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Paper Piecing

Paper piecing is a technique used in piecing. The fabric is sewn to a paper pattern. When the block is completed, the paper is ripped away. This method Read more

Partial Seams

Quilters like to sew straight seams because these are easy to manage. At times, a more difficult inset seam is needed to complete a pieced block. Sometimes Read more

Patchwork Piecing

Patchwork is a term that describes the piecing in the quilt top. In this photo, patchwork piecing can be seen in the different stars in this quilt. Read more


The term Pattern has multiple meanings in the quilting world. It can represent the design printed or woven into the fabric. A single quilt block can be Read more

Piecing Quilt Blocks

Piecing the quilt refers to the sewing together of fabric pieces to form a quilt top. Piecing Quilt Blocks – In the photo below, the squares have Read more

Pigma Pens

Pigma pens (fabric pens) are waterproof and fade proof. These recognized archival instruments are the best type of pens to use on fabric when collecting Read more


Pilling occurs when small balls of “fuzz” form on the quilt top.  This usually occurs through wear and tear on knit fabric - not  so much on cotton. Read more

Pillow Tuck

Some quilts are made to cover a bed and the pillows. Extra yardage needs to be added for the pillow tuck. This usually amounts to 10″.

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Pin Basting

If you are planning to machine quilt your project, then you will want to pin baste using safety pins. Safety pins are used in pin basting because (when Read more


Not all straight pins are created equal. When I go to the store and see packages of "quilters’ pins" I want to scream. Who decided these yellow headed Read more
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