Category Archives: Quilting 101

Instructional posts and how-tos for building your quiltmaking skills

Tune-Up on Twenty: Sewing Maintenance, Giveaway!

It’s time for your Tune-Up on Twenty. On the 20th of each month, we remind you to take care of your sewing maintenance. Here’s a short checklist. 1. Gently clean the lint/dirt/debris from all areas of your machine as instructed … Continue reading

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A Quilter’s Dilemma—Or Not!

As I do almost every year, I’m working on UFOs this year. I hope to complete 13 in ’13. This idea came from QM Scrap Squad member Marty Dyer-Allison. (The girl also goes for 52 quilts in 52 weeks. Overachiever. … Continue reading

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Quilt Blocks: Simple Math Part 3

We’ve been learning some basic quilt math and we’re up to Part 3. Are you still with me?! If quilt math isn’t your strong point and you really want to wrap your head around these concepts, you might want to … Continue reading

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Tune-Up on Twenty: Sewing Maintenance

Do you have some easy quilt-related maintenance tasks that you put off? I sure do. Now Quiltmaker will remind you periodically to do these things. We’ll do it today and on the 20th of each month. We’ll call it: Tune-Up … Continue reading

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How to Hurt a Quilter’s Feelings

The sewing machine repair guy hurt my feelings last week. I took my machine in for a checkup, and when I got it back, he was not shy in expressing his distaste for its state.   Writing “very dirty” in … Continue reading

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Quilt Blocks: Simple Math Part 2

Last week we began looking at some quilt blocks and learning how to figure patch sizes. You might want to review that post, Simple Math Part 1.     When you’re figuring patch sizes, the first thing is to determine … Continue reading

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Quilt Blocks: Simple Math Part 1

Just the word “math” scares some people away from quilting, but it’s simple when you break it down into parts. The March/April ’13 issue of Quiltmaker is #150, a milestone! To celebrate, we featured a Block Bonanza of 150 quilt … Continue reading

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Helpful Hint on Machine Quilting

Quiltmaker celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012 with the publication of Quiltmaker’s Garden as a series quilt. Our quilt was made by Peg Spradlin from Cozad, Nebraska. Peg has sewn for us and our sister publications for many years. She … Continue reading

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Quiltmaker’s Garden: Those Bias Edges

Peg Spradlin is responsible for making many of the quilts you see in QM’s pages. Peg has sewn for us and our sister publications for many years. She’s a master. Peg was responsible for making Quiltmaker’s Garden, an anniversary quilt … Continue reading

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Perfectly Placed Applique

Peg Spradlin is responsible for making many of the quilts you see in QM’s pages. Peg has sewn for us and our sister publications for many years. She’s a master. Peg Spradlin We were so pleased when Peg’s quilt Pinwheel … Continue reading

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