Category Archives: Quilting 101

Instructional posts and how-tos for building your quiltmaking skills

QM Scrap Squad: Gina’s Illinois Fall

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of eight QM readers. They take one pattern from each regular issue and make scrappy versions to inspire you. This is the current issue of Quiltmaker, dated Nov/Dec ’13.   Star Search from the Nov/Dec … Continue reading

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QM How-To: Join the Ends of Binding

One of the trickier parts of binding a quilt is joining the ends. There are many different ways to do it, but years ago I learned a method of joining the ends that has served me well, and today I’ll … Continue reading

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Quiltmaker’s Block Network

Have you discovered Quiltmaker’s Block Network? If so, great! If you have not, may I introduce you to this great new project from Quiltmaker?   Quiltmaker’s Block Network is a series of short free videos for quilters. We release a … Continue reading

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Mock Hand Quilt Binding by Machine

Many years ago, Jeannie Ivis, a quilt shop owner in Colorado, showed me how to do quilt binding by machine. In 15 years, I have done all but three of my quilt bindings using this method. I love it because … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Chicken Soup, Part 4

Today’s post is by Nicole Brouillette, a professional longarm quilter from Cottonwood, California and a member of Quiltmaker’s 2013 Scrap Squad. Nicole quilted Chicken Soup, which was designed and made by Anne Wiens, another Scrap Squad member who was reviewing … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Stitch & Flip Flunkie

Yes, it’s true. I was a Stitch & Flip flunkie. I have had the hardest time making friends with this technique. Don’t you hate it when every quilter you know talks about a technique as if it’s the easiest thing … Continue reading

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Another Useful Tool: Split Rects

Today’s guest post is by Anne Wiens, a member of Quiltmaker’s 2013 Scrap Squad. *     *     *     *     * Last week, I shared with you one of my favorite quilting tools, the V-Block tool, designed by Deb Tucker of Studio … Continue reading

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Chicken Soup – Part 1

Today’s post is written by a guest, although she isn’t new to Quiltmaker. Anne Wiens is a member of the QM Scrap Squad, so you’ve heard from her before. Today she agreed to tell you about a ruler that she … Continue reading

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Creative Spark from Electric Quilt

For every regular issue of Quiltmaker, the folks at The Electric Quilt Company write a column-lesson called Creative Spark. In print, Creative Spark gives a few ideas for things you can do using EQ7 quilt design software to vary the … Continue reading

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Unswerved by Curves

Have you checked out our fun foundation patterns in the July/August ’13 issue? Two of the foundation patterns also have curves: Shayla and Kristy Wolf’s Piccadilly Circle. . . and my Sparkling Bubbles quilt. Do you avoid patterns that call … Continue reading

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