Learn How to Square a Quilt

After you have pieced together your favorite quilt blocks into a beautiful quilt top, it's time to start the prep work for the all over stitching such as long arming or free motion. That means, square a quilt top, create a quilt sandwich, truing you topper and pinning things together. Taking the time to do this prep work can transform your quilt from a homemade "nice job" to a stand-out, … [Read more...]

Half Square Triangles | Quilting Basics

Half square triangles are a quilt shape with a fairly transparent name: they’re triangles that are made from half a square each.   There are several ways to make half square triangles (commonly abbreviated HSTs in the quilting world), and every quilter tends to find her own preference for making them. Do you have a favorite method for making HSTs? If not, follow along with us as we … [Read more...]

Tumblers Basic Quilt Shape

Welcome back to another post in our Quilting Shapes series! Today we’re talking tumblers - the tumbler is basically a trapezoid; it’s a rectangle with one short end being narrower than the other. Making Tumbler Quilt Shapes In order to create tumbler shapes out of fabric, there are several options available: Use a template you make yourself; trace and cut this template out of several … [Read more...]

100+ Free Quilt Blocks

Lately, I am finding myself being pulled over to the quilting world and I must say, I'm totally enjoying it!  So, for those of you like me who are new to this area of sewing, I thought I would round up some amazing quilt blocks to get you started! 100+ Quilt Blocks   Remember, all quilt blocks listed below are free to download. Be sure to PIN THIS list to refer to over and … [Read more...]

Square Quilt Shapes

If you’re ready to start quilting, the easiest and most basic form of a quilt shape to make is the simple patchwork square pattern. With patchwork squares, you can make a random pattern or one with a graphic design to it, like these: In order to make the most professional-looking patchwork quilt, the key is to cut squares that are perfectly square in shape, and then to sew them into a quilt … [Read more...]

Big Quilt Block Alternatives | Think Big

This week Amy Ellis is celebrating her new book Think Big and hosting her second annual Pillow Collective series.  You will find many talented artists on the tour sharing their spin on her designs. You maybe wondering what's the deal with the "Think Big" title since we are talking pillows. Well, that's the beauty of the book. Think Big walks you through the process of thinking beyond the big … [Read more...]

Wrapping up the T-Shirt Quilt

Do not let the title of this post mislead you dear friends of First Fridays!!  It's your old friend TJ here from Studio Mailbox about to fill you in on the on-going saga of my quilting progress.  Last month I shared with you how I switched gears and started a T-Shirt quilt to practice my skills while getting a holiday gift ready.  I had fully expected to stroll in here and report how awesome it … [Read more...]

30+ Tips for Making Quilts

Have you been wanting to make your first quilt, but you're not sure where to start? Or maybe you've dabbled with quilting here and there, but you're not getting the results you want, and you'd like to refine your skills. No matter your experience level, we've rounded up enough tips and tutorials to suit your needs. Read on for over 30 of them! Tips for Making Quilts, Part 1: Planning, … [Read more...]

Binding 101: All about the binding

Our mini quilt swap is in full swing and it's time to stitch on the binding!  (Okay, I really wanted to say: "Time to make the donuts" but that might have been weird.) Back to reality. Even though you have carefully cut, stitched and pressed together all of those little pieces the last step can really be a nail bitter. So, I thought now would be a great time to review different ways to bind a … [Read more...]