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How to Cut Fabric for Quilting

    Reading a Cutting Chart   Most patterns will give you a cutting chart, which tells you exactly how to slice up your fabric. Cutting charts are quick and easy to use once you get used to them. They have a few common conventions, which we’ll review below.    Here’s part of the cutting chart for my Simple Stripes Quilt.       In the leftmost column, you’ll notice I’ve listed the color to be cut - labeled “Background”. Instructions for each quilt size are listed in a new column.    Let’s look at the Baby cutting instructions.    (12) 2 1/2” x WOF strips   This instruction is telling us to cut 12 strips, 2 1/2 inches wide, across...

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How to Hand Bind a Quilt

  At this point in your quilt-making journey, you’ve finished quilting, and you’re ready to finish those edges with some binding!    I usually prefer machine binding, but the quiltiverse seems to agree that hand binding is the easiest method, especially for beginners. If this is your first quilt, you will probably want to hand bind it! And even experienced quilters often stick to hand-binding because of how clean the finish is. In this tutorial, I'll show you the process of hand binding, step by step.    The kind of binding we will use today is called double-fold binding because it gets folded once before attached to your quilt, then again when you go to sew the binding on.    We call the...

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How to Baste a Quilt

Today I'll be showing you how to baste a quilt, on my Simple Stripes quilt. The pattern will be available in my shop on September 16th, 2021.    Great, you’ve made your quilt top!    Now what?    Before you can turn your quilt top into a finished quilt, you’ll need to baste it. Basting a quilt is a way of holding the layers together, before you quilt them by machine or by hand.    There are many ways to baste a quilt, but they tend to fall into three major categories:    Thread basting Spray basting Pin basting   Pin basting is, to me, the easiest and most approachable of these techniques. It’s what we’ll be talking about today!   ...

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Intermediate Quilting Skills

  An Intermediate skill level assumes that you've made several quilts before, and that you're up for a challenge. Intermediate quilts might feature new and tricky techniques, but they may also be time-consuming, or require a little more dexterity than your typical beginner pattern.   Want to make sure that you're ready to tackle a pattern? Each SCQ pattern contains a list of Required Skills. Find tutorials for "Intermediate" skills below.  The list below will grow as the SCQ pattern library expands.   Intermediate Quilting Tutorials Sewing with a scant 1/4" seam Trimming Half-Square Triangles Trimming Flying Geese  

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How to Machine-Bind a Quilt

At this point in your quilt-making journey, you’ve finished quilting, and you’re ready to attach binding.  The kind of binding we will make today is called double-fold binding, because it gets folded once before attached to your quilt, then again when you go to sew the binding on. This tutorial will show you how to make double-fold binding, and how to attach it to your quilt.  Before you begin, you’ll want to trim any excess batting and backing off your quilt, and straighten up the edges. Use a long ruler and rotary cutter to square up.  Cut Your Double-Fold Binding Strips Decide what width of binding you want. Usually, standard double-fold binding is cut at 2 1/2” wide. This is...

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