By Ellen Luckett Baker

During this follow-up to 1,2,3 stitch, professional seamstress and craft blogger Ellen Luckett Baker deals her distinct construction block method of quilting. She offers 24 initiatives in teams of 3, each one team targeting a special form and ability set. Readers grasp the elemental shapes of quilting; squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, cirlces, plant life, stars and diamonds, and multiply their stitching abilities as they cross. each one bankruptcy starts off with anything small and easy, then strikes into an intermediate undertaking and ends with a full-sized duvet.

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A STEP 2: FUSE THE FLEECE TO THE OUTER PIECES. With the front patchwork piece pressed and trimmed (if needed), place it on top of the fusible fleece, with the fusible-side up and facing the wrong side of the patchwork piece. Press without steam, until the fabric is securely fused to the fleece. Repeat with the outer back piece. fig. B STEP 3: ATTACH THE ZIPPER. See How-To: Install a Zipper in a Lined Bag, (facing page) for instructions. STEP 4: SEW POUCH AND LINING. Open the zipper halfway. Fold the lining pieces together so the right sides are facing, flattening the zipper ends.

Clip the corners and turn the runner right-side out. Using a chopstick or other pointed object, gently poke out the corners. STEP 5: QUILT THE TOP. Press the table runner, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles before quilting. Press the 6-in/15-cm opening so the raw edges of the fabric are neatly folded inward along the seam line. Using the walking foot on your sewing machine, and starting in the center and working outward, quilt every ¼ in/6 mm from the strip seams, as shown on one block in figure D.

STEP 3: MAKE THE QUILT BACKING, AND ASSEMBLE AND FINISH THE QUILT. Following the instructions in Putting the Quilt Together (see page 13), make the quilt backing. 5 by 193 cm. Then layer the quilt batting between the backing and the quilt top to form the quilt sandwich, baste the 54 1,2,3 QUILT these blocks are rotated 180 degrees fig. A RECTANGLES 55 3 CHAPTER TRIANGLES T ime to get to the point! This chapter on triangles teaches a simple and quick way to make right-angle triangles using squares, a method to make dimensional “flying geese” with only one seam, and standard techniques for making several types of triangles.

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