It’s important for quilters to determine where the bias lies on a piece of fabric. True bias is the diagonal that is at a 45 degree angle to the selvage; but any diagonal across the fabric is considered bias.  Only the selvage (straight of grain) and the cross grain are not considered bias edges. Check out… Continue reading Bias

Bias Applique

Auntie Sue's Quilt - click to enlarge picture -

Bias applique is usually used when making leaf stems or vines.  Any long thin curved appliqueed line can be made from bias strips of fabric pressed on bias bars. If you would like to purchase a set of bias bars, click here. The vines in the quilt are an example of bias applique. These vines… Continue reading Bias Applique

Bias Bars

Bias bars are used to make bias applique.  These bars are often made from metal or a heat tolerant plastic. The bars in the photo are plastic bias bars. A metal bias bar is the most popular. As you can see, they come in different widths. The bar is inserted into a long tube of fabric made… Continue reading Bias Bars


Binding finishes the raw edges of the quilt.

  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 the border fabric or it can be a different fabric. Not all quilts have binding. Quilts that have binding will last longer (or at least the edges… Continue reading Binding