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How to make a Mini Quilt Zipper Pouch

In this tutorial I will use the Triangular quilt pattern to show you how to turn a mini quilt into a zipper pouch!

Quilted zipper pouches are great for a variety of things, and this is the perfect size to store sewing tools such as rotary cutters, extra blades, or small quilting rulers. Take your quilting on the go with a homemade pouch to carry it in!

If you want to see the video tutorial for turning a mini quilt into a pouch, check it out here:

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How to Baste a Quilt with Spray Adhesive

One of the essential steps to do as you learn to quilt is learning how to baste a quilt. I personally prefer a method of quilt basting known as “spray basting” where you use a spray adhesive to adhere the layers of a quilt, but you should know there are other methods involved in making the quilt sandwich that can work for you too! This quilting tutorial will teach you exactly how I spray baste a quilt!

If videos are more your speed, check out this quilt basting tutorial video here:

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Supplies Needed to Baste a Quilt

Before we can get started basting the quilt, you need to gather the supplies. In addition to having your pieced quilt top, quilt batting, and quilt backing, you’ll need these tools:

If you’re not sure what type of quilt batting to use, check out this tutorial that will help you learn the differences and decide which one to pick for your quilting project!

Step 1: Get your Batting Wrinkle-Free

If your batting came folded up in a package, you’ll want to freshen it up and get the wrinkles out. The easiest way for me to prepare my batting is to toss it in the dryer for about 15-20 minutes with a damp washcloth. You could also use your iron and press the batting, but certain types of batting don’t do well with high heat. I only recommend pressing with an iron if you are not using wool or anything synthetic such as polyester.

Step 2: Tape Your Backing to the Floor

While my batting is in the dryer, I’ll get my backing ready. If your quilt backing has wrinkles, iron them out before taping it down.

I like to use masking tape or painters tape to adhere the quilt backing to my hard wood floors for basting. The right side of the backing fabric faces the floor, with the wrong side facing up. I’ll typically begin by taping all 4 corners, and then go around the sides to make sure it is flat, but not stretched out. See the video above for more visuals!

If you don’t have hard floors, you could also consider doing a similar process but instead of taping to the floor you’d hang the pieces on a wall.

Step 3: Lay the Batting & Quilt Top on the Quilt Backing

Next, grab the quilt batting from the dryer and smooth it out over your backing, aligning one edge of your backing to one edge of the batting. Once the batting is nice & smooth, do the same with your quilt top. I personally like to trim off any extra batting with a pair of fabric sheers after laying out the quilt top. I save the batting scraps for smaller projects, and often zig-zag stitch them together so they can be reused in my next quilt.

Step 4: Spray the Backing to the Batting

Once your quilt sandwich is assembled, it’s time to spray the layer together so they’ll stay put for quilting. Begin by rolling the batting and quilt top up about half way, and spray a light layer of spray adhesive on the wrong side of the quilt backing. I like to do it in sections of up to about 10-20″ at a time, starting in the middle of the quilt.

Spray the adhesive in a section, then unroll the batting. Next, press down to get the batting & backing to stick together. Repeat this process until the entire batting piece is adhered to the quilt back fabric.

Step 5: Spray the Batting to the Quilt Top

Repeat the process we did in step 4 to adhere the batting to the quilt top. Press it out smooth and flat and check to make sure the corners and nice & secure!

Step 6: Add pins for extra Security

I’ll be honest and say I really don’t think this step is essential, BUT I still do it every time! I just can’t help myself! Grab your curved safety pins and pin your quilt layers together. I typically pin about every 10 inches or so, with extra attention around the edges and corners. The pins aren’t entirely necessary, but if it may take you a while to finish the quilting they can help ensure the sandwich stays in place!

Now it’s time to QUILT

Once your quilt sandwich is basted, you’re ready to quilt it on your home sewing machine. You can try Free Motion Quilting or Straight Line quilting, or do a fun design using a walking foot. Learn more about straight line quilting over at this article 3 Hacks for Quilting Straight Lines.

The quilt shown in this tutorial is the Sprightly quilt pattern. I also have a blog post up all about the floral baby quilt.

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How to Make an Economy Quilt Block Using AccuQuilt

square in a square quilt block tutorial

The most precise way to make an Economy Quilt Block is to use a fabric cutting machine like AccuQuilt to cut out the pieces for you! I’ve been a huge fan of AccuQuilt for a while now, and this Economy Quilt block tutorial will show you exactly why I love it so much! Making an Economy Quilt block using AccuQuilt is super easy and there’s a good chance you already have the dies you’ll need! Follow the tutorial below to get started and learn all my secrets for making a perfect and precise quilt block.

If you don’t have an AccuQuilt fabric cutting machine, you can still make an Economy Quilt Block using a rotary cutter by following this Economy quilt block tutorial.

Here’s a short video to learn how to make an Economy Quilt Block using an AccuQuilt fabric cutting machine:

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How to Sew Curves Perfectly Every Time

Have you ever struggled to sew curves while making a quilt design? Me too! But I’ve learned some secrets to sewing curves that I am just so excited to share with quilters like you! This article shares the easy way to sew curves for making a patchwork quilt!

Learn my tips for cutting & sewing curves perfectly every time, and gain confidence in the quilting technique of sewing curves. Of course, sewing larger curves is a bit easier than tighter curves, but by the end of this quilting tutorial you’ll be ready to take on any kind of curve!

If you prefer to learn how to sew curves from a video, check out all my curve sewing tips here:

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Quilt Block Tutorial: How to Make an Economy Quilt Block

Economy Quilt Block tutorial for beginner quilters

The Economy quilt block was popular in the 1930’s and is still a beloved quilt block to make today! This step-by-step patchwork tutorial will show you how I make an Economy quilt block, and hopefully give you the confidence to successfully make your own as well!

While of course Economy Quilt Blocks can be found in tons of traditional quilts throughout time, I like to give them a modern twist in my own patterns. Once example of a modern way to use the Economy block is in the Paradigm quilt pattern, which will be released on January 14th in my pattern shop.

Economy Quilt Block tutorial for sewing square in a square quilt block and calculating different quilt block sizes
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How to Sew Perfect 1/4″ Seams

tips and tricks for getting a perfect scant quarter inch seam when quilting and making patchwork projects

Patchwork and piecing require an immense amount of precision, especially when it comes to sewing a perfect quarter inch seam for quilting! These tips will help you learn how to get an accurate seam allowance for quilting projects every time. Once you work through these steps once, you should be good to go for perfect seams, and you’ll know exactly how to check them if you’re ever unsure.

I’ve been sewing and making quilts for years, but truth be told I’ve still been perfecting my 1/4″ seam. In my opinion, getting perfect seams is one of the most tricky parts of quilting, but also one of the most rewarding when you open up your seams and see points coming together ever so precisely!

If you prefer watching these tips in action, check out this video:

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Learn How to Get Perfect Quarter Inch Seams

1. Start with Accurate Cutting

There’s really no way around it: accurate patchwork seams start with accurate cutting, or to phrase it differently: it’s near impossible to get perfect blocks when you start with wonky fabric pieces! I personally get my most precise quilts when I use my AccuQuilt fabric cutting machine to cut my pieces. (Learn more about AccuQuilt here.)

90% Faster Than Rotary Cutters

If a fabric die cutting machine isn’t for you, make sure you get really good with rotary cutter and rulers, because the best way to ensure precision is to start off with precise pieces!

Patchwork and piecing require an immense amount of precision, especially when it comes to sewing a perfect quarter inch seam for quilting! These tips will help you learn how to get an accurate seam allowance for quilting projects every time. Once you work through these steps once, you should be good to go for perfect seams, and you'll know exactly how to check them if you're ever unsure.

2. Use a Guide Foot for Perfect Quarter Inch Seams

When sewing your quilt pieces together, it helps to have a foot with a 1/4″ line or guide. I personally have been using the one shown in these images that had a line marking the 1/4″ point, but when I first began quilting I used a foot with an actual guide on it that really helped! Using seam tape on your machine is also a good option, so you have something to line your fabric up with to make sure it is straight before feeding through the machine.

perfect patchwork seams for quilting using a sewing machine. Measure your distance from the needle to the guide mark

3. Measure distance from guide to the needle

Even if you have the correct foot on your machine, it’s possible that it’s not 100% accurate – so, let’s measure! Take your quilting ruler and place it underneath your presser foot. The needle should come juuust to the right of the quarter inch line. If it doesn’t, go on to the next step to learn what to do to fix it!

Patchwork and piecing require an immense amount of precision, especially when it comes to sewing a perfect quarter inch seam for quilting! These tips will help you learn how to get an accurate seam allowance for quilting projects every time. Once you work through these steps once, you should be good to go for perfect seams, and you'll know exactly how to check them if you're ever unsure. This seam tape can be super helpful for lining your fabric pieces up before they arrive at the needle

4. Adjust Your Needle Position

If your sewing machine allows you to adjust the needle placement, moving it to the left and right ever so slightly can make a big difference in your quilt piecing accuracy. Adjust your needle placement so that your needle is just to the right of the 1/4″ mark when lining it up with the presser foot guide.

Patchwork and piecing require an immense amount of precision, especially when it comes to sewing a perfect quarter inch seam for quilting! These tips will help you learn how to get an accurate seam allowance for quilting projects every time. Once you work through these steps once, you should be good to go for perfect seams, and you'll know exactly how to check them if you're ever unsure.

5. Test it Out

Once you think you have your machine and foot set correctly, sew some pieces together to check out the accuracy. Press them in whatever manner you’d usually press (I tend to press open) and then measure the seam allowances to see how it worked out! You can also measure the total unit to see if it comes to your desired size. If it’s not perfect, repeat the process above until it is!

6. Practice Makes Perfect

Just like most things in life, the more you practice, the better you’ll become and the easier it will be! Keep sewing and quilting and practicing and you will definitely get the hang of the perfect quarter inch seam soon! As someone who has been quilting for almost 10 years, I can say I am still practicing! And I do still have to take out my ruler and measure every once in a while too..

Patchwork and piecing require an immense amount of precision, especially when it comes to sewing a perfect quarter inch seam for quilting! These tips will help you learn how to get an accurate seam allowance for quilting projects every time. Once you work through these steps once, you should be good to go for perfect seams, and you'll know exactly how to check them if you're ever unsure.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, here are a couple others you might like too!