5 Ways to Create your Best Quilts with Perfect Piecing!

Piecing quilts is an art form! It takes practice to nest or line up seams accurately, which determines if your quilt will be “square.” Without accurate piecing, aligning rows, joining blocks, adding borders, binding, and quilting can be difficult. Fons & Porter is always looking for ways to increase accuracy in quiltmaking and to provide you with the tools you need to make your best quilts! If you stumble across a quilting template that speaks to you, make sure to get a great deal on it by following the easy steps below. But, first, 5 ways to get precise measurements for your quilts:

Twisted Triangles Quilt
Twisted Triangles by Jean Nolte
Glorious Nine-Patch Quilt
Glorious by Jean Nolte

1) You may not have heard of the Twisted Triangle block just yet – it’s a newer block that packs a ton of interest. You’ll find, those who love this block really love it! Each quilt block features six curved triangles arranged in a hexagon shape, showing off the Twisted Triangle design. This is a challenging quilt, but we made piecing easier, so you can focus on the final look of your quilt with confidence!

2) As the years have passed, the Nine Patch has, like all other quilt blocks, gathered steam, and we now see variations on the Nine Patch quilt block. Glorified Nine Patch quilt patterns have been around for a while, as well, but they’re a little trickier, as you can see in Glorious. Utilize your Fons & Porter quilting resources to make creating Glorified Nine Patch quilt patterns much easier!

Yipee Daisies Quilt
Yipee Daisies by Cyndi Hershey

3) How about the Drunkard’s Quilt Block or using Y-seams in your quilts? Yes, I know – curved seams, for many quilters, are to be avoided at all costs. The very idea of piecing a curved block makes their hair stand on end. Don’t be one of these quilters! You limit your skills, your experiences and your quilts. If you need help getting your curves just right, we can help…there are helpful tools out there to make working with curved seams much easier.

4) Have you ever made Melon Patch quilt blocks for any of your quilts? They’re lots of fun – you should try it! What about decorative stitches to make your quilt blocks pop? Think of using a decorative stitch when stitching-in-the-ditch. Imagine something fancy, like a herringbone stitch, around these Split Melon Patch quilt blocks in Yipee Daisies. Melon Patch quilt blocks involve curves, so we have some excellent quilting tips for you!

5) Tumbler quilts have made a reputation for themselves in the quilting world. Historically, quilts featuring Tumbler units were made with donated or shared fabrics, earning them the name “beggar quilts.” More commonly, however, Tumbler quilts have been referred to as “charm quilts” throughout history. These old-fashioned quilts were made regularly in the 1870s and became popular again in the 1930s and 40s and are once again seen in today’s quilting community. They have a bit of an irregular shape – this is where some guidance comes in handy. Fons & Porter shows you how to ensure accurate piecing when making Tumbler quilts.

We love precision and accuracy when it comes to quilts! Piecing can be challenging, so Fons & Porter is always searching for ways to make it simpler. One of the ways we can do that is with quilting templates. For today only (4/18/16), use promo code SHAPE20 at checkout for 20% off Fons & Porter templates!

Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter


Happy Quilting!
Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter, Online Editor



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Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad—a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.