The next skill builder is…

We’ll be posting the next entry in the skill builder series on Sunday. Again, both Jeanne and I will post on the same topic – this time we’ll talk about fabric choices. If there’s anything in particular you’d like us to address, let us know. Also, be sure to comment in the posts if you have any suggestions to add.

I think the third post in the series will be about accuracy – also known as “that darned 1/4″ seam!”

Also, I’ll be compiling the results of the survey this weekend, so if you haven’t completed it yet, please take a couple of minutes to fill it out.



  1. can you provide a link to Jeanne’s blog… I do not know who she is

    I have used THANGLES for my hst before and I love them for my intricate quilts… but for down and dirty kid quilts I use the pinwheel method I found on the internet where you sew around your outside edge then cut on the diagonal.

    I loved this videocast showing why you want to sew accurately


    Happy quilting,
    Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams
    Pod cast about quilting, life, rants and raves

    • Nonnie, thank you for pointing out the missed link to Jeanne’s blog. I was in a hurry last night when I wrote this post and skipped right over it. The link is there now. Great video, by the way! It provides a clear, visual explanation.

  2. Thank you so much for providing these skill builder tutorials. This is just the kind of substance I long for in a quilting blog. I am a newer quilter, but don’t live in an area where I can get to a quilt shop for classes. I don’t know anyone else who quilts where I live, so I rely on books and tutorials from the web. Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking on this task that so many of us are searching for to improve our skill level. Would you please consider explaining squaring up large sections of material when you get a chance or if it fits into your schedule of tutorials? I get it and do a pretty good job with fat quarters and even half yards….after that…trouble! Have a nice day!

  3. Hi. I am new here after a couple of the blogs I follow bought up the very controversial “dumping down of quilting” topic and I googled to see what all the fuss is about…
    I really applaud you for taking the time to run this series! I’m not sure that I quite agree with your original terminology but I still applaud you because
    1) from experience I know that tutorials are extremely time consuming, so I appreciate the time that you are putting in!!
    2) because honestly your posts about dumbing down did have a pretty disparaging title and were in some places a little presumptuous and disrespectful of beginner quilters (in my opinion). I “get” what you were trying to say as in to not limit ourselves and try new things, and it is a belief that I also completely agree with. But I just feel like you could have said it in a way that was a little less derogatory to other peoples work and in a way that did not suggest that there is a “right” and a “wrong” way to quilt. I am one of those 20 something newbie “modern” quilters, with 2 small children, a business, and limited time and am just about to celebrate my first year in quilting in which time I’ve tried all number of sized and styled quilts. But despite this I continue to choose to come back to the more simplistic to look at quilts. I was taught the basics by a much more traditional quilter and it took me a long while to learn that there were any other ways to do it. Which is why I know that I like what I like because I LIKE it, not because as you in some places suggest that that is all I’m limited to… I think it could benefit you to accept that everybody simply has different taste and fussy blocks with lots of technique and detail aren’t to everyone’s taste or desire to make. Does that mean that they’re not capable of making them- no. Does that make them any less valid as a quilter- no.
    but in saying all that I still really respect you for starting to run these classes… because it is one thing to have a big rant on ones blog, start a big controversial “discussion” and leave it at that, but quite another to do something constructive and practical about the “problem”.
    So thank you for being refreshing and not just moaning and leaving it at that! Because I for one am always up for learning something new!

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