Quilters use a ¼ inch seam allowance unlike most dress maker patterns that require a 5/8” seam allowance. Sewing an accurate ¼ inch seam ensures the patchwork pieces will fit together and the quilt will lie flat. Using tape or seam guides will help with accuracy. If you would like to buy a… Continue reading Seam
Most quilters use a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Some miniature quilters use 1/8 inch. Whatever the size of your seam, it is most important that you remain consistent throughout your quilt. In this photo, the triangle (bottom left) has been sewn to another triangle using a ¼ inch seam. It is a good idea to… Continue reading Seam Allowance
A seam ripper is a handy tool that makes it easy to rip out a seam gone bad. Keep this tool handy! There are many sizes and styles to chose from. If you would like to purchase a seam ripper, click here.
The two parallel finished edges of the fabric are called the selvage. This edge will not ravel and has a tighter weave. It runs in the same direction as the straight of grain. Often it is a different color from the rest of the fabric. Sometimes the name of the fabric line and… Continue reading Selvage
When square blocks in a quilt are rotated 45 degrees (turned to a diamond shape) they are said to be set on point. The nine patch blocks below are quilt blocks set on point (rotated to a diamond-like shape) in this quilt. The next photos compare the difference between “set on point” (top block) and… Continue reading Set on Point
Setting triangles are used when blocks are set on point. They are “fillers” that are used to make the quilt rectangular. Without these, you would have a zigzag edge. Four 1/2 square triangles are used in the corners. Quarter square triangles are used on the sides. Setting Triangles: Notice the triangles below. There are 4… Continue reading Setting Triangles
Sew order refers to the sewing order that needs to be followed to best put the block together. In these machine piecing directions, the B and D triangles must be sewn together first. Then these units are sewn into rows with other pieces. Finally the rows are sewn together to complete the quilt block. CAUTION:… Continue reading Sew Order