Preparation

If you’ve never used QUILTMAKER patterns before…

We use the term “patches” to describe the various pieces of fabric that are sewn together to make a block or a quilt top.

Using a rotary cutter, mat and an acrylic ruler, cut the shape to the size indicated in the cutting list.

We provide patterns for full-size templates for patches that cannot be easily rotary cut.

Templates for reversed patches are represented with an “r” following the pattern’s letter. Turn the template over before marking, or fold fabric wrong sides together when rotary cutting to cut an equal number of patches (A’s) and their reverses (Ar’s).

If we give half of the pattern piece, the center line is indicated with a dotted line. When making the template, trace around the pattern, flip the tracing over and align the dotted center lines. Trace around the pattern again to complete the template.

Pressing tabs indicate the direction to press the seam allowances.

 

Our patterns list finished block sizes, which are typically 1⁄2" smaller than unfinished block sizes because they do not include seam allowances.

 

trimming template

To ensure accurate piecing of triangular patches, you may want to trim the points on patches with 45º angles. Make a template from the full-size trimming template pattern shown here. Align the edges of the trimming template with the patch and trim each point. You may only need to align one of the trimmed sides with the adjacent patch before sewing.

 

 

basic quilting supplies

• Rotary cutter and mat

• Acrylic ruler: Many shapes and sizes are available; a good one to start with is 6" x 24" with 1⁄4" and 1⁄8" markings

• Scissors: A separate pair for paper and fabric

• Sewing machine

• 1⁄4" foot

• Walking foot

• Darning foot

• Pins

• Ironing board & iron

• Marking pencils/markers/etc.

• Needles

• Thimble

• Safety pins

• Template plastic

• Thread

The way you mark, cut and sew varies significantly from machine piecing to hand piecing, so please refer to the appropriate section before starting a project. We recommend that you cut and sew one block using your preferred method before cutting the rest.

preparing your fabric

We recommend that you pre-wash your fabrics. A shrinkage factor is included in our yardage computations.

 

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