Foundation

Antique blocks on newspaper foundation

  Quilters sometimes sew fabric on top of a foundation. Foundations are used when the fabric (bias-cut fabric, knits, silks, velvet, and other specialty materials) in the quilt top is difficult to sew and keep straight. The foundation can be fabric or paper. Muslin works well as a foundation because it is cheap and does… Continue reading Foundation

Foundation Piecing

Foundations are used in paper piecing.

      Foundation piecing is a method that quilters use to sew blocks together. Beginners find this quite useful in helping with accuracy. Paper, interfacing or fabric (usually muslin) is used as a backing for sewing.  In the photo above, the red, yellow, blue and white fabrics have been sewn to the paper foundation. … Continue reading Foundation Piecing

Four Patch

A four patch block has four squares.

  A four patch is a block based on four equal units. The most common or basic four patch is a block made up of four squares.  Four patch squares can stand on their own in a quilt (yellow quilt) or be part of a design (red quilt).     If you want to learn… Continue reading Four Patch

Free Motion Quilting

Free motion quilting can be done on your home sewing machine. Using this method you can easily write your name, draw curly Q’s, or color in an area as seen below.   Free motion quilting is done using your machine, dropping your sewing machine feed dogs and attaching your darning foot. Your stitch length is no longer… Continue reading Free Motion Quilting

Freezer Paper

You can buy freezer paper in your neighborhood grocery store (or through Amazon). It is on the shelf by aluminum foil and plastic wrap. One roll usually costs under $6.00. The paper has a shiny side and a dull side. Quilters use freezer paper for many things. Applique patterns can be cut from this paper… Continue reading Freezer Paper

French Fold Binding

French double fold binding is on the left ready to go on quilt. The top quilt has been bound with this type of binding.

  I prefer to make my quilts with french fold binding. It will hold up to a lot of wear and tear. It can be cut from the straight of grain or the bias. I usually cut fabric strips 2 1/4 inches and sew them together into one long length (based on the length of… Continue reading French Fold Binding

Full Size Quilts

Full size quilts will cover a full size bed. The standard dimension of the mattress is 52 inches by 75 inches. The standard full size quilt is 80 inches by 104 inches .

Fusible

Blue satin stitches are around the edges of the flames to the right.

  A fusible is an iron-on product that fuses to fabric and other surfaces. There are many fusible products on the market. Some can only be ironed on one side. Others are two-sided. The weights of the different fusibles vary as do the directions for applying the different products. Always read the directions before using… Continue reading Fusible

Fussy Cut

  A fussy cut refers to cutting out a particular design in the fabric. Usually a quilt template is positioned over the design area. The template is traced on the fabric and then the design area is cut out. It is almost impossible to fussy cut designs when using rotary cutting and strip piecing methods.… Continue reading Fussy Cut