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Making a quilt from start to end

Making a quilt from start to end - free tutorials

These are the steps I follow for all my quilts.

Step 1 – Making the quilt top

Choose a quilt pattern or design your own. Here you have 2 of my free patterns:

Free pattern: Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt
Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt.

Half square triangles sampler quilt
16 Half Square Triangles quilt.

Step 2 – Quilting

Free motion quilting

There are many ways to do the quilting. I usually do free motion for all my quilts.

It’s quick and easy once you get the hang of it.

If you wish to try, here’s how you do it:

Check out my free motion tutorial for more details.

Quilt as you go (QAYG)

You can quilt the top as one piece or block by block with sashing. I prefer QAYG. It’s a lot easier on a domestic machine.

QAYG with narrow sashing

The finished sashing width for this technique is 1/2 inch. Learn the  technique in under 3 minutes:

Check out my Quilt as you go with narrow sashing tutorial.

QAYG with wide sashing

The finished sashing width for this technique is 2 inches. Learn the  technique in 3 minutes:

Check out my Quilt as you go with wide sashing tutorial.

Step 3 – Making flange or faux piping binding

If you want to add a very special touch to your binding, check this tutorial out:

Check out my flange binding tutorial.

Step 4 – Binding the quilt

This is the final step to making a quilt. Learn to bind the quilt by machine:

Jane A. Stickle Quilt row C: JAS-C09 – Jane’s Tears

Dear Jane C09 quilt block video tutorial

This is a relatively easy block if you’ve done appliqué before.

How to make Dear Jane block C09

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

How to do foundation paper piecing

You can learn the principles of foundation piecing on this 2 minute video. These principles can be applied to any foundation piecing blocks no matter how complex they are.

Dear Jane progress

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.

Jane A. Stickle Quilt row C: JAS-C08 – Hani’s Crown

Video tutorial: Dear Jane quilt block C08

This block is made using foundation paper piecing as well as traditional piecing.

How to make Dear Jane block C08

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

Dear Jane progress

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.

 

 

Jane A. Stickle Quilt row C: JAS-C07 – Megan’s Mountain Laurel

DEar Jane C07 block video tutorial

This block is made using different techniques: appliqué, paper piecing and traditionally piecing.

Watch how I made Dear Jane C07 block

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Where to get the free  Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

Dear Jane progress

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.

 

 

Jane A. Stickle Quilt row C: JAS-C05 – Eye of the Cyclone

The method to make block B02 is the  base to this block.

The block is a bit fiddly but it’s not hard to make though appliqué is still a bit of a challenge for me and the curves aren’t very smooth.

The original block and the instruction ns on the pattern indicate that the outside clover shape should be made out of a 4 patch block but that’s not what I did.

Instructions

I cut 2 x 5 1/2 inch squares in white and 2 x 5 1/2 inch squares in green and made 2 pinwheels as shown on the video:

I printed the Susan Gatewood’s pattern and stuck the outside clover together with sticky tape to make a pattern. I appliquéd this on top of the double pinwheel at the end.

I cut off the paper inside the clover.

To work out the size of the circle, I used the pattern and a compass.

The circle’s diameter is 3 inches. I drew a circle on to freezer paper and cut out.

I cut the circle out and made sure it was wide enough to fit into the clover.

I pressed the circle to the back of one of the pinwheels and drew another circle around adding 1/4 inch seam allowance.

I cut out the shape and placed it on top of the other pinwheel as per picture. I used a headpin to help aligning the centre on both pinwheels.

I pinned the circle well before appliquéing.

I cut out the excess fabric at the back.

 

Then I removed the freezer paper and pressed well.

Then I traced the clover on to freezer paper.

And cut the freezer paper adding 1/4 inch all around the shape.

Then I cut along the blue line and made a few incisions around the curves.

I then appliquéd the white shape to the background.

I trimmed off excess fabric.

And this is the finished block.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

How to put all the Dear Jane blocks together with QAYG

Dear Jane progress

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.