Tips, Tricks and Techniques

for Quilters

Need help from a quilter? This page lists free articles and how-to information on a number of quilt related topics, including quilting and sewing tips, terms and techniques for the beginning quilter. There is a few not-so-serious articles in here, too:-))

Applique techniques and tips
These tips will have you appliquéing like a pro in no time! Here are tips for both hand and machine appliqué by needle-turn, freezer paper, fusible and more.

Applique using Fusible Web
Just learning fusible applique? Here are some tips and techniques to make this quick method a bit easier. Lots of inspirational pictures!

Adding a border
You have finished your quilt top. Now how do you decide what borders to add? Here are some guidelines for choosing the perfect straight, pieced, mitered or scalloped border and methods for creating it. An illustrated two-part article.

Binding Basics
This article answers the questions, "What is the difference between straight grain, cross grain and bias binding? How do I apply them and what do I do about the corners?" Includes a link to a chart for both bias binding and straight grain binding fabric requirements for various size quilts.

A detailed and extensively illustrated tutorial is also available as a paid download. This tutorial discusses not only three types of bindings and when they should be used but also six other edge finishes. Complete instructions are given for six different methods of making bias binding, including two for continuous bias binding. Yardage charts are included for each method.

In addition, this tutorial includes information on how to attach bias binding to your quilt, how to create mitered corners, and offers three different methods of joining the loose ends of the binding. You will not find a more thorough tutorial than this one! Best of all is the price - only $1.50 for a reference you will use over and over again. More information (and a sneak peek) is at Phoebe Moon Designs.

Catching the Muse
Unleashing your own creativity to create a quilt design that represents your unique style.

Choosing the Perfect Sewing Machine
Tips for choosing the machine for you, including a list of questions for your dealer to print out and take with you.

Color in Quilts
What makes one quilt sing and another just hum? Here is a three part article on choosing the color and fabric that will make your quilt special.

The Colorwheel can help
Common Color Associations
Coloring a Crayon Quilt
This surprisingly ordinary method makes an extraordinary quilt.

Demonstrations on Video
Tips, tricks and techniques explained on videos.

Easy Prairie Points
Prarie Points are a great way to call attention to the border of a quilt - and they can be used as an accent inside the quilt, too! Here are several ways to make them and ideas for using them.

Fabric Postcards - 4 x 6 Works of Art
Fiber Art you can mail!

Fleece Facts - How to Sew with Fleece

Half Square Triangle Blocks
The Half Square Triangle Block is one of the basic building blocks used in making quilts. As you might expect, there are many, many different methods to make those blocks. This tutorial shows you 20 of the most common methods with links to more information on video. Charts are included for several methods. Methods covered go from traditional (with helpful notions) to innovative. 8 different rulers are shown as well as 3 different paper piecing methods and even some out-of-box ideas.

Hanging your Quilt
This article explains how to make and attach a hanging sleeve to a quilt.

How to Chenille Fabric

How to make a T-shirt Quilt

How to use Bubble Jet Set to put photos on fabric
Use this chemical to treat cotton, flannel and fleece in quantity for fabric transfer.

How to whitelist an address so you receive bulk E-mail (for example, a newsletter or a shipping confirmation)

Labeling your quilt - How to make a quilt label
A quilt isn't finished until it is labeled. Here is the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of making a quilt label.

Machine Quilting Basics

Making a Silk Purse out of a Sow's Ear - Using old quilt blocks in new settings.

Microwave Heating Bags

Picking the Correct Sewing Machine Needle
Here are tips on how to choose the correct sewing machine needle for your fabric and your project.

Photo Transfer Tips and Projects/Printing on Fabric

Preparing wool items for storage

Quality makes a difference!
Here is how to choose the best fabric for your quilt.

Quillows
How to make a quilt in a pillow

Redwork Tips

Repair, Restore, Conserve - what to do with an old quilt and how to do it.

Save your money for quilt fabric! Here are great tips for using everyday items in original ways to save time and money in quilting.

Quilting at the Grocery and Hardware Store
Dryer Sheets Uses for new and used dryer sheets.
Freezer Paper
Items from the office supply store
Setting a Quilt or Block on Point

Sewing Machine Needle Primer
Which sewing machine needle do you use for your project? Here is how to choose the correct needle for everything you do.

Stain Removal Guide (seriously)

The Seven Deadly Sins of Paper Piecing
Okay, maybe they aren't deadly, but mistakes are sure annoying! Here is how to avoid them and become a Perfect Paper Piecing Person.

Thread Theory
There are so many different types of thread available! How do you choose which one is right for your project? Read this article on choosing fabric for your project - and your sewing machine. This two part article includes a listing of Threads and Their Uses, listing threads by type, characteristics and recommended uses.

"Tie"ing Up Loose Ends - Using Men's Ties
Ideas for using mens ties in quilts and other creative sewing and craft projects.

Using a 60 degree ruler to make Baby Blocks with no Y seams
This is a clever trick that will take your quilt making into a new dimension!