Stilettos

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Stilettos are handy tools for quilters. They can help to hold layers of fabric together when sewing on the machine.  Many quilters use them as an extension of their hand. I find the stiletto most useful when sewing bulky seams as it can hold everything in place all the way to the needle.  Check out… Continue reading Stilettos

Stippling

Stippling is a quilting technique that can give texture to your quilt. It can be machine quilted or hand quilted. The design produced from stippling looks like a small meandering line.  Actually, the term stippling is used interchangeably with the term meandering. I learned that the difference between the two terms has to do with… Continue reading Stippling

Stitch In The Ditch

Stitch in the ditch refers to stitching directly in the seam when machine quilting the top. In the photo below red thread was used to help you see the stitching. I only stiched across the horizontal seam. Usually people who stitch in the ditch do not want their stitching to show so they use a… Continue reading Stitch In The Ditch

Stitches

Larger straight stitches decorate the pot holder. Smaller stitches were used for the meandering in the quilt's background areas.

    Depending on your project the quilting stitches used will vary. Generally speaking a quilter will use a regular stitch length for machine piecing. I like to use a longer stitch length when machine quilting straight lines but this is your personal preference.  I will use a smaller stitch length when quilting in smaller… Continue reading Stitches

Straight of Grain

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Straight of grain refers to the weave of the fabric. See Cross Grain  

String Piecing

String piecing refers to a sewing technique where scraps of fabrics are sewn together into sections. The scraps can be any size or color.  Shapes (rectangles, triangles, circles, etc.) are then cut out of these sections. These shapes can be sewn together in a traditional pattern or into a free form/crazy quilt. Watch the video… Continue reading String Piecing

Strip Piecing

4 Patch blocks made from strip piecing.

  Strip piecing is a quick sewing and rotary cutting technique. Long strips of fabric are cut using a rotary cutter. They are sewn together and then cut into smaller units. These smaller units are then sewn together again to form traditional quilts. Strip piecing is different from string piecing as it has more structure.… Continue reading Strip Piecing

Summer Quilt

Summer Quilt

A summer quilt is a lightweight quilt that just has a top and a back.  There’s no batting in between the layers.  Beginner quilters might like to try making a small summer quilt with ties before tackling a regular quilt with hand or machine quilting. In the first video, you’ll see how to make a… Continue reading Summer Quilt

Swatch

Swatches can be scraps of fabric, sections of the selvage, or packets from fabric companies.

    A swatch refers to a sample piece of fabric that helps you choose fabrics for your project.  Any scrap of fabric will do.  (Notice the random cut green and lavender swatches.)  Fabric companies sometimes hand out sample swatches of a fabric line like the blue one shown in the photo.  I also like… Continue reading Swatch

Templates

Templates

  Quilt templates are patterns that you can use when cutting out fabric for your quilt. The are also useful for checking your sewing accuracy. You can buy these or make your own from template plastic. A good template is accurate, reusable (you’ll use it many times) and transparent (so you can see the fabric’s… Continue reading Templates

Thimbles

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Thimbles protect the fingertips from repeated needle jabbing (ouch!). Quilting thimbles come in all sort of sizes and styles. Find one that feels comfortable on YOU. I like the open finger thimble shown in the photo. I had it fitted to my finger just like you would have a ring fitted.  Not all thimbles are… Continue reading Thimbles

Thread

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There are many types of thread on the market today.  I don’t consider myself a thread expert but I do have my favorite place for “thread education”.  I often visit Superior Thread’s website to order thread AND to read their guides for sewing/quilting (under the Education tab).  Depending on your project, they have a thread for… Continue reading Thread

Tint

The light pinks are tints of red.

    A hue that is blended with light or white colors is called a tint. Pink is a tint of red.

Tissue Paper

Tissue paper makes a great stabilizer. I also use it for paper piecing. I prefer this to other papers because it is easier to tear off after stitching and it is CHEAP! Acid-free tissue paper is a special type of paper used to preserve quilts.  It is made without the chemicals in regular paper that… Continue reading Tissue Paper

Tone on Tone Fabric

Tone-on-tone fabric is a two colored patterned fabric . From a distance it reads as a solid. Up close it adds ‘interest’ to a quilt. Jinny Beyer has one of the largest collections of tone-on-tone fabric. Tone-on-tone fabric is great to use to add interest and texture to your quilt.  The three fabrics on the… Continue reading Tone on Tone Fabric

Trapunto

The ancient Italian technique for producing texture in quilt tops. In trapunto a design on the quilt top is stuffed with batting to provide relief design.

Triangle

The triangle is a popular basic shape used in quilts. Unlike a square, the triangle’s sides and angles are not always equal. Care must be taken when laying out triangles and when sewing them together.  Watch the video below to find out about the different triangles and how to rotary cut them. You will also… Continue reading Triangle

Turkey Red

The red in this Stepping Stones block is called Turkey Red.

    Turkey Red is the name of a dye color that was quite popular in the 1800’s.  On many antique quilts, the darker red has faded to a brown color.