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Free Patterns: Mini-Quilt Templates in a Jiffy

Nov 13, 2008
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Open or download the 4-page PDF file below for four free patterns.

by Carol Fresia
An Online Extra to Threads #101

Foundation piecing is a great method for obtaining perfectly accurate pieced quilt blocks every time: You stitch fabric to a foundation of paper or muslin on which the block pattern is printed, using the printed lines as a guide. You don’t even need to cut precise fabric pieces ahead of time; instead, simply use any scrap of fabric you like (on or off-grain), as long as it’s large enough to cover the section of the template you’ve chosen. Sew the fabric patch on, trim the seam allowance, unfold, and press flat.

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Barn Raising patternWelcome to the age of miniaturization. Even the traditional Barn Raising pattern looks new when condensed in size and pieced with metallics, batiks, and hand-dyed silks.

For step-by-step instructions in foundation piecing, see Kayla Kennington’s article “Quilting on a Small Scale” in the June/July 2002 issue of Threads (#101), pp. 46-51. Then try your hand at miniature foundation piecing using our four free patterns.

Four free quilt patterns Open or download the 4-page PDF file below for four free patterns. (Requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print PDF files.).

Once you’ve got the hang of foundation piecing, you’re limited only by the number of block patterns you can find to use. Foundation-piecing pattern software is a great source for templates. Both Foundation Factory by Quilt-Pro Systems (www.quiltpro.com) and Sew Precise! by the Electric Quilt Company (www.electricquilt.com) allow you to choose a pattern, alter its size to suit your needs, and print it out on paper. Printing options include how many blocks to print per page, whether to include numerals and seam allowances, printing in color or grayscale, and how many copies to print. Because you can customize the dimensions of the blocks, these products are ideal for generating templates for miniature piecing.

 

Foundation Factory (click to enlarge)

Sew Precise! (click to enlarge)

Choose a block template, pick a size, and print-foundation piecing software is that easy to use. Quilt-Pro Systems’ Foundation Factory (left) and Electric Quilt Company’s Sew Precise! (right) offer a variety of printing options. Click on the images to enlarge them.

 

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  1. I'm Working on a Quilt and would like to make the squares look like a window around the center piece which is 4" square
    that I've done in cross-stitch on Ada Cloth. I'm having a problem figuring out if I should center the center-piece on the background fabric of just sew the fabric around it, can you help me. Luvineveryminuteofit

  2. Bellaspirit March 30th

    If I can ever get out of this website I will start sewing! Thanks for all the info!
    Bella

  3. User avater ExclusiveHerb February 10th

    I have decided to try the mini quilt templetes. They have inspired me to sew a little. Maybe this will give me a little confidence in my hobby again. They would look good in so many applicatons. If I finish my project, I will share it with you!

  4. User avater patiosew April 20th

    I have done paper piecing for years. I had no idea they had software for paper piecing. I will be looking into that. It looks like it would be fantastic for miniature quilts!

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