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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 Read more

Satin Stitch

  The satin stitch is a decorative stitch that often is used to border appliqued pieces. Read more


    Fabric scale refers to the size of the design on the fabric. Solid colored fabric has no scale because there is no design on it. Read more


  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 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! Read more


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

Seminole Patchwork

Beginning in the 19th century, members of the Seminole tribe sewed long strips of fabric together and then cut these into smaller pieces and then sewed Read more

Set on Point

When square blocks in a quilt are rotated 45 degrees (turned to a diamond shape) they are said to be set on point. The nine patch blocks below are quilt Read more


When you finish your blocks for your quilt, you will have to decide how to arrange them in your quilt. This arrangement is called the setting. See quilt Read more

Setting Triangles

Setting triangles are used when blocks are set on point. They are “fillers” that are used to make the quilt rectangular. Without these, you would have Read more

Sew and Flip

"Sew and Flip" (or Flip and Sew) refers to a technique that uses a foundation for its construction. Fabric is sewn (right sides together) to the foundation Read more

Sew Order

Sew order refers to the sewing order that needs to be followed to best put the block together.  In these machine piecing directions, the B and D triangles Read more


    A shade is a color that has been blended with black or a darker color. Navy is a shade of blue. Read more

Sharps Needles

Sharps needles are a type of needle that is used in applique. The shaft is usually longer than between needles (used for hand quilting). Sharps needles Read more


Fabric Sizing is like spray starch but not as stiff. You can buy it at the grocery store in the laundry detergent aisle. Some people call it “Magic in Read more
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