Finish your quilts! (here’s a few resources)


The other day I wanted to send my sister a picture of a quilt that I had been working on, and I accidentally emailed her this picture (above).


Then I realized that I had picked the wrong photo to attach and I quickly wrote another email and sent her the finished quilt picture here. She called me immediately to tell me how awesome the quilt looked – quilted. She sews a lot but hasn’t caught the quilting bug (yet) and it was amazing to her the huge difference that quilting makes in the quilt making  process. Read more about my Starry Eyed quilt going to QuiltCon.



I must admit that I agree with her. The quilting simply brings that quilt top to life.

So… do you have finished quilt tops waiting to be quilted? Let this be the encouragement you need to get them basted and quilted!

If you want to try straight line quilting like I did above check out my 4 ways to do straight line quilting. Using lots of straight line quilting close together is called matchstick quilting. I used it on my Michael Miller MQG Challenge Quilt!

But what about free motion quilting? Try my Free Motion Sampler Quiltalong to learn 14 easy free motion quilting designs.


And then there’s hand quilting. I LOVE hand quilting, although I haven’t had time to do it for a while now. This is a quilt that I hand quilted using pearl cotton and big stitches and I’ll never give it away. It’s a treasure to me. I shared more about that process here. I have hand quilted a baby quilt from a panel too!

After quilting, you’ll need to bind your quilt. See how I bind all my quilts by machine too.



P.S. When I write more articles about how to make a quilt, I’ll put them here:

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  1. Lorna McMahon says:

    What a great post! You are so right… The quilting certainly makes the quilt. And you have provided plenty of inspiration and great links to encourage anyone with a pile of UFO’s to "get ‘er done!" Love the hand quilting you did on the Sunnyside quilt, Caroline!

  2. Your quilts are beautiful I really like the pattern of the first one. I especially love the hand quilting in the second one. Makes me want to give this a try come winter.

  3. Sarah Rosenberg says:

    Charm about You has some great hand quilting tipso n her blog today, too!

  4. Jenny Beck says:

    I love love love the pattern you are using! Did you make it up or can I find it somewhere?

  5. sandhyasudhir says:

    I have been following your blog for some time now and I must say I enjoy reading and trying out your daily free tutorials to sew.
    The star block is very pretty and I hope you come up with a tutorial very soon.
    Thank you.

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