Category Archives: Quilting 101

Bamboo batting is the perfect summer quilt batting! It's lightweight, strong, breathable and has a beautifully soft drape.

Why Bamboo Batting Makes the Perfect Summer Quilt

The trees are green, the birds are singing and I’m almost positive that it’s not going to snow again here in Chicago—it’s finally summer! Do you know what that means? Time to bring out the bamboo batting!

Now that's it's warm outside people may expect me to pack up my sewing machine, emerge from my sewing cave and take up an outdoor hobby.

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Does batting have a right and wrong side? The answer is yes! Check out this photo guide to help you find the right batting for your next quilt.

Is There a Right Side to Quilt Batting?

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!

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How to hand quilt in 3 easy steps! In this blog and video tutorial I'll list out all of the supplies you need and show you how simple hand quilting can be. Get this Bayside Quilt pattern and make your own!

How to Hand Quilt (with Video Tutorial!)

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. 

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