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How To: Quilt a rosebud pattern

Use your longarm or sewing machine to quilt pretty rosebuds. These detailed instructions show how you can draw rosebud patterns on quilting fabric. It helps to draw out the pattern several times with a pen before you begin quilting with a sewing machine.

How To: Make a no sew fleece blanket

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a no sew fleece blanket. First, you will need to purchase fleece in a large size, large enough to be a comfortable blanket. Next, lay the fleece flat down and cut fringe down on two sides, four inches apart. On the other two sides (opposite from each other), cut fringe one inch between each other. Next, tie your one inch fringes into individual knots. These are great blankets to make for charity, because they are not only soft and warm, they are inexpens...

How To: Make an easy fabric panel quilt for Project Linus

Project Linus is an organization that provides security blankets for seriously ill or traumatized children. In this tutorial, learn how to make an easy fabric panel quilt to donate to a child in need. Project Linus is a great organization that provides warmth to every child, no matter what the season. So, if you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, follow along with this video and learn how to make an easy but comforting cover that any child will love.

How To: Square up a quilt block

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...

How To: Machine bind a quilt

This video shows a demonstration of how to machine sew the binding of the quilt, especially the tricky corners. She starts with the binding already sewn onto the front of the quilt and points out how she made the corner like a little pocket. As she sews along the side and approaches the corner, she folds up the binding on the edge that's past the corner and pins it, so it keeps the corner in shape. Then she folds that entire edge up all the way to the corner, holds the corner down tightly wit...

How To: Make a t-shirt quilt

In this two-part video tutorial, learn how to make a beautiful quilt out of recycled t-shirts! Include t-shirts with sentimental value to your family or friends, and create a keepsake that will last a lifetime and touch the hearts of your loved ones. Get step-by-step instructions on how to make this precious item in this two-part series of sewing videos.

How To: Bast a quilt for free-motion quilting patterns

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...

How To: Sew curves on a patchwork quilt

Watch this instructional quilting video to sew curves on this spooky patchwork quilt using simple estimation. See how to sew a curve for a Ghostwalk patch or a Drunkards Path patch. You will have a smooth curve and won't be pulling out your hair!

How To: Blindstitch in quilting

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.

How To: Chain sew patches in quilt blocks

See exactly how to chain sew half square triangles to make a quilt block. When you have a large number of quilting block you may find that they don't line up exactly. Watch this instructional quilting video to several quilting patches together at once, in a chain formation.

How To: Mount a quilt top

These two quilting how to videos demonstrate the proper way to mount a quilt top. Watch and learn as our host shows you tips and tricks not only for mounting the quilt top but for quilting in general.

How To: Stitch pantographs with a longarm sewing machine

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 ...

How To: Quilt bias binding

This instructional video demonstrates how to quilt 5 yards of bias binding with a small amount of fabric. The secret of bias binding is to begin with a square that is sewn shut on all four sides, like a pillow. These simple guidelines show you some quick tips to make sewing binding fast and easy.

How To: Sew quilting squares

Here is an easy way to make several small half and quarter triangle quilting squares. If you sew a small pillow pattern composed of larger half triangle designs, you can bisect the pillow diagonally in both directions to make four smaller quilting squares.

How To: Bind fabric on a quilt

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.

How To: Use a rotary cutting mat

This video quilting tutorial shows how to use a rotary cutting mat and how to choose an appropriate mat for your quilting needs. A rotary cutting mat is really important to make cutting easier and to protect your furniture from getting damaged by cutting. Learn how to choose a rotary cutting mat and how to use one by watching this instructional video.

How To: Measure borders when quilting

When measuring for borders on your quilt, begin by spreading your quilt out on your work surface making sure that it is laying flat but not pulled tight. With a tape measure, measure from one edge to the opposite edge across the length of the quilt. You should measure along two or three different seam lines and cut the border material to correspond with your longest measurement.If you would like a two-inch wide finished border then you should cut your border material two-and-a-half inches wid...

How To: Make Bias Binding Strips When Quilting

Penny Halgren demonstrates how to use a handy little gadget known as a bias tape maker. First make the bias binding by cutting strips of fabric on the bias and stitching them together. Then press all the seams in the same direction. The fabric will go through easier if the strips are fed through the bias tape maker with the seams facing away from the front of the tape maker. Put the bias tape maker on the ironing board and start feeding in the fabric. The handle allows you to pull the tape ma...

How To: Attach binding to a quilt

This video demonstrates how to attach a binding to a quilt. At the point of the video, your quilt should be complete up to attaching the binding. It should already be pinned and basted. You should have quilted together all of your squares into your desired pattern. Your batting should be cut. You should be in the final stages of assembling the quilt.

How To: Sew a disappearing 9 patch quilt block

In this how-to video, you will learn how to make a disappearing 9 patch quilt block. Start with a simple 9 patch. You can use dark and light fabrics. Put the darker fabrics in place so you make an x shape. Sew these patches together. Now, fold it in half and then line up the ruler. Cut the fabric in half, and then cut the halves in half. Re-arrange the cloth in any way you want and sew them back together. You will have an interesting design once this is done. Viewing this video will show you ...

How To: Braid string

Making a braid can be fast and simple. First start off with three pieces of string that are tied together at the top. Lay out the bundle of string flat so that all three pieces can be seen. Next, take the left string and move it over the center one so that the left string is the the middle string and the middle string is now on the left. After that, do the same with the right string and put that in the middle. Take the left string and put that in the center. Keep repeating these steps until y...

How To: Load and press a backing onto a quilt

When the patchwork side of a quilt is done, it's time to attach the backing. This how-to video demonstrates the process of machine-sewing the backing onto the quilt, specifically with a zipper for ease of replacement. Watch this video quilting tutorial and learn how to load and press a backing onto a quilt.

How To: Sew a Ghostwalk quilt block

Watch this quilting demonstration of how to sew the Ghostwalk quilt block which includes curved patches. The Ghostwalk quilt block is a spooky pattern that you can download and print out for your own reference. Once you learn how to sew this curved patterns, you can add regular curves to any patchwork quilt.

How To: Measure your quilt for perfect borders

You can easily "square up" your quilt by adding borders that have been measured for perfection. The trick is to leave extra space where the fabric will stretch the most. Watch this instructional quilting video to account for small changes that occur in the sewing process to sew an exact border on your quilt.

How To: Layer your quilt for basting

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.

How To: Alter a pre-existing quilt

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.

How To: Line up your quilting fabric for a straight cut

See how to line up the selvedge edges of your fabric so you cut straight strips every time. Complicated quilts require almost every piece of fabric to have precise dimensions to fulfill an exact geometric purpose in the quilt design. Watch this instructional quilting video to hang your fabric as a way of measuring and folding your fabric for cutting.

How To: Use a rotary cutter for right handed quilting

Watch an experienced quilter glide through four layers of fabric to make a clean cut with a rotary cutter. This instructional quilting video shows how a right handed person would cut fabric. You will also need a straight edge and a cutting mat in addition to a rotary cutter in order to make straight cut in quilting fabric.