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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. 

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...

Learn to Make No Waste Flying Geese Tutorial

Learn to make no waste flying geese. This method makes four flying geese at time without the need to cut little triangles off underneath the flying geese. It goes fast! The tutorial includes a measurement chart for determining the squares and rectangles you need to start with to get the right size flying geese every time.

29 Basic Quilt Terms

Anytime we learn a new skill there is a new language that goes with it. For the quilting and sewing world, the langu...

Making Eight at a Time Half Square Triangles

Learn to make 8 at a time Half Square Triangles with NO bias edges that will stretch.

Two at a Time Half Square Triangles

Learn to make two at a time Half Square Triangles for your next quilt pattern.

6 Tips for Quilting with Rulers

Learn tips and tricks for quilting with rulers, the right rulers and the right tools.

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