10 Quilting Techniques Every Quilter Should Master Including That Darn 1/4 Inch Seam Allowance

Quilting Terminology, Fabric and Quick Piecing Plus.

These ten methods are on nearly every experienced quilter’s ‘must know’ list. There are lots of quilting techniques that every quilter should master, the main ones include simple things such that darn 1/4 inch seam allowance, and cutting accurately with a rotary cutter.


As a beginner quilter, and even experienced quilters, it’s easy to become discouraged. For example, hundreds of new terms and techniques becomes overwhelming. Discover which quilting methods work best for you, and getting these must-know skills will help you sew accurate quilts on your very first try. Even for experienced quilters who struggle repeatedly with tasks such as sewing with an accurate 1/4 inch seam allowance, and judging the quality of fabric.

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The Spruce Quilting
Set aside a little time for this free mini course from Janet Wickell at The Spruce. Janet covers the top ten stumbling blocks for successful quilting. The tutorial covers how do a few tests before you start sewing patches for a quilt, just to be sure your seams are accurate. There are tricks to help you get the seam just right. I use an adjustable 1/4″ seam guide presser foot, one of the best few dollars investments I’ve ever made! Each click of the plastic guide is 1/16 of an inch and each red mark is 1/8 of an inch, giving you a variety of different seam allowances!

Courses such as this cost a pretty packet, and after this one you’ll come out a better quilter for it! It’s a free tutorial. Get started by setting aside a little time for each section. Develop rotary cutting skills. Speedy cutting is a fantastic motivation for continued success! Learn how to cut long strips of quilting fabric, and patchwork shapes.

Master strip piecing and other piecing techniques. Sew large chunks of fabric together, then slice off sections to create pre-sewn units. It’s so much easier than you might have thought. After that you could create a version of almost any quilt block you’ve seen.  No waste flying geese, quick pieced half square triangle units, and even how NOT to make half square triangle units. Don’t miss the Magic 8 half square triangle. There is also a quick read on quick pieced quarter triangle units.

How to get your pressing down to a pat. How to rescue a disaster quilt block, and how to measure and sew borders the correct way, with the addition of mitered binding. You won’t be taking too much time away from your projects. For example there’s a quick 1 1/2 minute video on 8 key quilting terms, starting with a ‘sampler’ quilt.


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