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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 Read more

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 Read more

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. Read more

Reverse Applique

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 Read more

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 Read more

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 Read more

Ruby Beholder

  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 Read more


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.

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