Category Archives: Quilting 101

Instructional posts and how-tos for building your quiltmaking skills

Quilting Designs on CD; EQ7 Giveaway Reminder

One of the most useful tools Quiltmaker offers came from a partnership with The Electric Quilt Company. Several years ago we joined forces and created Quilting Designs on CD. My co-workers said that using these Quilting Designs CDs is as easy as 1-2-3. … Continue reading

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Quilt Blocks: Easy Math Part 4

We’ve been going over some basic quilty math and we’re up to Part 4. Don’t let “math” scare you away. I’ve broken it down so it’s easy to understand. In case you want to review the earlier material, check these … Continue reading

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Pieced Hexies: Guest Post and Two Giveaways!

Today we’re talking about hexagons again! Ruth Wasmuth from Lafayette, Indiana was a member of Quiltmaker’s original Scrap Squad in 2011. When I heard that she was making pieced hexagons using Mickey Depre’s book and method, Pieced Hexies, I asked … Continue reading

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A Bit About the Infinite Hexagon

Our May/June issue has a theme of “Hooked on Hexagons.” I hope you have your copy with its four great hexie projects. We’re taking some time on the blog to talk about hexagons and their possibilities. It’s been a lot … Continue reading

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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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