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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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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 Marianne on November 8, 2016 at 2:55pm

Thanks g akitty,  for reasons not known I seem to now be able to connect and I haven't  done anything.  this technology confuses me at times, thanks for your info though.  it sounds as though u had a good day, I am now tucked up, waiting for the vote count to begin.

Comment by Gmakitty on November 8, 2016 at 12:28pm

Marianne, not sure, but what I do is type in   example, quilting, binding.. and  a group of  titles will come up and then paruse through to find what interests me, another place is  pintrest.com where there is a lot of information... not sure what this is whhat you were asking and if not reask the question... Enjoy your day gmakitty

Comment by Marianne on November 8, 2016 at 11:36am

hi GMAKITTY,  i have not been able to connect with the other forums, not sure what to do....

Comment by Gmakitty on March 11, 2016 at 9:16am

am checking out sew statistics and how to's will stop when timer goes off and change projests.. smile I learned this is  a "sew easy tut... / gmakitty

Comment by Jill, BC on April 8, 2014 at 2:12pm

Thanks for this Ann. I have downloaded the tutorial and Perfect Points Sampler Pattern and will give it a go. I used the positioning pin for my MQ14 blocks and I must say it helps a lot. Some of my points are still not spot on but it is more because my 1/4" seams appear to curve slightly at the end, so I will work on that as well.

Comment by Julie Kindleyside on February 25, 2014 at 11:30am
Thankyou for this tutorial. I have downloaded all the instructions, gathered a selection of blues and whites, and have the package all ready to start. Points are very important to me and I hope to improve them by following your directions.
Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on December 7, 2013 at 12:56pm
Kathleen, your pictures pillows are so fun!..I regret not having a VW bus!
Comment by Cecilia on December 7, 2013 at 11:52am

Wow!  This is just beautiful!  Congratulations on finishing.  Good things are worth waiting for.

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on December 7, 2013 at 11:34am

Oh my gosh Kathleen, your work is wonderful.  The drumset is awesome and the VW bus brings back lots of memories.  The mixer just made me smile so wide....my mom made so many "family recipes" on a mixer just like that; she would have loved it.  (Actually, I have a mixer like that and I love it too!)

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on December 7, 2013 at 10:55am

Thanks ladies! If you have time, click on my name and check out my pictures. I just framed and gave the paper pieced drum set block to my SIL today and he was sufficiently impressed! Made me feel good.


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