# 23 secrets for stress-free quilting

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How to Quilt: Scrap Quilts How to Quilt>Scrap Quilts Bonnie Hunter is a quilter who specializes in scrap quilts using fabric from thrift shops or donations from friends' closets. Recently she visited with us for our Eavesdrop on a Telephone Conversation, and the specific topic was how to choose the garments at a thrift shop that will make great fabric for a quilt. Here is a sampling of her answers: Penny: How do you know whether a particular garment would make a good fabric for a quilt? Bonnie: I look for garments the same way I look for fabric. If it says 100% cotton, then that’s the first thing I’ll look for. The next thing I check is how the fabric feels in my hand. I look for the same kinds of things when I look for articles of clothing to cut up for fabric. Penny: You don’t use polyester? Bonnie: No, I don’t. Men’s shirts, so far, have not incorporated spandex. Penny: How do you estimate how much fabric you’ll be able to get from a particular garment? Bonnie: The size of the garment will give you an idea.

How to resize quilt blocks: easy (promise!) quilt math I’ve always had trouble with numbers. I stand in awe of those of you who can manipulate them with skill and finesse. I break into a sweat if I need to figure out what numbers to punch into the copy machine in order to enlarge a 12″ appliqué pattern into 15″. Are you with me here? Do you have a math phobia too? If you don’t and number among the math adept, please feel free to smirk and feel superior. Quilting has a way of sneaking past phobias. “Ya start with whatcha want, and ya divide it by whatcha got.” Imagine a darling little appliqué that’s just perfect for your wall, but the 12″ block is too large. Begin with your goal—it’s the reason you have to deal with quilt math in the first place. The copy machine wants a percentage, so move that pesky decimal point to the right by two spots, and then you’re done. Let’s work it the other way and make it a little more complex. One way to check that you did the math correctly is to remember the following.