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  • Triangles with Foundation Paper

    The most common unit used in patchwork is the half-square triangle. Making them by joining two triangles is tedious, making them two at a time is an improvement. But, how about cutting either strips or rectangles and stitching 10 or 20 in a matter of minutes, making multiple half-square triangles? Your instructor, Colleen Tauke will…

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  • Square Within Square Blocks

    In the craft of quilting, we are challenged to make a variety of geometric shapes. Once we begin to create those interesting designs, there are times when the math becomes “interesting” and doesn’t always fit into the easy-to-cut ¼” and ½” increments we find easiest to navigate. The square within a square block is one…

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  • Matching up cut fabric points

    Quilt Points

    When we view patchwork, many of us begin looking for the quilt “points”. The points are defined as the intersection of seams, which can be simple corners of squares and rectangles, but more often our eyes travel to the areas of a quilt top that contain triangle shapes. Those more interesting angles and how perfectly…

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  • Triangles with Foundation Paper

    The most common unit used in patchwork is the half-square triangle. Making them by joining two triangles is tedious, making them two at a time is an improvement. But, how about cutting either strips or rectangles and stitching 10 or 20 in a matter of minutes, making multiple half-square triangles? Your instructor, Colleen Tauke will…

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  • Square Within Square Blocks

    In the craft of quilting, we are challenged to make a variety of geometric shapes. Once we begin to create those interesting designs, there are times when the math becomes “interesting” and doesn’t always fit into the easy-to-cut ¼” and ½” increments we find easiest to navigate. The square within a square block is one…

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  • Matching up cut fabric points

    Quilt Points

    When we view patchwork, many of us begin looking for the quilt “points”. The points are defined as the intersection of seams, which can be simple corners of squares and rectangles, but more often our eyes travel to the areas of a quilt top that contain triangle shapes. Those more interesting angles and how perfectly…

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  • Iron quick fabric

    Iron Quick Fabric

    An iron and pressing surface is something quilters use when assembling most quilts and projects. As with anything else that is used repeatedly, there will come a time when it needs to be replaced. Rather than buying a new pressing surface or ironing board, learn how to make a new cover for one using iron…

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  • Preventing fabric bleeding

    How to Prevent Fabric Bleeding

    The debate of pre-washing or not pre-washing your fabric comes down to personal preference. However, when it comes to a fabric you are worried might bleed, you should probably pre-wash it. Toby Lischko explains how to know if a certain fabric color is going to bleed and how to prevent fabric bleeding on an already…

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  • Woman making a quilt

    T-Shirt Quilt Preparation

    T-shirt quilts can be a great way to use up boxes of old t-shirts and keep them as mementos. While quilts are generally made from 100% cotton fabric, and t-shirts are general knit or some other kind of fabric, they can be easily combined into a quilt if the right preparation is done to the…

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  • Batting options

    Quilt Batting Choices

    Selecting the best quilt batting becomes a very personal choice. Let’s learn about a wide variety of batting styles and fiber choices as we journey into the world of quilt batting. Your instructor, Colleen Tauke, will introduce you to quilt batting to suit your particular desired outcome. Knowing who will be using your quilt and…

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  • Flower quilting pattern

    Longarm Type Quilting Samples

    Completing a patchwork quilt top is easy. Quilting the quilt is an entirely different story. Many quilters gain skills quickly when it comes to making units, blocks and borders, but what about the finishing? Trying to determine what kinds of patterns to use when actually quilting motivates us to learn edge-to-edge or free motion designs.…

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  • Mitering

    Mitering Any Degree Corner

    When it comes to quilting, a mitered corner is generally done when adding a binding to finish a quilt or project, which is generally rectangular or square. However, a perfectly mitered corner isn’t just for a 90-degree angle. Learn how to fold and stitch a mitered corner onto any angle on a project. Mitered Corner…

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  • Purple lone start block

    Lone Star Block

    Lone Star Quilt Block This Lone Star quilt block is fun to make because it looks a lot harder than it actually is. Ashley begins explaining how to make the Lone Star quilt block by talking about fabric selection. She explains that this block lends itself well to fabrics that are a good contrast to…

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  • Spiral quilt block

    Spiral Block

    Creating the look of a spiral block without the use of curved piecing or paper piecing can be done using a snail’s trail block pattern. In this video, Ashley Hough demonstrates this technique. Snail’s Trail Block The first step in constructing any quilt block is to cut out all of the pieces that make up…

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  • Colorful string quilt block

    String Quilt Blocks

    String quilt blocks are the perfect way to use up scraps of lots of different fabrics, or make a fun quilt from a collection of fabric. Colleen Tauke shows you step- by- step how to make a string quilt. String Quilt Blocks: Step-By-Step Cutting and Assembly Colleen begins by explaining what a string quilt is…

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  • Cleaning a sewing machine

    How to Clean Your Sewing Machine

    Purchasing a sewing machine can be a wonderful investment. As with all tools it is wise to learn about sewing machine cleaning. Whether you sew daily or once a month we have valuable suggestions on where and how to remove the lint and threads that can be hiding near the bobbin area of your machine.…

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  • New York Beauty Block

    New York Beauty Block

    A New York Beauty block is the perfect combination of a foundation paper pieced section and several curved sections cut from templates. Ashley Hough shows you how to make one of these fun blocks step by step. New York Beauty A standard New York Beauty block is made from two basic parts: a foundation paper…

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  • Two half square triangles and a seam ruler

    Violet Craft Seam Roller

    A quilting seam roller can be a quick and easy alternative to an iron when assembling units, especially if your quilting setup doesn’t allow for an iron easily within reach. Kelly Ashton shows you how to use one and explains which one is her favorite and why. Quilting Seam Roller Kelly begins by explaining when…

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