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Lesson Three: the Friendship and Bear’s Paw blocks

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Here is Lesson 3 of the Perfect Points Sampler Pattern. 
Lesson 3 gets more challenging. The Bear’s Paw and Friendship Star blocks are made with half-square triangles (HSTs). The one-inch finished size of the HSTs requires precise piecing and most likely a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. The blocks are surrounded by frames to allow them to fit in the 8″ finished framework of the sampler. This lets you practice maintaining sharp points set against another block or border.

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Lesson Two: Perfect Points Sampler

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Here we go with Lesson 2 of the Perfect Points Sampler Pattern. This week’s blocks are the Snowball and Sawtooth Star. The lesson focuses on maintaining straight diagonal lines within and between blocks. Yes, the positioning pin can help with that also! Click here to join and the Perfect Points Quilt Along group on and download the PDFs for the tutorial and pattern introduction. 


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New Video Tutorials: Zipper Installation

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October would not be complete if we didn’t post a tutorial on a technique that is “scary” to many quilters. This time, we’ve got two videos for you on…zippers! (Insert terrified scream here.)
Sue is our sewing pattern designer who can install zippers in her sleep–we jokingly call her the “bag lady” around the office because she’s designed so many bag patterns for us. Sue is a transplant from Down Under, via L.A., so in the videos you get to …

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New Tutorial: Chain Piecing 101

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Most of you seasoned quilters probably chain piece in your sleep, but since we didn’t have a full tutorial for chain piecing in our Tutorials section, I decided to write one up for newbie quilters. I know when I learned about chain piecing, it was like a lightbulb went on, and now I do it constantly! So if you’re new to quilting, are teaching someone to quilt, or just want a refresher, read on…

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New tutorial: How to Sew an Accurate Quarter Inch Seam

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This month our staff sewist Deborah brings us back to quilting basics with one of the single most important aspects of quilting: sewing that accurate quarter inch seam. Here’s a link to the tutorial on our Tutorials Section for bookmarking. For those of you experienced quilters, do you have other tips or tricks for quarter inch accuracy?

 

How to Sew an Accurate Quarter Inch Seam

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Sewing an accurate 1/4” seam allowance throughout your quilt construction is essential so that all pieces will fit together properly. First, select a seam guide and then test it for accuracy. The guide lines on the throat plate are not always accurate, so do not trust these measurements without testing first. Even a slight deviation will multiply with the number of pieces sewn together to make a quilt top.

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