Smart Techniques for Working With Wedges
Explore the wonderful world of wedges with quilt designer Debbie Caffrey. First, learn how to use rulers and templates to create accurate, precise wedges. Borders are up next: Find out how to piece a simple version, before using sub-cutting to quickly bring a complex design to life. Then, Debbie reveals can't-miss methods for creating and joining perfectly pointed wedges before walking you through two stylish alternatives: a smooth, continuous edge and a gorgeous Dresden plate with a scalloped edge. Pick up tricks for facing, turning and pressing your designs like a pro, and follow along with Debbie to align and pin your wedge designs to background fabric. Discover various appliqué techniques to secure your fans and plates, and create perfect centers and handles. Finally, enjoy an inspiring final lesson full of Debbie's favorite wedge designs and binding techniques.
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 your instructor, quilt designer and author Debbie Caffrey. Debbie explains the role wedges play in quilts and shows you how to use a variety of wedge rulers for easy cutting. Then, she'll walk you through basic calculations for perfect wedge measurements, and help you use a paper template to cut with a straight edge.
Get started with wedge piecing by sewing easy wedge borders. Then, take it a step further as Debbie shows you sub-cutting methods to create more complex variations. You'll also learn Debbie's tips for measuring borders and managing corners for great results.
Find out how to make perfect points for your wedges and pickets using Debbie's tried-and-true chain-piecing technique. Join the pointed pieces with precision, and discover an innovative way to give each point eye-catching dimension.
Follow along with Debbie to to join your straight-edge wedges and turn them magically into continuous circles. Then, Debbie guides you through making gorgeous scalloped edges for classic fans and Dresden plates before revealing how to face, turn and press them like a pro.
Find out how to align your faced, pressed fans and plates to your background fabric, and appliqué them three different ways. Then add handles and centers easily and accurately with Debbie's methods. They're so much easier than they look!
Explore inspiring design possibilities with wedges and pickets, and discover some of Debbie's favorites. Finally, learn Debbie's proven methods for cutting, joining and attaching binding strips for beautiful results.