McCall's Quilting - March/April 2018 - 90
We indicate lengthwise or crosswise grain with an arrow on the
About our Patterns
We recommend that you read all of the instructions before
starting a project and that you cut and sew one block before cutting all of your fabric.
Using a rotary cutter, mat and an acrylic ruler, cut the shape
to the size indicated in the cutting list.
Our patterns list ﬁnished block sizes, which are typically ½˝
smaller than unﬁnished block sizes because they do not
include seam allowances.
Basic Quilting Supplies
* Rotary cutter and mat
* Acrylic ruler: Many shapes
and sizes are available; a
good one to start with is
6˝ x 24˝ with ¼˝ and ⅛˝
* Scissors: A separate pair
for paper and fabric
* Sewing machine
* ¼˝ foot
* Walking foot
* Darning foot
* Ironing board & iron
* Marking pencils/markers/
* Safety pins
* Template plastic
Many patches can be cut from strips of fabric by rotary cutting. First, cut a strip of fabric
the width needed. Then, cross-cut strips into
1 2 3 4 5
To ﬁnd the grainline of your fabric for rotary
cutting, hold the fabric with selvages parallel in front of you. Keeping the selvages
together, slide the edge closest to you to
one side or the other until the fabric hangs
straight, without wrinkles or folds. Then lay
the fabric down on your cutting mat and cut
perpendicular to the fold line. Use this cut
edge as your straight-of-grain line.
T H E B E S T O F A M E R I C A N Q U I LT I N G
To cut from a template, place the template face down on the
wrong side of the fabric and trace with a sharp pencil. Reverse
(r) templates should be placed face up on the wrong side of the
fabric before tracing.
Align the cut edges of fabric with the edge
of the presser foot if it is ¼˝ wide. If not,
place masking tape on the throat plate of
your machine ¼˝ away from the needle to
guide you. Sew all the way to the cut edge.
The instructions give the applique technique used by the designer. Fusible applique patterns are already reversed. To convert
between fusible designs and turned-edge, you may need to
reverse the design. No turn-under allowances are given on applique patterns. When positioning patches, leave enough space
around the outside edges of the block for trimming and seam
Finger crease the fabric in half lengthwise, crosswise and diagonally as needed to form guidelines for placement of the patches.
Preparing Your Fabric
We recommend that you pre-wash your fabrics. A shrinkage
factor is included in our yardage computations.
Use a tear-away stabilizer on the back to support machine stitching that is dense (like satin stitching) and to keep the fabric from
tunneling. Choose a stabilizer that matches the weight of the fabric. After the applique is complete, gently remove the stabilizer.
Raw-edge applique using paper-backed fusible web is a fast
and easy way to applique. Add E˝ underlap allowance to those
edges that lie under another.
It is important to cut accurately and to sew exact ¼˝ seams.
Trace the patterns on template plastic and cut out accurately.
Trace the pattern pieces, also drawing the needed underlap
allowances, on the paper side of fusible web leaving at least ½˝
between all the pieces. Cut about E˝ outside each drawn line.
Measure, mark and cut the binding and
border strips before cutting patches from
the same fabric. Cut larger patches before
smaller ones. For best use of the fabric,
arrange patches with cutting lines close or
One or more straight sides of the patch should
follow the lengthwise (parallel to the selvages)
or crosswise (perpendicular to the selvages)
grain of fabric, especially the sides that will
be on the outside edges of the quilt block.
To eliminate stiffness, try this variation for patches larger than 1˝:
Cut out the center of the fusible web ¼˝ inside the drawn line,
making a ring of fusible web.
Following the manufacturer's directions, iron the web, paper
side up, to the wrong side of the fabric. Cut out the shape on
the drawn line. Carefully pull away the paper backing. Fuse the
patches to the background where marked.
To ﬁnish the raw edges, machine satin stitch with a colored thread,
or zigzag or blanket stitch using matching or invisible thread.