Machine Piecing

Machine Sewing

    Machine piecing refers to piecing the quilt on your sewing machine as opposed to hand piecing which is sewing the quilt by hand.

Machine Quilting

Machine quilting usually refers to the process of stitching all the layers of the quilt sandwich.  The stitching can be done by a home sewing machine or by a longarm machine and often mimics the patterns and designs that were hand quilted in the past. Beginners might find straight line quilting the easiest to follow.… Continue reading Machine Quilting


There are many different types of marking tools.

Quilters mark their quilts with a design using many different tools and techniques. Always test a scrap of fabric before marking your quilt top. The marking lines should easily wash out of fabric. The lines should not wear off completely when you handle the quilt or you will have to remark the top. Tools for… Continue reading Marking

Masking Tape

Masking tape as guides for quilting.

  Thin masking tape (1/4 inch thick) to thicker tape (1 inch thick) can be applied to your top temporarily to be used as a guide for quilting stitches.  Make sure you use the tape as a temporary guide as  a sticky residue may stain the top if the tape is left on for a long… Continue reading Masking Tape

Matchbook Quilting

Matchstick Runner

Matchbook Quilting is a type of quilting usually used to add texture to the project.  Stitching lines are close together; about 1/8″ to a 1/4″ apart.  These lines resemble the vertical lines in a matchbook. Below you will find a video about Matchbook Quilting using your machine without a walking foot.  The project featured in… Continue reading Matchbook Quilting

Matching Seams

The pattern in the tree quilt is set on point. The sampler quilt contains many different patterns.

Most patchwork involves matching seams.  The more pieces in a quilt, the more seams that need to match.  Below are videos with tips for sewing perfect seam intersections every time. Matching Intersections (4 videos) Intro (1 of 4) Cutting (2 of 4) Sewing (3 of 4) Pressing (4 of 4) Matching Points (2 videos) Matching… Continue reading Matching Seams