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Hand Piecing, Midnight at the Oasis QAL

Hand Piecing Tutorial: homage to our quilting roots

I know a lot of people don't make quilts by hand anymore, but there some projects that can be done easier that way: set in seams, small pieces, triangles, or if you want something portable while waiting in the carline at the end of the school day or during soccer practice. I mentioned last week that my mom is doing the Midnight at the Oasis quilt along with me and she hand-pieces pretty often. She hand-pieced the center triangle star and demonstrated her skills for me while she was visiting. 1. start by cutting templates out of paper or plastic. Do...

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Beginning Paper Piecing, Midnight at the Oasis QAL

Basic Paper Piecing Tutorial

Are you ready to sew your medallion for our Quilt-Along?On my last post, I posted basic instructions for converting your center triangle blocks for the Midnight at the Oasis pattern into paper foundation patterns for piecing. Here I will show how I pieced the triangles using the foundations that I drafted. These techniques can be used for any basic paper or foundation pieced block.You will need to make four of the triangles pictured above to complete your center medallion block.copy and  cut out the patterns1. make four copies of the foundation patterns (above). Cut out the patterns outside the seam...

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Beginning Paper Piecing, Marcelle Medallion QAL

Medallion QAL: create your paper piecing pattern

We are one week away from our first post on the finished center medallion star! I decided to paper piece mine and one reader expressed interest in doing hers that way, too, so I wanted to write up some guidelines for adapting the pattern to paper piecing, and also show a how-to on the actual piecing.I published a tutorial on paper piecing a compass block Here, if you are interested (skip past the compass pattern specifics to the part about the piecing)Drafting your foundation pattern:1. on graph paper, draw a square that is Half the finished (no seam allowance) size...

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Mitered Corners, Tutorials

*Easy* Mitered Corner

mitered corners are fun...and attractive! I really like the look of mitered corners. I have used this method for all sorts of borders as well as piecing within a quilt (think diamonds). Sewing time has been short the last couple of weekends, but I did work on my Noteworthy quilt today, adding three of the borders. I want to show how I do the mitered corners....a really easy way! 1. To determine the length of your first set of border strips: see my border tutorials here and here (but don't cut them yet!), then multiply the width of your borders by two and add that...

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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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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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