Freebies and Tips

Magic Strip Binding


This technique was featured as the Easy Lesson in Quilters Newsletter Magazine, Dec/Jan 2010. Other machine binding methods look similar, but this one always looks good on the back too! And it's done completely by machine.


These samples use contrasting fabrics for the binding and Magic Strip, but I would recommend using the same fabric for both on your first few projects. Once you’re comfortable with the process and happy with the look, try contrasting fabrics for an extra design element. Download directions below.

Download Magic Strip Binding Instructions

Magic Strip Binding Directions (pdf)


Fast Finish Triangles


These triangles provide a way to hang a small wallhanging from a single nail. And, it's done completely by machine. Add optional extra triangles at the bottom to weight piece with another dowel.

This was a recommended hanging method for quilts donated to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.


The back of this little quilt (to the right) appeared in an article about hanging methods, in the November 2006 issue of Quilter’s Newsletter magazine! You can see the front on my Wall page.

Wall Hangings

Download Fast Finish Instructions

Fast Finish (pdf)


Grim Ripper — 2013

I created this tiny quilt as a donation to the WV Quilt Festival Little Quilt Auction.

Fons and Porter offered this as a free pattern on their website. They shared it as a Halloween design, but I think it's an all year theme for quilters!

Or download my free pattern below.

Download Grim Ripper Free Pattern

Grim Ripper Terry Chilko (pdf)


These nametags are foundation pieced. Names are hand embroidered.

The basket block can be filled with flowers, fruit, puppies - whatever! Look thru your novelty fabrics for something fun. You could also make one for each season.

The pineapple block is a great way to save a sliver of some of your favorite fabrics before they're all gone. Mine includes bits from fabrics designed by my buddies Mary Lou Weidman and Ami Simms.

Download Nametag Directions

Nametags foundation patterns (pdf)


Hanging Sleeve with Optional Center Hole


I’m on a mission to teach every quilter I can how to make a great hanging sleeve! If you follow the directions in my handout, your quilts will hang flatter and those hanging your quilt for a show will be grateful. The Optional Bound Buttonhole will allow for hanging small quilts on one nail. It can also help support a large quilt hung from a curtain rod with a center support.

Download Hanging Sleeve Directions

HangingSleeve (pdf)