Quick Corners

Quick Corner

A Quick Corner is a quilting term that refers to a rectangle that has a triangle in at least one of the corners.  The triangle originally was cut as a square.  The square is stitched on its diagonal.  Then it is folded back to the corner to form a triangle. View the video “Quick Corners”… Continue reading Quick Corners

Quilt Background

god eye cross sampler quilt

The quilt background is the fabric that is in the background of the quilt block. Often this fabric is solid, tone-on-tone or has little pattern. In the photo below the light beige fabric is the quilt background for this Eye of God quilt square. If you look closely, you may notice that it has been… Continue reading Quilt Background

Quilt Backing

There are three different scaled fabrics on the back of this quilt.

The quilt backing is the fabric that goes on the back of the quilt – easy! This can be one large piece of fabric or it can be made from several different fabrics. It’s up to the quilter to decide what goes here. This big decision is often based on what the quilt will be… Continue reading Quilt Backing

Quilt Basting

Basting is the process of temporarily sewing or pinning fabric together. This can be done by hand or by machine. Quilters use basting to temporarily position applique pieces. They also baste the top, batting, and backing together before quilting. Quilt basting helps position fabric before permanently sewing. Quilters use basting when appliqueing and when securing… Continue reading Quilt Basting

Quilt Batting

Choosing Batting

This is the stuff that goes in the middle of the quilt ‘sandwich’. Just as there are many different choices for quilt patterns, there are many different types of quilt batting. You may choose from 100% cotton, polyester, cotton/polyester blend, wool, silk, etc. The quilter decides which batting to use based on many factors – hand… Continue reading Quilt Batting

Quilt Binding

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Quilt Binding goes around the outer edge of the quilt. It is a long strip of fabric that is sometimes cut on the bias. Not all quilts have binding. Quilts that have binding will last longer (or at least the edges will) than quilts without binding. See our Free Tutorial on Creating and Applying the… Continue reading Quilt Binding

Quilt Blocks

Quilt blocks are design units often presented in rectangular shapes. There are thousands of block patterns that can be put together to build a quilt. A quilt’s design can be made up of one block that is repeated or from a combination of blocks. Where do you find all these quilt blocks? You can search… Continue reading Quilt Blocks

Quilt Borders

Quilt borders do exactly as they say – border the quilt.  Borders may be made of one fabric or they may be pieced. A mitered border meets in the corners at 45 degree angles as opposed to a simple border. In the first quilt below, I used one fabric (blue fabric) for the outside quilt… Continue reading Quilt Borders

Quilt Label

quilt label

A quilt label can be placed on the back of your quilt to record important information about the quilt such as who made it, where was it made and when it was completed. If the quilt is going to travel to quilt shows, make sure the owner’s name and address are on the label. Some… Continue reading Quilt Label

Quilt Sandwich

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A quilt “sandwich” occurs when you layer the backing, batting and quilt top. After these three sections are layered, the quilt is ready for quilting either by hand or machine. The quilting is needed to prevent the layers from shifting during washing. This is a photo of a quilt sandwich; the backing, batting and quilt top… Continue reading Quilt Sandwich

Quilt Settings

After quilters make their quilt blocks, they need to decide on the quilt settings. There is no right or wrong setting. It is up to the quilter to decide what is most pleasing. When you finish your blocks for your quilt, you will have to decide how to arrange them in your quilt. This arrangement… Continue reading Quilt Settings

Quilt Sleeve

A quilt sleeve is sewn on the back of a quilt to make it easy to hang. The sleeve is a tube shape that is about 3 – 4 inches wide and is long enough to go across the back of the quilt.  You can make your own  (see the video below) or purchase sleeves… Continue reading Quilt Sleeve

Quilt Top

Nine Stars

The quilt top is the side with the most piecing. The top in the photo has not been “sandwiched”.


Free Motion Quilting

    Technically, quilting refers to the process by which all three layers of the quilt sandwich are sewn together. In the photo, I am machine quilting all three layers using a darning foot to make a free motion quilting design. I used my machine’s darning foot attachment to quilt this stitch.  Sometimes I also… Continue reading Quilting

Quilting Frames

quilt frame

Quilting frames are not frames used to hang quilts on the wall. It is used to sandwich the quilt together and to help with basting. Hand quilting can be done by one person or many when using a quilting frame. Often the frame is rectangle in shape and is made from wood. It is free… Continue reading Quilting Frames

Quilting in the Ditch

Quilting in the Ditch refers to the process of machine stitching in seams when securing the quilt layers.  It is a popular quilting method for beginners as it does not require any marking beforehand.  Quilters use a walking foot attachment when machine stitching along the seam line.  This is also called “stitching in the ditch”.… Continue reading Quilting in the Ditch

Quilting Lines

quilting lines

The quilting lines are lightly drawn on the quilt top as seen in the center of the photo. These are the lines that are eventually quilted by hand or by machine. There are many traditional and contemporary patterns that available in stencils that can easily be transferred to your quilt top. (Or use your creativity… Continue reading Quilting Lines

Quilting Needles

These betweens are a little over an inch long.

    Quilting needles used for hand quilting are referred to as ‘betweens’. They are shorter than regular needles. See Betweens for more information about this specialty needle. If you would like to purchase a package of betweens from Amazon, click here.

Quilting Supplies

To start quilting you don’t need much – just fabric, batting, scissors, pins, needle, and thread.  These are the basics.  Of course there are many more products out there depending on your needs. For example, today most quilters use a sewing machine for their quilts.  Instead of scissors – rotary cutters, rulers and mats are… Continue reading Quilting Supplies

Quilting Thread

Quilting thread is much heavier than regular thread. It is used for hand quilting NOT for the sewing machine. Often novice quilters buy quilting thread for machine piecing their quilt. This can be a costly mistake. Loaded onto a sewing machine’s bobbin, the thread can destroy the inner workings of many machines. Today there are… Continue reading Quilting Thread