Satin Stitching

June 6, 2010

I’ve just returned from a very enjoyable weekend teaching at the first annual Sewing and Quilting Expo held at UW-Platteville. There was a nice variety of presenters, great vendors and entertaining evening programs. Next year’s event will be held June 10th & 11th and I highly recommend it! I wish I could post a picture of some of the fun, but alas, I forgot my camera :-(.

Snuggle & Learn Quilts for Kids and Replique Quilts

It’s time for my next “topic of the week” and, since I just did a Saturday lecture on Repliqué and it’s fresh in my mind – satin stitching seemed like a good choice. This machine stitch is made by increasing the stitch width and decreasing the stitch length. It can be used as a design element or to cover the raw edge of an appliqué. Of all the ways to appliqué, this is my favorite. So much so that I’ve written 2 books on the subject!

Do you like to do satin stitch  appliqué? What do you like/dislike about it? Are there questions you have on how to improve your technique? Do you have a tip to share?

I’d love to hear from you. I look forward to any comments and will address them as well as some of the questions I hear most often from students in my Thursday post!

PS Yesterday my son, Brad, graduated from Madison Media Institute with a degree in audio engineering. It was a proud moment. If you happen to know of any job leads in the area of sound production or recording, please let me know :-).


  1. This is a fun site. I’m sure I’ll learn some good tips. Congratulations to the grad! And good luck job hunting. ML

  2. I had so much fun reading your web page. How much fun. It made me stat thinking about my book collection… I need to make it more usable.
    Congrats to your son, (very hansome too)

    • Hi Pat, Glad you’re enjoying the blog. I’m learning a lot :-).

  3. Well, I guess I should comment on how I hang quilts. I have a “picture rail” in all the rooms in my house (except the kitchen)…this is not picture molding as in framing a picture….but a molding attached to the wall that has a rounded top (mine is 12″ from the ceiling) and from this you can hang pictures, etc…..if you don’t have such a molding, TWO small nails on the wall near the ceiling work too (they are spaced the width of the quilt….I make a rod pocket at least 4″ wide and use the front part of a 3″ continental curtain rod as the rod to place in the pocket (it will not warp and holds the quilt flat to the wall…and it is adjustable in length)…to the holes in the rod I attach 25# test nylon fishing line….in a large loop so that the quilt is the height from the ceiling that I want. If you imagine this as a picture being hung with an extra long picture wire (that shows) you will get the idea. Loop the fishing line over the TWO ceiling nails and you are set
    Advantages:, no holes in the wall that you need to cover: the fishing line does not show, so the quilt appears to float: the nail next to the ceiling are basically invisible: the fact that there are two nail means that the quilt can be adjusted to hang straight and horizonal and will not move…………..claire

    • Great technique! Thanks for sharing. Chris

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