Quilting Information For Beginners As Well As The 1/4 Seam

 

Calling all beginner quilters! The following 3 videos demonstrate quilting tools that every quilter should have in their tool box, as well as great information for improving our 1/4 seams.

Though the first video is long, it’s very informative! Basic quilting terms, knowledge transfer, fabric cutting, & building blocks.

We have broken it down into brief summaries of the lessons, but for a more extensive lesson, the video is perfect!

The second and third videos instruct us how to make a 1/4 inch seam and a scant 1/4 inch seam.

Both seams are extremely important so its best to master them in the beginning of our learning process!

 

In this video, the lovely ladies from across the pond are taking us back to the quilting basics. This is a great place for beginning quilters to start or for seasoned quilters to brush up on their basics. The lesson will be broken down into four different mini-lessons.

Lesson 1: Cutting strips. Although you can buy pre-cut fabrics such as fat-quarters and jelly rolls, most people at one point or another, will be using yards of fabric. Once you have your fabric selected, you are going to make sure that you have all the tools necessary to begin cutting your fabric. The most important tools to have are a pen, ruler, and a rotary cutter for an accurate cut. To begin cut the raw edges off of your fabric using the rotary cutter. Next, you can begin cutting your fabric in the desired width using your ruler. Now that we are familiar with cutting, let’s begin our second lesson.

Lesson 2: Cutting squares. Depending on the size square you would like, there are many different ruler size options for you to choose from. Once you have your fabric selected, its time to begin measuring out our squares. In this example, she is cutting out 5 inch squares. First, lay your fabric face down while measuring. Allow yourself an inch or two when cutting, this makes it a bit easier to make that perfect square!

Lesson 3: Cutting half square triangles. Like the square templates, there are a variety of triangle sizes depending on the size of block you are making. Once you have already cut your strips, take the template and place in on the fabric and line it up exactly with a 90 degree angle, cut making a triangle. For the other half, simply flip your template where you cut, and cut again, making a second triangle. When you have the desired amount of triangles, head to the sewing machine. Stack right sides together and sew. When you have finished, open and press with an iron.

Lesson 4: Cutting quarter square triangles. The templates you are going to want to use for these cuts are specific. The companion angle and the mini-companion angle ensure that you have the correct cut. When you have your fabric cut into 2 and 1/2 inch strips, place your template on the fabric and cut along the two sides. Remember to always cut away from your body to prevent injury. As our instructor demonstrates, it is easier to make two halves and then sew the middle seam, making your quarter-square block.

 

 

During this video we have heard a lot about 1/4 inch seams. On the following page there is a brief video, explaining that seam.

 

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78 Responses to “Quilting Information For Beginners As Well As The 1/4 Seam”

  1. Janet Palmer

    Apr 21. 2015

    cant get this video ot work

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  2. Mary Jordan

    Apr 21. 2015

    I can’t get videos to play 🙁 I am very interested in watching all 3 of them 🙂

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  3. Marsha Halsey

    Apr 21. 2015

    Linda you must be quilting. I have made about 4 lap quilts and some t-shirt quilts for the kids. Oh, and some landscape quilts. They are fun.

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  4. Pam Johnson Whitney

    Apr 21. 2015

    Sharing because I’m definitely a know-nothing wannabe quilter

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  5. Elaine Hargenrader

    Apr 21. 2015

    Nellie Davis I am so happy to see you on Facebook. Miss you.

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  6. Judy Kumler

    Apr 21. 2015

    Quite informative

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  7. Denis Savoie

    Apr 22. 2015

    Interesting.,..it does take patience…something I have in short supply Paula Barber Forte Kerr

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  8. Pat Myron

    Apr 22. 2015

    * don’t want to lose the thread

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  9. Annette Jackson

    Apr 23. 2015

    Ooooo I love this

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  10. Jill Meyer

    Apr 23. 2015

    Your a quilter Liz? Who knew!

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  11. Rox Norris

    Apr 23. 2015

    Here you go Kimberly Evans Kraus.

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  12. Debra Severson Potter

    Apr 23. 2015

    Helpful!

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  13. Leoni Al-ajeel

    Apr 23. 2015

    Every time i try to watch the video it takes me to some other advert, same every time i try with these pages ?

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  14. Crystal Erwin Figiel

    Apr 23. 2015

    I need some time! Lol

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  15. Helen Flanagan

    Apr 24. 2015

    I have always wanted to quilt. This is a great video so far. I am going to try quilting. Wish me luck!

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  16. Janet Hedrick Brown

    Apr 24. 2015

    Posting so I can find

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  17. Mary 'Shook' Zokoe

    Apr 24. 2015

    wish we lived closer…would love to make these

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  18. Arlene Danes

    Apr 24. 2015

    Can you please tell me how to get to your videos. What appears to be the video is only a picture.
    Thanks.

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    • keepnuinstitchesquilting

      Apr 25. 2015

      Arlene, Thank You for asking for help. Where you see the Next Page in Green text, click it and it takes you to a page where the Video is toward the middle of the page. It usually has a small sideways triangle in the center of video. Click the triangle and the video should run. Hope this helps! Thank You for asking!

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  19. Julie O'Banion

    Apr 24. 2015

    A lot of mis-information in there.

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  20. Georgia Groves

    Apr 26. 2015

    .

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  21. Skeeter Dvorak

    Apr 26. 2015

    I just want the machine first

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  22. I do hand quilting! I did one on the machine, but I prefer doing it by hand! My mom was my teacher!

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  23. Cynthia Harvey-Ramirez

    Apr 27. 2015

    Cris Garner. These videos will get you started. Watch them.

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  24. Carol A. Reed

    Apr 27. 2015

    Hope you are still quilting my friend I miss you

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  25. Deb Sloan. You might be interested in these… To watch.

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  26. Charlotte Reid

    Apr 28. 2015

    See this Elizabeth Smith

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  27. Julia Hodgson

    Apr 29. 2015

    Here you go Sue Boucher x

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  28. Terri Trembley

    May 03. 2015

    .

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  29. Karen Reilly Platten

    May 11. 2015

    I will have to watch this, see what I can learn

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  30. Angie Brothers Smith

    May 11. 2015

    Angie smith

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  31. Dianne Givens

    May 12. 2015

    Following

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  32. I’ve only had time to read the first paragraph Lesson 1. I think an important step was omitted—squaring up the fabric. If it was mentioned later in the actual video, I apologize

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  33. Marian Gardner

    May 30. 2015

    @[100007664731061:2048:Martha Hawkins], this video might be helpful!

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  34. Donna Nixon Oler

    Aug 01. 2015

    @[100000099752380:2048:Meradith Hursh Norris] I plan on watching this and thought you would like to also!

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  35. Meradith Hursh Norris

    Aug 01. 2015

    Thank you!

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  36. Lecia Tinsley Porter

    Apr 26. 2016

    Amanda

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  37. Donna Swain Negrin

    Apr 26. 2016

    Thank you for the visual…..totally forgot about that attachment!!!! Just in time for the next quilt!!!!

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  38. Helen Gillispie

    Apr 27. 2016

    Loved watching, learned a lot & got some great ideas for quilt making too.

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  39. Ruth Lervaag

    May 02. 2016

    To be great, first you must be a beginner

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  40. Terry Hensley Lewis

    May 02. 2016

    I must watch!

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  41. Elaine Mcpherson

    May 03. 2016

    I am a beginner again. Lol. I used to sew many years ago.

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  42. Brenda Zebrynski

    Jun 23. 2016

    I especially loved the video by Donna Poster. I want to see more of her videos. I appreciate her clear explanations and her attention to precision.

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  43. Sonsiris Oler

    Jun 23. 2016

    The teacher in this video is amazing !!! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us !!!!

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  44. Barbara Mason Benjamin

    Jun 24. 2016

    Very informative

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  45. Sharon Tilley

    Jun 27. 2016

    Cool!

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  46. Indyjones Jones

    Jun 28. 2016

    Don’t know how to put my foot tool on?

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  47. Brenda Kay Jones

    Jun 28. 2016

    Taught us that in home ec in 1976.

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  48. Teresa Vasquez

    Jun 28. 2016

    I am a self taught quilter. But when I have the time I will definitely watch these. I just might learn something.

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  49. Mary Matthews Quehrn

    Jun 28. 2016

    Want to read later.

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  50. Dorothy Hendricks

    Jun 29. 2016

    I never see them suggest washing the fabric first. In Home Economy our teacher said we should.

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  51. Need all the help I can get to sew layers together without them shifting. Hope this helps me.

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  52. Cathy Green

    Jun 29. 2016

    If you are using precuts – for example, jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm squares, fat quarters, you CANNOT prewash, without losing fabric to fraying in the wash. Therefore, my personal rule for prewashing is: If using precuts, I don’t prewash ANY of the fabrics used in that quilt, including backing, binding, blocks, and borders. I like the vintage-y look when quilts are washed after they’re finished. It adds a bit of texture.

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  53. Barbara Maddox Snyder

    Jun 29. 2016

    So quilters say wash so say no. Up to you

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  54. Kathy Fisher

    Jun 30. 2016

    When I clicked it wanted to open some other app. any idea what it is trying to open?

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  55. Chris Landel O'Dea

    Jul 01. 2016

    Here you go Brie, right up your alley

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  56. Lori Backstrom Gabler

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  57. Jan Williams

    Jul 02. 2016

    Save

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  58. Kim Thompson

    Jul 03. 2016

    Manufacturing processes are better now so you normally don’t experience bleeding of the fabric like in the past. I use color catchers, found in the laundry aisle, when I wash my quilt. Any potential dyes that bleed will stick to them and not deposit back on the fabric.

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  59. Susan Voight

    Jul 03. 2016

    I never use a fabric without pre washing. Found some bad bleeders before it ruined my work.

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  60. Reba Thompson

    Jul 04. 2016

    The older fabrics were not ” preshrunk ” so had to be shrunk first or whatever you made to fit would not fit after washing..

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  61. Amen

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  62. Debbie Reynolds-Swann

    Jul 07. 2016

    Debra Guyton

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  63. Jan Farrell Repath

    Jul 09. 2016

    Excellent video…thanks much!!

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  64. Karen Roth

    Jul 09. 2016

    Stephanie this will be interesting for you to learn basics of quilting. Hope you get to see this.

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  65. Rosette Copsey

    Jul 10. 2016

    Sharing so I can watch when needed!

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  66. Elizabeth Johnson

    Jul 11. 2016

    Good

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  67. Anonymous

    Jul 12. 2016

    Julie Vogel

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  68. Terri Goebel

    Jul 12. 2016

    OMG, can’t get the video’s to come up

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  69. Patricia Carter

    Jul 13. 2016

    Like

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  70. Donna Napieracz

    Jul 13. 2016

    Couldn’t get video to work

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  71. Shannon Hoyt

    Jul 14. 2016

    Hilda Hoyt

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  72. Karen Beckley- Carr

    Jul 15. 2016

    Kelli Carr Clemans

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  73. Judy L Simons-Krugman

    Jul 17. 2016

    God

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  74. Judy L Simons-Krugman

    Jul 17. 2016

    Good

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  75. Jane M. Willis

    Jul 18. 2016

    Kate Bishop

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  76. Kate Bishop

    Jul 18. 2016

    Thanks cuz! Saving this

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  77. Debbie Iacovelli

    Jul 18. 2016

    Jennifer Carder

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