Here are some simple things to do and use to help you with your quilting.
What is a QST? QST stands for quarter square triangles, which was something I happened to be cutting today.
Yesterday I showed you the basics of fusible web. Today I want to show you how to make up a flower with separate petals. This allows you to make each petal in a different fabric - you get to use the smallest of pieces.
Do you have your supplies ready to do fusible web applique? I hope so! If not, check yesterday's post. Let's get started by turning on the iron.
Yesterday I talked about half square triangles and how to make them. Today we are going to join them. Easy enough - just the regular 1/4" seam. The trick is though, to sew with the half square triangle on top.
I mentioned a second pattern being launched this week in an earlier post, well now it's time to take a look and offer some helpful tips in making it. I'm talking about Cynthia Foster's Desert Blooms. The most obvious pieced section in this quilt is half square triangles so I've put together a few tips for making half square triangles.
I'm still working with Joy banner. Yesterday I cross-hatched the background with a metallic thread (check it out here if you missed it). Today I changed the border and added a plainer one with the idea of doing some decorative quilting over it. Somehow I got carried away and added applique instead.
Today we released a new pattern - how exciting. Actually we released two, but I'll tell you about the other one in a day or so. Anita's new Christmas design "Joy Christmas Banner" is a fun project - I had to make it. (Just for your information we have a special pre-release price of just $6.49 until 7th July - click here if you want to know more) and below you will find some extra tips to help you with this project and quilting in general. In fact, I'll probably make a few blog posts.
As you know, during the past week I've been working with snowball corners. After trimming these, I am left with a pile of triangles. Red and White in this case.
Remember those snowball corners I made the other day? I've been joining them onto 9-patch blocks. When I do this, I'm joining an angled seam to a straight seam so it is a little more difficult to make them match accurately. There is a simple trick though. Use a pin to match the points of the seam, 1/4" down from the raw edge. Be sure you do not measure 1/4" along the angled seam as this will not be accurate - it needs to be measured straight in from the raw edge.