Pinwheel Quilt: Backing

Okay, so your quilt top is finally finished and you need to create backing and binding for it.  I did an earlier post on how much fabric you’ll need, so this part isn’t particularly difficult. The hardest part is picking your fabric. Given that the top of this quilt is pretty simple — two colors,…

Pinwheel Quilt: Assembling your Quilt Top

In my last post, we went over how to make a pinwheel block. Once you’ve made all 105 of those and cut out your 184 solid blocks, all that’s left is to assemble your quilt top. Every quilt pattern I’ve ever read has had instructions on how to assemble a quilt top, and what I’ve…

Q&A: On ‘reverse-engineering’ and more…

Question: What do you mean by ‘reverse-engineering’, and why would I want to do that? Answer: I’ll admit: I’m not drawn to quilting because I’m one of those creative, artistic, talented types. I love quilting because I love puzzles, math, color, history, and building stuff. I’m not great at coming up with new and amazing…

Determining the Size of your Quilt

Okay, so you’ve decided to make a quilt for yourself. Now the question is, what size should you make it? You need to decide this before you do anything else, because the size you choose will affect how much fabric you buy, how much getting it quilted will cost, how long it will take to…

Standard Quilt Sizes

Below is a graph of some of the standard North American mattress sizes, and a range of lengths and widths for appropriately sized quilts. There is no right or wrong size for a quilt. It all comes down to personal preference. It is important to note that after your quilt top is quilted, you may…

“A Cinch to Make…”

My mother is a great seamstress. When I was a kid, she sewed countless dresses for my sisters and me. Every trip we took, every wedding we went to, every high school dance, every Christmas, I had a new dress made for me by her. I am very fortunate. But I’ll admit that every once…