Often the background fabric will be a light solid or tone-on-tone fabric.  These types of fabrics allow the colorful pieced design to stand out.  Most patterns that you purchase assume that you will use the lightest fabric for the background. Darker fabric backgrounds aren’t as popular but can also accentuate the pieced pattern.  The more… Continue reading Background


Muslin is used as the backing fabric.

The backing is the fabric that goes on the back of the quilt – easy!   Since most cotton fabrics are 44/45″ (not wide enough to cover most full sized quilts), backs usually have to be pieced.  Sometimes all of the same fabric gets placed on the back while other backs will be made from… Continue reading Backing

Baltimore Album

  A Baltimore Album quilt is a type of quilt that was originally made in Baltimore in the 1800’s.  These quilts are made up of a number of blocks, each appliquéd with a different design. As the popularity of this quilt style grew, women far beyond Baltimore began making these album quilts. I wish I had a… Continue reading Baltimore Album

Bargello Quilts

Bargello Quilt by Debbie Clemmons

Bargello quilts mimic a type of needlepoint that uses mathematical patterns to create a design. Often bright colors are used in these geometric designs. Quilters use strip piecing techniques to make Bargello quilts.  Strips are sewn together then cut into strips of different widths.  The strips are organized into a pleasing design and then sewn… Continue reading Bargello Quilts

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) or with washable adhesive (turned under edges of heart).  Quilters use basting to temporarily position applique pieces. They also baste the top, batting, and backing… Continue reading Baste or Basting

Basting Needles

Basting needles are longer than most needles.

  Any size needle can be used for basting but long needles work best.  The longer shaft makes it easy to “load” long stitches on the shaft.  This allows you to sew through more fabric in a shorter period of time. If you would like to purchase basting needles from Amazon, click here. Watch the… Continue reading Basting Needles

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 instructions. Some quilters complain that the spray eventually clogs up on their needles when quilting. A possible solution is to use this spray only on small pieces.… Continue reading Basting Spray

Basting Stitches

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 they are temporary.  They help hold the fabric while you put in the permanent stitches.  Unlike pins, the stitches do not distort the fabric and they won’t prick your… Continue reading Basting Stitches

Batt or Batting

Choosing Batting

Batt or batting refer to the quilt’s filler between the quilt top and back.  There are many different kinds of batting in the market; cotton, polyester, wool and bamboo. (Yes, bamboo makes a nice filler in a quilt!)  Machine quilters prefer cotton batting and hand quilters like polyester batting.  To find out more, watch our… Continue reading Batt or Batting