As quilters it’s easy to swoon over fabric and shiny machines. It’s fun to fill our thread racks with every color of the rainbow. And it’s such a treat to pop open a new pack of needles knowing that smooth sewing awaits us.
Last week, on the Suzy Quilts Patterns Facebook Group (yes, I hope you read that like the episode recap narrator of your favorite TV show), someone asked if there was a right and wrong side to quilt batting.
Let me just say that I’m thankful for my quilting community for a lot of reasons: the crazy creativity, original ideas, and incredible muffin recipes… but I’m also thankful for you all because you ask amazing questions that I probably wouldn't have come up with!
The simple half square triangle. What a wonderful thing! You can make hundreds of different quilts using just a HST. Comprised of a square made from two equal right triangles, this block is one of the most used and most versatile quilt blocks in history.
I learned to hand quilt a few years ago, and since then I've spent hundreds of hours stitching away. Those of you who enjoy these SQ tutorials have been asking me to "finally write that tutorial!" Even though I've filmed many spontaneous Facebook live videos and IG stories about hand quilting, only now have I planted myself in a chair and filmed everything I know on how to hand quilt.
Ever wonder what's the difference between cotton and poly thread? Both can be great sewing options, but they are pretty different in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Lucky for you I'm a part-time P.I. with an insatiable drive to answer quilting's toughest questions and solve our sewing mysteries.
I know you all think I’m Superwoman when it comes to quilting (right? You do, right?) but I don’t do all of this alone. I have a whole toolbox of sidekicks backing me up during all of my quilting adventures. Building up your team of must-have quilting tools is just as important as perfecting your sewing skills.
Over the last year I’ve done a lot of hand quilting, which means I’ve formed a pretty deep and intimate trust relationship with my hand quilting needles. People tell you that you should choose your friends wisely, and surround yourself with supportive, sharp people who can move easily through fabric (that’s what I’ve heard, at least).