Free Patterns: Mini-Quilt Templates in a Jiffy
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.
|Welcome 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.
|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.).|