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Whether you’ve been sewing for decades or you just recently picked up this wonderful hobby, these tips and tricks of the trade are sure to make your life a little easier (and more enjoyable)! Some of these tips I’ve already tried and totally recommend to others – like a magnetic pincushion – while others totally took me by surprise!

Have you ever tried using a pincushion stuffed with steel wool? If you’re hand sewing or hand quilting, this can be a total game changer! By running your needle through the steel wool every so often, you keep it clean and sharp. The tip pictured above is great for any quilting projects you have coming up that involve a lot of cutting the same specific sized strip. You build up painter’s tape on the wrong side of the ruler and that way you can slide it right into the fabric and easily cut multiple strips very quickly. I love that hack!

Check out the others in this video below! Which ones are your favorites? Share with us in the comments!

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Groundhog Day is here and bringing with it thoughts of springtime blooms and creatures! While the groundhog might not be ready for spring, our Woodland Creatures quilt kit is ready right now! Designed by Rosemary Makhan of Quilts by Rosemary, this 80″ x 100″ quilt is an heirloom piece you and your family will love for many years to come.When I look at the top, I think about how excited I am for warmer temperatures and all the creatures and flowers that come alive in the spring. I also think about how much work this quilt would be to make. Between that floral border and all of the adorable animals on the quilt, you might think you’d have to work on this quilt for years to make any progress. Well, think again! Thanks to the precut, pre-backed fusible applique used in this quilt top, this quilt comes together fast. You could get this quilt today and have it ready in time for Spring–no matter how long away that silly groundhog says Spring may be!

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Have you ever started a fusible applique quilt and been overwhelmed by the task of creating the applique pieces? Tracing, fusing, and cutting the applique components can be a difficult task for many. For me, I have a lot of trouble cutting tiny pieces in these designs–even with my smallest rotary cutter and sharpest scissors.

If you’ve never worked with fusible web you’ll love it! Fusible web is a double-sided adhesive with paper backing, and it makes applique a breeze. Simply trace the shape onto the paper side of the web, then iron the web to the back of the fabric. From there you can cut out your applique shapes and fuse them to the quilt top with an iron for easy applique. Leave the edges raw or add decorative stitches like a narrow satin stitch or blanket stitch – it’s your call.

But we’ve made this process even easier by doing all of the tracing, pre-fusing, and preparation for you with our Woodland Creatures quilt. A beautiful quilt with the work simplified–what could be better?

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Labeling your quilt is an important–although often overlooked–step of making a quilt. When giving a quilt to a friend or family member, you might not think your quilts need labels. But they do! Quilt labels have helped quilt historians learn about a quilt’s origin long after the quilter was gone. They can also be a great way to make sure your quilt is never confused with someone else’s quilt. A label can also provide a personalized touch that makes a quilt that much more special for the lucky recipient.

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Tips for Labeling Your Quilt

I asked expert quilters, staff from Fons & Porter and other prestigious publications, how they approach labeling their quilts. Here’s what they had to say:

  1. “My nieces and nephews loved to look for the labels on quilts I made for them when they were little. Special messages just for them with nicknames, dates and what occasion it was given (Christmas, birthday, etc.). I always made the labels from leftover fabrics used in the quilt top and printed the wording in my handwriting. Funny thing was, they were so trained to look for the label, there were times they didn’t look at the design before they were searching out the label.”
    ~Colleen Tauke, Sewing Specialist, Fons & Porter

  2. “To me, the important things to include on a quilt label are: maker, city/state, and date. Sometimes, I’ll personalize the label with who it is for. Including any care instructions is helpful as well, especially with a baby quilt that will be washed.”
    ~Carolyn Beam, Content Director, Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts

  3. “Label all your quilts—even the ‘not important’ ones: simple labels for simple quilts (maybe just with fabric marker), more complex labels for fancier quilts.”
    ~Lori Baker, Acquisitions Editor, Golden Quilting Community, F+W Media

  4. “Appliqué shapes—a flower, an apple, a child’s traced hand-print—can be a really sweet way to personalize a quilt label. Embellishing a quilt label with embroidery can also take something utilitarian and turn it into something special—it might even become your favorite part of the quilt!”
    ~Vanessa Lyman, Content Director, Fons & Porter group

  5. “I always like to add something from the quilt design to the label. Since I do loads of appliqué, that isn’t usually too hard since I always have a spare flower laying around. When my quilts are pieced I make sure some of the fabric makes it on to the label.”
    ~Erin Russek, Associate Editor, Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting, Quilters Newsletter

  6. “I like to add fun labels to the baby quilts that I make for friends and family. I usually free-motion my message and the date. I use a very tight stitch length and go for it. With a little bit of practice, it works great. A couple of times I’ve ‘written’ the message large and made it part of the design of the quilt or the border. Relax, don’t fret and have fun.”
    ~Kathryn Wright, Senior Graphic Designer, McCalls & Quick Quilts

  7. “Quilt labels can come in all shapes and sizes. Spare quilt blocks not used on the front, or complementary appliqué shapes, make wonderful backgrounds for labels.”
    ~Caitlin Dickey, Video Content Strategist, Quilting Community, F+W Media

  8. “I believe it’s a good idea to label a quilt, however, I don’t make separate labels. I like to write my name and date on the back of a quilt, in one corner, using a fine-point permanent marker. The signature cannot be removed, and it’s inconspicuous.”
    ~Deb Finan, Quilting Quickly Editor

  9. “I’ll be honest — when it comes time to label a quilt, I’m usually so ready to be finished with it that I just write directly on the backing with a fine-tip permanent marker. In addition to being fast (if not particularly pretty), doing so offers me the reassurance that the label can’t be removed without leaving an actual hole in the quilt.”
    ~Mary Kate Karr-Petras, Associate Editor, Quilters Newsletter

  10. “I always tell my quilting friends to sign their full names, not just Granny or Aunt Susie or SJM, because years from now, no one will know exactly which “Granny” it was that made that wonderful quilt. Your ancestors will thank you for signing the quilt that they cherish.” ~Bonnie Knott, Copywriter, Keepsake Quilting

Doesn’t all this talk about quilt labels make you want to finish a quilt, just to try out these tips? Here are some labels that are waiting for you to put your stamp (or stitches) on them. Find colorful labels, black and white labels, holiday labels – whatever you’re looking for, you should be able to find them here.

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Looking for quilt ideas for precut 10″ squares? Here are five suggestions and a free tutorial for a Nine-Patch Rearranged quilt using 10″ pre-cut fabric.

Precut fabric makes quilting so much easier, because a lot of the work is done for you. Ten-inch squares are among the most versatile pre-cuts. Slice them into strips, smaller squares or triangles to make all kinds of quilt designs.

This diagram shows eight ways you can cut up 10″ squares to make a quilt.
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Or, you can simply stitch the blocks together without further cutting, and add a pretty border.

Here are some quilt ideas for pre-cut 10-inch squares.

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Pre-cut 10″ squares make quick work of this striking quilt, made with hourglass blocks.

1. Hourglass quilts. Hourglass quilt blocks are made using two contrasting fabrics, typically a light and a dark or a solid and a print. They are made up of two half-square triangles that are cut in half diagonally and restitched so that the matching fabrics (the light and the light or the solid and the solid, etc.) point to each other. This creates the hourglass look as you can see in the Rock Creek quilt, left, and in the Indian Summer Pattern on our website.

2. Strip Quilts. By cutting a 10″ fabric square into strips, you can build a simple, modern design, like the Stomp or Tweet Kids Quilt, or a more traditional style, like the Espresso Road quilt pattern.

3. Nine-patch quilts. Simply cut your 10″ squares in quarters, 9ths, or 12ths, and sew the smaller squares into nine-patch blocks. Traditionally, quilters arrange the squares in a checkerboard fashion, with the center and corner squares of one print or color and the top, bottom and side squares of a contrasting fabric. But there are no hard-and-fast rules.

Looking for more quilt ideas? Here is an easy quilt pattern for making a nine-patch style quilt with 10″ squares.

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Nine-Patch Re-arranged uses 10″ fabric squares. By Vivika Hansen DeNegre.

Nine-Patch Re-arranged
By Vivika Hansen DeNegre

Finished size 57″ x 71″

Materials:

  • Coordinating print fabrics, 40 squares 10″ x 10″
  • Solid fabric, 5 squares 10″ x 10″ (I used 3/4 yd. of a bright pink solid.)
  • Backing fabric, 3-3/4 yds.
  • Binding fabric, 3/4 yd.
  • Batting, 62″ x 76″ (or twin size)

Directions

  1. For the first over-sized nine-patch block, select (9) 10″ squares (you’ll need 8 print squares and 1 solid square). On a design wall or other flat surface, arrange the squares into 3 rows of 3, with the solid square in the middle.

Tip: Place the fabrics you want to dominate your quilt in the 4 corner positions, and those that will be less dominant in the middle row positions.

  1. To piece the over-sized nine-patch block, first sew the squares into 3 rows. Press the seams to 1 side, pressing in the opposite direction for the center row. Sew the 3 rows together. Press these seams toward the center, then press the block and set it aside.
  2. Repeat the process, making a total of 5 blocks.
  3. Cut the blocks into quarters by cutting in half from top to bottom, then side to side.

Tip: Because of the large size of the nine-patch blocks, it is easiest to locate the center by measuring 4-3/4″ from the side seams of the middle row.

  1. Using a design wall, arrange the blocks into 5 rows of 4 blocks each. Play with the placement of the colors, and rearrange the blocks to your heart’s content.
  2. Sew the rows, pressing the seams in opposite directions, and then sew the rows together, nesting the seams for matching corners. Press the entire quilt top.
  3. To prepare the backing, cut the backing fabric in half from selvedge to selvedge to get 2 pieces approximately 67″ x WOF (width of fabric). Sew these pieces together along a 67″ edge.
  4. Layer the quilt top with the batting and backing. Quilt and bind as desired. (The featured quilt was quilted with an overall spiral design by the talented Saima Davis.)

Now that you know how to use 10″ squares, why don’t you check out all the fabulous pre-cut quilt fabrics in our online store and peruse our patterns for more quilt ideas.

P.S. When you make something with our patterns, kits, or fabrics, be sure to share it with the world on social media and tag your photo with #myKQ.

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OK, quilters, let’s be honest with ourselves: no matter the size, we all have a bit of a fabric stash laying around the house. If you’re anything like me, it isn’t just laying around the house: I have fabric and rulers in the trunk of my car! When meeting up with a friend recently, she mentioned how she was looking for a vintage fabric for a quilt she was making. I told her to meet me at my car. She gave me a weird look but when I opened my trunk, she understood! While storing fabric in the car might make for funny stories, it doesn’t make for effective quilting. If you asked me if I had this fabric line or that one or how much yardage of a fabric I know I have in my stash, I couldn’t tell you. No wonder I don’t quilt as much as I’d like to – I have no idea where my fabrics are at any given time!

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Resolution #3: Steps To Organize Your Fabric Stash

I’m sure you love your fabric stash. Every fabric tells a story. From that souvenir fabric purchased on vacation to that fabric you bought so that it wasn’t lonely on the bolt, each piece of fabric we’ve acquired tells a tale. But all too often our storage tells another story: that of a messy quilter who doesn’t treat their fabrics with the respect they deserve! For our third quilting resolution of 2017, let’s turn our fabric stash from piles of fabrics hidden in the corner or tucked into plastic bags into an organized stash that helps us quilt more!neat-stash-300x225

While it doesn’t sound like fun, the first step to organizing your stash is getting it all out! That means any stash you’re hiding from your husband, any yardage folded up and hidden in the linen closet, all those scraps you’ve been hoarding – all of it.

Once you’ve located all of your fabric, take some time to go through it. Do you still want that minky fabric you never used for a quilt for your baby nephew? Does that neon fabric still appeal to you? Sort all of the stash that just doesn’t fit anymore so that you can get rid of it – either by donating to a local Goodwill, quilt guild or friends and family.

When you’re down to the fabrics you want to keep, now comes the hard part? How do you want to organize your stash? Here are some popular solutions quilters have used:

    • For Pokey Bolton, former host of Quiting Arts TV, she found that organizing her stash by color helped her. She says: “I really like this method of storing my stash, because I can see the colors when I enter my studio, and that inspires me. I also like the fact that the bins can be taken off the shelves for use while still containing the fabrics. When I’m finished, I enjoy folding my fabrics again and putting them away for the next use.” Pokey’s method of sorting by color includes using bins and attractive labels to organize her stash. SARS Acid Free Box
    • Former McCall’s Quilting editor Kathy Patterson began using fat storage lockers after a move forced her into re-evaluating her stash and now it works better for her. Her comments: “I’m simplifying for dramatic effect, of course…not all my stash arrived in my new home as a jumbled mess. But lots of it did, and it’s messy no more! I can’t begin to tell you how much more pleasure, function, and inspiration I’m getting from my fabric collection now”
    • For me, I don’t have a large enough stash to organize by color as I tend to work on a project-by-project basis. Something that’s done wonders for organizing my stash are SAR Acid-Free Storage Boxes. They come in four different sizes and work great for organizing all of my fabric for a single project in one place. The medium size box is pictured above and is my favorite size for UFO’s. Before these boxes, I used zip top bags but I would always overstuff them or critters and mold would get into the bags. Yuck! With these boxes, nothing gets in and my precious fabrics are safe – just the way I like them!

How do you plan to organize your stash this year? Is it as much of a mess as mine or do you at least know where all of your fabrics are? Let us know in the comments!

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For a lot of quilters–myself included–making a bargello quilt is on the “quilter’s bucket list.” If you’re not familiar with these stunning quilts, they’re the perfect blend of traditional quilting meets modern and look challenging but are deceptively easy. When you first look at one, you might think “Wow, that’s a lot of piecing – I’m sure it’s a lot of work!” Made of strips that are sewn together in such a way to look like a moving wave, the curves in a bargello quilt certainly do look difficult. However, these patterns are suitable for beginning quilters…let’s explore how:

How To Make A Bargello Quilt

Step 1: Cut And Arrange Your Strips

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Following the instructions in your pattern, cut your strips to the proper width. Many bargello quilts will use 2 1/2″ strips but be sure to follow your pattern. Arrange them into the correct order and begin to piece them together.

Pro Tip: It can be helpful to number your strips (the red dots in the image above) and keep a “control strip” (a small strip of fabric–around an inch wide–that lets you know which fabric is which number. This will be super helpful in following steps.

Step 2: Piece Your Strips Together And Make Your Tubes

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After all of your fabrics have been arranged and sewn together in the correct order, you will sew them into a tube. For some, this step might “seem” a little strange. The reason you sew your fabrics into a tube is so that you can open the seams in different locations. This allows you to easily start creating that curved look in a bargello quilt without having to do a lot more work!

Step 3: Cut Your Tube Into Strips And Get To Ripping!

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After you’ve got your tubes created, you will start to cut–per your pattern–the tube into smaller tubes. For the Fire and Ice quilt, the width of these tubes changes as you move across the quilt while other bargello quilt patterns will retain the same width. You then look will reference your pattern again to find out where to use your seam ripper to open up your tubes as you will be opening the tube in different locations. For example, if the first tube is opened between the fabrics A and B, the second tube will be opened between the fabrics B and C and so forth.

Step 3: Arrange Your Strips and Piece Them Together, Again!

On The WallNow that your tubes have been opened, it’s time to arrange your strips per your pattern instructions and piece them together again! When you start to arrange them, you will see how quickly the curve in the bargello quilt comes together.

Pro Tip: Fons & Porter experts recommend using a stay stitch along the edge of the fabric on the outside edges of the quilts–the ones that are only connected to other long strips on one side–so that they don’t fray or weaken the overall structure of the quilt.

Have you ever made a bargello quilt pattern? Be sure to share it with us on social media and – if you do – please use the hashtag #myKQ!

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Lynette Jensen is back with another lovely quilt pattern from the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club! This wall quilt (or holiday table topper) is called Winterscape and it’s an easy project that looks great all winter long! Here’s what Lynette had to say about it…

How fun to have a small, easy project for the December installment of the Project of the Month. Not only can you get this Winterscape project made in this busy month for you to use in your own holiday decorating, but you could also make extra for gift giving. It is the perfect size for many uses – as a wall hanging in a tiny space, or as a table piece as on a coffee or side table

Winterscape Table or Wall Quilt Pattern

Here’s a quick tip for making your project perfectly square:
When small pieces are used as a wall hanging or perhaps framed, it is important that they be perfectly “square”, meaning the top and the bottom width are the exact same and the two sides match each other as well. It is pretty obvious to the eye when they are uneven and that would spoil all the wonderful work done on the project. It is so easy to stretch the outside edges when quilting or binding quilts.

To make sure all is right with the world before binding is attached, measure the quilt to make sure the two opposite sides of the quilt’s measurements match. If they do not measure exactly the same, don’t think you can remedy the problem by trimming the border, as this will just make the border width uneven.

Instead, run a basting stitch along the outside edge of the quilt approximately 1/4” from the edge. You will then be able to gently pull up an excess to ease the extra slight amount needed to match the opposite side. Start with the top and bottom edges and then check the side edges to see if they need a little help. Use the cutting lines on your cutting mat as a great visual aide for this process. The hand basting stitch will be hidden in the binding seam allowance and your quilt will be perfectly squared up.

Not only does the Winterscape Kit include the wall hanging pattern, it also features one of the best gift projects ever!

Pictured below is the Festive Potholder that is made with a hand pocket so the potholder can be used as a oven mitt. And since it is made with Insul-Brite insulated batting it can also be used as a trivet for those hot oven dishes.

I have this one ready for a gift combined with a cotton dishtowel and a package of recipe cards tucked into the potholder pocket. Imagine how many great potholders are waiting to be made from your lovely scraps for any kitchen decor.

Winterscape Table or Wall Quilt Pattern

christmas-rememberedbylynettejensenThank you so much, Lynette! Great information and a lovely jolly snowman quilt pattern. Take a closer look at the other projects offered in the Thimbleberries Project of the Month Club. It’s such a fun club to be a part of!

Before we sign off, RJR Fabrics is giving away a Christmas Remembered fat quarter bundle. Most of us like quilt patterns using fat quarters, so this giveaway would be festive and fun to win!

Enter by midnight on Friday, December 16, 2016 by adding a comment below discussing your favorite Thimbleberries or Lynette Jensen design! A winner will be chosen at random and emailed the following day. Keep an eye out in your email inbox. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and good luck!

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Tis the season of wintery wall quilts! Not every quilt is meant to keep us warm; some are made to be exhibited and others are made to spice up home décor as they spread cheer to all who gaze upon them. But, how do you hang a wall quilt? My favorite way is to make a hanging sleeve that can be attached to the back of the quilt.

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If you’ve ever made a wall hanging quilt, you know it can be difficult to find instructions about how to make a hanging sleeve. In researching for this, I explored books, blog posts, and videos looking for instructions to share.

My favorite method comes from our friends at Quilting Daily and their show Quilting Arts TV. Here’s an overview of guests Leslie Tucker Jenison and Jamie Fingal’s quilt sleeve tutorial:

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1. Cut a piece of cotton fabric to the exact width of your quilt by 9 inches deep.

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2. Fold and press each edge into a ¼ inch fold.

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3. Then turn again and press so raw edges are concealed.

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4. Stitch the folded edge in place on both ends. Then stitch the length of the quilt sleeve “tube” (right side facing inward).

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5. Turn the tube inside out.

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6. Press the sleeve tube so the seam is on one edge and the fold is on the other.

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7. Baste the folded edge with the longest machine stitch possible.

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8. Then, roll the basted stitch to the top center of the sleeve so the basted stitch is situated over the other seam, which will be situated against the quilt back.

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9. Pin the quilt sleeve to the quilt back one inch below the top of the quilt. The width should allow the sleeve to be positioned approximately one-half inch from each edge.

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10. Stitch the sleeve securely in place. Be sure to whip-stitch the ends to the back of the quilt, which assures that the hanging device is inserted into the sleeve properly. It helps to take an extra stitch every 4-5 stitches so the sleeve won’t become loosened from the quilt if it is hung in multiple venues. Check to be sure that the stitches do not go through to the front of the quilt!

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11. Once the sleeve has been securely stitched to the quilt back, remove the basting stitch from the sleeve. This tuck allows room for the hanging device to be inserted without creating excessive tension on the front of the quilt.

For those of you who are visual learners, I’d highly recommend watching this how-to video. from our friends at Sew Easy.

Now that you know the ins and outs of making a sleeve, which wall hanging quilt will you make first?

Find the perfect wall kit at Keepsake Quilting. Whether you choose scenes of a winter wonderland or a garden full of flowers, you can’t go wrong!

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Fall is officially here — finally! We have just the projects you need to kick off the season (all for free, of course).

Crisp in the Fall Wall Quilt

1. Crisp in the Fall Wall Quilt

Simple appliqué and backstitch embroidery team up to create a lovely sentiment for the changing season. It’s the perfect project for a wall hanging or door banner.

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2. Leaf Quilt Block Tutorial

Gather your scraps and stitch up a beautiful maple leaf block. It sews up in no time using half-square triangles framed by fabric strips.

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Huber Grove Apple Cozy

3. Huber Grove Apple Cozy

Make the most of the season’s crisp, juicy apples by keeping them protected from bruises and dirt.

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4. Leaf Dishcloth Scrubbie

Bring the outdoors into your kitchen — no we’re not talking about a trail of leaves on the floor. This crochet scrubbie will get good use this season.

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5. Forest Whimsy Apple

Embroider themed sweatshirts for a trip to the orchard! The machine embroidery design comes in sizes for 4″ by 4″, 5″ by 7″ and 6″ by 10″ hoops for numerous possibilities.

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6. Fall Jewelry Inspirations

Lampwork glass acorns are just one of the nature-inspired jewelry ideas in this roundup of ideas.

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7. Secrets to Successful Nature Photography in Every Season

Capture the beauty of the changing season through the lens of your camera. This free guide is jam-packed with tips for taking gorgeous photos.

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8. Scarecrow Fondant Topper

Celebrate the harvest with adorable cupcake toppers. This tutorial shows you how with professional results you can achieve at home!

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As a quilter, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the tools and notions available. Rulers are an essential tool in the quilting arsenal — but which ones do you really need? What should you look for in a ruler? How many do you need? What does each one do? I’ll answer all those questions here!

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Here are some important characteristics to look for in a quilting ruler:

  • Easy to read.
  • Non-slip for safety and accurate cuts.
  • Sturdy, good quality.
  • The right size for the right job.

With those characteristics in mind, here are 5 quilting rulers every quilter needs.

A width-of-fabric ruler (6½” x 24½”)

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A large width-of-fabric ruler is one of my most used rulers. It’s needed to cut larger pieces of fabric. At 24½” long, it’s the perfect size to cut a folded-in-half width of fabric. Most quilt patterns will have you cutting width-of-fabric pieces at some point.

The 6½” width is nice for cutting those longer strips, as it holds the fabric in place as you cut. It’s not too wide to be cumbersome but wide enough to prevent slipping.

I prefer my longer rulers like this to be non-slip so my cuts stay straight and accurate. And can we talk about rulers that are easy to read?! I have found that the simple clear rulers with black writing are the easiest on my eyes.

If I could only have one quilting ruler, it would have to be this one.

A large square ruler (12½” x 12½”)

Creative Grids 12.5in ruler

Every quilter needs a good, large square ruler. Square rulers are a little easier to navigate than the longer width-of-fabric size when working with smaller cuts of fabric.

A large square quilt ruler like this 12½” ruler is good for trimming smaller cuts of fabric such as layer cakes or fat quarters.

This square ruler is also a necessity for squaring up quilt blocks that are 12½” or smaller (or larger!). It’s easy to read and handle giving the the perfect squared up quilt blocks.

A small square ruler (6½” x 6½”)

Creative Grids 6.5in ruler

I prefer to use the smallest ruler possible for each fabric cutting job. As my fabric cuts get smaller, this 6½” square ruler is the one I reach for. I like this smaller size for cutting charm squares, jelly roll pieces or 2½” squares.

A smaller square quilt ruler like this is also a necessity for trimming half-square triangles or flying geese units. This small square ruler is always within reach of my cutting mat.

A 60-degree triangle ruler

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A triangle ruler is a fun addition to every quilter’s ruler stash. I’m often surprised at how much use my triangle ruler gets. A larger triangle ruler, such as this 8½” one, will be a lot more versatile than a smaller 6½” ruler.

I’ve used this ruler in many different ways: You can make a simple 60-degree triangle quilt with it, or you can use it to make hexagons, like in the popular Triangle Hexies quilt pattern (shown below). This pattern has you using this ruler a few different ways.

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Did you know you can also cut half hexagon shapes with a triangle ruler? Simply mark off the size hexagon you need with tape and you have yourself a hexagon ruler. Quilting tools that do double duty are the best kind of quilting tools.

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A bonus ruler: The Stripology ruler

Stripology Ruler

This clever quilt ruler is a great addition to your ruler stash. The Stripology ruler is a huge time saver for cutting strips and squares. When a quilt pattern calls for a million 2½” squares (like in my Ombre Gems quilt), you will be thankful for this ruler!

The Stripology ruler certainly isn’t a necessity, but it can be a huge time saver. Not only that, it is so much more accurate than a larger ruler for cutting squares. It’s non-slip and doesn’t require you to move the ruler, resulting a lot fewer cutting errors.

There you have it — 5 rulers every quilter needs! If you are new to quilting, you might find the Startup Library: Quilting class a good introduction for must-have supplies, how to use them and basic quilting techniques.

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