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Safety Pins

If you are a machine quilter then you must use safety pins to baste together the layers of your quilt. Safety pins should be pinned about 3 inches apart Read more

Sampler Quilt

A sampler quilt is made from a sample of blocks. These quilts are quite popular for beginning quilting classes. Often the instructor will plan the sampler Read more


Sandpaper for quilting? Whatever for? A fine sandpaper makes an excellent platform for tracing templates on to the fabric. The sandpaper grips the bottom Read more


Blocks are separated by sashing in some quilts. The sashing is often cut from a solid color or tone-on-tone fabric so its pattern does not interfere with Read more

Satin Stitch

The satin stitch is a decorative stitch that often is used to border appliqueed pieces.

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Quilters use a ¼ inch seam allowance unlike most dress maker patterns that use a 5/8” seam allowance.  Sewing an accurate ¼ inch seam ensures the Read more

Seam Allowance

Most quilters use a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Some miniature quilters use 1/8 inch. Whatever seam allowance you use it is most important that you remain Read more

Seam Ripper

A seam ripper is a handy tool that makes it easy to rip out a seam gone bad. Keep this tool handy!

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The two parallel finished edges of the fabric are called the selvage. This edge will not ravel and has a tighter weave. It is running in the same direction Read more
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