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Tools Must Haves vs Luxury Jittery Wings Quilt Co

In this lesson, I review the must-have tools for quilters vs. the luxury tools that can be added later. Starting a new hobby can be expensive. Watch this video to get started off on the right track, or to even learn what that weird tool in the kit you bought 20 years ago actually does.

Split Quarter Square Triangles (SQST)

I just love Split Quarter Square Triangles!  Yes! There is a lot of trimming - but friends it is so worth it!  This v...

Learn How to Use a Rotary Cutter and Ruler

Leave the Scissors Alone. I rarely use scissors in my quilting. Rotary cutters open up lots of options for clean, precise cuts for quilting. Make friends with your rotary cutter and quilting will become a pleasure! 

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...

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. 

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. 

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 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. 

8 Tips for Correcting a Mistake in a Quilt Top

So, this blog post is totally inspired by personal events of the last week. After a year of navigating Covid with the...

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