Quilt techniques

How to make no-waste flying geese (aka make four-at-a-time)

I have been a flying geese making machine this week. I only have myself to blame. I designed a quilt that called for 180 flying geese units. I know … that’s a lot. I would be going crazy if I were making them the traditional, sew and flip way. Thankfully there’s a better way. I’ve included a video tutorial I made a couple years ago about how to make no-waste

Doodling to master free motion feathers … and general scribbling

I’m learning a new free motion feather meander, my daughter is learning to color. A photo posted by Stephanie De Pasquale-Soebbing (@quiltaddictsanonymous) on Jan 22, 2016 at 4:15pm PST My 20-month-old has discovered crayons. She likes to put them in her tin box and shake it, stuff them in between the couch cushions, line them up on the dog’s back and every once in a while she actually uses them

Quilted: Laura’s sunflowers

Some of you may recognize this pattern. It is a variation on Bonnie Hunter’s 2015 mystery. It was pieced by Laura Koppenhoefer, a woman I know from church who I’ve spent more than a few Saturdays making baptismal quilts with. I normally don’t quilt for others, but I made an exception for Laura. She has been bravely fighting a rare form of cancer for years. She has written a book

Quilted: Ghost of Christmas Past

Making the decision on how to quilt your quilt is a very difficult decision. There are all over designs, custom quilting, free-motion, pantograph and computer-aided designs, thread choices, to ditch or not to ditch. The possibilities are endless and the results can dramatically impact the finished look of your quilt. I’ve been honing my free-motion quilting skills on the longarm for four years and am at the point were I

Kaffe Fassett exhibit coming to the Michener

A rare collection featuring the work of famed quilt and fiber artist Kaffe Fassett and historical quilts from the United Kingdom is coming the U.S. this fall and the Michener in Pennsylvania will be one of just two museums to host it. The exhibit, “Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the Collections of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK” will be on display from

Netflix, hand quilting and an unfinished wedding quilt

Every August I pull out my wedding quilt with the intention of finishing by my anniversary at the end of the month, put in a few hand quilting stitches, miss my deadline and put it back away again until next year. Last year was my fifth anniversary. I had promised my husband I would finish it by that milestone. But with a three-month old in the house, I failed miserably

1,500 inches of binding

Not that long ago I wrote about how the downside of spending so much time on the longarm lately means I now had 700 inches of binding to do by hand. I know there are some who love sewing binding on by hand. I’m not one of them. But I prefer the look to machine stitched binding, so I do it even though it is probably be least favorite quilting

How to do fusible applique

I know how to do hand applique, needle turn, Hawaiian and spray starch method, but using fusible web to do applique by machine is my favorite method by far. It is fast, accurate and very sturdy. I use it often for kids projects, because¬†it holds up well to lots of washings and if I’m going to spend hours and hours appliqueing a quilt by hand, I don’t want it to

Quilt National continues to push boundaries

The first art quilt exhibit continues to push boundaries in its 19th installment, scheduled to open next week at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. Beginning in 1979, Quilt National is the preeminent art quilt exhibition, a juried competition that features the work of nearly 90 quilters from around the world. The 86 quilts featured in the exhibit are a mix of graphic abstract work, and more traditional pieces,