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HowStuffWorks Quilting & Knitting Guide  

Learn how to quilt, knit and sew while exploring a variety of new techniques. Also find hundreds of free quilt designs, blocks and patterns to download with instructions included for each.
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Quilting Preparation

Quilting preparation involves many steps, from prewashing fabrics to making quilt templates.

  • Cutting Fabric for Quilting
    Tools like a rotary cutter, self-healing mat, and see-through ruler can help you cut fabric for quilting. Learn what they are and how to use them properly in this helpful article.
  • Making Quilt Templates
    Learn how to take a quilt pattern and create templates that will allow you to turn your vision into reality. You'll find these and other helpful tips only at HowStuffWorks.
  • Making Fabric for Quilting
    Many quilting projects require a template to trace the pattern onto your fabrics. Learn the best way to use these templates and how to mark fabric properly with damaging it in this helpful article.
  • Preparing for Quilting
    Quilting stitches can really affect the look of a quilt, so it's important to take the time to map out your quilting design before you start hand or machine quilting. Learn tips in this article.
  • Prewashing Quilt Fabric
    Before beginning your next quilting project, you should wash your quilt fabrics. Learn tips on prewashing fabric before quilting, including how to wash dark colors and shrinkable fabric like cotton.


Americana quilt blocks give an extra homey note to any quilt pattern. From apple pies to churns, check out these Americana quilt blocks.

  • Apple Cider Quilt Block
    You'll get thirsty working on this cute Apple Cider quilt block. Use it in a kitchen- or country-themed quilting project. Choose your fabrics, download the pattern, and view the online instructions.
  • Apple Pie Quilt Block
    The pie on the Apple Pie quilt block looks like it should make your kitchen smell good. Learn to make this quilt block and download the pattern for it from this article.
  • Cherry Basket Quilt Block
    You'll get hungry working on this Cherry Basket quilt block. Get some snacks and go to this article for a great quilt block and instructions on how to make it.
  • Chimneys and Cornerstones Quilt Block
    Add warmth and character to any quilting project with the Chimneys and Cornerstones quilt block. The traditional design alludes to cozy winter evenings in front of the fireplace. Download the pattern from this article.
  • Churn Dash Quilt Block
    Carry on a quilting tradition by using the pretty Churn Dash quilt block in your quilting project. Go to this article to download the pattern and view online illustrations and instructions.
  • Grandma's Bowls Quilt Block
    Use the Grandma's Bowls quilt block in any quilting project related to kitchen or country. Choose fun fabrics, and then go to this article to download the pattern and view online illustrations and instructions.
  • Home Sweet Home Quilt Block
    Include the Home Sweet Home quilt block in your project to add a cozy, sentimental element. You can make this quilt block by downloading the pattern and easy-to-follow instructions from this article.
  • Honey Pot Quilt Block
    Our rustic Honey Pot quilt block will draw compliments, just like honey draws bees. Choose your fabrics, and then go to this article to download the pattern and view online illustrations and instructions.
  • Hourglass Quilt Block
    Enjoy this highly geometrical Hourglass quilt block with its striking pattern of triangles and squares. Download the pattern and make use of the photos and instructions to make this beautiful quilt block.
  • Rooster Quilt Block
    Be ready for crows of delight in response to your quilting project when you use our Rooster quilt block, showing a proud, puffed-up rooster. Download the quilt block pattern and instructions from this article.
  • Teapot Quilt Block
    This fun Teapot quilt block will add a touch of domestic bliss to your quilting project. Download the pattern and view photos, illustrations, and easy step-by-step instructions in this article.
  • Twelve Triangles Quilt Block
    The Twelve Triangles quilt block is worth every minute you spend on it. The triangles add up to a great addition to any quilting project. Download the pattern from this article.
  • Watermelon Quilt Block
    Add a year-round summer touch to your quilting project with the attractive Watermelon quilt block. You can make this quilt block by downloading the pattern and easy-to-follow instructions from this article.

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