Stabilizer

A fabric stabilizer ‘stabilizes your sewing piece’. It can be made from paper (I prefer tissue paper or typing paper) or fabric. After using the stabilizer (stitching through it), some stabilizers will disappear when sprayed with water. Other stabilizers must be torn away. If your project requires a stabilizer, try out some of the different… Continue reading Stabilizer

Stash

fabric stash - click image to enlarge -

    A quilter’s stash refers to all of her/his fabric. Most quilters live by the motto that you can never have enough fabric in your stash. Your fabric stash can be arranged on shelves by color to make it easier to find the fabric you are looking for.  Sometimes a quilter’s stash is also… Continue reading Stash

Stencils

Quilting Stencils

    Stencils are patterns that can be used to mark a quilt top for quilting.  There are many types on the market or you can make your own.  Most are made from plastic as this lasts longer than cardboard. When choosing a stencil you need to think about the size of your quilt.  For… Continue reading Stencils

Stilettos

Stilettos - click to enlarge -

Stilettos are handy tools for quilters. They can help to hold layers of fabric together when sewing on the machine. If you would like to purchase a stiletto from Amazon, click here.

Stippling

Stippling is a quilting technique that can give texture to your quilt. It can be machine quilted or hand quilted.

Stitches

Larger straight stitches decorate the pot holder. Smaller stitches were used for the meandering in the quilt's background areas.

    Depending on your project the quilting stitches used will vary. Generally speaking a quilter will use a regular stitch length for machine piecing. I like to use a longer stitch length when machine quilting straight lines but this is your personal preference.  I will use a smaller stitch length when quilting in smaller… Continue reading Stitches

String Piecing

String piecing refers to a sewing technique where scraps of fabrics are sewn together into sections. Shapes are then cut out of these sections. The shapes are then sewn together in a traditional pattern.

Strip Piecing

4 Patch blocks made from strip piecing.

    Strip piecing is a quick sewing and rotary cutting technique. Long strips of fabric are cut using a rotary cutter. They are sewn together and then cut into smaller units. These smaller units are then sewn together again to form traditional quilts.