Quilting Step by Step
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Want to make a one-of-a-kind quilt? Or Anthropologie-worthy curtains? Look no further than Quilting Step by Step!
Packed with easy-to-follow techniques, Quilting Step by Step gives you practical advice on how to create unique patchwork masterpieces that will make your friends ask "Where did you get that?"
seamline. 3 Match the adjacent side of the square to the corresponding side of the diamond. Pin. Sew as in Step 2. Wrong side 56 Patchwork 2 Sew along the marked seamline from the outer point to the inner, removing pins as you work. Take a few small backstitches into the seam at the inner corner, avoiding the seam allowance. Do not cut the thread. 4 Press the seam allowances on the square toward the diamonds. JOINING ROWS BY HAND Because hand-pieced seams stop at the seam allowance,
also be used. Finished pieces are usually echo quilted (see page 172). 1 3 Cut a piece of paper to the size of the ﬁnished block. Fold the paper in half twice, then along the diagonal once to make a triangle. Draw on the triangle or cut freestyle through all the layers, with the main part of the design on the folded edge. 2 Cut a square of freezer paper the same size as the original paper pattern. Fold it in half twice, paper side out, then fold it once along the diagonal to make a triangle.
Center the batting on the backing, and smooth it out. 4 Working from the center out diagonally, horizontally, and vertically, baste or safety pin the layers together. Remove the pins along the edge as you reach them. Keep smoothing the layers. Take basting stitches 2in (5cm) long— ﬁrst vertically and horizontally, then diagonally. If pinning, follow the same pattern and insert the pins at 3–4in (7.5–10cm) intervals. 3 Position the quilt top right side up, centering it on the batting. Use a
backing layer only and stuff small pieces of batting between the top and the muslin. The completed motif. The cording and trapunto give the motif a three-dimensional quality. Machine quilting basics Beautifully machined quilts are in no way second best to those worked by hand. Because the stitches are continuous, the ﬁnished product is usually ﬂatter than a hand-quilted one. An even-feed, or “walking,” foot, which feeds the layers through at the same speed top and bottom, is useful. Start and
for “reverse sewing.” Pinking shears ↑ Useful for cutting fabric that tends to fray. Rotary ruler → With measurements broken into 1/8in (3mm) segments and angled lines for measuring 45- and 60-degree angles, rotary rulers can be square, rectangular, or triangular. Craft knife → This is invaluable for cutting stencils from template plastic. Fabric scissors ↑ These have bent handles, which allow the fabric to lie ﬂat on the surface while you are cutting out your pieces. Self-healing mat →