Simple Color Schemes

Stuck on a quilt and not sure where to go next? Sometimes a little knowledge about color schemes and great color combos can be all it takes to get the creative juices flowing. Jessee Maloney’s “Rainbow-Go-Round” uses analagous color schemes in each lovely circle to create a harmonious whole. An analagous color scheme is where colors… Continue Reading

Making Tiny Circles, Revisited

Making Tiny Circles, Revisited

I’m on vacation, and as we all do when on vacation (at least, I assume we all do), we hunt down and visit the local quilt shop!  I had the pleasure of going to Jennifer’s Quilt Shop in Pinckney, MI, and found a new-to-me tool for making circles. I talked about that before here and… Continue Reading

An Easy Way to Keep Track of Strip Sets

An Easy Way to Keep Track of Strip Sets

If I had one notion I couldn’t live without, it would be my flat-head pins! Not only are they sharp and fine, but the flat head itself is incredibly useful: they come in a variety of colors, they can be used on a longarm (which I do) without making bumps on the bars, but most… Continue Reading

Grading Seams While Piecing

Grading Seams While Piecing

Seam allowances: we all have a different way of pressing them to reduce bulk and to prevent shadowing.  I first learned about grading seams from Sally Collins’ book Mastering Precision Piecing (available at many local libraries or as print-on demand). Grading seams is most often used in garment sewing, and is when one side of the seam… Continue Reading

Upcoming Quilt Shows Relevant to Modern Quilts!

Upcoming Quilt Shows Relevant to Modern Quilts!

It’s August! With the summer heat it can be hard to think about quilting anything, but there are a few shows and events coming up that might induce you to lay that special quilt across your lap and stitch that binding down. Why enter a quilt show? It’s a place where you can share your… Continue Reading

Making Templates for Piecing: Basic Supplies

Making Templates for Piecing: Basic Supplies

If you’re working on a pattern that has repeated “odd” shapes (i.e. shapes you can’t easily cut with a rotary cutter), then you will find it helpful to make a template. Templates can be made out of a number of items, such as stiff cardboard, sandpaper, freezer paper and template plastic.  Cardboard and Sand paper… Continue Reading

Got an idea? Submitting to MQU

Did you know that our next issue coming out around November is already wrapped up? If you’ve been following along on the Facebook page, you’ve seen some of the behind-the-scenes of the photo shoot. We’ll be adding more fun details about how the work gets done in the future, too! You can find our submissions… Continue Reading

Points for Making Decent Photocopies

There are times when it is necessary to photocopy patterns from a magazine, particularly when paper piecing is involved.  Our Block-of-the-Month Sampler has two blocks made with paper piecing,  “Log Cabin Plus” and “Tricolor Hexagon”. Because these two blocks are blended with pieced blocks, it is critical that the measurements be accurate! There are a… Continue Reading

Grainline and Quilting

Grainline and Quilting

In garment sewing, knowing how to place the pattern on the grainline of the fabric is key for a fit that behaves.  But what is grainline, and why do we need to know about it for quilting? For the same reasons: how we cut our fabrics for our strips, appliques, and blocks makes a difference… Continue Reading