• 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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  • 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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  • Making an ironing board cover

    Making an Ironing Board Cover

    Our ironing and pressing surfaces are some of the most used areas in our studios. Over time they can become stained and dirty. Join ZJ Humbach for a great tutorial on making an ironing board cover. It doesn’t take long to make and you can even personalize the cover by selecting a cheerful print or…

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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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  • Small triangle square quilt

    What to Do with Leftover Triangles

    Triangle patchwork is a staple in the quilt world. As quilters, we are constantly making shapes that require us to trim away a portion of the fabric – creating a stack of triangles that we don’t have the heart to discard. Toby Lischko has the answers as she inspires us to use those half square…

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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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  • 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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  • types of rotary cutters laid out on mat

    Rotary Cutters

    Rotary cutters are one of the most commonly used tools when it comes to quilting. While many quilters have their favorite size, style, or even brand of rotary cutter, we’ll go over some of the various types of rotary cutters and see some of the different blade sizes and types that can be used with…

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  • Removing stitches

    Best Methods for Removing Stitches

    When it comes to sewing and quilting, stitching mistakes can happen, especially ones where the only fix is to rip out the stitching. ZJ Humbach shares a few ways to remove stitches, including showing how to remove stitches without a seam ripper, and a way that she considers the best way to remove stitches, which…

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