how to make a modern sampler quilt
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Free Quilt Patterns, Summer Quilt Blockbuster 2013

Summer Blockbuster: fabric and cutting

Welcome to the first step of our Summer Blockbuster! For this sew along, I am going to publish the pattern and steps to set some of your orphan blocks into a finished quilt. See the intro post Here. For my version, I am busting some star blocks I made a while ago and then put away. Mine will also be a Stashbuster...I gathered all my sashing fabrics from my stash, wahoo! The pattern is for setting your blocks like the inspiration quilt below... You can make your quilt with any sampler, bee or other orphan blocks of any size. You need a quantity...

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Free Quilt Patterns, Summer Quilt Blockbuster 2013

Summer Blockbuster!

Here is your chance to have the fun of starting a new project and make yourself feel righteous for finishing a work in progress...all in one! Do you have a group of sampler blocks, block of the month project or Bee Blocks languishing on your W.I.P. list? This would also be great for a group of applique blocks that need a setting, or a beautiful large-scale print you want to display but not chop up... just cut it into squares! Starting this week I am going to publish periodic posts with the pattern and instructions to turn your blocks into a...

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how to sew a pieced border on quilt
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Borders, Twirling Fans, Twirling Fans QAL

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, Piecing Half-Square Trangles, Twirling Fans, Twirling Fans QAL

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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Twirling Fans by Color Girl Designs
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Borders, Twirling Fans QAL

Quilt-Along: Adding Borders

Here is post #5 on the Fan Quilt-along. If you just tuned in, look here for the first steps. We are nearing the end and I just want to say a bit about borders. Adjust measurements below to match your quilt top if you used a different setting for your blocks. A simple border option, and what I will show in this post is adding solid fabric inner and outer borders. Experienced quilters know this technique, but if you are new to quilting, this is an essential bit of knowledge to pick up: how to add borders that lay flat. Tutorial for making...

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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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Twirling Fans, Twirling Fans QAL

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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