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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 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. See quilt 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
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