Learn more creative quilting methods by burning silk edges and adding color to fabric with colored pencils.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Here is a quick video that shows how to make a y-seam. Follow this step by step process to sew a y-seams on your hard labored quilts. Quilting becomes easy when you can borrow a few tricks of the trade.
This video quilting tutorial shows how to cut fabric into strips for binding a quilt. Proper technique will prevent ugly bulky seams. Learn how to join binding strips together for a clean professionally edged finish on a quilt by watching this instructional video.
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...
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 ...
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.
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...
See how to tie a knot in your thread for hand sewing. This knot can easily be hidden inside a quilt. This is a simple quilting lesson, but worth taking the time to learn properly. You don't want your quilt falling apart at the seams.
Make a cascading brick denim quilt out of household rags. Learn how to make a rag denim quilt in this free quilting lesson from an expert quilter and sewing class instructor.
Use the Martelli Stitch in the Ditch Binding Foot for top stitching and with a double needle to get a professional finish to your quilting and sewing projects. Watch this video sewing tutorial and learn how to top stitch with a double need on a sewing machine.
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.
Learn how Pat machine quilts bubbles.
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.
This video tutorial demonstrates how to make flying geese units using the "Quilt-in-a-day Flying Geese" ruler. These visual guidelines make it easy to sew a traditional quilting pattern. Using this quilting ruler, you can make four flying geese every time you align a 7 1/2 inch square with a 9 inch square.
This is a dressmaker's tip called setting the seam, which helps you make crisp seams when sewing strips of fabric into sets. It help to dampen and iron a seam before moving onto the next sewing step. This helps your fabrics stay neat and regular.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
Here's how to play with blocks to make interesting designs with your quilts. One of the most enjoyable parts of quilting is arranging individual blocks to make improvised designs. Try designing some smaller block patterns and sewing them together in an unexpected pattern.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Lessons for making a quilt pattern. Learn how to sew a basic quilting pattern in this free quilting lesson from an expert quilter and sewing class instructor.
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.
This is a detailed explanation of the traditional method for making HST blocks, including the 7/8" formula. Half square triangles are simple design, but take some calculating to make precise.