An Easy Guide to Making a Stunning Star Quilt

Star Quilt

One of the most traditional and recognizable patterns for quilts is a star quilt. Star quilt blocks can have various designs but will always have those beautiful, crisp points to let you know that it is a star. 

If you were to search online for a quilted star pattern, you may be bombarded with a vast selection and not know quite where to begin.

But have no fear — I’m going to break down some of the most popular star quilt patterns for you and also give you a quick star quilt tutorial.

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What Is a Quilting Bee And How To Start One

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When you see or hear the words “quilting bee”, what comes to mind? 

I don’t know about you, but I always think of a bunch of women sitting on the front porch of a quaint little house, sipping sweet tea, gossiping about friends and family while quilting the same quilt they’ve been working on for the past ten years.

Well, what if I was to tell you that a quilting bee is SO much more? It’s more like a quilting party with an actual purpose.

Let’s dive in and explore some of your burning questions about the origins of this group sewing gathering and how to start one of your own.

I hope to answer all of your questions and teach you some fun facts along the way!

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8 Of The Best Online Quilting Classes

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Quilting is a beautiful form of art, but it can be daunting to try to learn how to quilt on your own and teach yourself the necessary skills.

An excellent option for many individuals, especially in these times of social distancing and lockdowns, is online quilting classes for beginners. 

Also, not everyone can afford personal quilting lessons.

Online quilting classes are generally much less expensive than in-person courses. 

Many of these online programs have videos and tutorials that you can watch an unlimited number of times.

And you’ll have access to all the content, literally, forever. That’s a huge bonus!

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A Simple Guide To Squaring Up A Quilt

How to Square Up a Quilt

Have you ever wondered how to square a quilt? Squaring up a quilt is such an essential step in quilt making.

It can make the difference between your quilt being a wonky creation to a truly square, beautiful masterpiece.

I know some of you are wondering, “Do you square up a quilt before adding borders?” or “Do you wait until right before you add your binding to square up your quilt?”

My answer is yes — to both questions! I try to square up my blocks, rows, quilt top and finished quilt sandwich after each step to ensure my quilts are as square as possible.

This post will walk you through step-by-step my method for squaring up a quilted quilt sandwich.

What Is Squaring Up a Quilt?

So what exactly does it mean to “square up a quilt?” It means all your corners are cut square at a 90° angle, and all your edges are cut straight.

This will make attaching your binding much easier, and when your quilt is laid out on a bed or folded neatly, it will look professionally made.

When I am piecing my blocks together, once a block is complete, I like to go ahead and “square it up” or make sure it is a perfect square to keep things uniform.

Keeping your blocks square will also help your overall quilt top be neat and straight throughout the entire quilt-making process.

Here are a few tips when you create your quilt top to help keep your quilt square:

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10 Of The Best Quilting Games for Your Next Quilt Guild or Retreat

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Have you ever been put in charge of finding games for your local quilting guild or a quilting retreat?

How do you help your members and guests break the ice and become a real community of quilt lovers?

We want some unique and fun games for quilters that are the perfect way to bring everyone together, share some laughs, and maybe even learn something new about the wonderful world of quilting.

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How To Make a Baby Clothes Quilt: A Step-By-Step Tutorial

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How many parents have a plastic bin or bag stuffed full of their little one’s baby clothes you just couldn’t seem to part with?

It’s safe to say, most, if not all, parents have a stash of tiny clothes, but what good are those clothes if they just sit in a closet for years without even being seen or worn?

We have an excellent idea for those sweet little treasures — make your very own custom baby clothes quilt!

I know, it’s painful to think of cutting them up, but trust me, the end result is SO worth the slight heart panic you feel when you first start cutting into them.

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