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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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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A Beginner’s Guide To Binding a Quilt

How to Bind a Quilt

You did it! You quilted your beautiful quilt, and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Your quilt edging is the last part of your project.

So how do you conceal your edges? Prepare yourself for…the dreaded quilt binding. Actually, I love binding a quilt. It’s one of my favorite steps and not as intimidating or daunting as some would have you believe.

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Straight Line Quilting Tutorial for Beginners

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When you step into your favorite department store and find a quilted jacket, blanket, or even handbag, nine times out of 10, what kind of quilting do you see on that item?

Straight-line quilting!

But if you want to recreate one of those items at home, how can you possibly keep your lines so uniform and, well, straight?

In this tutorial, I will show you how to accomplish those clean, beautiful, modern lines on your quilt projects.

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How To Hand-Tie A Quilt In 5 Easy Steps

Have you ever gone into an antique store in a small town? What is one item that is bound to be at every antique store — no matter where you go? A hand-tied quilt! 

Tying a quilt by hand was a popular way of quilting in days gone by, but it seems quilt tying is a lost art, especially in the modern quilt era.

I love the look of a tied quilt. The ties add such a sweet finish to a quilt top and a fun 3D texture. Plus, once you have the knot tying figured out, it can be much quicker and easier than hand or machine quilting. Sounds like a win-win to me!

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