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Quilt Piecing

How to Make a Quilt - Read through a basic overview of making a quilt and watch videos on getting your first quilt started.

To Prewash or Not to Prewash: That Is the Question - No one likes to bother with prewashing fabric, but bleeding colors on a quilt will definitely change your mind.

How to Prewash Fabric - Watch a quick video on prewashing your quilt fabric and read tips on how to make this chore easier.

How to Iron and Starch Your Quilting Fabrics - Prewashing and ironing your quilting fabric can seem like a real chore so learn how to lighten your load with time saving tips for starching your fabric.

How to Build a Hard Ironing Board - Learn how to build your own ironing board that will be harder and more stable than anything found in a store.

Square Your Fabric - Wish you could cut your fabric in a perfectly straight line? Learn how to do so right here.

Quilting Supplies Needed for Accurate Cutting - Learn more about supplies and tools you need to cut your quilts accurately every time.

How to Cut Quilting Fabrics with a Rotary Cutter - Learn how to use your rotary cutter to cut your quilting fabrics into perfect pieces. Incorrect cutting is the #1 reason why seams don't match!

How to Cut Fabric Scraps for Quilting and Sewing Projects - Sometimes you will end up with a lot of odd shapes and sizes in your scraps. Learn how to properly cut scraps for more efficient and useful shapes.

Quilting Tools Needed to Piece Quilt Blocks by Machine - Piecing your fabric together requires only a few more tools and here you'll learn everything you need so you can get your quilt together quickly.

Piecing a Basic 9 Patch Block - Learn how to piece the most basic of quilting blocks perfectly with matching seams.

The Basics of Strip Piecing a Quilt - You don't have to waste time cutting out millions of little squares just to sew them all back again. Learn how to strip piece your quilts so that they take less time, but still look great.

How to Make Half Square Triangles - Learn how to piece triangles, which can be tricky, perfectly every time in this video presentation.

Paper Piecing Instructions - Learn how to paper piece a simple boat block. Paper piecing is a great way to get precise points in piecing without perfect cutting.

Applique


Free Motion Quilting


Quilting Tools You Need for Basting and Quilting Your Quilt - Learn about the basic supplies you'll need to have in order to baste and then quilt your first quilt.

Choosing the Best Batting for Your Quilts - After all the money you've invested in your quilt with tools, fabric, and thread, you now need to chuck out even more money for batting! Learn why this is one step you shouldn't skimp on either.

Introduction to Free Motion Quilting - Want to get started free motion quilting? Learn how to break free of your walking foot and what other materials you will need to quilt like a pro!

Do I Have to Drop my Feed Dogs? - Wouldn't it be nice if we didn't have to drop our feed dogs (or struggle to figure out HOW to drop them) before free motion quilting? Read through this article and learn why Leah NEVER drops her feed dogs.


365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs - Looking for new free motion designs to add to your quilts? Check out Leah's project: designing and quilting a new free motion stitch every day for the next year.

Free Motion Quilting How to Keep Your Lines Even - Quilting straight lines in free motion can be tricky. Get tips and tricks from Leah in this demonstration video.

5 Tips for Beginners - Just getting started with Free Motion Quilting? Get some tips from Leah on to keep your stitches even and consistent and your speed under control.

Quilting Machine Setup - You can quilt any quilt, even king sized quilts, on a domestic sewing machine if you follow Leah's advice on setting up your tables and sewing station with the right tools and supplies.

How to Hide Your Quilting Threads - Stop clipping your threads off! Learn how to hide your threads inside your quilt properly and quickly with a cheater needle.

Stippling and Microstippling - Learn about the most popular free motion quilting stitch and watch 2 videos on how to stitch this both wide and loose and very tight and dense.

McTavishing - Discover a stitch developed by Karen McTavish and see a few new variations of this awesome design as well.

Pebbling - Possibly one of the richest textures in the quilting world, learn about pebbling and how beautifully it can fill the surface of your quilts.

Paisley - This is 4th most popular quilting filler and one of the easiest to master. Watch how to quilt it with a video tutorial by Leah Day.

Blocking Your Quilt - Once your quilt is completely quilted, it's time to get it ready to hang on a wall or drape on your bed. Learn how to block and square your quilt so it always looks perfect.

How to Attach Quilt Binding by Machine - Learn how to cut your binding strips and seam them together, then watch how to attach binding to your quilt, and turn corners. Finally, finish your binding perfectly with a buttonhole stitch and mitered corners.

How to Make a Quilted Jacket - Learn how to make a beautiful jacket that doesn't make you look like a snowman! Use Leah's technique for finishing your seams for a perfect double sided garment.

Do You Really Need to Use Fabric Crayons? - Watch a video demonstration of Leah showing the difference between fabric crayons and regular crayons.