Precise piecing can be a tough sell in these days of fast, easy, really fast, simple, faster-than-fast quilt making. With our busy lives, we all love quick, basic quilt patterns that require no more precision than aiming for a 1/4″ seam allowance. But what about when you’re challenging yourself…when you’re ready to attempt a more complicated pieced quilt or block design?
The January/February 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting featured one such block, Precision Pathways, and it caused me to scour the quilting world for tips for precise piecing in order to get a handle on it. There are 160 patches in that 12″ block. The need for precision was obvious!
Some of the tips I found were what you’d expect, but some really taught me a something new and I tried to focus on those as I made my sample blocks.
I taped a short (less than 8 minutes) video demonstrating some of these tips and this week’s Tuesday Tutorial is that video, Precise Piecing Tips!
If you’d like to make the Precision Pathways Block as shown in the video, the cutting instructions for the patches, etc. are given on the Block Builders Workshop page in the January/February 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting (available as an instant digital download).
And if you’d like to know more about precision piecing, I recommend any book, video, or workshop by Sally Collins. She is the guru of precision piecing, and I guarantee you’ll learn a LOT!
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Quilters who care about accuracy will love the scissors featured in the video. Havel’s scissors have micro-serrated blades to prevent slipping and ensure accurate cuts. Check them out in our online shop!