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



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


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. NOTE:  to… Continue reading Drafting