How To Quilt

Learning how to make a quilt is easy: just layer batting between a quilt top and backing fabric and stitch, right? Not so fast! You may not need quilting lessons, but some basic quilt making skills will help. Like how to use fusible web for applique, how to bind a quilt, cutting and piecing tips, making sure your seams measure  a quarter inch and other quilting instructions. On the Keepsake Quilting blog, we’re full of how-to information, and we want your comments, too!

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Pumpkin Blossom Project of the Month by Lynette Jensen

A crispness has settled in the air and the leaves have begun to fall. This surely means autumn is in full swing. The season is ripe with opportunities for sewing on chilly, overcast days. Plus, there are so many wonderful projects to quilt for our homes, as gifts for our loved ones, and for ourselves.…

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Troubleshooting Tips for Table Runner Quilts

Today Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries joins us for a guest blog to introduce her Kaleidoscope Burst Runner and to give us a peek at the extra scrap project. Just in time for fall, this easy quilting project is the September Project of the Month. I can’t wait to share mine with everyone who sits at…

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The Versatile Dresden Plate Quilt Block

The Dresden Plate quilt block is one of the most popular quilt designs. But did you know how versatile it is? Below we give you some ideas for using the Dresden Plate to make a variety of quilting projects, plus tips on how to re-size the plates. With this information, you’ll be serving up all…

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Blanket Stitch Applique Tips for Success

Do you use applique techniques in your quilting? Adding applique may seem like a time-consuming extra step, but there are many different techniques, such as fusible applique, that make it go faster. And applique can add that little something extra that takes a quilt from good to great. Today, guest blogger Lynette Jensen offers applique…

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Pressing Tips for Pinwheel Blocks Strip Sets

Today we have a guest post from one of our favorite designers, Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries. I had the pleasure of meeting Lynette at Quilt Market in Utah last month, and she is just as lovely and pleasant as her designs. Today, she shows how pinwheel blocks can add a festive touch to your summer…

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How to Make Flying Geese Quilt Units

Quilts with flying geese units find fans among quilters of all types. Depending on the size, formation, and colors used, flying geese quilts can look antique or modern. You can use flying geese for borders or fill an entire quilt top with them. Traditionally, flying geese blocks consist of one large triangle in one color…

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Quarter Inch Seam Test for Perfect Patchwork

Geometric patchwork quilt designs depend on accurate piecing to achieve their crisp look. If the piecing is askew, the blocks will look wonky. And if the blocks are wonky, the points and angles won’t line up. And if that happens, it’s not the end of the world, but you won’t get the effect you were…