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How to Construct a Quilt Designed in Electric Quilt using Folded Corners
One question I am frequently asked is -- "How do I make a quilt that I designed in Electric Quilt?"
There are many ways to approach piecing a block.
I love working with folded corners as all the pieces are squares and rectangles. No cut triangles are required when using this technique.
I will share my suggestions for creating folded corner cutting charts for your Electric Quilt blocks.
What is a Folded Corner?
Back when I started quilting, I had a book from Mary Ellen Hopkins entitled "It's OK if you Sit on My Quilt Book". In this book she introduced the quilting world to connector corners. I think this may have been one of the techniques that revolutionized modern day quilting. Over the years I have heard a number of names for the technique including "cheater corner" and "folded corner".
The technique refers to a method of adding triangles to a quilt block using only square or rectangle pieces of fabric. It is frequently the suggested method for creating snowball blocks, square within a square units and flying geese units.
Simple Folded Corner Construction
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a folded corner piece from corner to corner.
Drafting Cutting Charts for Folded Corner Blocks
As you can see, piecing a folded corner block is super simple!
However when we design in Electric Quilt, EQ does not give us rotary cutting measurements that are conducive to using the folded corner technique.
My video tutorial will share with you how to create cutting charts that utilize the folded corner construction technique. This technique works best for blocks with patches that are square or rectangle and have 45 degree angles.
Here are the rotary cutting charts from the quilt in the video.
October Apply What You Learned
Enjoy the virtual quilt show as Tech Know Quilter members shared what they learned during October. If you would like to join the wait list for the next open enrollment for Tech Know Quilters, you may sign up here.
Tech Know Quilters Masters Challenge - Quilts Inspired by Your Favorite Quilting Tool
Other October Projects
Do you decorate with quilts for fall? I love working with fall fabrics and using quilts is my decoration of choice. I just created a new fall quilt that could easily be stitched up before the snow starts to fall. (Or since an early snow is in the forecast, maybe before the snow stays on the ground until spring).
Fall is in the Air Quilt
Last week I shared how to take a number of applique motifs from the EQ8 library and combine them to make a wreath. If you missed the tutorial you can catch it here.
In addition to sharing how to create the wreath, I also discussed how to convert the file to an svg format -- which is usable with Silhouette Cameo, Brother Scan n Cut and Cricut Maker cutting systems. So it would be super easy to make this 20 inch wreath.
This week I will share with you how to create a simple setting and some easy to piece blocks for a fun new fall quilt.
The maple leaf block is 3" finished and easy to rotary cut and the large 20" finished block would be conducive to foundation piecing -- or adding 5-1/2" and 3-1/2" squares for folded corners.
Additional Cutting Information for Borders
Quilt will finish 44" x 44" (without binding).
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I have some new great tips to share with you on the String Applique Circle quilt. Did you know that you can create applique shapes with "holes" in them in Electric Quilt? Read more below.
Also check out the next steps in constructing the String Applique quilt -- along with free templates for both the circles and the rings.
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Settings and Borders 1
Then I printed the block (using the block size of 12" x 12") on 12" x 15" freezer paper sheets using my wide-carriage printer. Then I didn't have to tape any sheets together.
Carefully cut out the three circles.
Iron on the back of a strip segment. Cut the strip segment.
Here are the free downloadable freezer paper templates (pdf format).
You may get by with just one set of templates. I found they could be reused multiple times.
Create the Fusible Rings
I had 3 separate ring blocks in Electric Quilt. One for each size of ring. Great for designing. Not so great on economizing on usage of Steam-A-Seam 2 (particularly since I only had one package of five sheets for the project).
I used the large ring (12")as the base.
I opened the 8" ring, selected it with the Pick tool and then selected Copy.
Then opened the 12" ring and selected Paste. I then change the size of the copied ring to 8" x 8". Add to Sketchbook.
Then I opened the 6" ring and repeated the process. Add to Sketchbook.
Change your paper size to 9 x 12 (the size of the Steam-A-Seam sheets) and print. You will have to tape some of these together after printing.
Here are the free download pdfs for the Fusible Rings. These may be used for either tracing or printing on fusible webbing.
Rough cut the rings. Peel and stick onto Ring fabric and cut out.
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