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!

pinwheel block table runner

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…

flying geese quilt

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…

patchwork points Night Day quilt kit

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…

machine quilting walking foot

Machine Quilting Ideas

Once you’ve pieced and pressed your quilt top, how do you quilt your quilt? Machine quilting your quilt has become more popular over the years as techniques, tools, and technology have changed to make it easier and more affordable. Also, as quilters age, they often find that hand quilting is no longer an option, due to…

table runner quilt project

Tips for Floral Quilt Projects

Spring is here and many of us are celebrating the Easter holiday. It’s a time of regrowth and renewal. Maybe you’ve started to plant your garden. Or, maybe you prefer to do your “gardening” in the sewing room: cutting floral fabrics, piecing rows of color, and “fencing” your quilt projects with borders and binding. Well,…

half square triangle quilt

How to Quilt: Master the Half-Square Triangle

What is a half square triangle? Only one of the most popular building blocks for patchwork quilting! If you know how to quilt with half triangle units, you will greatly expand your quilting repertoire. The units, also known as HSTs or triangle squares, are simply two triangles that make up a square. You can make…

traditional quilt binding

How to Bind a Quilt: Double-layer Quilt Binding

There are many ways to bind a quilt, and every quilter develops a preference. Your choice may depend on the type of quilt you are making: a quilt that will be used for warmth or on a bed (and that will be washed) will need a sturdy quilt binding, whereas you can get away with…

"Scrappy Jewels" digital quilt pattern

Scrap quilts: a new take on an old favorite

Back in the day, all quilts were scrappy. Women sewed their scraps together into the most useful and prettiest covering they could.  They traded scraps with each other and showed their finished patchwork with pride (and probably a touch of competition). Creativity and skill mattered, just like today. Because some things don’t change: we all…