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Beginner Basics

A resource for all beginning quilters. Learn the important basics you need to know to plan, start and finish a quilt.

50 Best Readers´ Tips from McCall´s Quilting star[offsite link]
The 50 best tips sent in by McCall´s Quilting readers.

A Guide for Quilting Fanatics star[offsite link]
Thanks to a student in Mrs Fowlers 4th Grade for this link - here´s a great site with lots of good information about quilting.

Blue and White Quilts star
Blue and White quilts are simply my favorite. I used Google Images to collect these inspirational images.

Buttons for Quilting star
Quilters love buttons. Here's a big list of buttons suppliers for quilting.

Challenge Ideas star
Here's some ideas for Quilt Guild challenges.

Connecting Threads star[offsite link]
Online resource for quilting books, patterns, and more...home of the popular Essential Threads.

Cotton VS Polycotton for Quilting star
Which fabric is best to use - Cotton or polyester cotton? And how can you tell which is which?

Design Wall - How to make your own star
You don't need an expensive custom made design wall. You can make a very simple portable design wall for just about nothing.

Designing With Tracing Paper star[offsite link]
A quilter´s explanation of her technique for transfering designs to fabric

Double Sided Adhesive Batting star
The invention of double sided adhesive batting has revolutionised the way we put the quilt sandwich together.

Entering a Quilt in a Quilt Show star
Entering your quilt in a quilt show is a wonderful experience that I thoroughly recommend. Here's some tips for making it an easy and delightful experience.

Essential Tools for Quilting star
Essential Tools for Quilting - what are the essentials tools to be able to create the quilt you dream of?

Fabric Jams - and how to stop them star
Most sewing machines will "eat up" fabric, and create a jam that is difficult to fix. Here's some tips for avoiding the issue of the "Hungry Sewing Machine"

Gifts for Quilters from around the web star
All about applique and how it is used to make a quilt top

Gifts for Quilters Online star
Here's some great sites that have fantastic quilt gifts for the quilters in your life. And you can purchase online!

Handy Measurements in the Art of Quilt Making star
Some handy measurements for quilt sizes and backing sizes

Homemade Hand Lotion for Quilters star
Quilters hands are their most precious tools, and need to be kept soft and smooth. Here's a converstation about homemade lotions that quilters like to use.

How to Create in a Messy Quilt Space. star
Do you feel like you spend more time "cleaning up" your workspace than creating in your workspace? Here's some tips to create more and tidy less.

Imperial vs Metric Measurements in Quilting star
Here's some common measurements converted from Imperial measurement to Metric measurement.

Joining a Quilt Group star
What are the benefits of joining a quilt group? Is it better to belong to an organisation of like minded people or go it alone?

Making Time to Quilt star
Making time to quilt can be difficult if you are time poor. Here's some handy hints to find time to quilt.

Making your own background fabrics star
Quilts made with an eclectic patched background give a fantastic sense of texture not obtainable from a plain background fabric. Here's how you make it.

Making Your Own Templates star[offsite link]
Learn how to make your own pattern templates.

More Quilt Terms Explained star
Here are some more interesting terms used in quilting and explained in user friendly language

More Quilting Terms Explained star
Here are some more quilting terms explained.

Mother's Day gifts for Quilters star
Mothers who are quilters just love to receive some sort of quilt related gifts. Here's a selection of quilt gifts from the internet.

Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Quilters star
Gift ideas for Quilters are sometimes hard to come across. I've been surfing and have come up with these ideas.

My most important quilting tool star
Tools are an essential part of quilting and we all have our favorites. My favorites are simple, yet vital to my creative input.

Needlework - Finding a Time and Place star
I like to keep my hands busy and often have my needlework with me whereever I go.

Preparing your Quilt for Long Arm Quitling star
There are essential steps that you need to take when preparing your quilt for Long Arm Quilting by a professional. Here's a rundown of those steps.

Quilt & Fabric Challenges for 2012 star
Here's a great selection of fabric and Quilt challenges for 2012, from around the globe.

Quilt Backings - Fabric Calculation star
Calculating how much fabric you will require for your quilt backing can be a bit tricky. Here's some simple instructions to help you get there.

Quilt Bag - How to make a Quilt Bag star
A quilt bag made out of left over backing fabric makes a very nice finish to a quilt and helps to protect it and keep it in good condition, especially whilst in transit.

Quilt Labels - Are they important? star
How important is it to label your quilt. Here's some important information about labelling and some great ideas to help you create great labels.

Quilt Novels star
Quilt Novels are very popular today. There are a great number of series for Quilters to enjoy on their non sewing days.

Quilt Open Day star
A Quilt Open Day is a great way of showcasing your quilt groups quilts, without the cost and angst of holding a full blown Quilt Show.

Quilt Rod Pocket star
Simple easy instructions for making a rod pocket for your quilt.

Quilt Tips star
Here's a list of quilters tips that have been sent in by Bellaonline Quilt website readers. Hope there's something here that helps you.

Quilt Top Prepartion in readiness for Quilting star
Quilt top preparation. The things you need to do to have your quilt top in perfect condition prior to quilting.

Quilters New Year Resolutions star
Quilters the world over make New Year resolutions about their quilting intentions for the year ahead.

Quilters Take A Break star
Quilters need to factor periodic breaks into their creative day, in order to continue creating for a long time to come.

Quilting Terms Explained star
Here's a few quilting terms explained.

Quilting Tips star[offsite link]
Tips for different aspects of quilting.

Quilting Tools - A big investment star
Tools for quilting - absolutely necessary, but an expensive investment. Here's some hints on how you can make your quilting tools last for a long time, in great working condition, making your big investment worthwhile.

Quilting Workshops - A Students Perspective star
We all have expectations when attending quilting workshops. We hope to learn heaps and have an enjoyable experience. How can be ensure that this happens? Both Tutors and Students have expectations. What are they?

QuiltingTools - a big investment star
Tools for quilting - absolutely necessary, but an expensive investment. Here´s some hints on how you can make your quilting tools last for a long time, in great working condition, making your big investment worthwhile.

Round Robin Quilt Projects star
Round Robins are making a comeback with Quilting Guilds. Here's some great eye candy and information if you are tempted to join in.

Setting the Seams star
Here's a simple tailor's tip to help with accuracy when stitching blocks together.

Stretching for Quilters - DVD Review star
A great DVD helping quilters to stretch their way to relieving their stiffness around the shoulders and neck.

Tools and Supplies star
Essential Tools for Quilting - what are the essentials tools to be able to create the quilt you dream of?

Twenty Timely Tips for Quilters star
Here's some helpful tips for quilters, to save your time and get you quilting for longer.

Victoriana Quilt Designs - Borders and Quilt Settings star[offsite link]
Ideas and tips for unique quilt borders.

What happened to that quilt? star
Ever wonder what happens to your quilts that you give to loved ones? Do they get used or just "put away" and possibly not appreciated?

What is a Quillow? star
A quillow is a cross between a quilt and a pillow and is a great comfort to have on hand in the car or in the home.

Workshop Checklist star
Here's a handy checklist to use when preparing for a workshop. Tick and flick your way through all your tool requirements.

Your Quilt Guild - making a contribution star
How can you contribute to your quilt guild to enhance its operation and highten your self esteem with a sense of belonging.

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