It's always a dilemma when you're organizing your closet and deciding whether you want to keep or throw out a meaningful old t-shirt that you don't wear anymore. Many of our t-shirts have been with us through thick and thin, so preserve their memory (and stop creating more waste) by reusing them.
Watch this short quilting video to cut a 45 degree angle precisely. When sewing quilts with large triangle patterns, cutting your fabrics precisely can be vital to the geometric vitality of your quilt. Follow these instructions to keep your colonial quilt from drifting off center.
This quilt as you go method is really becoming popular and this video shows how you can get in on the action. It's a simple method and you'll see your craft coming together quickly before your eyes. You'll need some backing, many pieces of fabric - widths can be different, but they'll need to be the same length. Check out the quilt as you go method and show off your new found skill! Quilts are a lovely craft and make for an even better gift!
This tutorial demonstrates how to finish your quilt that has irregular edges using a facing instead of binding. Review this quilting instructional video to quilt a complex border finish. The facing method allows you to avoid mitering every corner.
Quilting! Is there anything better!? Well, no, but one thing easier is the quilt as you go method. This video will show you what to do and how to do it. You'll want to have some baton, backing, thread, scissors and of course lots of pieces of fabric. The fabric doesn't need to be the same color or style and in fact, the more different the fabric the crazier your quilt will be. Check it out! Get quilting, and learn the quilt as you go method today!
In this video, we learn how to read a ruler. First, grab you ruler and look on the top and the bottom of it. The top is divided into different marks that shows inches, half inches, and quarter inches. If you aren't familiar with reading this, just use the markers at the top to help you count between 1/4, 1/2, 1/8, etc. The other side of the ruler is used for centimeters, which you usually will not use in the United States very often. Learning how to read a ruler can help you get better with f...
Looking for a new way to do your quilting? Why not try the 'quilt as you go' method! With this method you don't finish the whole piece at one time, but instead take various pieces of fabric and use them one by one. This is a great method if you happen to have a big bag of fabric odds and ends you didn't know what to do with. You'll need a piece of backing, thread, pins and of course a sewing machine. Watch and learn how to quilt as you go!
Watch this instructional quilting video to sew a wide binding on your quilt. A 3" binding is recommended when you're learning to use these tools but after that you can create wider & narrower bindings. Here's info for wider bindings.
Quilt as you go is becoming one of the most popular quilting methods out there and this video will show you how to do the technique using only your sewing machine. This method allows you to create a quilt in no time flat. You'll need lots of fabric strips, squares or triangles. You'll also need baton and backing, thread and of course a sewing machine. You'll see this project appear before your eyes and your friends will be impressed and amazed!
Need to load a quilt onto a frame but aren't sure how to do it? This ten-minute free video quilting lesson, which breaks the process down into its simple steps, will remedy that situation post haste.
Be sure to click on Chapter Two for the entire tutorial! In quilting, trapunto is creating raised images or sections of fabric on the surface of the quilt with batting. Learn about applique trapunto in the first part of this two part tutorial.
Get started with stitching in the ditch by attaching the "Zip Bind Tool" and mitering the 1st corner with the "Minute Miter." This instructional quilting video demonstrates how to sew a neat binding onto your quilt using a few innovative tools.
Before binding a quilt together, the edges of the quilt need to be squared so the quilt will lay flat and look crisp and professional. This video quilting tutorial shows how to square the edges of a quilt before finishing off the quilt.
Watch an experienced quilter show a quick and easy way to miter the corner on the binding of a quilt. Quilting is a precise craft, but a mitered corner works best with a some accurate estimation. Follow this two step process to sew a neat and sturdy corner on quilt binding.
This is the perfect tutorial for beginners who are interesting in learning how to quilt. Start with a basic abstract pattern and your favorite colors of fabric (you can use scraps if you wish as well), then follow the video and make your first quilt!
Learn more creative quilting methods by burning silk edges and adding color to fabric with colored pencils.
This video demonstrates how to square up a quilt block. Once you have your quilt blocks made up you have to square them so that they are all even sided and the same size. Take your most uneven sided square and lay it down. Place a square ruler over it. Line the ruler with the sides. Once you've measured the square determine how much should be cut from each side. Use a rotary cutter to cut each side down so it is even. Then lay the square ruler over the square again to measure your success. Re...
This quilting tutorial demonstrates how to easily join the ends of your quilt binding so that no one can tell the last seam from any other. Review this step by step process to avoid future difficulty when joining binding strips on your quilt. You don't need a ruler and you don't need to do a lot of measuring to try this quilting trick.
This tutorial demonstrates how to remove the paper from the back of a paper (foundation) pieced quilt block. Paper piecing is a type of sewing that involves quilting onto a paper base. It is possible to remove the paper after completing the quilt.
Learn how to use the couching technique to create depth and dimension to your quilts. Add borders and trim to intricate quilted patterns. You'll need a large eye needle and various couching material, such as yarn, ribbon and scraps of fabric. Couching adds texture and finish to quilted fabrics.
Here's a new way to look at making perfect mitered corners the first time, every time. This instructional quilting video demonstrates how to sew consistent mitered corners on your quilts in a few steps. Use a "Minute Miter" tool to hold the fabric in place. Learn why this seamstress says, "no snouts allowed."
Make a sleeping bag for the homeless out of a quilt. Featured on Thread Heads.
Watch this instructional quilting video to sew three dimensional faux cathedral window quilting blocks. These easy to make blocks add great accents to any quilt. The cathedral window quilting block is actually made up of four smaller patches with another square sewn inside. The 3D effect requires some careful folding. Pin down the frame of the window to give it a curved edge. For the center patch you can use patterned fabric or a photograph.
Watch this quilting demonstration of how to sew the Light and Shadows quilt block. You can download and print out the Light and Shadows quilt block to reference as you sew this pattern. Light and Shadows is a fairly easy quilt pattern made up of squares and rectangles.
This is how to miter sew two strips of fabric together for an almost invisible seam. This short instructional video shows how to keep your sewing table neat, and your miter seams precise. Don't forget to iron the seam flat before moving on to make sure your design looks right.
In this tutorial, we learn how to create fiber art journal pages with Elin Waterston. First, think about the theme of your book then layout what theme you want for your book. This will carry out through your entire book, so choose something that works. Stick text onto the fabric, then add stitching to help the fabrics to stay together. This journal is a fun project to do by yourself or with other artists. Make sure you unify your book with the subject and take your time in making the theme ti...
This video quilting tutorial shows how to choose and use an appropriate ruler for quilting. Certain kinds of quilting rulers are multipurpose and will be able to perform any beginning quilting function. Learn how to pick out and care for a quilting ruler by watching this instructional video.
Watch this quilting demonstration of how to sew the Snail's Trail quilt block. The Snail's Trail is an intricate quilting design that will teach you how to manage fabric piecing. Watch this instructional quilting video to properly sew the Snail's Trail quilting block with a minimal amount of errors. You can also print out the quilting block pattern for your own reference.
For boutis, stuffing is inserted between stitched layers through small openings made by separating the threads of the backing fabric. Once the stuffing is complete the threads are pushed back into position to close the holes. Marie Yolande demonstrates the "white on white" process with contrasting colored threads for better clarity. Click the RealPlayer or Quicktime link to start the video. Quilt boutis provençal.
Watch this instructional quilting video to quilt a pantograph pattern with a longarm sewing machine. A pantograph is a mechanical linkage connected in a special manner so that the movement of one specified point is an amplified version of the movement of another point. If a a line drawing is traced by the first point, an enlarged copy will be drawn by a pen fixed to the other. Take note of the proper way to stand and move one's body when stitching out pantographs. It's best not to move one's ...
If you put the layers in your quilt together correctly, your quilting will be much easier, and your finished quilt will look like a professional did it. Watch this instructional quilting video to properly layer the fabric in you quilt for basting.
Watch this instructional quilting video to learn how to blind stitch. A blind stitch is terrific when you don't want stitching to show through on the face of your fabric. You will be able to attach a label, secure your binding, and attach appliqué pieces to your quilt.
This video quilting tutorial shows how to lay out and sew a log cabin quilt square. The log cabin square is a classic quilting pattern, easy enough for beginning quilters but has enough built-in variation that makes it popular with advanced quilters as well. Learn how to set up and sew a log cabin quilt square by watching this instructional video.
Looking for a good quilting idea for a wall hanging? This tutorial shows you how to quilt together a turkey, using a layer cake (or collection of fall-colored fabrics) and a Dresden ruler. End up with a lovely piece you can use as a wall hanging or other decoration.
This is a great instructional video on how to measure a quilt for binding. This video teaches you about binding. First you have to get your quilt and tape measure. You need to know the size of your quilt. You have to be careful while measuring a quilt. You can measure the breadth with your measuring tape first. Then you can measure the breath as well accurately. You can take measurements down the center of the quilt. In some cases you can measure from one side, the center and the other side. ...
This video teaches how to hide an ending knot in your quilt in order to keep it looking neat. You wrap the thread around the needle, pull it tight, push the needle through about a half inch of the surface of the quilt, and once it comes out the other side, tug on the string gently. There should now be a knot underneath the top layer of fabric. Cut off the tail end of the thread. If the piece of thread is showing through the fabric, poke your needle inside the quilt and push it past the thread...
In this video we are shown how easy it is to complete the finishing join on a quilt binding. Just before the final join 6 inches of binding should be left over at the beginning and the end, while the rest of the binging should already be sewn down. The two ends of the binding should overlap by at least 6 inches. You will then need to cut the thread and remove the quilt from the machine, then measure the binding width and overlap the two pieces and cut off the excess binding to match the width...
In this Arts & Crafts video tutorial you will learn how to baste a quilt for free-motion quilting patterns. This video is presented by craftygemini. This method of loading your quilt onto your quilting frame is known as floating where the quilt top and the batting are floated. Neither the top nor the batting are rolled and pinned onto leaders like a backing fabric. First go to the top center point of the quilt top, put the pressure foot down and take a stitch. Bring the bottom thread up, hold...
Watch this quilting demonstration to sew a cat's paw quilt block. This pattern is also known as bear's paw and beggar's block. This video shows a 27 inch cat's paw quilting block.
Try a quilting experiment to make a radical change to your hand crafted quilt. In this video, the original quilt was much larger, and has been cut down to groups of 9 blocks. See how a different swath of fabric is sewn right through the center of the quilt.