All items in italics are coming soon. (Difficulty, basic technique, and notes on potential fabric choices are in parentheses.)
Classic Squares Quilts Very popular with youth groups.
Classic Squares, Part 1, Topper: Sewing a simple quilt top with ten inch squares. A wonderful quilt-making experience for a true beginner, and a classic quick quilt for anyone to make. (easy, machine pieced, charms, layer cakes, scrappy, will work with other size squares)
Classic Squares, Part 2, Finishing:
Backing, batting, ties, and binding. All the steps to complete the quilt started in Part 1.(easy, machine pieced, tied)
Use the simple programs already found on your computer to explore patterns for quilting your quilt. (easy, quilt tools and techniques)
Quilt Batting Selection:
Read the posted article Quilt Batting Basics-Baffling No More, and get suggestions from the CQ Quilt Batting Selection Chart. Learn about several types of batting including cotton, wool, bamboo, poly, and more.
Read From a Tattered Quilt, to Remembrance Hearts… and create a memory from a damaged vintage quilt.Mug Rug, Basic Tutorial:
The posting Make a Basic Quilted Mug Rug, at tutorial has tons of photos and easy instructions. Explore these simple little projects that are great for beginners and pros alike! (easy. machine piece, scrappy.)
Create two gift bags while learning the basics of fusible appliqué. These fast projects require no special tools, aside from a small piece of fusible material available at low cost from any fabric or quilting store. (easy, fusible appliqué, quilt tools and techniques)Fusible Appliqué: Beyond the basics
Go beyond the basics as I demonstrate the assembly of a more advanced fusible appliqué project. Techniques and tips to help you master this fun and surprisingly simple method. (easy, intermediate, advanced, fusible appliqué, quilt tools and techniques)Lady Bug Mug Rug Halloween Mug Rugs Tiny Scraps: Magic Trick Number One
This demo features two coasters trimmed with teeny, tiny fabric scraps. Lots of inspiration here! (easy, beginner, carefree, scrappy) There are also many great online tutorials and resources for various quilting techniques and steps in finishing. Online video sites such as YouTube also have many resources. This list highlights a few of sites:
- ROTARY CUTTING TECHNIQUES: The Purl Bee blog has some excellent directions and tips. Also see Learn How to Rotary Cut Your Fabric, an index of rotary cutting tips and various applications on About.com.
- BINDINGS: Janet Wickell’s How to Make Quilt Binding article on About.com helps you select binding types. It includes the simple ‘tube’ method of making continuous bias binding, and how to calculate yardage needed.
- MITERED CORNER BINDING: Janet Wickell’s How to Make Quilt Binding article on About.com has clear illustrations of sewing mitered binding corners. eHow.com shows the details of a mitered binding corner in a video, and has other videos showing finishing steps.
- BASTING, SQUARING, STIPPLING, LOTS MORE: Sharon Chamber’s stellar site includes over a dozen free videos showing her tried and true methods of various quilting steps. Includes instructions for handquilting, home sewing maching quilting, and long arm quilting. I love her hand-basting method, especially for large quilts, and you can find that on YouTube, both Part One and Part Two. BASTING techniques are also discussed in my post Basting Away Again…