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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

Scant 1/4″ Seam

    A scant 1/4" seam is about a thread narrower than a regular 1/4" seam.  Many quilters prefer sewing a scant 1/4" seam as it helps with 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


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.

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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


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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