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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: May 12, 2018

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 Luanne Little on April 11, 2013 at 9:45am

It's beautiful.  I really like your color choice.  The appliqued flowers on the snowball blocks really add dimension.  I'm getting ready to hang mine up again this spring.  

Comment by Bethany/from CT on April 11, 2013 at 6:45am

Fantastic work and it came out lovely!!!  I haven't done anything with mine in so long....*blush*.....I've got so many projects right now....the paperpiecing part is what threw me...not like others that I've seen and I've not done it before.  Perhaps it's time to pull mine out and redo that part...*sigh*...great job on yours and I like the paino key border...very striking (oops, pardon the pun! LOL) and I like the embroidery too.  That's cool!

Comment by Debbie Leier on April 11, 2013 at 6:26am

Beautiful job Gico! Love the soft colors. I am still working on mine. I will pull it out soon as it is one of my UFO's.

Comment by Gico/NS/CAN on April 11, 2013 at 5:50am

Thanks !  I did in fact added some applique flowers with my embroidery machine to the two snowball blocks.  I also rearranged the blocks and added the piano keys border since I wanted a larger quilt.

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on April 11, 2013 at 5:44am

Well, I have lesson 2 done . . . it's been so long that I've looked at it. But it seems yours looks different. Did you fussy cut the snowballs and also rearrange the blocks or something? At any rate, it's just beautiful!!

Comment by Gico/NS/CAN on April 11, 2013 at 5:36am

Finished, at last.  The top had been completed for a while, but still needed to be quilted.  Sent it to my local LAQ recently and here it is, bound and labelled.  I named this quilt "Summer Days".

Comment by Debbie Leier on January 25, 2013 at 6:25am

I am still working on mine. I just pulled it out again. I work at it in between other quilts. Welcome Rosalee! This is an awesome tutorial! Learning lots!

Comment by Rosalee Sifford on January 24, 2013 at 11:10am

Just getting started on this class but looks to be great--Thanks!

Comment by Debbie Leier on August 28, 2012 at 3:40pm

Ditto here!

Comment by Cecilia on August 28, 2012 at 3:12pm


I completed two tops- I agree with whomever said that the scrappy look might not be best for this project.  I've finished quilting one of the tops and need to add the binding (WHY is it taking so long to finish??- honestly I don't know!)  The other top still needs to be quilted!


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