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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Partial Seams, Tutorials, Twirling Fans, Twirling Fans QAL

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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paper foundation piecing a mariners compass quilt block
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"No Nipples", Paper Piecing

No More Nipples! a tutorial

This post is dedicated to showing my technique for preventing those pesky Nipples and keeping points sharp where lots of seams come together. I am using my December compass block to demonstrate. My monthly compass blocks are all paper foundation pieced and have lots of points that come together in the center. This technique works just as well for non-foundation pieced blocks where you have to intersect many seams and want to keep your points sharp and not have a hard lump where they meet. Piece the components of your block as usual. In the case of this compass block, it...

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