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Best Patchwork and Quilting Tips from Jan T

Updated on March 8, 2016
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Quilter, author, tutor, columnist, Jan T Urquhart Baillie has been enthusing others with her passion for quilting for more than 30 years.

Always wanted to make a quilt, but don't know where to start?

I know lots about patchwork and quilting that I'd love to share with you.

Do you want to make better quilts?

Have you got some patchwork/quilting tasks that you need help with?

Let me help you. I'm Jan T (Urquhart) Baillie. I've been teaching and writing about how to make quilts for over thirty years.

Ask me for advice, see the answers to what other quilters wanted to know...

If I don't know the answer (shock! horror!), I'll find out — if I can.

Enjoy your visit, and come back often.

How hard is it to make a patchwork quilt?

Not at all hard when you have the right advice!

On this hub, I have links to my many hubs about quilting and patchwork. Click on the links to read the hubs, and pop back when you want to see some more.

There are hubs about machine quilting, free machining your quilts, quilt design, getting photos onto fabric to include in your quilts, setting up your workspace, crazy patchwork, Electric Quilt software, galleries of quilts by Jan T Urquhart Baillie (me), patchwork tools, inspiration, creativity.

Funny stories about what not to do. Heart-warming stories about the community of quilting.

So much to read about and enjoy.

Video on curved seam triangle squares - for jenni

© 2009 Jan T Urquhart Baillie

Ask Jan T a question - about patchwork, machine or hand quilting, or Electric Quilt

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      6 years ago

      hi jan t i am looking to buy a quilt for a dear friend of mine, a very gentle soul who assosciates with and loves butterflies specifically the dunk island or ulysses butterfly (the very large blue one) i dont know if you make to order but would really love a queen size quilt for her, it would just make her day special. cheers for any help you can offer


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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      7 years ago from Australia

      @jenniek: Hi jenni

      The video is above. Have fun!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      7 years ago from Australia

      @fdensmore: Hi

      If you unpick and carefully wash and press the ties, before you cut them, you could iron onto the reverse side a VERY lightweight stabiliser, or a very fine knit interfacing. Some stabilisers can be washed out.

      You can experiment with some of the smaller tie pieces to see which method suits you best. This will help the fabric to stay stable while you work.

      Come back and tell us how you get on, please. Good luck!

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      7 years ago

      I'm getting ready to make a patchwork quilt from my late grandfather's ties(he collected hundreds over the years). wondering what tips you could give me on how to assemble the pieces. I think i am going to un-stitch them and cut out squares of varying sizes. this will be my first quilt so im going to read your begginers guide obviously.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      8 years ago from Australia

      @jenniek: Hi JennieK

      The easiest way to cut triangles with curved sides, and then rejoin them is to STACK the squares, not cut them singly.

      I will write a tutorial as soon as I can and post it to this lens for you.

      Thanks for the great question!

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      8 years ago

      if wanted to create a quilt made of squares cut diagonally, but instead of a straight cut through the diagonal middle, I wanted to make a wave -- with two curves - should the squares be cut on the bias, with the curves on the straight of the grain or should the squares be cut on the straight of the grain with the curves (waves) be on the bias? And do you have any tips for sewing the curve to curve part? I would REALLY appreciate your answer.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to Pastiche] You write such delightful comments, Pastiche! Thanks

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      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      I just adore quilts. I only do a bit, but my Mom is a fabulous quilter (I've emailed this lens to her). Super lens, another in your fine library of Squidoo goodies, Jan.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      9 years ago

      I love to quilt. I'm currently working on a baby quilt for my nephew's new baby. She was born two weeks ago.

      Thanks for sharing



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