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Frugal Quilting Basics

Blocks

 

Basic Building Blocks

 

a basic 4 patch quilt block

 

Squares and Rectangles

Squares and Rectangles
The Simple 4-Patch
Squares in the Corners

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Cutting a Single Triangle
Half Square Triangles
Quarter Square Triangles
Split Quarter Square Triangles

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the snowball quilting block

 

Beginning Blocks

The Pinwheel
Flying Geese
Spools
Shoofly
Snowball

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goose in the pond quilt block

 

Stars

Friendship Star
Sawtooth Star
Ohio Star

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the goose chase quilt block

 

Quilting Favorites

Churn Dash
Flower Basket
Log Cabin
Maple Leaf

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Novelty Blocks

Hearts
Jars - Food, Bugs, etc.

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Quilting and Cheater Fabric

Panels are a fast and easy way to make a quilt and get a lot of personality at the same time.  They work for quilts of every type.

The quilt above, with its bright colors and whimsical animal prints, was made for a child.

Cheater fabric is fabric that is printed with a design that looks like it has been pieced.

a piece of maple leaf cheater fabricMost quilters do not use cheater fabric on a regular basis, but it does have its uses. To the left is a piece of cheater fabric that has nothing but the maple leaf block.

I took this fabric, cut out some of the blocks, and added them to the border of an Autumn quilt I made with very large, frugal and speedy blocks.

Here is a tip on using these kind of blocks.  I wish I had used this tip on this quilt.

In order for the design on the block to stand out, you want to sew around the block.  In the case of this print, it would be the maple leaf.  However, once the quilt is pieced, unless you are using free motion quilting, you really can't quilt around the maple leaf design.

picture of an Autumn quilt with a few cheater blocksWhen I do a big quilt, I just finish it by stitching long straight lines.  However, what you can do is to do some quilting on the maple leaf before you attach it to the quilt. 

Just use a small piece of batting and some backing, and pre-quilt the leaf block.  When it is small, it is easy to turn and quilt around the design.

Then you can attach it to the rest of the quilt.  The squares will be thicker, but since they are suppose to be an accent to the quilt, it won't matter.  The maple leaves will be highlighted, yet you have not had to do any free motion quilting, or what would be an impossible task of highlighting them when the quilt was finished.

There are some beautiful panels and cheater fabric.  Use your creativity, and use this as another frugal tool to make beautiful and speedy quilts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt Sizes

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Miniature <36"
Wallhanging

any size

Baby 36x36 up to 52x52
Lap 52-68x 52-78
Twin 64-72 x 86-96
Full 70-88 x 88-100
Queen 88-99 x 94-108
King 94-108 x 94-108
 

 

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