Raw Edge Applique

Raw Edge Applique occurs when a cut out shape has been applied to the top of another fabric.  The edges of the shape are “raw”; there’s no seam allowances to turn under.  Raw edge applique can be applied with machine or hand stitching, fusibles or glue.  The edges will fray with wear. (Sometimes fraying is… Continue reading Raw Edge Applique

Reducing Glass

  Reducing Glass – Below is a close-up photo of a reducing glass. Below that is a picture of what it looks like using a reducing glass. Notice the 3 house blocks on the left; they are much smaller in the reducing glass. Sometimes this makes it easier to look at the overall design and… Continue reading Reducing Glass

Reproduction Fabric

Reproduction fabric is fabric that has been – – – reproduced! Antique quilts have wonderful examples of fabric from the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Quite a few fiber companies have come out with large fabric lines based on fabrics in these antique quilts. Often these fabrics are available in different colorways. Reproduction Fabric – In… Continue reading Reproduction Fabric

Reverse Applique

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Instead of appliquéing a piece of fabric on top of a background fabric, in reverse appliqué the piece is put under the background fabric. The background fabric is cut away to reveal the piece under it. This is an example of reverse applique. The white fabric on top has been cut away and appliquéd using… Continue reading Reverse Applique

Rotary Cutting

Rotary Cutting

Rotary cutting is relatively new to the quilting world. It involves using a rotary cutter, acrylic ruler and a cutting mat. Using these tools, many layers of fabric can be quickly and accurately cut at once. Before quilters used scissors to cut out shapes. These are rotary cutters. As you can see they come in… Continue reading Rotary Cutting

Rotary Mat

Rotary Mat

A rotary mat is needed when using a rotary cutter.  The best mats are “self healing” meaning the cutting marks won’t be visible on the mat.  The mats come in different sizes and colors.  Beginner quilters might find the 12″ by 18″ or 18″ by 24″ a good place to start.     Looking to… Continue reading Rotary Mat

Round Robin

A round robin describes a quilt (or quilts) made through a group effort. A quilter in the group makes a block or a small quilt. The next member adds a border to this and then passes it on to the next member who adds another border and passes it to the next quilter and so… Continue reading Round Robin

Ruby Beholder

The fabric value is easy to see through the red plexi-glass.

  Love the name! A ruby beholder is a tool that quilters use to find the value of a fabric. Fabrics of different colors and/or prints can be laid side by side and viewed through this instrument to see their relative values. Click here to purchase a ruby beholder.


Ruching is a technique used to draw up fabric or ribbon. It is then formed into a flower or other design and appliqueed to a background fabric.