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Bias Bars

Bias bars are used to make bias applique.  These bars are often made from metal or a heat tolerant plastic. These are plastic bias bars. A metal bias Read more

Binding

  Quilt Binding goes around the outer edge of the quilt. It is a long strip of fabric that is sometimes cut on the bias. Binding can match Read more

Blanket Stitch

  A blanket stitch is often used as a decorative edging around applique. The stitch can be done by hand or by machine. In the photo, the leaves Read more

Blocks

  "Blocks" refer to the squares (or other shapes) in a quilt that make up the overall pattern. There are thousands of blocks that quilters Read more

Bobbins

    A bobbin is a reel-like shape that holds the bottom thread for machine stitching.  Bobbins can be made of metal or plastic.  The Read more

Borders

    There's no set rule about adding borders to quilts.  Borders vary in shape and size.  Some quilts have borders on all four sides. Read more

Calico Fabric

A calico fabric is made from cotton and has a tiny print on it.  In the 60’s and 70’s this was quite popular.  Often it was the only printed cotton Read more

Chain Piecing

You can save time by ‘stringing  together’ a number of quilting pieces on your sewing machine.  Place the first quilt to be sewn in your machine Read more

Chalk

  Quilters sometimes use chalk to mark their quilting designs especially if the background is a dark fabric.  There are many different types Read more

Challenge Quilt

A challenge refers to making sense of this definition – ha, ha!  A challenge quilt refers to a ‘contest’ that quilters enter.  Sometimes there Read more

Charm Quilt

Charm quilts are made up of many pieces of fabric.  No one fabric is repeated.  Often charm quilts are also classified as one patch quilts.

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Charm Squares

Charm squares are 100% cotton fabric squares that are usually about 5”. A charm pack is made up of all different fabrics; no 2 are alike. Quilters like Read more

Chintz

Chintz refers to a type of cotton fabric that is patterned and glazed.

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Clamshell

The clamshell pattern is a traditional pattern used for quilting.

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Color Wheel

The color wheel is used in many fields other than quilting. It shows the primary colors, the secondary colors and often different shades and hues. Some Read more

Colorfast Fabrics

You  want to use fabrics that are colorfast in your quilt.  If the dye in a fabric runs when you wash it, your whole quilt could be ruined.  I recommend Read more

Colorway

    A colorway refers to the color of the pattern in fabrics. Below you will find 3 fabrics in different colorways. The print design Read more

Comforter

A quilt comforter is a type of quilt  that has a high loft batting inside.  It is  almost impossible to machine quilt these on our home sewing machines Read more

Complimentary Color

    A complimentary color is the color opposite the color you are using on the color wheel.  Orange is the compliment of blue.  Read more

Corner Triangle

    Corner triangles are triangles that “live” in the corners of the quilt (or a quilt block).  They are often used when squares Read more
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