Nostalgic panel

    Some panels come with patchwork or applique printed on the fabric like these red and white applique blocks.  Other panels depict scenes such as the nostalgic one on the blue background below.     Panel sizes vary.  The brown floral panel was sold as a table runner.   Panels are great for trying… Continue reading Panels

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 is extremely accurate and easy. It is often a good method for beginning quilters to learn. In the photos below, you can see the back… Continue reading Paper Piecing

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 a partial seam can be used in place of the inset seam. Partial seams are straight seams that are sewn part of the way. Later, when all pieces… Continue reading Partial Seams

Patchwork Piecing

patchwork piecing - click image to enlarge -

Patchwork is a term that describes the piecing in the quilt top often made up of different sized shapes. In this photo, patchwork piecing can be seen in the many stars in this quilt. The stars are separated by pieces of plain fabric with no patchwork.  In the photo below, patchwork squares are separated by… Continue reading Patchwork Piecing


Sawtooth Star

    The term pattern has multiple meanings in the quilting world. Printed patterns can give quilters the directions they need to compete a project. Pattern can represent the design printed or woven into the fabric or the design quilted on fabric. A single quilt block can be referred to as the quilt pattern. The way… Continue reading Pattern

Piecing Quilt Blocks

Piecing the quilt refers to the sewing together of fabric pieces to form a quilt top.  Quilters can piece by hand or by machine.  Quarter inch seams are the most common seams used for piecing quilt blocks. If you would like to find out more about piecing visit our Beginner Basics section.  You’ll find links… Continue reading Piecing Quilt Blocks

Pigma Pens

pigma pen

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 signatures or writing quilt labels. You can find pigma pens in art supply stores and at quilt and fabric shops. If you would like to purchase one of these pens, click… Continue reading Pigma Pens


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.

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″.

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 closed) they will stay put when maneuvering your quilt through your machine. If you use thread to baste your quilt sandwich, the thread can get caught on… Continue reading Pin Basting


quilting pins

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 pins were for quilting? These “quilters’ pins” have large shafts therefore making it more difficult to puncture through many layers of fabric. This causes some distortion at… Continue reading Pins


The points in the triangles should be "crisp".

  Do your points match? Most quilt blocks have points or corners in the design. When piecing a block it is easy to ‘cut off’ a point. Sometimes the corners of the shapes will fall short of the seam lines and not match up. Most of the time this will not interfere with the overall… Continue reading Points


I Spy with my little eye……a windmill, a dog, a bear…….

The small areas between the sashings are called posts. They can be squares or rectangles.  Posts might be cut from the same fabric or all different fabrics.  Often they are used to produce a secondary design OR to unify different blocks in a quilt. In the pink quilt above, the blue and yellow squares are… Continue reading Posts

Prairie Points

How to make a prairie point.

  Prairie points are three dimensional designs that can be added to your quilting. Often they are used in a border treatment. They are made by folding and pressing fabric and then sewing the finished points to your quilt. First cut a square and then fold it in half.  Next fold the corners down to… Continue reading Prairie Points


There are many types of precut fabrics available, nicknamed Precuts. Quilters like to use these because they’re PreCUT!    NOTE:  to enlarge the video, click the PLAY button, then click the full-screen icon at the bottom right of the video. TRANSCRIPT: Precuts – Encyclopedia “Precuts”There are many types of precut fabrics available.  Quilters like… Continue reading Precuts

Presser Foot

presser foot

A presser foot holds the fabric while you sew on your sewing machine. Under the presser foot and fabric are feed dogs that move the fabric through your machine. On most machines, the presser foot can be changes to best fit the sewing job. For example, a zipper foot allows you to sew close to… Continue reading Presser Foot


Pressing fabric for quilting is almost as important as sewing if you want to get crisp accurate seam lines. After sewing two pieces together I go to the iron and press down on top of this stitching. This will help nestle the threads into the fabric. Sometimes this is referred to as registering the seam.… Continue reading Pressing

Primary Colors

The three primary colors - red, yellow and blue. Green is a secondary color.

    The primary colors are red, blue and yellow.

Project Linus

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