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