One of our fave projects in the first batch of Premium membership boxes is the Fly By Quilt. With the classic flying geese blocks, modern striped fabric and sleek straight-line quilting, what’s not to love?!
That said, working with striped fabric can be tricky — you’ve got to make sure the pieces line up, keep the lines straight and make sure they go in the right direction. But your instructor, Vanessa Vargas Wilson, has two pretty genius tips to make stress-free stripes.
- When assembling the quilt, triple check the stripes are oriented correctly in the half-square triangles (HSTs). If they’re not, you’ll end up with a piece that doesn’t fit the design — and end up wasting your precious fabric!
- The way you place your fabric determines whether you get horizontal or vertical stripes in your HST. So before you stitch — and after you’ve drawn your diagonal lines for each HST — place a pin in your fabric squares and fold the striped fabric back. That way you can have a look and see what the finished HST will actually look like, and you’ll know your diagonal line has been drawn correctly.
What other tips and tricks have been super helpful for you? Share your secrets for making the Fly By Quilt in the comments, and don’t forget to upload a photo to show us your progress!
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