty Trees! This adorable 3″ Bitty Tree is a simple and beginner friendly foundation pieced pattern. Before you know it, you’ll have a whole forest! Printer … Continue reading

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Quilt Stuff Nobody Tells You: Yardage

By Diane Harris, QM Associate Editor One of the things an editor does here at Quiltmaker is to figure yardage for our patterns. We have a system of formulas to encourage consistency and accuracy. It’s really not as bad as … Continue reading

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New Block of the Month: Fat Quarter Sampler

It always surprises me to see how a single quilt pattern can be reinterpreted so many different ways. Whether you’re switching up fabric colors or rearranging the blocks, there are a number of possibilities for changing the look of a … Continue reading

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QM Bitty Blocks: September’s Sawtooth Stars

Welcome back to QM Bitty Blocks! I’m happy to share September’s free quilt block pattern with you all—a 4″ Sawtooth Star. These are so adorable that once I started making them, I just couldn’t stop. I have made about 40 … Continue reading

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QM Bitty Blocks: I Heart This One!

It’s time for another QM Bitty Block! The passing of time can be a strange thing. In a way, it feels like forever until each new Bitty Block is released. But in another way, the months seem to fly by. … Continue reading

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Zia’s Square Dance: A Bonnie Hunter Scrap Quilt

Today I have an old-fashioned scrap quilt to share with you as well as a sweet little story of reclaimed fabric. First, a little background. Many of you are familiar with our friend and columnist Bonnie Hunter of quiltville.com. Bonnie … Continue reading

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Learning to Quilt on a Longarm

Longarm Quilting: It’s Not for Sissies That’s my new mantra and boy is it the truth. I rented time on the A-1 longarm at my local quilt shop last week—my first time! Before that, I’d spent only a minute here … Continue reading

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Making a Quilt Pattern Your Own

By Shayla Wolf, QM Associate Editor My favorite thing about being a quilt pattern designer is seeing how other quilters evolve my patterns to make them completely different. Whether it is using a color combo I never thought of, using … Continue reading

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