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Printing Templates Using Your Home Printer

Save time by printing templates directly onto template plastic using your home printer.

Working With Border Prints

Border Print Place Mat & Table Runner
Just six pieces and one fabric are all it takes to make this gorgeous project. Suitable for quilters of all levels.
An Introduction to Border Prints

Jinny introduces you to some of the secrets of her border print fabrics that make them ideal for quilters.

Magical Effects with Border Print Fabrics

Learn how to add some magic to your quilt blocks by incorporating patches of border print fabric.

Framing a Quilt with Border Print Fabric
Learn Jinny's easy, no-math method for framing a quilt with border print fabric.

Sewing Tips

Printing Templates Using Your Home Printer
Save time by printing templates directly onto template plastic using your home printer.
Blocking: "Encouraging" Your Blocks into Shape
A steam iron can be your friend in getting your quilt blocks to size.
Using Your Apliquick Tools
See how simple it is to use the Apliquick tools with our step-by-step instructions.
Sewing Inset or Y-Seams

Y-seams scare off many quilters.  But if you can start and stop sewing on a dot, you can make a perfect set-in seam.  Here's how.

Design & Color

Drafting Quilt Blocks
Drafting just about any patchwork design with just two “old school” tools—a ruler longer than your grid, and a ruler or triangle with a 90-degree angle. Check out Jinny's no-math method -- you’ll be amazed!
Fussy Cutting Border Prints for Hexagons

Fussy cutting hexagons can lead to some amazing special effects. Jinny shows you all the fun you can have cutting your hexies from border print fabric.

Color's Impact on Design (Stony Creek)

See how much color placement can affect the look of a quilt block or overall quilt design with twelve variations on the theme.

Computers and Color

A photograph or computer image can be a wonderful color inspiration for our quilts. Learn how Jinny uses her computer to help her build a color "palette".

Hand Piecing

Hand Piecing and Even Stitches
Jinny is often asked how to achieve even stitches when hand piecing.  Her response:  it's all about the tension.
Joining Four Points

Looking to have your seams align perfectly in a four-patch or similar block. This tip is for you.

Joining Six Points

When sewing six points together, sew the first three pieces and then the second three, and finally one straight seam will join the two halves together.

Joining Eight Points

When joining eight points, sew the first four pieces together and then the second four, and finally one straight seam will join the two halves. See how Jinny gets those seams lined up in this tip.

Quilting

Hand Quilting Tips

Here are some tips on thread, needles and the hand quilting stitch that can improve your success in hand quilting.

Spoon Quilting
Jinny swears by an unusual tool to help her make her incredibly small and even quilting stitches -- it's a spoon!

Video Tips

Soft-Edge Piecing

What happens when you let a fabric's design motifs override the boundaries of a patchwork shape?  Jinny calls the technique soft-edge piecing and it makes for some really goregous blocks.

Choosing Quilt Colors with the Portable Palette

Jinny's Portable Palette is an indispensible tool for choosing colors for your quilts. Watch the video to see Jinny put it through its paces.

Spoon Quilting
Jinny swears by an unusual tool to help her make her incredibly small and even quilting stitches -- it's a spoon!
Sewing Inset or Y-Seams

Y-seams scare off many quilters.  But if you can start and stop sewing on a dot, you can make a perfect set-in seam.  Here's how.

The Importance of Fabric Grain When Cutting Patches

To give yourself the best chance for blocks that lie flat and smooth, consider the fabric grainline when positioning your patches for cutting. Jinny gives you some tips!

Adding Binding to Quilted Projects

We've gathered together some of our favorite techiques for binding quilted projects with downloadable informationa and some great videos, too.

Using Jinny's Perfect Cut 60° Ruler

Make quick work of cutting, trimming and marking 60° diamonds and triangles.

Border Print Place Mat & Table Runner
Just six pieces and one fabric are all it takes to make this gorgeous project. Suitable for quilters of all levels.
An Introduction to Border Prints

Jinny introduces you to some of the secrets of her border print fabrics that make them ideal for quilters.

Magical Effects with Border Print Fabrics

Learn how to add some magic to your quilt blocks by incorporating patches of border print fabric.

Framing a Quilt with Border Print Fabric
Learn Jinny's easy, no-math method for framing a quilt with border print fabric.