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Panels

    Some panels come with patchwork or applique printed on the fabric like these red and white applique blocks.  Other panels depict Read more

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 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

Pattern

    The term pattern has multiple meanings in the quilting world. Printed patterns can give quilters the directions they need 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 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

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

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 Read more

Points

  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 Read more

Posts

The small areas between the sashings are called posts. They can be squares or rectangles.     Read more

Prairie Points

  Prairie points are three dimensional designs that can be added to your quilting. Often they are used in a border treatment. They are made Read more

Precuts

There are many types of precut fabrics available, nicknamed Precuts. Quilters like to use these because they’re PreCUT!    NOTE:  Read more

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 Read more

Pressing

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 Read more

Project Linus

A volunteer organization that provides quilts for children in need. If you would like more info please visit projectlinus.org . Read more
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