Quiltmaking 101


I was a self-taught quiltmaker to begin with, which means I figured most things out by trial and error. Fortunately, over the years I've learned a lot more from reading books, taking workshops and hanging out with other quiltmakers.  Almost always, when I hear about a new technique or approach I'll try it out to see how it works, and whether it could be improved upon. And I've changed my own ways of working to reflect these improvements and new ideas.

I've concluded that some of the things they tell you in the books and workshops are not important at all, while others are critical.  And I'm happy to share my methods with you, perhaps saving you a decade or two of your own trial and error.

I've chopped it into many small tutorials on almost every aspect of sewing, quilting and finishing.  Feel free to try them out, evaluate them, and make your own adaptations and improvements.  And after you do, please pass them along to another quiltmaker.  We learn from each other, and in so doing we all find our work improved and our lives much richer.

Rotary cutting

Seam allowances and sewing precision

Pressing -- the non-negotiable essential

Trimming your blocks to size

The quilt production line

Sandwiching your quilt

Quilting your quilt

Straight-line quilting

Free-motion quilting and free-motion designs

Blocking your quilt

Trimming your quilt

Binding your quilt

Facing your quilt

Adding a sleeve

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A few of these tutorials haven't been published yet; stay tuned.  As soon as they're up, you'll see an underline and be able to click over.

Leave a comment on the post if you want to share how it worked for you; I'd love to hear your experiences.