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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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).
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)
Download Perfect Points Lesson 1 (Week 2)
Download Perfect Points Lesson 2 (Week 3)
Download Perfect Points Lesson 3 (Week 4)
Download Perfect Points Lesson 4 (Week 5)
Download Perfect Points Lesson 5 (Week 6)
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
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
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
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