Quilting Questions!

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Quilting Questions from New Quilters

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Jelly Rolls 
I have always wanted to know how to sew jelly rolls. ANSWER I love jelly rolls, because I can literally hold an entire fabric collection in …

Adapting Stretchy Fabric? 
I have been saving my son's t-shirts since he was small. They are mementos of family trips etc. I thought it would be cute to make them into a quilt, …

Charm Squares 
Can you please give me the dimensions of a charm square? ANSWER: Sure. A charm square measures 5" x 5". These are great for making scrap quilts …

Why are My Squares Too Small? 
I just sewed my first block. I followed the instructions which called for some solid 3-inch squares and then some of those squares laid right sides together …

Crosswise Strips 
Hello, my name is Melody and my sister purchased a kit for me as a gift. However one of the instructions in the kit was to cut crosswise strips. I have …

Stitching in the Ditch 
Hi. I am having trouble stitching in the ditch. I am starting in the middle of my quilt, and it seems like I have way to much fabric. It is bunching up …

What Size Should a Crib Quilt Be? 
With the pattern I made, the blocks come out to be about 45 X 45. I haven't added any borders yet. Will it look funny if it is a square? The finished …

Sewing a King Size Quilt 
Hi! I'm fairly new to quilting and have made a few smaller sized projects. I would like to make a simple quilt for my king-sized bed, but I am unsure …

Backing Yardage Amount 
How much 44" backing fabric do I need for a finished 44" x 53" quilt? Believe it or not the instructions did not include the backing yardage amount. …

How Many Blocks for Full Size Quilt? 
How many blocks does it take to make a full size quilt(four patch)? ANSWER The number of blocks depends on the size of your finished blocks …

Layering a Quilt 
What is the best way to layer a quilt? I can never get all 3 layers to lay flat. I always end up with ripples or bunching. Are there any special tools …

Birthing a Quilt 
Do you have to use batting to complete a quilt, or can you just birth a quilt without batting? ANSWER A traditional quilt consists of three layers, …

Fusible Web 
What is the best type of fusible web to use appliquéing on quilts? I have tried Steam a Seam, now using Misty Fuse. Have you had experience with either …

Twill Fabric 
I have a pattern that calls for Twills - What is a Twill? ANSWER Twills are fabrics that have diagonally woven weaves. Tweed, serge, denim, chino, …

Needle Comes Unthreaded 
I have a Baby Lock Model BLQP. I'm working on my second queen-sized quilt using the free-motion foot. Today I'm very frustrated. I was told to(and have …

Even Feed Foot? 
I am making a patchwork quilt with very low level batting. Can I use the regular walking foot to "stitch-in-the-ditch", or should I purchase an even feed …

Diamond Square Quilt Block 
I need the measurements for a 6-inch diamond square quilt block, including seam. What are the dimensions for the middle square? What are the dimensions …

Sashing Strips 
I am making a quilt from my mom's clothes. I cut hearts from her clothing and put them on 8" squares. I want to do sashing around each square. How wide …

Starts and Stops 
I showed a couple of wall hangings and the criticism on both of them was "Watch your starts and stops," even though I buried every thread there was. What …

Photos on Fabric 
Hello. I am looking for recommendations for the best product to make photos transfered on fabric colorfast. How do you keep them from fading after added …

Quilt Squares 
How do I figure out how many quilt squares I need for a king-size comforter? My sister wants me to do a quilt for my nephew that will be home from Iraq …

Walking Foot 
I am new to quilting. I need information whether to raise or lower feed dogs when using a walking foot. I am quilting a baby quilt with bears on it. …

Hand Quilting 
What's the minimum space to have between the lines for hand quilting? ANSWER Jeannette, the spacing of your quilting lines depends on several …

Quilt Batting for Hot Weather? 
I am going to make a lap quilt for my daughter who lives in southern Arizona. How do I make this quilt so it will not be too warm to use? ANSWER …

Quilted Bag - Apple Core/Indian Hatchet Block 
I have spent ages searching for a pattern for a bag (purse) using the apple core block (aka indian hatchet or spools). I want it to be closed at the top, …

Thank You 
Your site is great and I really appreciate your being so detailed and helpful. Thank you!

Appropriate Bias Tape Widths 
I am just finishing up my first simple quilt. The measurements are 86" x 86" and I'm wondering which width double fold bias tape to use. I know I can …

Inaccurate Rotary Cutting  
I LOVE YOUR SITE. I just found it. I have a problem with trying to rotary cut my squares. The ruler or Rotary cutter always slips. Do you have a technique …

Colors Running on a Quilt 
I prewash my fabric before I sew my quilts, so I was surprised to see that the color from the red fabric in the quilt I had on the back of my couch has …

Paper Piecing 
I am just about to start on my first project and can't wait to get going. But, I plan to sew by hand, not machine, and I'm confused about whether to use …

Muslin for a Backing? 
I am a newbie quilter, and I finally finished the top of my quilt. Now I'm looking for a backing. I noticed at Joanns that they have a 108" wide muslin …

Width of Fabric 
Dear Gloria, I am a very new quilter. In fact I haven't sewn my first block or even cut it out. I have a lot of questions but my first question is, what …

Using a Walking Foot 
I am new to quilting, but have a passion for it. Yesterday I bought a walking foot thinking it would prevent my fabric from pleating at the end. However, …

Converting Fat Quarters to Yardage 
Dear Gloria, this site is wonderful!!!!!!! I am new to quilting and would like to use a pattern that calls for fat quarters. I want to convert the fat …

Cut on Point 
What is cut on point? ANSWER Some quilts are sewn "on-point" rather than in straight rows. Blocks sewn "on-point" need corner triangles to …

Stitching 
Do you backstitch? What size stitch is best to use? ANSWER I don't backstitch when I sew my quilt blocks together. That's because my seams intersect …

Quilt Block called Disappearing Nine Patch 
I am looking for a quilt block pattern that is called Disappearing Nine Patch, and a picture if possible. An elderly lady used to have the pattern and …

Thread Color 
I am making a Rainbow color quilt. It has 5" blocks of various individual colors (i.e. red/blue/yellow/etc.) What color thread should I use?? Thank You. …

Rag Quilt Sizes 
How many 5-inch squares does it take to make a twin size bed rag quilt. Also how many 5-inch squares does it take to make a full-size bed rag quilt? Thank …

Sewing Diamonds Perfectly 
Please give me a "tip" or "rule" to use when sewing diamonds together when making a star block. I have had to rip out the seam numerous times to get it …

How to Wash a Quilted Blanket 
Dear Gloria, Thanks for your reply. I would like to wash my blanket in a commercial washer, but my biggest worry is shrinkage. Will the detergent you …

Marking Designs for Hand Quilting 
I am doing hand quilting on my blocks and the fabric is light in color. I tried chalk, but couldn't see it. I have a quilter's gray pencil and used it …

Sewing Machine Brands 
Hi! I was wondering which brand of sewing machine you prefer for machine quilting? I have signed up for a beginner's quilting class (which has not yet …

Cutting Squares and Triangles 
If you are using 5" squares on point, how big should the squares be if you are cutting them into triangles to fit with the 5" squares? ANSWER …

Print a Picture on Material 
How do I print a picture on material? I remember reading about printing a picture and using freezer paper to iron it on material. Am I remembering …

Basting a Large Quilt 
Why, oh why do I have such a terrible time putting my queen-sized quilt layers together? I try to get down on hands and knees to baste it, but after doing …

Border for Baby Crib Quilt 
I have 12 nursery blocks and I need to add two borders. I have two fabrics and I do not know how wide to make the borders to have it look even. I want …

Quilt Wall Hanging 
I am on a committee that is establishing guidelines for our next quilt show, and we are trying to come up with an average size of a wall hanging. We …

Quilting with a Serger 
Gloria, First let me thank you for this wonderful website. I have never quilted before but have always wanted to learn. I am just in the elementary …

Quilt Backing Yardage 
What are the approximate yardages of fabric for backing for twin size, full size, queen size and king size quilt? I know there is a general yardage figure …

Size of Wallhanging 
What are the typical sizes of wall hanging quilts? ANSWER If you can hang your quilt on the wall, you can call it a wall hanging. Wall hanging …

Cutting Sashing 
Do you cut sashing lengthwise or crosswise or does it matter? ANSWER It's best to cut your strips on the lengthwise grain. The lengthwise grain, …

What is Fusible Batting? 
I've heard a lot of talk about something called fusible batting. I don't know a thing about it. What is it? Can beginners use it? Is it expensive? Please …

Prevent Fraying Fabric? 
Help! I'm having trouble with fraying fabric. After I remove my fabric from the washer, it looks like a twisted, knotted rag! I trim off the tangled …

Quilting the Layers Together 
This is my first quilting project, so please forgive my lack of knowledge. :) In your directions on quilting the layers together, you show which direction …

Difference Between Patchwork and Quilting? 
I'm confused. What's the difference between patchwork and quilting? I thought they were the same thing. But, I've been told they're not. Can you clarify …

Divide and Conquer Quilting  
Explain divide and conquer quilting to me, please. ANSWER The divide and conquer quilting method makes quilting a lot easier. Instead of quilting …

Sewing Machines at a Quandry? 
I feel like I'm buying a car. You can't get prices for what a sewing machine costs. I know it depends on the dealer. I have come down to two choices: Bernina …

Star Cornerstones 
I would like to make the cornerstones on my quilt to be stars. Is there a formula for what size square to sew to the corner of a strip. I want to make …

Hand Quilting 
How far apart, or what size should hand quilting stitches be? My first attempt isn't very regular, and I find it hard to do the rocking stitch thing. I …

Pinwheel Quilt 
I want to make a king size Pinwheel quilt. Can I make 12-inch blocks? Would the original strips be 8" x 16"? ANSWER Yes, you can make 12-inch Pinwheel …

Cutting Things the Right Size 
I am ready to give up, and I have not even sewn anything yet. How in the world do you make sure you have a perfect rectangle? I cut things and they end …

Beginner Hand Sewing 
Do you have any recommendations on books or websites about beginner hand sewing? ANSWER Since this is a quilting site, I wasn't sure if you wanted …

Pressing Blocks 
Is there a special way to press blocks? I was told to get help or I would stretch them? I am confused. ANSWER If you press your blocks correctly, …

Dresden Plate  
What size is the best to make and how much material is needed? ANSWER The Dresden Plate is considered "challenging" to most beginners. I don't usually …

Seam Allowance 
Do you add 1/4" seam allowance to the measurements before you cut? Or do you cut to the measurements and sew 1/4" toward the edge? My first block was short …

Kids' Classroom Quilt 
I work at a recreational park, and we host a number of summer/day camps for young children throughout the summer. This year, the girls and I thought it …

Binding 
What seam allowance do you use for binding? ANSWER: The standard seam allowance for binding is 1/4".

Signatures on a Quilt 
My sister and I are making ny daughter and her new husband a signature quilt for a wedding present. We had all of the guests sign with Pigma pens. How …

Muslin  
I'm a new quilter and want to make a half square triangle quilt. One triangle would be a print and the other a solid. Would it be okay to use muslin …

Bamboo / Cotton Batting 
I have some 50% cotton 50% bamboo batting (needle punched), sandwiched between 100% cotton fabrics. How densely do I need to quilt it for a child's quilt …

Non-Bias Binding 
How important is it for the binding strips to be cut on the bias? Would you buy the same amount of fabric to make bias strips as you would for cross …

Lengthwise Grain of Fabric 
What makes the lengthwise grain of the fabric stronger than the crosswise grain? ANSWER: That's an excellent question! There's a few reasons …

Jellyrolls 
How many different fabrics are in a jelly roll? ANSWER That depends on the manufacturer. Usually jelly rolls contain 42 strips. In some jelly …

Quilt Labels on the Computer 
I like to make quilt labels on my Double Jet HP Printer - Love the way they look - but know they are not waterproof - is there a product you can buy to …

Quilt Binding Instructions 
I've seen quilt binding instructions on the web. But I'm still confused about the details. It seems so complicated. Can you help? ANSWER Quilt …

What are these Blocks? 
Hi Gloria: Hope you can help. My friend in tour guild Barbara Bodnar says you helped her with log cabin fabric requirements. Attached are 2 pics …

Strip Piecing 
I just discovered your site and it is a wonderful resource; thank you. I do all my piecing and quilting by hand and am wondering if there is any reason …

Trees 
What is the easiest way to make trees for a block? I do not have a triangle ruler. ANSWER Ida, you don't have to use a ruler to make trees. …

Quilting Whole Cloth Quilts 
My question is when you hand stitch a whole cloth quilt how many stitches should you stitch per inch? ANSWER Quilting whole cloth quilts has …

French-fold Binding 
I am new to this quilting, and have managed to put the layers together. It's now the border that's causing me a problem. In the magazines Ive looked at, …

What is Sashing? 
What does the quilting term "sashing" mean? ANSWER Sashing strips, also known as lattice strips, are used to separate quilt blocks. Here's how …

How Many Squares? 
How many 22" X 22" squares can I get out of a yard of fabric? ANSWER If your fabric width is 45"-46" wide, you can cut (TWO) 22" x 22" squares. …

How to use Do-Sew 
I did a quilt block "Mending the Broken Heart" with Do-Sew and at a recent Expo and I am now not able to find the directions. I remember cutting the heart …

Sashing for a Quilt 
My quilt blocks are 18-inch squares. If I put a 4-inch sash around these blocks and stitch in the ditch, do I need to quilt the sash areas? ANSWER …

Should I Cut Off Selvages? 
Should I cut or tear off the selvage or leave it on for quilting pieces? ANSWER When you're cutting strips along lengthwise grain, you should …

Selvage 
I know about cutting your fabric on the selvage. Once it's cut, do I need to worry how my squares are turned to sew together? ANSWER You don't …

Prewash My Fabric? 
Is it necessary to prewash my fabric? ANSWER The debate about whether to prewash your fabric is still going on. Some quilters do it; some …

Quilting 
Do you put the border on before you quilt the quilt? ANSWER If you're going to add quilt borders, do it BEFORE you start quilting. You can start …

Invisible Thread Use 
Can I use invisible thread on both the top and bottom of my quilt? ANSWER I wouldn't recommend using invisible thread (monofilament thread) …

Prewashing Fabric 
I am making a quilt using pre-cut jelly roll strips, but I had to buy some yardage of some cream-colored cotton to piece between the jelly roll fabric. …

Lengthwise Rotary Cutting 
You recommend in several of your answers to cut fabric lengthwise. I understand the concept but I have no idea how to do it. I have only cut crosswise …

Quilting Supplies 
What do I need to start quilting? No one seems to know. We need to get the basics. We are starting a class in our community of Gitsegukla for ladies and …

Nine Patch Quilt 
How much fabric would I need to make a full-sized nine patch? Is there somewhere I could get a pattern (preferably free)? ANSWER Nine Patch quilt …

Charges for Making a Quilt 
How do you determine the amount to charge per hour for putting a quilt together? ANSWER There are three main considerations in determining how …

Preventing Bleeding Fabric 
I have just finished a queen size rose album quilt that needs to be washed since I have handled it so much. My problem is that there is a burgundy fabric …

Card Tricks Quilt 
I wish to make a King size quilt using this pattern. Could you help me with the amount of material required? Thanks. ANSWER In order to give …

Prewashing Flannel 
I am planning on making a flannel rag quilt blanket, well comforter, and I have read on the directions that you should NOT prewash the flannel first. …

Disappearing Ink Marker 
I used a disappearing ink marker to mark my quilting pattern on my quilt top. After quilting, I sprayed the quilt top with water. Some of the quilt markings …

Darning Foot 
I received my darning foot today from the White Sewing Co. The back says something about a spring, but the contents inside do not have a spring. There …

Table Runner Backing 
I am a newbie. When making table runners, what is the easiest way to cut the backing so its big enough? Do I lay the top on the material right sides …

New Quilter 
Many years ago I saw a pattern for making your own quilt using a sewing machine. I vowed that one day I will make my own! Can't remember where the pattern …

Quilting Blocks 
I have a question. How many 9-1/2 blocks do I need to make for a queen quilt? I want to make the Friendship quilt block pattern or Path and Stiles blocks. …

First Quilt Square? 
I have decided to jump into the quilting world but I don't know which pattern I should start with. Do you have any suggestions? ANSWER There are …

Bearding 
Help. I purchased alpaca needle punched batting. Not supposed to beard, but it did! I have over 100 hours in this quilt. Is there anything I can do …

Reasonable Starting Size 
Hi, Gloria. I know a lot about sewing, so I've got that down pat. However, I have always wanted to make a quilt. What would be a reasonable size to …

Cutting Fabric Wrong 
A friend of mine said she would teach me how to make a quilt so she showed me the "basics" and gave me a mystery quilt to cut out and make. I have cut …

Quilt Tops 
Hi, I just found this site and have been reading FAQ's. I am new to quilting. I see a lot of quilt tops on Ebay for sale. So, my question is how do you …

Hand Quilting 
I love to hand quilt. But, I hate to piece together the material (whether by machine or hand) to get to the point where I can hand quilt. Can I get …

Thread Tension for Quilting 
I want to free motion quilt a cream colored area with cream colored thread on top and blue in the bobbin to match the backing. Will that work? On my …

Quilt Topper 
I bought a magazine regarding a quilt topper and all the instructions and all the steps. I am a beginner and would like to understand what is a quilt …

Darning Foot 
I am trying to attach my darning foot, but it will not stay in place. I followed the directions carefully. It seems to spring off. It is a brother XL …

Wavy Flag Pattern 
I am attempting to sew a quilt top replicating the American flag. The quilt I am fashioning has "wavy" stripes, so that it looks as if it is moving. …

Machine Quilting 
I have my quilt sandwich safety pinned and I want to start machine quilting. I know that I start from the middle and work out. Am I supposed to remove …

Charm Squares 
What is the measurements of a charm square? ANSWER Charm squares usually measure between 2" and 6" square. They're popular for making small …

Cutting Borders on
the Lengthwise Grain
 
What a wonderful site this is. So many interesting questions. You have already answered many of mine. I am making a quilt that has a border with a one-way …

Quilt Sashing 
Hi, Gloria! Thanks again for your wonderful site. I wanted to ask you about quilt sashing guidelines for a large quilt. Should you cut the strips the …

Stitching Quilt Layers Together 
I have a Brother machine. How can I stitch through all thicknesses without material bunching up on top? ANSWER No matter what brand of machine …

Joining Blocks 
I am working on a quilt consisting of 16" blocks. My problem seems to be keeping the blocks straight. There is no sashing between the blocks. Is there …

Cutting the Fabric Appropriately 
In which direction do I cut the fabric - with the writing on the right side of the folded cloth? I am very confused. ANSWER Here's a link to …

New Quilter 
Hello, I found your web-site yesterday and would like to make my first quilt. Thanks for such a great detail for beginners. My best friend has 3 daughters, …

Measuring for Quilt Back 
I know how to measure for quilt backs using 42-inch wide fabric. How do I calculate fabric for a back when the backing fabric is 108 inches wide? Thank …

Converting Twin Directions to Queen Directions 
The pattern I have is for a twin size quilt and I want to make it a queen size. How do I convert the yardage needed for a queen size. ANSWER …

1st Machine Quilting Project 
Thanks so much for your website! I have a question. I made the sample quilt following all the instructions. I ironed, taped, and safety pinned all the …

What is the Name of this Block? 
What is this block? It is pieced like Dutchman's puzzle but the center blocks have the sky fabric the same as the geese in the outer blocks. Making sort …

Using a Walking Foot and Uneven Stitches 
Hi Gloria. I'm not a novice quilter, but I'm not sure exactly how to use the "bar" that came with my "walking foot." Does it go on the left or right …

Utility Quilting 
At a quilting class, the instructor told us to "utility quilt" the large center part of a table runner. Can you give me some more information about this …

Thread Knots 
Gloria, Thank you for your answer but I forgot to tell you I wanted to hand quilt my top not use the machine.How do you hide the knots so they won't show? …

Rod Pocket for Wall Hanging 
I am making a stained glass wallhanging and need to make and attach a rod pocket onto the back of it. I don't know how long and how wide to make the pocket? …

Ironing a Quilt 
Before sewing the binding around my mini wall quilt, I ironed out the creases in the fabric. I noticed that it flattened some of the batting so most …

Hexagonal Paper Piecing 
Dear Gloria, I am interested in making a quilt by cutting hexagonal shapes and piecing them together. I am not sure if it is called paper piecing. …

Quilting with Machine 
when I am quilting all three layers together on a quilt, the fabric on the back always seems to somewhat gather. I have tried every setting on my machine …

Flying Geese Units 
I have yet, in the past 7 years of quilting, (and I consider myself a pretty accurate piecer) been able to master making a star block, which uses flying …

Cutting 
Hi Gloria. I love your website, I think it will help me a lot with my new adventure in quilting. I have sewn before but I feel so dumb about cutting quilting …

Lengthwise or Crosswise Sashing and Border 
Having lots of small pieces of fabric I decided to make some quilts for a homeless shelter. I have finished two tops and am pleased with them. Now I am …

Storing Quilts in Plastic 
I was wondering about storing quilts in those space bags advertised on TV, the ones where you suck all the air out after zipping them closed? ANSWER …

Fussy Cutting 
Please tell me what in Heaven "Fussy Cutting" is? I would appreciate it so very much. ANSWER Fussy cutting means you select and cut out a specific …

Dry Cleaning a Quilted Blanket 
I just finished a patchwork quilted blanket that has flowers with petals all over. As I made the mistake of only prewashing some of the fabric on this …

Card Trick Block 
I am looking for the instructions for making the block called card tricks. ANSWER Here you go! I'm including two card trick block patterns. The …

Making a Rag Quilt 
How do I get a straight edge for my squares, and what is the easiest method for cutting 5x5 squares? ANSWER When you're making a rag quilt, use …

Bad Odor in an Old Quilt 
We retrieved an old quilt from a basement where it had been stored for many years. The house had been abandoned and was very trashy and smelled terribly. …

Hand Quilting - The Backside Stitching 
I recently completed a Sunbonnet Sue quilt and was quite happy with the results. When I first started the quilt, my stitches were 9 per inch. As I continued, …

What is a String Quilt? 
I heard the term "string quilt" the other day? I don't have a clue what a string quilt is. Could you please give me more information? I'm intrigued. Thank …

Pressing Seams 
I am a beginner and am working on the 3'rd block of the sampler (the 4 patch block). I'm confused about pressing the seam on this block. The first two …

Quilting Flannel 
Is there a difference in flannel and quilting flannel? I have a project that I am getting ready to start and it wants fat quarter flannels. I am a beginner …

Material Puckers 
I sewed together the log cabin block from your beginner quilt lesson, and some of my material is puckering. Is it the way I am pressing the fabric? Or, …

Right Side Up for Batting? 
Is there such a thing as the "right side up" for batting? If so could you explain please? ANSWER Both sides of your batting have the same finish. …

Quarter Square Triangles 
I am trying to make a quilt and I am new at quilting. But it said it was for beginner. It starts with a nine patch which I square up to 9 1/2. Then on …

Sewing Pre-Quilted Blocks 
I was given 18" square blocks already outline quilted. They are all "sandwiched" with top, batting and bottoms. I would like to set them together with …

Quilt Binding 
Are the instructions in your sampler quilt for binding a general rule of thumb for all sized quilts or does the binding need to be wider for larger quilts? …

Baby Comforter 
I have some cute baby fabric and I wanted to just make a comforter instead of a quilt. Do you have instructions for something like that? ANSWER …

Walking Foot vs. Applique or Darning Foot 
I'm a new quilter and just found your site today. This is a wonderful resource with so much helpful information. Is the walking foot to be used only for …

How Much Fabric to Buy 
Can you help me figure out how much fabric I will need to make a queen size quilt using your pinwheel block pattern? I love your your website. I am a …

Basic Sewing 
So basically you piece together your top piece, then sew it onto top batting which is on top of bottom sheet by sewing in the ditch along all the seams …

Baby Clothes & Blankets 
I have saved all my grandaughter's receiving blankets and infant clothes in the hopes of making a quilt for her. I have a lot of sewing knowledge, but …

Backing Material 
I am confused on which backing material to buy for the backing, or what is normally used. I keep seeing the muslin material on sale, and there is a lot …

Bias Tape 
How much bias tape can you get out of 1 yard of material if you are cutting 2 inch strips? Is there a formula for figuring this? ANSWER When …

Quilt Binding 
I am getting ready to put the binding on my quilt. I have read your lesson on binding. I am confused on the raw edge on the back. How do I not have one? …

Quilt Size 
What size is a queen size quilt? ANSWER Depending on which source you consult, a queen size quilt measures between 88"-90" wide by 90"-108" …

Fabric Crayons for Coloring Fabric 
A friend told me of coloring fabric with Crayola crayons, somehow setting it in the fabric to make a quilt. Do you know of this technique? ANSWER …

Quilting Fabric 
I am familiar with cotton quilts, but a friend of mine recently went to an auction and bought a quilt called an "Amish Broken Star." But it was made out …

Triangle Points 
I know how to put two squares together, draw a diagonal line from point to point, then two lines down each side 1/4", then sew the lines and finally cut …

Triangles 
For a 10 1/2" finished block, what size do I cut triangles for half square and quarter triangles? ANSWER How many patches are in your blocks? …

Creativity, Patience, Vision, and Love, but No Skills 
I want to make a quilt of sorts for my niece, but I don't know how. This is my plan/vision and my hope is that perhaps with your expertise you could give …

Batting for Machine Quilting 
I am a beginning quilter. I do not like hand quilting at all as it seems to be very difficult for me to get small enough stitches. So I would rather machine …

Thread 
I am unsure of what type of thread to purchase when quilting with 100% cotton. I really don't know what colour of thread I would buy when there may be …

Quilt Borders 
Hi! I have made my 6 1/2 inch squares. I want to put individual borders on each square. What is the best way to do this? ANSWER You would use …

Hand Quilting 
What is the best way to tie off a length of thread when hand quilting? ANSWER I use the following technique to tie off stitches when I'm hand …

Quilt Edging 
I am using 1" edging for my quilt (store bought). I have ripped it out at least 6 times because it keeps becoming what I describe as twisted as I sew. …

Sewing Hexagons and Triangles Together 
Hi Gloria. In what order should I sew six square triangles to a central hexagon in order to obtain in the end a bigger hexagonal block (see picture)? I …

Choosing the Right Batting 
How do you pick your batting? I've made several (simple) quilts/blankets for my grandson and I'm never sure how to pick out the right batting. Thank you. …

Quilting Foot  
I was wondering which quilting foot on the sewing machine would be better to use. I have a darning foot I purchased and then the 1/4" foot. I read that …

Morning Star Quilt Sashing Strips 
I have a block that is 6 1/2 ". I know that sash needs to be one third, making the block 8" not the divisible by 3. What do I do? ANSWER When figuring …

Odor in Cotton Quilt 
My quilt has an odor that I cannot distinguish. I washed it 3 or 4 times. I used baking soda and soap, but odor is still there. The quilt is okay in every …

Pinwheel Block  
I have all the pinwheels done. Now, what is the secret to having the center, where 8 fabrics and 4 seams all come together? What's the secret to them …

Prewashing Fabric 
I have washed several blue print 100% fabrics in Woolite. The water is still a light blue. What can I use to set the color in these quilt pieces so they …

Dog Ears 
I am new to quilting and have a lot to learn. On your show you mention saving the dog ears. What are they saved for? Thanking you in advance for your help. …

Backing and Border in One? 
Hi Gloria. I have followed your instructions and am now up to putting the 3 layers together. I have enough fabric to make the backing in one piece and …

Batting 
Is it best to take the batting out of the package to let it breathe? If so, how long do I need to do this? ANSWER The simplest way to handle …

Quilt Top Measurement after Sashing has been Added 
At the end of the lesson for adding sashing, it is indicated that the quilt top should measure approximately 16 1/2" X 24". Taking into consideration …

Warmth of Quilts 
I am planning to make a whole cloth quilt for myself. I get very warm when I sleep. I want to get a bat which is easy to work with and not too warm. …

Machine Quilting Queen Size 
This site has great ideas to upgrade my old knowledge. Thanks a bunch! I was quilting 30 years ago, and I am just returning to the hobby. Quilting the …

Family Tree Quilt 
Can you please tell me how to make a family tree quilt? Show me a diagram on how to start. Thanks. ANSWER There's more than one way to make a family …

Quilt Backing 
Is it okay to make a quilt top and use it for a quilt backing? I worry that when I'm quilting the quilt on a machine, the quilt backing may not be strong …

Prewashing Quilting Fabric 
Why prewash? ANSWER It's really a matter of personal choice. Please read my Prewashing chapter for pros and cons of prewashing fabric.

Batting 
What do you do if your batting is not wide enough for your quilt top? Can the batting be pieced together to fit? If this is possible, how do you do this? …

Quilting Lessons 
I am trying to make the quilt. The first two quilting lessons seem easy, because I can follow the diagrams. However, the other lessons don't have diagrams. …

Quilt Size 
Years ago, a member of my husband's family gave me a number of hand-sewn, embroidered Sunbonnet Sue blocks. I put them away for about 30 years and found …

Old Bernina 
I've just started quilting and finished my first by hand (cot size). But, now I have inherited my mother's old (as in 40 years old!!!) Bernina. It's …

Sewing Machine 
I am just reading the information. I have always wanted to learn to quilt. My question is do I have to get a quilting sewing machine or can I start with …

What to Do with 4-Inch Quilt Blocks?  
I just ordered a bunch of 4-inch quilt blocks from Ebay. They are all kinds of purple. I want to make them into a quilt for a friend. However, I am a …

Size of Fat Quarter? 
How big is a fat quarter? ANSWER A fat quarter usually measures 18" x 22". If you took a half yard of fabric (18" x 44") and cut it in half again …

Using Clothing for Part of Quilt (Memory Quilt) 
My sister just passed away and I would like to make a quilt for her 11 year old daughter with some of her favorite clothes as part of the quilt pieces. …

Dresden Plate Photo 
Well here is my attempt at a Dresden Plate. I used an 8" template and a background fabric of 21" square. ANSWER Great job, Miriam! Your Dresden Plate …

Sewing Machine 
What sewing machine can I use for quilting? ANSWER Thanks for the photo. You're a very pretty lady. It's nice being able to see who I'm writing …

Quilting Business 
I'm a 46 year old single mom of a college student. I work full time, but need to earn extra money and enjoyed sewing when I was in high school. I would …

Quilting Fabric  
I've bought almost all my quilting fabric online from quilt shops. Two of them sold off-grain and over-printed fabrics. One was labeled Hoffman and the …

Frog Quilt Pattern? 
In your "About Me" photo, you are holding a beautiful quilt. Is the quilt pattern still available? If so, please let me know how to get it. I would very …

Templates 
I have a Better Homes and Gardens 501 Quilt Blocks book with lots of blocks I would like to try. However, the template pieces are tiny and do not include …

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