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Perfect Points Quilt Along

Perfect your points! This is a guided tutorial and Quilt-A-Long to help you maintain sharp points and straight lines.

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Members: 625
Latest Activity: Jan 2

About this Quilt Along

Before you get started, please read the "Quilt-A-Long Guidelines" located in the "Discussion Forum" or by clicking on the link. The PDF downloads are located below this discussion, scroll down to view. 

This "quilt-along" began as a tutorial focused on the use of a positioning pin to help maintain sharp points and straight lines within and between blocks with diagonal lines. The scope expanded to include suggestions for precise cutting, pinning, piecing, pressing and trimming, a sampler quilt to practice skills and a Quilt with Us "quilt-along" group with weekly blogs during the National Quilting Month in March, 2012! 

The sampler is not for a first quilt! It is geared toward confident beginners up to experienced quilters who want to increase the quality of their piecing. Please don’t let the word "perfect" intimidate you! Increased precision, not perfection, is the goal. 

Photo slideshow, no audio. To view a slideshow of member's project photos for this QAL, click here. 

To get started, go to the main page for Quilt with Us.

Click on the Perfect Points Quilt Along.

Discussion Forum for 2/28:

Click on the PDFs: Perfect Points Sampler:Introduction and the Perfect Points and the Positioning Pin tutorial.

Be sure to read the guidelines, pattern introduction and the tutorial.

Discussion Forum for March 6th: The featured discussion for March 6th includes two PDFs: Lesson One and one about precision piecing. There are some CT tutorials and general info listed as well. 

Discussion Forum for March 13th: Lesson 2 and some suggestions for ways to make Flying Geese.

Discussion Forum for March 20th: Lesson 3 and resources for making HSTs.

Discussion Forum for March 27th: Lesson 4 and resources for making QSTs.

Discussion Forum for April 3rd: Lesson 5 and resources for paper-piecing and finishing the sampler.

General questions and comments go on the Comment Wall. Anything related specifically to that week's lesson can be posted in the Discussion Forum for that week. I check both regularly.We added a slide show (no audio) so you can see the pictures for the blocks better. You are welcome to post pictures of your blocks if you wish.

If you are having trouble downloading the PDFs, you may need to download or update Adobe Reader (can Google it). 

I have provided eight fabric options for the Perfect Points Sampler. 

The Perfect Points Sampler pattern will be using fabrics in the Montecito-Pink PDF. The fabrics listed for each collection are in stock as of 2/23/12. Some may be running low; alternate choices are provided. For those of you who want to select your own fabrics, please look at the suggestions on page 2 of the Montecito-Pink PDF. To see what each collection looks like, click here.

Download any one of these fabric option PDFs (to get started). We will be using the Montecito Pink PDF. These are color options only, not required.

Download Perfect Points Introduction (Week 1)

Perfect Points and the Positioning Pin

Perfect Points Sampler: Introduction PDF

Download Perfect Points Lesson 1 (Week 2)

Ann's Thoughts on Precision Piecing

Perfect Points Sampler Lesson 1

Download Perfect Points Lesson 2 (Week 3)

Perfect Points Sampler Lesson 2

Download Perfect Points Lesson 3 (Week 4)

Lesson 3: Posting Notes

Perfect Points Sampler Lesson 3

Download Perfect Points Lesson 4 (Week 5)

Perfect Points Sampler Lesson 4

Lesson 4: Posting Notes

Download Perfect Points Lesson 5 (Week 6)

Perfect Points Sampler Lesson 5

Lesson 5: Posting Notes

Discussion Forum

New! April 3rd: Lesson 5

Started by Ann Johnson. Last reply by Bethany/from CT Jul 15, 2012. 19 Replies

Here is Lesson 5... We are on the home stretch!Lesson 5 includes the last two blocks and instructions for finishing the sampler. Note: These comments are available as a PDF to download; click the link below the Lesson 5 PDF.The LeMoyne Star…Continue

March 27th: Lesson 4

Started by Ann Johnson. Last reply by Joy Reynolds Apr 4, 2012. 37 Replies

Lesson 4: Moving right along! Here is Lesson 4 of the Perfect Points Sampler. Ohio Stars: This week's lesson focuses on maintaining straight diagonal, horizontal and vertical lines within and between the two Ohio Star blocks. Quarter-square…Continue

March 20th: Lesson Three

Started by Ann Johnson. Last reply by Barbara Goulet Apr 1, 2012. 57 Replies

Perfect Points Sampler: Lesson Three (This discussion is available as PDF to download below - called Lesson 3 Posting Notes)Lesson Three gets more challenging. The Bear's Paw and Friendship Star blocks are made with half-square triangles (HSTs). The…Continue

Tags: piecing, points, half-square, triangles, precision

March 13th: Lesson 2

Started by Ann Johnson. Last reply by Angie Mar 28, 2012. 36 Replies

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…Continue

Comment Wall


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Comment by MsDesigns on September 22, 2020 at 8:08am

I am a long time member of "Quilting With Us" (QWU). I used to give virtual workshops here. Like many others, I have ventured out as QWU became more quiet.

We are getting the warning that QWU is at risk of being disabled. I fear this is a sign that QWU will one day be no more.

It has become like family here and the thought of losing the friendships we have developed has giving me a sad heart. Like many dark clouds, there is a silver lining. When I ventured out, I created a quilters social network, much like QWU. I never mentioned it, for it was a conflict of interest. However, in this dark hour, it is time to let others know there is an alternative. It does not have to end here.

I would be honored for QWU members to join "Pattern Pastiche". If needed, we are more than happy to create a group for your new home.

Your "Pattern Pastiche" code: QWU

"Pattern Pastiche" is at


Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on February 21, 2020 at 2:41pm

Thanks for the compliment. It’s a quiltfabrication pattern if anyone is interested. 
I emailed my address to you just now. 

Comment by Cecilia on February 21, 2020 at 1:59pm

Okay I did the friend thing and left a comment there.  If you send me your email address I will reply.  Not sure how this site works so you may not see my message on your page.  By the way, your project looks cute!

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on February 21, 2020 at 1:23pm

This is what I’m making. It’s pretty long.

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on February 21, 2020 at 1:17pm

Oh, yes! I am in the US. I only need the dark green and I really don’t need a whole half yard if you’d rather keep most of what you have. Whatever works for you. And I will pay you for it. I’ll send you a friend request so we can communicate via email. Thank you!

Comment by Cecilia on February 21, 2020 at 11:48am

Yes, don't know why my comment disappeared.  I have two 1/2 yard cuts of the green (and 18 by 37 of the pink.)  Are you in the US?

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on February 21, 2020 at 11:34am

Ps — just the dark green piece.

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on February 21, 2020 at 11:33am

Just in case someone still looks at this forum — I’m working on a project using the leftovers from Perfect Points. I’m in need of more of this fabric, the same collection Ann used in her demonstration. Montecito by Jenni Calo. I need to make a 2 1/2” by 62” border to finish the table runner I’m making, and I can piece it so it doesn’t need to be a continuous strip. Does anyone have some and willing to part with it?

Comment by Marianne on November 8, 2016 at 3:50pm

Thanks Kathleen for your reply, I always think it is something I am doing, it's good to know it is probably CTIOURENA@HOTMAIL.COM and their technology 

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on November 8, 2016 at 3:30pm

Marianne, I know CT has been having some problems with NING lately which is the technology that drives Quilt With Us. Maybe that's why you were having problems up til now. Some of the issues seem to be straightening out. They expect to be having these problems through the end of the year. I learned this on the Gifty Galore forum.


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