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What is Bias and How to Avoid it When Making Triangles

What is Bias?  There was a time when I hated triangles. I would put a pattern together and it would end up being won...

Navigating Your Quilt School Courses on Thinkific

Jittery Wings is proud to offer high quality quilt courses with detailed explanations and kind support. You can purchases these courses at www.jitterywingsquiltschool.com. This tutorial explains how to navigate the Thinkific site for new users.

DIY the Ultimate Sliding Quilt Design Wall

Raise your hand if spreading your quilt design out on the floor requires, sweeping, dog corralling, child dodging, an...

Sewing Our Feelings Into Our Quilts

I often hear people say, "quilting is my therapy" or "quilting is my happy place." I was recently reminded of a reality I know all to well; that sometimes quilting shows us we are hanging by a thread. Quilting can reveal to us, what we don't often admit to ourselves - life is throwing too much our way right now. 

Book Review of Design Make Quilt Modern by my Quilt Friend Heather Black

When Heather asked me to review her newest book Design Make Quilt, I was honored. Heather is easily one of the most talented quilt designers in my quilt circle. 

Investing in a Wool Pressing Mat

When I first started quilting, my amazing husband built me a pressing board. It was a piece of wood with a layer of foil to reflect the heat back, covered with three layers of batting, and then topped with fabric that we stapled around the back of the board. I have three of them in different sizes and use them for very different reasons. One I take on retreats, one I use for pressing backing and full quilts, and a medium one I leave up all the time next to my sewing machine. I loved them. I thought they were the bomdiggidy, until I first used a wool pressing mat. 

Tips for Prepping Your Quilt Top for a Longarm Quilter

This post provides a few tips to ensure you and your quilt top have the best experience and results possible when searching for and hiring a longarm quilter. Why Hire a Longarm Quilter? The choice to hire a longarm quilter may be driven by the size of your quilt, its purpose, the type of quilting you desire, and your deadline.

All the Good Quilt - A Controlled Improv Quilt Pattern

I decided that 2021 needed to start with ALL THE GOOD. I purchased a fat quarter bundle I couldn't bring myself to divide up, so as a result, I designed this quilt to keep the full bundle together AND to use ALL the fat quarters! 

Steps for Trimming Flying Geese Blocks

Trimming a flying geese block to the correct size is simple if you turn the ruler in the correct direction. This tutorial will walk you through trimming a flying geese block to 2.5" x 4.5" and it works for trimming to any size.  After making flying geese using the No Waste Method (4 at a Time), it will look like the image below. It will have little tails at the top and on the bottom two sides. 

Tips for Cutting 8 at a Time Half Square Triangles

So, you found an awesome pattern that uses the 8 at a time half square triangle method and now you need to cut them apart? Since most of my patterns include HSTs, I thought I would share some tips and visuals for getting the cleanest and straightest cuts. This tutorial includes a video explaining the process and written instructions below. 

Tips for Determining Measurements for a Pieced Quilt Back

This tutorial is written to show how to think about piecing a back that works for the size quilt top you have finished. Each size is listed as “averages” because all quilts are different sizes. Don’t take these measurements as gospel, you will still need to measure. Standard practice for quilting on a domestic machine is to add 2” to 4” to all four sides of your quilt top. This will give you the minimum size that your backing should measure.

Standard Quilt Sizes for Planning a Quilt Top and Batting

Use the chart below to help you plan out your quilt design. Some folks prefer a long drop on three sides, so they never come out of the covers when they roll around in their sleep. If this describes you, look at the bedspread size as your ideal quilt top size. 

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