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A string quilt block tutorial – paper pieced method

A string quilt block tutorial – paper pieced method
I’m so blown away by all the wonderful comments on my string quilt, now aptly named ‘Kaleidoscope’ (many thanks to Kerri who was the first to suggest it, followed by 9 others of you who had the same thought!) I think it’s just perfect. And now, a quick tutorial – I had a few requests for a tutorial on making this type of quilt, so I figured I’d oblige (it’s the least I can do, right?). To start, you’ll want to decide on the size of your blocks. Cut squares of your desired size from the copy paper and set aside. Decide on your fabrics and cut strips of a variety of widths. I wanted to have a small strip of white separate the squares in my quilt, so I cut 1″ strips of a solid white fabric. Next we’ll temporarily attach the white strips to the paper squares. Now you can start sewing on your fabric strips! (please ignore my wrinkly fabric! Align the edges and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Sew along this edge (right through the paper), then iron open with a dry iron. Related:  Tutorialspatterns and projectsSewing

Binding Tutorial I receive many queries regarding quilt binding, specifically machine stitching the binding, and would like to clarify a few technical, but not difficult, binding matters. I almost always make continuous cross-grain binding, There are several very informative tutorials available online which are clear and easy to follow. I particularly like the instructions given by Amanda from Crazy Mom Quilts in her quilt binding tutorial which can be found here. I do have a few of my own tips, things that work well for me: To determine the length of continuous binding needed I measure the quilt top and side, multiply by two, and add at least 25 inches. I cut my binding strips 2.25 inches wide, quite narrow as I prefer the look of a narrow binding. I join the binding strips with a diagonal seam as follows: Joining binding strips end to end . By piecing strips together with a diagonal seam you avoid having too much bulk in the one spot along your binding. I join the ends together with a diagonal seam:

Longarm Quilting: Tips for Choosing & Creating A Quilt Design Picking the design you want when creating a quilt is not always simple. In this longarm series, we’ve learned how to prepare a quilt for longarm quilting and a glimpse behind the scene at how a quilt is loaded onto a longarm. Today, I’m going to simplify the process of both choosing and creating a quilt design perfect for your quilt top. Consider these questions to help you decide. There are a few simple questions to ask yourself before deciding on a quilting pattern or design for your quilt top. 1. Pantograph quilts High school and college graduation is right around the corner and longarmers are busy quilting your gifts of love. When choosing the right pantograph for your quilt top, take design hints from your fabric. Photo via Lisa Calle This raindrop pantograph by Lisa Calle would be perfect on a quilt with umbrellas! Pantographs can also be chosen to add texture to your quilt. Get the Lattice Stars Quilt Pattern here. Custom quilts Thread choice for custom quilting is important.

Fabric Storage Box – Free Tutorial | PatternPile.com by Tina Craig + MIssouri Star Quilts I hope you enjoy this little fabric box tutorial. I thought it would be something we could make for teachers to put on their desks or for daycare, etc. A million uses come to mind which makes this tutorial and sewing project incredibly useful – practical. This handy storage box is simple enough to sew up in about an hour, which makes it perfect for a last minute hostess gift too. Beginner Free Motion Quilting (Machine Quilting) by MissouriQuiltCo Bagmaking Techniques: Completed Bags @ Sew-Whats-New.com: Find more inspiring sewing photos like this on sew-whats-new.com I Dance in Circles Making this quilt felt a little bit like dancing. It is full of color and movement, and just the right touch of sexy. But don't be scared of all those curves; I assure you -- not a single pin or template was used in their construction. In case you don't remember me, I'm Tracey; I blog at traceyjay quilts. 1 Fandango Layer Cake 4 yards backing 1/2 yard binding At least four - 5/8 yd. pieces of coordinating Basic Grey Grunge solids Featured: Grunge Basics Poplin 30150 20 Grunge Basics White 30150 58 Grunge Basics Sateen 30150 18 Grunge Basics Sweetie 30150 72 Grunge Winter Mint 30150 85 Grunge Basics Chiffon 30150 15 Grunge Basics Rum Raisin 30150 13 Grunge Basics Blue 30150 60 (You need at least twenty-eight 10" squares - you can get four squares from one 10" x WOF strip) Though not necessary, an 8 1/2 inch square ruler comes in handy for this quilt. Cutting: Cut at least seven 10" x WOF strips from your Grunge solids. Sew your first seam together on all three pieces of your set.

Baby Lattice Quilt Hi, I’m Amy Smart and I like to share my quilting adventures at my blog Diary of a Quilter. I’m excited to share a tutorial for a sweet little baby quilt using a couple of Charm Packs and a contrasting sashing fabric. 2 Charm Packs (or 1 Charm Pack + a Fat Quarter) 1 yard sashing fabric (corrected) 1½ yards backing fabric 3/8 yard binding Collect (50) 5″ squares from either 2 Charm Packs or a Charm Pack + (8) 5″ squares from a coordinating Fat Quarter or two. From Binding Fabric cut: (4) 2 ½” x wof (width of fabric) fabric strips (or 180″ of continuous bias binding) From Sashing Fabric cut: (2) 5″ x wof (width of fabric) strips (1) 7 ½” x wof strip (10) 1 ½” x wof strips From one of the 5″ x wof strips, cut (2) 4 1/8” squares. From remaining 5″ strips cut (40) 1½” x 5″ pieces Subcut 7½” strip into (5) 7½”squares. Assembly Start assembling rows diagonally with a side-setting triangle at the beginning and end of each row. Rows 2-9 will have a 5″ x 1½” sashing strip between the squares.

Block Patterns Articles 1 - 10 of 204 << Prev 1 | | | 8 of Our Favorite Quilt Block Patterns + 20 Top Patterns There are endless numbers of quilt block designs you can use in your quilt patterns, but sometimes it can be hard to find the real winners. "Patterns for Quilting: 8 Free Quilt Block Patterns to Make a Quilt for Your Home" eBook Every quilt has a foundation, the quilt block, which helps structure the quilt from the very beginning. Giant Dresden Plate Block Break free from the standard square quilt pattern with the Giant Dresden Plate Block. Orange Windows Quilt Block The Orange Windows Quilt Block looks similar to more complicated quilt block patterns with curved piecing, but it's actually a much easier applique block. Disappearing 16 Patch Block You've heard of a disappearing 9 patch quilt, but have you seen a Disappearing 16 Patch Block? Bejeweled Quilt Block Pattern Herringbone String Block Make a classy and quick quilt block with this pattern for a Herringbone String Block.

Summer runner I finally dusted off my sewing machine and made this summery table runner for a gift using a charm pack and a half yard of white fabric. The fabric is Treasures and Tidbits. To make this quick runner cut 160 squares 1.75" x 1.75", and pick out 40 – 5" squares or use a charm pack. Make a snowball block by sewing a white square in each corner of the 5" square. Then sew them together 4 blocks in a row & 10 rows. I got A LOT of questions about keeping my lines straight when I do straight line quilting. Scrappy Pineapple Block and Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern Last week and the weekend in stitches. After working on the very modern Floating Squares quilt last week my new project could not be any more traditional. The Pineapple Quilt Block dates back to the 1930's and the possible design variations - in size, repeat, and color placement - are endless. The making of this quilt is inspired by Connie's Teeny Tiny Pineapple Project as featured on Bonnie Hunter's blog, simply because I admire the commitment and determination it takes to piece miniature blocks. My blocks however are not so teeny tiny! My Scrappy Pineapple Blocks are 7 inches x 7 inches finished and I have chosen to foundation paper piece for accuracy. and then my EQ7 version of the quilt layout: And so the paper piecing began. I have made the foundation paper piecing pattern for this block available as a PDF file - ready to download - from my Craftsy Pattern Store. Print only page 1 of the pdf file to print multiple copies of the foundation pattern.

1.414: every quilter’s magic number Numbers. I confess a love/hate relationship with them. They are so unyielding; so absolute. The mathematic principles that decree my checkbook should balance refuse to yield to my creative genius. That’s because 1.414 is the number they never told me about in that long-ago and best-forgotten geometry class. Say what? You are a quilter. I find the 1.414 magic number really empowering. Multiply the diagonal measurement of a block by the number of blocks set point to point to calculate the width and length of the quilt center. You can also use the magic of 1.414 to find out how to calculate setting triangles for your on-point blocks. For this example, let’s pretend we have 12″ finished blocks. You may have already figured out the side-setting triangles. When I first learned about this magic number I didn’t believe it really worked. Robin Strobel is the author of The Casual Quilter and Quilter’s Bounty.

A Sewing Journal - A Sewing Journal - Quick Baby Shower Quilt How-To Have you ever decided you were going to make a little quilt for a baby shower of a friend or family member? Maybe even told someone you were going to? And then, oh my goodness, the shower is in two weeks! Eeek! Of course that has never happened to you, but just in case it does someday, here's a little tutorial on how to make a quick little quilt. Probably wouldn't even take you two weeks, maybe a weekend at most. The secret to making this quilt quick is it uses all of the following techniques which speed up the process: A small color scheme, rows (rather than blocks), flip-and-sew quilt-as-you-go technique, the pillowcase-method of binding and quilting with wavy lines (no accuracy needed). I'm not giving measurements in this tutorial, more of a how-to. Tips for choosing your fabric: When making a quick quilt, you will want to stick with a small color scheme, 3-5 colors. Cut one strip of each of the fabrics you are auditioning for the quilt. A few flip-and-sew tips:

Quilted Chevron Pin Cushion Hi! I'm Maureen, I blog at Maureen Cracknell Handmade and am a proud member of the Riley Blake Design Team! Today I'm sharing a tutorial for a Quilted Chevron Pin Cushion using very simple instructions and Riley Blake's new Chevron fabric collection. Now let's get started!! What you'll need : : 1 - piece of yellow chevron fabric measuring 4" x 4"1 - piece of gray chevron fabric measuring 4" x 5"1 - piece of black chevron fabric measuring 4.5" x 9" for the bottom1 - piece of scrap batting measuring 6" x 10"1 - piece of black twill tape measuring at least 5"1 - Riley Blake buttonEco-friendly Fiberfill Pillow Stuffing or Polyfillcoordinating threadSewing pins and basting pinsSharp scissors and/or a rotary cutter/mat set Sewing and quilting the Pin Cushion : : 1. 5. 9. 10. 14. Voila!

5 Circle Quilt Patterns to Try Whether you choose appliqué or pieced circles for your quilting projects, you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment after quilting circles! Inevitably, your non-quilting friends will ask, “How did you do that?” Raw-edge appliquéd quilt: One of the simplest forms of circle quilts is a raw-edge appliqué design, which washes up with a softly frayed edge. Once each bulls-eye pattern is raw-edge appliquéd to the base fabric, each block is cut into quadrants and reassembled. Repurposed baby’s mini quilt: If you’ve fallen in love with the ease of raw-edge appliqué, you might like this Circle Appliqué Baby’s Mini Quilt from Stephanie at Eden & Eliot. Appliquéd dot quilt: The Circle Quilt by Holly at Bijou Lovely is an appliqué quilt pattern that calls for a circle cutting template to make perfect colored dots. Though this quilt requires a lot of steps, the project is relatively easy to make with Holly’s detailed tutorial. Curvy pinwheels quilt:

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