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Determine the finished height of your triangles or the finished side of your triangle square (two half-square triangles sewn together to form a square) and add 1/2" to get the needed width of your strips (which will then include 1/4" seam allowances. Use an acrylic ruler to cut strips this wide. To cut triangles so that they are ready to sew together to make squares, place two strips right sides together and cut them at the same time. The fabric from each of the strips will make up one triangle in the square.

 

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When two Recs units are paired, the result is a divided rectangle twice as tall as it is wide. Once again, determine the finished height and add 1/2" for the seam allowance.

For example, for a 4" finished triangle within a square, or for 4" x 2" rectangles, cut 4 1/2" strips and align the bottom of the strips with the 4 1/2" lines for cutting.

Rotate the tool, align the top edge of the tool with the bottom of the strip and the top of the strip with the appropriate line on the tool. Cut as indicated.

 

To make finished points on the top of each wedge, fold the top edges right sides together and using a short stitch length, sew a 1/4" seam. Clip the folded corner at an angle, turn the point and press with the seam centered on the wedge (see illustration at left).

If you have sewn the top seam of the wedges to make a point, join the wedges by starting the stitching 1/4" from the top edge, backstitch to the top edge, then continue stitching the rest of the seam. This will prevent your wedges pulling apart, and the thread ends will be hidden underneath.

If making rounded tops on the wedges, start stitching 1/4" from the top edge to allow for turn-under.

Five wedges make up a Grandmother's Fan or other variation of the fan. When the fan wedges are joined, applique them to a corner of a square, adding the quarter circle last.

Using the Easy Circle Cut™

The Easy Circle Cut™ tool cuts circles and background circles.

To Cut Out a Circle, first cut a strip of fabric that is 1" taller than the desired finished circle. For example: For a 4" finished circle, cut a 5" strip of fabric.

 

Proper tension in your sewing machine is the one thing that can set your quilt apart - making it look like a professional did it versus an amateur did it.

The goal is to have your threads meet in the middle inside the batting. If your bobbin thread is showing on the top of your quilt, you need to loosen your tension which means a lower number.

And if your top thread is showing through on the backside of your quilt that means that you need to tighten the tension. That's going to bring the threads up and that means a higher number.

Every thread is different and every machine is different in the threads that it likes. So you're going to have to experiment and see how your machine works with each kind of thread.

Making a quilt is very much like creating a painting; and generally will benefit from having a frame, or border, or two. As with the quilt itself, your fabric selections will determine the look of your quilt, and are limited only by your imagination.

The easiest borders are simple strips added to the sides of your quilt. Many quilters use the same fabrics that are in their quilt blocks. Other quilters use completely different fabrics.; This adds a design dimension or introduces a new and interesting color.

A simple way to add interest to your border is to add cornerstones. These are squares in each corner that are different from the fabric used in the border. I began to appreciate cornerstones when I ran out of border fabric on a quilt. The cornerstones filled in the missing fabric.

To add a little more complexity and interest, another option is to piece one or more of your borders. This can be done in a number of different ways. One simple way is to sew rectangles together, looking like bars, perpendicular to your quilt.

Testing a sewing machine before you buy will help to ensure that you actually like the machine when you get it home.

When you go in, take the fabrics that you like to work with. Then sit down at the machine and run a straight stitch.

For quilters, straight stitching is probably the most important thing. You want to look for the most precision straight stitch, the most even straight stitch.

Since most quilters like to do free-motion quilting or stippling, you want to know if you can handle that and how well the machine feels.

Quilts and quilt designs are created when the quilt maker combines blocks.

A block is the basic unit of a quilt top. Typically blocks are square. They can be made any size, and frequently a quilt is made using many blocks with the same design. They can be pieced together from smaller pieces (called patches) or could be appliqué. It is also possible that a block could be a solid piece of fabric.

The smaller components of a block are called patches. They can be many different shapes - triangles, rectangles, squares, diamonds, or curves - but the idea is to sew patches together so you end up with a square.

By changing the shapes of the patches within a block (i.e., substituting triangles for squares) and/or changing the placement of the colors of the pieces (i.e., you can create a new design for your quilt, yet the sewing won't change.

You can transform your quilt from a Plain-Jane to an Exciting Quilt with simple design elements in your quilting design. Although books are getting better about this, often a book demonstrating a beautiful quilt top design falls short when it comes to suggesting quilting designs.

Many of the books have small pictures of the whole finished quilt top, leaving you guessing how it was quilted. Others have close up pictures of the quilting design for part of the quilt top, but don't show how that part connects with the rest of the top.

Effective quilting designs don't need to be intricate and detailed to be effective. A quilter might choose a pattern that simply echoes the pieced or appliqué design, outlines an individual design feature, or creates a grid or series of parallel quilting lines.

In deciding how to quilt your quilt, you should first look at some of the overall design elements of the quilt top, and ask some basic questions, like: Are there design features I would like to emphasize? Are there elements I would like to have recede into the background? Are there large, open areas where a quilted design, such as a feathered wreath, could be effective? Does the quilt have movement that I would like to enhance (i.e. are there curves and waves vs. straight seams)? Is there interesting fabric I would like to highlight or create a contrast

Cut fabric strips according to tool measurements. Line up the tool on the edge of your strip as shown and trim edge.

 

 

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