quilt label

Quilters often include a label on the back the quilt that lists pertinent information such as the maker(s) and/or the date completed.  The label is often a separate piece of fabric that is appliquéd to the quilt.  You can use freezer paper (ironed to the back of your label) to make it easier to write… Continue reading Label

Lap Quilting

    Lap quilting is a method of quilting that can be done – in your lap. Small sections of the quilt are pieced and layered with the batting and backing. After all the sections are assembled they are then sewn together to form a large quilt.  This method is sometimes referred to as “Quilt… Continue reading Lap Quilting

Lap Quilts

Lap Quilt

    A lap quilt fits over your lap. Any quilt under 60 inches square can be called a lap quilt. Sometimes beginners start their quilting careers with this quilt size as there is less piecing. Since it is smaller, it is also easier to handle when quilting all three layers together. You’ll find free… Continue reading Lap Quilts


Some quilts are designed with fabric strips separating the blocks. These strips are sometimes referred to as the lattice.

Layer Cakes

“Layer Cakes” is a name given to pre-cut squares that are 10 inch x 10 inch.  They are often bundled in packages of 40-42.  Originally part of the Moda Fabric pre-cut collections, the term layer cakes is used to describe a stack of 10 inch squares.  You can cut these yourself, purchase a pack of… Continue reading Layer Cakes

Layering a Quilt

layering a quilt

Layering a quilt refers to the process when all three layers of the quilt are put together. In this photo that demonstrates layering a quilt, also known as making the “quilt sandwich”; the backing, batting and quilt top are pinned before machine quilting.   See Beginner Basics – Quilt Sandwich Tutorial


A leader is a scrap of fabric that is used to start chain piecing patchwork.  It can help with your accuracy.  Check out the video below for more info.

Lengthwise Grain

straight of grain - click image to enlarge -

  Lengthwise grain and straight of grain refer to the same part of the fabric. They are parallel to the selvage. Also see cross grain for more information.

Loft Batting

Different batts have different lofts.

  The thickness of the batting is the loft of the batting. A low loft batting may only be 1/4 inch thick. A high loft batting may be 3 inches thick. The loft of the batting will often determine how you will secure the layers of the quilt together. High loft batting have to be… Continue reading Loft Batting

Log Cabin

Many secondary designs can be made from log cabin blocks.

    The Log Cabin has been a popular quilt block for over 100 years.  The pattern has a square in the center (the hearth) surrounded by different sized rectangles (logs).  Often the center is red (or yellow) to represent the hearth in the cabin.     There are many different techniques for sewing a… Continue reading Log Cabin