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  Often the background fabric will be a solid or a tone-on-tone fabric.  These types of fabrics allow the quilt design to stand out.   Read more


The backing is the fabric that goes on the back of the quilt – easy! This can be one large piece of fabric or it can be made from several different fabrics. Here Read more

Baltimore Album

A Baltimore Album quilt is a type of quilt that was originally made in Baltimore in the 1800’s. They have become one of the most popular styles Read more

Bargello Quilts

Bargello quilts mimic a type of needlepoint that uses mathematical patterns to create a design. Often bright colors are used in these geometric designs. In Read more

Baste or Basting

Basting is the process of temporarily sewing or glueing fabric together. This can be done by hand (on the right) or by machine (on the left side of heart) Read more

Basting Spray

The marvels of the 21st century!  Basting spray is now available. Warning: if you use this spray make sure the windows are open and follow the manufacturer’s Read more

Basting Stitches

Long running stitches are basting stitches; nothing fancy here.  These stitches should go in fast and they should be able to be removed quickly because Read more

Batt or Batting

Batt or batting refer to the quilt's filler between the quilt top and back.  To find out more, watch our video on batting. Read more


Bearding occurs when the synthetic batting is working its way through the fabric to the top of the quilt.  No one knows exactly why this happens to certain Read more

Beeswax for Thread

Thread is pulled through beeswax for strength and to allow it to glide easily through the fabric. Read more
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