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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: Quilt boutis provençal

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.

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: Transfer photos onto fabric

In this video you will see how to transfer a photograph onto a piece of flannel fabric. You will have to treat the flannel with Bubble jet Set 2000 to help the photo stay on the fabric longer. Use an inkjet printer to make sure the ink soaks into the fiber. Tape the treated flannel onto the printed picture and run the paper through the printer again. The printer should print directly onto the fabric without trouble!

How To: Get ready to machine quilt

Make your sewing space perfect for machine quilting. Watch an experienced quilter set up and make the first few machine quilting stitches. This video is helpful for those who work in a combination of hand sewing and quilting with a sewing machine.

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: Quilt with different binding widths

Watch this instructional quilting video to quilt different widths of binding. It's recommended that you start with three inches of binding. You can use three zip bind tools to complete this quilting tutorial. You should leave at least a 3/8 inch of extra fabric for seam allowance on quilt binding.

How To: Use a June Tailor Shape Cut ruler

Here is how to make strips and squares using the JT ShapeCut ruler. Follow these instructions to measure and cut a precise design. With the June Tailor Shape Cut ruler, you can lay a piece of fabric on a grid and slice the fabric into geometric squares.

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: Quilt a tendril or "C" background fill on a longarm

Watch this instructional quilting video to quilt a tendril or "C" background fill with a longarm sewing machine. This pattern is a simple and convenient way to create an elegant background fill on many kinds of quilts. It helps to draw the tendril pattern with pen before trying it with the longarm sewing machine. Customers love it.

How To: Lay out and sew a log cabin quilt square

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.

How To: Choose proper sewing machine feet for quilting

This video quilting tutorial explains how to choose the feet on the sewing machine to suit the purpose of the project at hand. Different quilts are going to require different sorts of seams, but the right rotation of feet will be able to multi-task effectively. Learn how to choose the right sewing machine feet for quilting projects by watching this instructional video.

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: 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.

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: 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: Avoid square backings on a quilt

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to bypass the cumbersome process of making squaring backings for your quilts. This is an attempt to show you how and why you may never want to make a perfect square backing for your longarm sewing machine again.

How To: Tie fringe onto a quilt

This video quilting tutorial shows an easy way to attach fringe onto a quilt. Tied thread fringe is a great way to add simple decoration and definition to a quilt. Learn how to tie fringe onto a quilt by watching this instructional video.

How To: Sew raw edge appliqué onto a quilt

Raw edge applique is difficult to attach to a quilt; either the thread is ripping or the needle is making large holes. This instructional video offers tips for how to sew on a raw edge applique with as professional a finish as possible. Learn how to sew raw edge applique onto a quilt by watching this video crafting tutorial.

How To: Measure a quilt for binding

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. ...

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: 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 tie dye quilted backpack

Attention tie-dye lovers and neo-hippies! In this two-part video tutorial, learn how to make an adorable tie-dye quilted backpack. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to make this great accessory to accompany you to the beach or on a picnic.

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: Quilt a narrow binding

Watch this instructional quilting video to sew a narrow binding on your quilt. The "Zip Bind Tool" and the "Stitch in the Ditch Binding Foot" help with sewing narrow bindings. It important to know how to use the zip bind tool properly before beginning this quilting project.

How To: Use a zip bind tool for a quilt

Use these tips to learn how to adjust the "Zip Bind Tool" for your binding width. The zip bind tool will allow you to keep perfectly even bindings from start to finish without using a ruler or doing a lot of measuring. Sewing a neat binding can be one of the most difficult challenges in beginning quilting. Here are two tips for using your zip bind tool correctly.

How To: Begin couching with a longarm quilting machine

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.

How To: Use a zip bind tool

Watch this instructional sewing video to learn about the zip bind tool and how to adjust it for your quilting projects. This video provides a helpful introduction to this quilting tool. The zip bind tool is a sewing tool that makes quilt bindings perfect from end to end. There's no need for straight pinning and there's no measuring involved.