Join award-winning quilter Sarah Fielke and discover four of her favorite ways to sew eye-catching alphabet quilts. First, rotary cut squares, rectangles and half-square triangles to serve as the building blocks of a pieced alphabet. Join your letters using an easy patchwork technique and pick up tried-and-true tips for handling tricky shapes. Want letters with smooth, fluid curves? Bias tape makes it as easy as ABC! Find out how create fused letters, appliqué them to a block and cover or accent your ends for a professional-level finish. Then, discover Sarah's fun, fast way to hand-appliqué sweet, whimsical letters. Finally, get ready to improvise! Learn how to add head-turning, funky style to your quilts with template-free "improv" pieced lettering. Go beyond basic stitching and sew quilts that tell a story with text!
Playful, colorful, improvisational and just plain fun! That's how Sarah Fielke's fans describe her quilt designs. In Big Techniques from Small Scraps, this Aussie quilter makes six small, scrappy quilts that combine traditional techniques with updated fabrics and a fresh design sensibility. Try something different, like deconstructed piecing, or learn a new skill, like needleturn appliqué. Create Sarah's designs or jump off and do them your own way. It's all good fun!
What You'll Learn
•Appliqué curves and points without templates or pins
•Hand quilting with perle cotton to add dimension
•Using the 60-degree ruler and Dresden wedge
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