Better Quilts: Thinking Outside the Blocks
Make each of your quilts a one-of-a-kind creation with just a few simple pattern tweaks. Author and designer Debbie Caffrey shares the expert techniques to customize your work, so you can bring your unique vision to life, no matter the pattern!
Debbie Caffrey has been teaching quilting nationwide since 1983. She's taught at events such as International Quilt Festival (Houston, Rosemont and Long Beach), Minnesota Quilters Conference, The Road to California and many more. Debbie is the self-published author of 14 books on quilting, the designer of dozens of quilt patterns and more than 250 mystery quilt patterns. She has also contributed many articles to publications such as Traditional Quiltworks magazine, as well as appearing on both HGTV's "Simply Quilts" and QNNtv.com's "Quilter's Coffee."
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Debbie Caffrey and begin class by learning how to "finish the story" by completing your designs with partial blocks, sashing and border pieces. Debbie also shows you how to calculate custom sizes and use a triangle tool for more efficient sew-and-flip units such as flying geese.
Explore how fabric selection and strip width can affect the results cut from your strip-pieced panels. You'll use a triangle tool to cut half-square and quarter-square triangles before fitting your block to align with strip-pieced setting triangles.
Find out how to simplify block designs and construct with more efficient units. Then calculate the size of your setting triangles and enjoy a simplification of sewing partial seams for complex block construction.
Eliminate bulky seams and excess background fabric by incorporating pieced sashing into your design. Then calculate setting triangles for blocks on point with shared sashing. Plus learn how to make accurate checkerboard borders with efficient piecing techniques.
Debbie shows you how changing the size of your blocks can affect the design of your project. Then she breaks down your blocks and simplifies the math for easy resizing. You'll also get tricks for achieving perfect alignment on square-within-a-square and flying geese units.
Create the illusion of layers in your project and find out how to calculate changing your squares into square-within-a-square units. Finally, use Tri-Recs tools for efficient cutting and unique, elongated star points.