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How to Use Fandom In Stitches
- Difficulty Levels - FiS patterns are rated on a scale of 1 - 5. You can find this chart (or similar) on each pattern page. Patterns are rated by their respective designers.
- When printing pdf patterns, choose "no scaling" for the most accurate pattern size. This is especially important on paper pieced patterns.
- How to Enlarge & Reduce patterns
- How to be a Fandom In Stitches Designer
- Learn to Applique from Quilter's Cache
- Pat Sloan's Fusible Applique Tutorial
- Fused Edge Applique Tutorial from Connecting Threads
- Creating Double Fold French Binding from Pink Chalk Studio
- French Binding Tutorial from Hart Cottage Quilts
- Double Fold French Binding from Sun Shower Quilts
- One Seam Bias Binding from Quiddity Quilts
- Continuous Binding Tutorial from Such A Sew & Sew
- Joining the Ends of Double Fold Binding by Shelley Rodgers
Designing Your Own Patterns
- Designing patterns in Quilt Assistant by TweLoQ
- Thoughts and suggestions on designing without quilting software with Drawing A Patchy Heart (Paper Piecing) from Sewhooked
- Quilt Assistant - Free Quilt Design Software (please read the user agreement carefully, this software is for free patterns only). Read Jennifer's review of Quilt Assistant.
- Electric Quilt 7 - for-purchase quilt design software
- Inkscape - An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
- Embroidery tutorials of Jenny Hart over at Sublime Stitching
- Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials (great individual stitch tutorials)
- General Embroidery Tips from Penguin and Fish
- Hand Embroidery Tutorials from Urban Threads
- Video tutorial playlist created by Jennifer
- Transferring Patterns to Fabric
- Four methods from Urban Threads
- Using a Light Box from Kristina Yarn
- Using Sticky Fabri-Solvy from Wild Olive
- Dark Fabrics from Sublime Stitching
- Can Washable Crayola Markers be used to mark Embroidery & Quilting patterns?
- Useful Embroidery Products
- Printable Sticky Solvy (print & stick water soluble fabric, Jennifer's favorite for embroidery!)
- Green Sewline Pencil
- DMC Embroidery Transfer Pen
- Saral Transfer Paper (another great option for transferring an entire pattern)
- Artograph Light Box
- 8" x 8" Q-Snap Frame
- Darice 7" Spring Tension Hoop
- About Paper Piecing - an entire page of tutorials and information, including a free online class from Jennifer Ofenstein.
- Practice Paper Piecing from Quilter's Cache
- Paper Piecing Art: Beginner & Beyond (Learn to Paper Piece), a complete video tutorial from Jennifer Ofenstein
- Paper Piecing Tutorial from Such A Sew & Sew
- Paper Piecing a 5" Harry Potter block from ThriftyFun
- How to Paper Piece video in Italian by Gaya
- Always use 100% cotton, good quality quilting fabric.
- Use lightweight paper when printing, as it tears off easier. Recycled printer paper works great. You can also try a specialty paper like Carol Doak's Foundation Paper .
- Many of the patterns include 1/4" seam allowance, for those that do not, you can easily add it using this tutorial.
- Our Designers originate from all over the world, and paper sizes vary. Printing with "no scaling" ensures that patterns print at the size the designer intended.
- 5" patterns can easily be enlarged to 10" by copying at 200% on your own printer or at a copy shop (they can use bigger paper!) OR use our handy tutorial for enlarging/reducing your patterns at home. You may find that more complicated patterns are easier to piece when enlarged.
- When enlarging patterns, we recommend printing, cutting apart the pattern pieces and enlarging the units individually.
- Almost all patterns are mirror images. The image will be correct AFTER you piece it.
- To make sure your blocks align perfectly, find adjacent corners of two pattern pieces, push a pin through the exact corners of each to match the two. Pin or hold the pieces in place for sewing.
- Colors used on patterns are just a guide for fabric placement, the selection is up to you. Black and white printing is always an option.
- Leave the paper attached to the block until you sew it in it's final place, whether it be a quilt, purse, etc. That will keep the bias edges from stretching.
- Most of our patterns are multi-unit patterns. Accuracy is very important. If you're new to paper piecing, just take your time and practice, practice, practice!
- Suggested uses... quilts (of course!), handbags, banners, pillows, totes... use your imagination!
More Paper Piecing Hints
Have a favorite technique tutorial? Share it in comments and we'll add it to the list!
can you include something on printing patterns and making sure that the scaling is set to "none" as patterns created in other countries will be made to different paper sizes.ReplyDelete
Also perhaps can we have a little more info on resizing patterns as a lot of the patterns are 5" square, however the more complicated ones may work better at 10"
I'm doing the characters for a quilt...I just did Moaning Myrtle and when I went to download Dumbledore, his pattern pieces are not separated. Could ya'll think about keeping the sections separate for those of us who are accustom to Jen's way of doing things?? It would just make things more consistent for those of us who are not design savy. Just a thought! It makes it so much faster when we don't have to start separating the pattern and figuring out where to join the pieces to sew. I mean on Mcgonal's portrait there aren't any directons as to which ABC to stitch to which DEF. Just a thought.ReplyDelete
I just tried to download the Super Mario Bros. blocks (it direct-links you to Scribd) and it says I have to pay their fee to download the pattern. It might be a good idea to post that underneath the links on your site. Considering that these are licesed characters, I didn't think you could charge for them.ReplyDelete
We had no knowledge of the download fee as these patterns are published by Cut To Pieces and only linked to from Fandom In Stitches. All FiS patterns, whether hosted by our site or not, are intended to be free.Delete
UPDATE - The designer was aware of the problem and ALL Super Mario patterns are now available via Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B2hnD_nCc_7LTUNYZF8xSTNoQTQ/edit?pli=1Delete
Thanks for the updated links!Delete
Hello, I really would like to make the prancin pony for my sons fiance. But she does not respond to my emails. How can I get this pattern?ReplyDelete
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Hi, Lori. Only Regina has the Prancy Pony pattern. She gives it out with the answer to a LotR trivia question from this page: http://www.reginagrewe.de/05gratismuster/gm0010_e.htmlDelete
Sorry I don't have it for you.
Thank you for giving this link. I Prancy Pony is a very nice patternDelete
I'm going to try some of these patterns Thank you so much for having a site that I can download and work on I'm a first timer :)ReplyDelete
Can someone guide me from start to finish on the Millennium Falcon by Holly. I don't know where/how to begin. Thanks so much.ReplyDelete
Hi, Bonnie. We have a full-length tutorial that will help you get started with paper piecing. Once you get going, you can make any of our paper pieced patterns. I hope that helps! http://www.fandominstitches.com/2014/02/paper-piecing-art-learn-with-jennifer.htmlDelete
Hi there, super weird question but this is my first time using this site and I'd like to attempt The Office Quilt Along. Where the page talks about what fabric is required, it states "Background Yardage needed". Is this for the opposite (plain) side of the quilt or is it the mottled grey/beige which forms the background of some of the patterns such as "Prison Mike" and "Dunder Mifflin"? I need to order fabric and I'm just a little confused about which colours I need?ReplyDelete
Thanks for your help.
Hi there! Background fabric refers to the fabric that is in the back of the featured blocks. So for example the background of Prison Mike is the fabric in the block that is not Michael. If you have not yet, I highly recommend you join the office Facebook group that we created just for this quilt along. You can find a link here. https://www.facebook.com/groups/theofficeqal/Delete
Hi, there. All of our designers are volunteers and they each have their own methods of designing. We always recommend you contact the designer directly with questions about specific patterns, they are best equipped to help you. If you can't find the designer information, please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the pattern name, size, and designer, so we can make sure to get your question to the appropriate person.ReplyDelete