Complete Guide to Quilting
Video 1: Rotary Cutting with Templates
Watch how to rotary cut accurate shapes using acrylic templates.
Video 2: Squaring up the Fabric Edge: Right-handed Single-ruler Technique
Learn how to square up fabric using a right-handed rotary cutter and one ruler.again align the desired width of your strip to cut on that straight edge that you just cut. Put your hand up on your fingertips again on the acrylic ruler. Use your little finger to stabilize
Video 3: Squaring up the Fabric Edge: Left-handed Single-ruler Technique
See how to square up fabric using a left-handed rotary cutter and one ruler.cut. And, again, you're aligning the ruler up with your just freshly cut edge . Go ahead and put your right hand again on the ruler. Retract the rotary blade and go ahead and cut away from
Video 5: Squaring up the Fabric Edge: Left-handed Two-ruler Technique
Learn how to square up fabric using a left-handed rotary cutter and two rulers.This is the two-ruler rotary cutting method for left handers . You'll take your fabric and lay it down on your cutting mat, selvages at the top. Then you're going to take the
Video 6: Die-Cutting Basics
Die-cutting has revolutionized the way many quilters cut their pieces. It's an easy, fast way to cut multiple pieces of the same size. How does it work? First you start with a die-cutting machine and a foam die. The dies are created specifically for quilters, so they include 1/4" seam allowances, and often the dog ears or corners will be trimmed off during the cutting process as well. Place the die foam-side up. Put your fabric layers on top of the die. Then cover it with the mat. Press the whole thing up against the center, and turn the handle in the direction you want the die to go. Now most dies can handle anywhere from 4-6 layers of fabric. The cutting happens in the middle of this process. And you'll see as we pull off the layers that our triangles are what's left behind. You can cut up to 24 triangles just that quickly using three layers of fabric. So you can see where you can save plenty of time by doing your die-cutting this way. Give it a try.
Video 7: Perfecting Exact Quarter-Inch Seams
Achieving the perfect quarter-inch seam: every quilter strives for it sport and it sure makes putting our quilt top together easier if all the pieces are accurately sewn together. But how do you do that? Here are couple simple tricks you might want to try. First of all some, machines allow you to move the needle position to a quarter-inch seam allowance. Others have a guide on the bed. Or you can even try a specialty foot. This is one of my favorites. A quarter-inch presser foot has a little guide along one side that sort of acts like a bumper as you feed the fabric in and lets you know exactly where the edge of the fabric should be. You can also create your own guide if you don't have a guide on your machine already. You can use just a simple roll of masking tape and layer multiple pieces together. Here I've got about five pieces stuck together. And I'll lay that on the machine bed, sticking it down in just the right spot. But how do you figure out where to place that is really the key. Begin by cutting one and a half inch- wide fabric strips. Then sew those together using a quarter-inch seam. Sew your first two pieces together, press the seam allowance away from the center strip. Make sure you're getting a good press. You want to make sure there are no fabric folds in there that would put you off of your mark. Then add the third strip. What you should end up with then is a strip in the center that measures exactly one inch. If you're off, it means you need to adjust your quarter-inch seam allowance until until that center strip measures exactly one inch. Then you're ready to sew. Test your seam allowance before every project to make sure you're sewing accurately before you begin piecing blocks. The time you spend will be time well spent.on your machine already. You can use just a simple roll of masking tape and layer multiple pieces together. Here I've got about five pieces stuck together. And I'll lay that on the machine bed, sticking
Video 8: Chain Piecing
If you're looking to save time why you're doing your machine piecing consider chain-piecing like-size units together. For example I've got sets of squares here I want to sew together and I'm going to piece them without lifting the a presser foot between pairs. So I've matched them up on my table here. And I can just grab the next set and continues sewing. I don't have to stop to snip the threads. I can just continue on. And when I end up with is a nice long chain of pieces that are still attached to one another. It's a great way to save time while you sew.
Video 9: Pressing to Prevent Bulk
Learn how to press seams and clip edges in order to prevent bulk at seam intersections.allowance in one direction. And the opposite seam allowance going in the opposite direction . And what you'll end up with then is a little four-patch in the center where that seam is actually pressed open. It
Video 10: Trimming Dog-Ears on Triangle-Squares
Learn where dog-ears appear and how to get rid of them on triangle-squares.these points at the top and the bottom. Those are what quilters affectionately refer to as dog ears. And now's the time to take care of those dog ears before you get ready to join them
Video 11: Perfect Points on Flying Geese
Joining Flying Geese units without cutting off the points can be tricky. Let me show you the secret to putting them together perfectly. You can see here from our sample that these Flying Geese units when joined together have nice points at the top and along each side. So what's the secret of putting them together? If you're using the Flying Geese method where you begin with two squares and one rectangle, you would mark the diagonal line on the squares (that's going to be your sewing line) and position it on one side of the rectangle. Sewing across that diagonal line as I've done here, you then press one side open. It's up to you whether you want to trim off the seam allowance behind it or not. I like to trim it off to eliminate some of the bulk. Then I place my second square in position and again sew across the diagonal. And this is where some people think it seems counter-intuitive that I don't sew to a point here when I open the piece up. I have the points going all the way to the corners here, but at the top I have a 1/4" where the squares have overlapped. That's how you want your Flying Geese unit to look. Because that 1/4" is what's going to allow you to keep the top point of your Flying Geese unit. So where I've sewn two together here, you can see I still have the point, because I had that 1/4" seam allowance at the top. And across the bottom by sewing that together I have a 1/4" on either side of the point, so when I get to the point where I'm sewing my side units on, I'll keep that point as well. So, the overlap at the top of your Flying Geese unit really is the key to getting that perfect point. Make sure you have a 1/4" at the top and you'll be good to go.you begin with two squares and one rectangle, you would mark the diagonal line on the squares (that's going to be your sewing line) and position it on one side of the rectangle. Sewing across that diagonal line as I've done here, you then press one side open. It's up to you whether you want to trim off the seam