Tag: tips and tricks

All About Hand Quilting Needles

In this article, when hand-quilting is mentioned, I’m talking specifically about big-stitch hand-quilting with size 8 or 12 weight thread. When I first started hand-quilting I just used whatever needle I could find. Then, I decided I should probably find one that I really like using, and turned to my good friend Google. There’s lots of information out on the web about which hand quilting needles are best. I’m not one to take someone else’sContinue reading

Trimming Flying Geese

When I started creating patterns that used flying geese, I’d often hear from people that they struggled with accurately trimming them. While it is true that trimming flying geese is different than trimming, say, half square triangles, once you know how, you’ll see that it really isn’t a big deal! To show you how to accurately trim flying geese, I put together a short video tutorial for you. My hope is that you’ll learn toContinue reading

Trimming Half Square Triangles | Two Ways

What’s the best and easiest way to trim Half Square Triangles (HSTs)? I’m coming to you today with TWO ways! The first is using my favorite ruler ever, the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers. This ruler made me finally like making HSTs! If you want to use a ruler you already have, and you have a square ruler, then the second way is for you! Using the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers The benefit of this rulerContinue reading

Using Directional Prints in Flying Geese & Half Square Triangles

When making 4-at-a-time flying geese or 8-at-a-time half square triangles, how do you line up directional prints so that they all go the right way? I was recently asked this question and I’m here with a tutorial tackling all the variations. Buckle up, friends, here we go! This tutorial is helpful when making a sawtooth star or similar block where having the prints in all 4 flying geese going the same direction. For this example,Continue reading

Non-slip Quilting Ruler | One Weird Trick

Do you ever get those “One Weird Trick” ads? Ever wonder if they work? Well, here’s a weird trick for you that DOES work. You can use a simple, cheap, product to keep your quilting rulers from slipping. Are you ready to know what it is? Sandpaper. Yup. Sandpaper! Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) Sandpaper comes with an adhesive backing that’s perfect for sticking to the back of your rulers. It doesn’t add a lot ofContinue reading

Frankenbatting | The what, the why, the how

FRANKENBATTING. Sure sounds like the right thing to be talking about with Halloween right around the corner, doesn’t it? I promise, this isn’t as scary as it sounds! THE WHAT: Frankenbatting simply refers to piecing together batting scraps in order to make batting big enough for your quilt top. Once used in a quilt and quilted, you can’t tell at all that your batting was pieced. “But Eliane, won’t my batting come apart?” No! YourContinue reading