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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: 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: 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: 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: 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 the Light and Shadows quilt block

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.

How To: Miter a corner on quilt binding

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.

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: 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: 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: Quilt mitered corners

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."

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: 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: 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: 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.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.