Darning foot

Hopper Foot (or Darning Foot)

A darning foot is an attachment for your sewing machine. It can be made from plastic or metal. Usually a small square or circle is at the base of this foot. The size of the opening varies. Aside from mending socks, a darning foot is used for free-motion quilting. How does this foot work? When using… Continue reading Darning foot

Decorative Stitches

Contrasting thread can also be called decorative stitching.

Decorative stitches are stitches that …. decorate! Most embroidery stitches are considered decorative stitches. These can be done by hand or by machine (today’s sewing machines often have a number of these stitches built in ). Many of the new machines on the market are equipped with many different decorative stitches like the one shown… Continue reading Decorative Stitches

Design Wall

The design wall is where you lay out your quilt. It is much easier to see the overall design of your quilt when it is vertical and viewed from a distance. (Think of an art gallery – most people view art from a distance of about 10 to 15 feet.)  You can make your own… Continue reading Design Wall

Diagonal Set

‘Set’ refers to the way you set up the blocks in your quilt. A diagonal set means the blocks are turned ‘on point’ (squares turned into diamonds). The nine patch blocks and the plain fabric squares in this photo are set on the diagonal. This quilt also uses an alternate set since the nine patch… Continue reading Diagonal Set



There are many different shapes in this quilt – triangles, squares, octagon, kites and diamonds.  The diamond shape at the end of each star point has 4 equal sides like a square but not all 4 angles are equal.  A common diamond shape has 2 sets of 30 degree angles and 2 sets of 60… Continue reading Diamonds

Dominant Color

dominant color

The dominant color of a quilt is the color that stands out the most when viewing. Some quilts do not have a dominant color as they contain multiple colors that are equally represented.  In the above quilt top, white is the background fabric and blue is the dominant color.  The solid white blocks are plentiful… Continue reading Dominant Color


Quilt drafting refers to drawing your quilt block on paper (usually graph paper). You can use your drafted block to make templates and/or to figure out cutting sizes. If you would like to purchase 12″ graph paper from Amazon, click here. Learn how drafting/drawing quilt blocks can help you complete your quilt project.  Check out… Continue reading Drafting

Dresden Pattern

The Dresden quilt pattern was written up about 100 years ago as a scrappy circular design made with “spiked” wedges meeting in the center.   It was named after the Dresden Plate that was popular in the Victorian times.  The plate was named after Dresden, Germany where many of these fancy floral plates were made.… Continue reading Dresden Pattern