Monday, May 03, 2021

What is a Fat Quarter?

What is a Fat Quarter?

Have you heard someone refer to a "Fat Quarter" and wasn't sure what they were talking about?  Well, along with a couple of other Quilting Terms,  Fat Quarters came about as a great marketing tool for selling more fabric.  

A fat quarter of fabric is a one-fourth yard cut that usually measures 18" x 22"*. To create a fat quarter, cut a half-yard of fabric, 18" ​along the fabric's lengthwise grain, then cut that piece in half at its midpoint as illustrated..   Fat quarters are sold individually or packaged in a bundle.

Friday, April 30, 2021

All About Quilt Block and Fabric Swaps

Early Block Swaps

I love to swap blocks, fabric strips, fat quarters or whatever is involved with quilt things.  

I have been quilting for many many moons, (yikes - since 1978) and have been participating in block or fabric swaps since around 1983 when I first swapped 3" x 6" Flying Geese blocks.  OK, these weren't the fancy dancy "4 at a time" or "no waste" flying geese'.  These flying geese were made the old fashioned way, where we cut (with real scissors) real triangles, then sewed them together. No rotary cutters at that time!  Yeah, I am an 'old lady' of 65 and was quilting in the 'dark ages'.

Old Fashioned Flying Geese quilt block
Flying Geese (made with two HST)

Thursday, April 29, 2021

8 Key Steps for Beginning Quilters Making Their First Quilt

Quilting Steps For Beginners

There are several basic steps of  quilting for completing a quilt whether you are a beginner quilter or an advanced quilter..  .  Each of these areas define a separate step of the quilt process. Every step is important, and some of these steps might NOT be included in YOUR first quilt.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Tips For New Longarm Quilters

As a quilter since the late 1970's, I hand quilted many quilts.  Took about a year for each bed sized quilt!  While I loved the process of hand-quilting, it frustrated me that I couldn't get more quilts completed. 

In 2001, I took my first longarm quilting class.  My first experience on the longarm, I custom quilted this applique quilt.   That meant I mostly did 'squiggles' and quilted around the applique pieces.   After that first experience I was hooked.!

What is a Fat Quarter?

What is a Fat Quarter? Have you heard someone refer to a "Fat Quarter" and wasn't sure what they were talking about?  Well, a...