Twirling fans quilt pattern by Sharon McConnell, modern tradition fan quilt
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Twirling Fans, the pattern is here!

The Twirling Fans pattern has arrived in my website shop and Craftsy shop! I have created a page on this blog to accompany this pattern, including links to tutorials on the piecing and appliqué of the fans as well as options for piecing the half-square triangle border and the optional scrappy border. I love how the photo above captures the spectacular quilting, done by Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful. The pattern includes instructions and fabric requirements to make the twin size like mine as well as a four-block crib quilt. Full size templates are included, too. It is a great way...

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how to sew a pieced border on quilt
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Making a Pieced Border

This is it! the final tutorial in making the Twirling Fans Quilt. I hope you all have enjoyed the entries (and Maybe, just Maybe, someone has sewn something with the tutorials....). Even if you don't make this quilt, there have been some tutorials along that way that you may find useful for other projects, including, partial seams (adding the center square so the fans "twirl" around it) cutting and sewing borders that lay flat machine applique with a turned (finished) edge This is our last step: sewing the optional outer pieced "scrappy" border for the quilt. This pieced border would replace the solid...

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half square triangles on a quilt, how to sew triangles, border on quilt
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Borders: 1/2 square triangles!

If you have been following along as I show how to make the fan quilt (above), below are instructions for piecing the half-square triangle border. I love HST borders! I will show you some different ways of piecing the triangles. You can choose the option that works best for you and your quilt. The method you choose depends on the look you want. for the border above, which includes half square triangles of all the same fabrics (orange and white), the best method is using pre-printed triangle paper (thangles, etc). Instructions below... for the border above, which consists of scraps of many different...

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Fan Quiltalong Part 4: partial seams, blocks, quilt center

Welcome to part four of the series on making a "twirling fans" quilt. if you are just joining us, click here to see the previous steps. Please sew along!! This is a tutorial on using partial seams to set in the square at the center of this block. If you have not already done so, cut the center squares from your chosen fabric (mine is the light gray circle print). In the last step, you should have sewn your fan units to the white background fabric rectangles. 1. place the center square right sides together with the first fan unit. The square should be...

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Twirling Fan Quilt Along: Part 3

This is the third installment of the tutorial for creating the "twirling fan" quilt. If you are just tuning in, click here to see the first two steps. I hope you join me! At this point you have made the fan units. 1. Lay the pieced fan unit so that the straight edges line up with the edges of the background. Below is one option for setting the fans: four fans in the corners of a square block. 2. Apply the center arc unit (see  below) so that the straight edges line up with the corner of the white fabric and the curved...

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Fan Quilt Along Pattern, part 2

If you are just tuning in, the first segment of this tutorial is published here. At the end of the first step, you should have fans like the units shown above. Today we will add the center arc shape to complete the fan units. cut arc pieces (gray floral) 1. use the arc template that you created during preparation for sewing to cut out the fabrics for the arc pieces. Remember that the template DOES NOT include seam allowance on the curved edge. Add 3/8" to that edge when you cut out your fabric. 2. on your ironing board, lay the arc fabric...

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Twirling Fans by Color Girl Designs
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Fan Quilt Pattern: part 1

Welcome to the tutorial series on the Twirling Fan Quilt by Color Girl. These are the instructions for making these fans: supplies needed: basic quilting tools: sewing machine, iron, rotary cutter and mat, rulers, thread For this step, we will make the components of the fans. First, you will need to make templates. print the templates from the pattern on heavy card stock and cut out. I recommend reading all the instructions and then cut a few pieces, make one fan and then go from there rather  than cutting all fabric at the beginning. Sewing!! Here we go. Piece with right sides of fabric together with...

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