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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Quilting Help

Help, I need somebody
Help, not just anybody
Help, you know I need someone

The Beatles, Help

Have a favorite technique tutorial? Email your recommended link to!

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. 

  • beginner

    adv. beginner


    adv. intermediate

  • 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



Designing Your Own Patterns


Paper Piecing

  • 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
  • More Paper Piecing Hints

    • 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!


Rotary Cutting

Traditional Piecing

Have a favorite technique tutorial? Share it in comments and we'll add it to the list!