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The Perfect 1/4" Seam

The key to improving your piecing skills is achieving accurate seam allowances.


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Test Your Skills

Test your piecing skills with these favorite American Patchwork and Quilting patterns!

Quilt Designer: Marti Michell
Quilt Name: Christmas Mosaic, American Patchwork & Quilting, December 1994
Christmas Mosaic is a great quilt to help you learn to precisely piece points. You can practice chain piecing, too, because many of the units are half-square triangles. Make it in your favorite seasonal fabric.

Quilt Designer: Kris Kerrigan
Quilt Name: Party Stripes, Quilts and More, Spring 2007
A great project for testing your seam allowances, this attention-getting throw uses simple strip piecing and bright fabrics for a totally different look to reproduction fabrics.

Quilt Collector: Heidi Kaisand
Quilt Name: King Solomon’s Temple, American Patchwork & Quilting, February 1996
A bit more challenging, King Solomon’s Temple uses two fabrics. An accurate seam allowance and good pressing skills will make this quilt a royal statement on your bed!