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 this info 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.
Seam allowances and sewing precision
Freehand and curved seams 1
Freehand and curved seams 2
Freehand and curved seams 3
Pressing -- the non-negotiable essential
pressing curved seams
Trimming your blocks to size
The quilt production line
Sandwiching your quilt
Quilting your quilt
Free-motion quilting and free-motion designs
Sinking thread ends
Blocking your quilt
Trimming your quilt
Binding your quilt
cutting the binding
sewing the binding
folding and stitching the binding
Facing your quilt
Adding a sleeve
A few of these tutorials haven't been published yet; stay tuned. As soon as they're up, you'll see an underline when you mouse over and be able to click to the post.
Leave a comment on the post if you want to share how it worked for you; I'd love to hear your experiences.