Here are some ideas for making your quilting easier, more efficient, and just all-around better with our pros at National Quilters Circle!
Whether you’re just getting started or are a quilting expert, it’s always a good idea to be looking for tips and tricks to add to your repertoire. We asked our circle of ambassadors to share their favorite life-saving quilting tips. Here are a few of our favorites!
In this article, I’m going to go over some of the basic supplies and materials you will need to get started in quilting, as well as offer some tips for getting started on your very first block. Look toward the end for your essential supply list too. If you are a new quilter and you are reading this article, then you are already off to a great start!
Heather Thomas teaches you how to hand bead so you can add even more extravagance to your quilt. It is very simple to learn and she teaches you using only five basic stitches. The different types you will learn is the bugle stitch that uses bugle beads, the stack stitch using multiple fancy beads, a single stitch, a back stitch to fill something with beads, and a stacking stitch.
Heather Thomas teaches you how to put color onto fabric. You will need stabilized fabric and she suggests three different inks – tee juice markers, fabric markers, or liquid ink. Learn how to paint your fabric by penciling your drawing on your stabilized fabric and then color in different areas using multiple colors with a wet blending technique.
Carolyn Beam presents her creative and easy technique of using leftover strips of fabric. Learn how to incorporate old bindings or scraps of fabric to quilting blocks. Spark new and creative ideas for a fun project of your own. See examples of pieces shes done and use these tips to help get rid of leftover fabric strips!
Angie Hodapp demonstrates how to avoid making a sleeve when you finally finish your quilt. This video will let you hang your quilt with just one hook/nail at the same time you make your binding. All you have to do is fold two squares in half, baste the triangles in two corners of the quilt, and add your binding.
Joli Sayasane is here to give you a lesson on the benefits of extra fabric and where to add it when determining your quilt measurements. You will learn how much extra fabric to add to your squares and rectangles, as well as how to go about the various types of triangle pieces.
Every time I get a new quilt student I see their eyes glaze over in shock when we talk about how expensive quilts can be to make. I’ve developed a new shock therapy that snaps them right out of that dazed look: I teach them some money saving skills that encourage and challenge them to make beautiful (but expensive-looking) quilts when quilting on a budget! In this article I’ll go over some of the most expensive aspects of quilting and offer tips on how to save money in each of those areas.
When we view patchwork, many of us begin looking for the quilt “points”. The points are defined as the intersection of seams, which can be simple corners of squares and rectangles, but more often our eyes travel to the areas of a quilt top that contain triangle shapes. Those more interesting angles and how perfectly sharp the tips of triangles appear refers to the quilt points.
Learning new techniques and skills as a quilter can be a challenge. Video is the perfect platform for learning about sewing seams that are in a partial seam quilt block. The ability to rewatch and pause can assist you as you work your way through this new approach. Once you have mastered this skill, you will find a new group of quilt blocks you had previously avoided. New skills = new adventures.
Selecting the best quilt batting becomes a very personal choice. Let’s learn about a wide variety of batting styles and fiber choices as we journey into the world of quilt batting. Your instructor, Colleen Tauke, will introduce you to quilt batting to suit your particular desired outcome. You will learn about the various fiber contents available for purchase. They range from 100% cotton batting to a blend of 80/20 and 70/30 cotton/polyester blends.
Peg Spradlin demonstrates how to apply batting properly to your quilts. Learn about all the different types of batting you can use as well as the different fibers in batting. Use these tips to help you choose the right batting for your quilts and see how batting can make a huge impact on the quality of your quilts.
A quilt hanging sleeve is the perfect addition to any size of quilt in order to easily display it on a wall. Colleen Tauke shows how to add a quilt hanging sleeve to a quilt, either before or after the quilt has been bound.While adding a quilting hanging sleeve may be the preferred option of many for displaying a quilt on the wall, it is not the only option.
Wall quilts can look a little too understated when they hang flat against the wall. Add the perfect finishing touch to your next wall quilt by framing it. In this video, you’ll learn where to find the best frames and how to create quilts to fit the frame rather than search out a frame for an already completed quilt. Heather Thomas shares her tips and ideas.
There are a lot of factors to take into account when making a quilt and shrinkage is a very important one! The denser your quilt, the more shrinkage there may be. ZJ Humbach provides some helpful tips for quilt making and the benefits of preparing for shrinkage in your quilts.
When beginning a new quilt, you’ll want to start by answering a few questions to get a clearer idea of the dimensions you need your quilt to be. There are a few considerations to take into account, such as mattress size, shrinkage, borders, quilt style, and fabric choice. Determining the correct size for your quilt can become a bit of a math problem, but this easy-to-use chart will get you off to a good start.
The whimsy of the triangle quilt is one that is sure to capture the quilter’s heart. Where does one start and what are the variety of triangle rulers available that can jumpstart your quilting experience? Join Colleen Tauke as she presents all things triangle. Learn about the various 45 degree triangle ruler options, along with the 60 degree triangle ruler options, how they are similar and how they differ.
While most sewers and quilters use their iron as often as their sewing machines, they don’t often think about the need to clean it. ZJ Humbach shares why this is an important thing to do and shows how to clean your iron. ZJ begins by explaining that there are many ways that build up can occur on your iron, and even though you may not be able to see it, or the iron may look clean, it is still a good idea to clean it regularly.
Heather Thomas teaches you all about thread while providing helpful tips and techniques for working with thread. Learn the many types of thread available as well as the many brands and weights of thread. Understand the value of thread and add element to your quilts. Find out all you need to know about thread and how you can utilize thread when making your beautiful quilts.
Heather Thomas talks to you about an overlooked part in the quilting process – threads. Most importantly you will learn about the weight system of thread that started in Britain because there are different thin, thick, fine, and heavy threads for different projects. Then learn when you should use each thread.
Heather Thomas explains in depth the benefits and qualities of each sewing machine needle. These tips and techniques will help you choose the right sewing needle and what needles work well with different thread. Learn the many possibilities associated with specific needles and threads. Use these tips to start sewing more efficiently with different sized needles.