1, 2, 3 Quilt: Shape Up Your Skills with 24 Stylish Projects by Ellen Luckett Baker

By Ellen Luckett Baker

During this follow-up to 1,2,3 stitch, specialist seamstress and craft blogger Ellen Luckett Baker deals her special development block method of quilting. She offers 24 initiatives in teams of 3, every one team targeting a special form and talent set. Readers grasp the elemental shapes of quilting; squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, cirlces, plant life, stars and diamonds, and multiply their stitching talents as they pass. each one bankruptcy starts off with anything small and straightforward, then strikes into an intermediate venture and ends with a full-sized cover.

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STEP 4: SQUARE OFF THE CORNERS. fig. C Following the steps in How-to: Boxed Corners (page 49), square off the corners of both the outer bag and the lining, 2 in/5 cm measuring from the tip of the corners to the sewn line. continued RECTANGLES 47 STEP 5: PLACE STRAPS AND SEW TOGETHER LINING AND OUTER BAG. With the outer bag wrong-side out and the lining right-side out, push the lining into the bag, so that the right sides will be facing each other. Push down the corners and make sure that the side seams and top raw edges are aligned.

5 cm 12½ in/32 cm 12½ in/32 cm All strips 2 in/5 cm wide fig. B SQUARES 35 36 1,2,3 QUILT HOW-TO: SQUARE UP BLOCKS Squaring up your blocks is a simple process, but one that is necessary to achieve accuracy in your quilts. Of course, not all blocks will be square, but your blocks do need to be the size called for in the quilt pattern instructions. Often fabric may pull when pressed or otherwise become skewed as you work. If one quilt block is a different size from the others, it could throw off your entire design.

Then place the other backing piece with raw edges aligned at the bottom and sides of the front piece, right sides facing. Pin in place and sew around all four sides, using a ¼-in/6-mm seam allowance (see figure B). Clip the corners, sew around the edges with an overcast stitch, and turn the pillow cover right-side out, poking out the corners. Press front and back. STEP 6: INSERT THE PILLOW FORM. When you are finished with the pillow cover, insert the pillow form into the back opening and pull the fold down to close the back.

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