• 6:36

    Cutting Corner and Setting Triangles for Diagonal Sets

    When designing and piecing a quilt set on the diagonal you will need to have both setting triangles and corner triangles in your design. Heather Thomas shows you how to measure for and cut both kinds of triangles sharing several different cutting and measuring tips and techniques. Quilt Design and Cutting Triangles To begin with,…

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  • 3:55

    How to Start a Quilt: Where to Begin Quilting

    Learning how to start a quilt, especially when it comes to quilting, can be both difficult and intimidating. See how to take the fear out of quilting with expert tips from Heather Thomas. Plan Ahead Whether you are making your first quilt, or maybe you’ve been piecing quilts for years and have finally decided to…

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  • 6:28

    How to Square Up Fabric for Cutting

    Learning how to square up fabric before cutting any pieces for your next quilt is an important lesson. Heather Thomas teaches you how she squares up fabric after it has been pre-washed and gets it ready to be used. Fabric Heather first begins by explaining how she likes to pre-wash her fabric. If you plan…

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  • 5:41

    Seam Allowance for Quilting: All About ¼” Seams

    When it comes to quilting, almost all patterns are written using a ¼” seam allowance. If you come from a garment sewing background and are used to a ⅝” seam allowance this can seem small, but Heather Thomas explains why the ¼” seam allowance is used. Quarter Inch When piecing a quilt there is no…

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  • 11:38

    Determining Fabric Calculations for Quilts

    How much of each color of fabric is needed to complete a design is generally given when you are working off of a purchased pattern. However, when designing your own quilt it can be difficult to know how much you will need. Heather Thomas shows you how to do basic fabric calculations to determine how…

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  • 6:58

    Quarter-Inch Seam Allowance

    Consistently stitching an accurate quarter inch seam allowance can be difficult. Heather Thomas shows you a fun tip on how you can use a thick, sticky-backed product on your machine to mark a quarter inch seam allowance and help you stitch it with accuracy and ease. How to Use Heather explains that the key to…

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  • 10:01

    Designing and Paper Piecing Quilt Blocks

    Paper piecing can be an easier way to piece quilt block designs with small pieces or long tricky angles. Heather Thomas explains how to recognize quilt blocks that can be paper pieced and shows you how to create your own paper piecing pattern. Block Makeup and Design Before you can design a paper piecing pattern…

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  • 11:22

    Tips for Resizing Quilt Blocks

    Understanding how a quilt block is made is one of the first important steps in knowing how to resize a block. Heather Thomas teaches you how to determine the base makeup of a block and then how to resize it. Block Design Many quilt block designs, from pinwheels to friendship stars and more, are either…

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  • 4:43

    How to Make a Square Quilt by Marking ¼” on the Machine

    Learn how to make a square quilt every time by ensuring you have an accurate quarter inch seam allowance. Kelly Hanson shares a great way to test your seam allowance as well as a way to fix your seam allowance if necessary. Piecing Even if you are new to quilting you’ve probably found that most…

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