Quilt­ing Ba­sics

The fol­low­ing is a ref­er­ence guide. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­sult a com­pre­hen­sive quilt­ing book.

Annie's Quilting for the Home - - Contents -


• Read through the en­tire pat­tern be­fore you be­gin your project. • Pur­chase qual­ity, 100 per­cent cot­ton fab­rics. • When con­sid­er­ing pre­wash­ing, do so with ALL of the fab­rics be­ing used. Gen­er­ally, pre­wash­ing is not re­quired in quilt­ing. • Use 1/4" seam al­lowance for all stitch­ing un­less oth­er­wise in­structed. • Use a short-to-medium stitch length. • Make sure your seams are ac­cu­rate.

Quilt­ing Tools & Sup­plies

• Ro­tary cut­ter and mat • Scis­sors for pa­per and fab­ric • Non­slip quilt­ing rulers • Mark­ing tools • Sewing ma­chine • Sewing ma­chine feet: 1/4” seam­ing foot (for piec­ing) Walk­ing or even-feed foot (for piec­ing or quilt­ing) Darn­ing or free-mo­tion foot (for free-mo­tion quilt­ing) • Quilt­ing hand-sewing nee­dles • Straight pins • Curved safety pins for bast­ing • Seam ripper • Iron and iron­ing sur­face

Ba­sic Tech­niques Ap­pliqué Fusible Ap­pliqué

All tem­plates are re­versed for use with this tech­nique.

1. Trace the in­structed num­ber of tem­plates 1/4" apart onto the pa­per side of pa­per-backed fusible web. Cut apart the tem­plates, leav­ing a mar­gin around each, and fuse to the wrong side of the fab­ric fol­low­ing fusible web man­u­fac­turer's in­struc­tions.

2. Cut the ap­pliqué pieces out on the traced lines, re­move pa­per back­ing and fuse to the back­ground re­fer­ring to the ap­pliqué mo­tif given.

3. Fin­ish ap­pliqué raw edges with a straight, satin, blan­ket, zigzag or blind-hem ma­chine stitch with match­ing or in­vis­i­ble thread.

Turned-Edge Ap­pliqué

1. Trace the printed re­versed tem­plates onto tem­plate plas­tic. Flip the tem­plate over and mark as the right side.

2. Po­si­tion the tem­plate, right side up, on the right side of fab­ric and lightly trace, spac­ing images 1/2" apart. Cut apart, leav­ing a 1/4" mar­gin around the traced lines. 3. Clip curves and press edges 1/4" to the wrong side around the ap­pliqué shape.

4. Re­fer­ring to the ap­pliqué mo­tif, pin or baste ap­pliqué shapes to the back­ground.

5. Hand-stitch shapes in place us­ing a blind stitch and thread to match or ma­chine-stitch us­ing a short blind hem­stitch and ei­ther match­ing or in­vis­i­ble thread.


Most pat­terns give an ex­act size to cut bor­ders. You may check those sizes by com­par­ing them to the hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal cen­ter mea­sure­ments of your quilt top.

Straight Bor­ders

1. Mark the cen­ters of the side bor­ders and quilt top sides.

2. Stitch bor­ders to quilt top sides with right sides to­gether and match­ing raw edges and cen­ter marks us­ing a 1/4" seam. Press seams to­ward bor­ders.

3. Re­peat with top and bot­tom bor­der lengths.

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