Category Archives: Quilting 101

Instructional posts and how-tos for building your quiltmaking skills

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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Introducing Quiltmaker’s Block Network

Introducing You’re invited to join us for free how-to videos featuring block designs from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks. Each Monday a new video will be posted. A staff member walks you step by step through making a specific block. Complete instructions … Continue reading

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Understanding Scale: A Little Trick

Last week we started talking about scale in quilts and fabrics. That first post had basic information you’ll want to know. There’s a little trick when it comes to using large-scale fabrics in small patches so I want to share … Continue reading

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All About Scale: Not the Weighing Kind

Let’s talk about scale. Not the bathroom variety, but the scale in fabrics we use for our quilts. What is it anyway? Why does it matter in your quilts? How can you use it more effectively? Let me see if … Continue reading

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