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Monday, February 13, 2012

2012 February ~ Matching Perfect Points ~ Tutorial

When I took a class last April for making a Stack-n-Whack quilt the instructor taught us this neat trick on how to make our points always line up together.  I will pass what I learned on to you now by making the following picture tutorial.  I hope this tutorial helps, please let me know.  PS...this is the book I used for my stack and whack patterns, you can click the picture of the book below to purchase it yourself from Amazon.com:    :-)

This will be your finished product.  Nice pointy Points ~ not the technical term..hehe :p
1.  Pin through the back of your fabric and the top of your 1st point.
2.  With right sides of fabric facing each other you now pin the same spot right below the point going through both layers.
3.  Bottom view of two fingers holding the stabilizing pin.
4.  Pin along one side of the stabilizing pin, while stabilizing pin from bottom & after matching the seams on the bottom & top.
5.  Pin on the other side of the center stabilizing pin (I use these flat head butterfly pins).

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6.  Remove the center stabilizing pin, it is now secure.
7.  Continue pinning to prepare to sew.
8. Start sewing your 1/4 inch seam allowance.  I use this nifty 1/4 inch tool to stay on track.  I also remove my pins normally before I ride over them.  Even though these are the thin pins that are safe to sew over, I have still been known to break my needles.  Normally the new ones :-) UPDATE:  I was talking to Sarah of Sew Together and she made a GREAT point (hehe a pun).  Anywho, she suggested that we should keep the pins in when we are sewing over the pointy sections, since the fabric can still move if not pinned and just go VERY slow over the pointed sections as mentioned in the next pic below :).  I think I have just been VERY lucky so far but I totally agree that it is likely to happen.  Continue slowly over the area where the points meet, guiding if needed and using the side wheel of your machine to walk it over the thick area.  Want one of these awesome guides?  Go here to Sarah's Sew Together website to get one, tell her I sent you, she is such a sweet lady! :)
9.  Press your seams open to help with bulk.
10.  Another example of pointy points.

Please let me know if this helped you out when making your points.  :-)

I hope this helps you feel better about how to make your points match up.  Please let me know what you think of this tutorial when you get a chance :-)


Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy
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20 comments:

  1. Great tut, thanks so much. I really have to try it.

    Greetings from the northsea

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    1. Hi there! I am so glad it was helpful to you :-) It made all of the difference to me when I learned the tip. Let me know how it works out for you after you try it out :-) Tiffiny
      PS...I just posted a giveaway for a 6 inch Charm Pack of fabrics, enter when you have a few minutes :-) Good luck!

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  2. Thanks for the tut! I'll be coming back next time I make a quilt.

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    1. You are very welcome Diana, it makes me feel good you found it helpful :-)

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  3. Ahhh!! I'll most definitely try this! Thanks so much for the linky link, Tiff!

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    1. Hehe...you are VERY welcome Lisa! I hope it helps you! Let me know ok? Hugs from me :-)

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  4. I am so trying this. Thank you so very much.

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    1. Hi Patricia! You are very welcome, please let me know how it works out for you :-) Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny

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  5. I am really new to quilting, I am very close to finishing my first project , a rag quilt... Thank you for this tip, I know it is going to be extremely helpful.

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    1. Hi Carolyn! That is "sew" exciting! I would love to see pictures when you get it finished, are you on Twitter or on Facebook by chance also? Or you could feel free to send to my email tiffinyquilts@gmail.com =) Getting through that 1st project and already imaging your next is the hint that you are already hooked, LOVE IT!!!! Thanks for your comment and hope you will come back to my site often to share your quilting progress =) Hugs & smiles, Tiffiny

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  6. Yes I'm on Facebook and I just friended you! Woo hoo...
    Carlyn

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    1. I am soooooooooooooo and "sew" sorry for mis-spelling your name. I know what that is like. I have it now, C-A-R-L-Y-N. I have been practicing on my Facebook message to you, where I figured it out a few minutes late giggles. And yippppppppppppeeeee to Facebook friends now too! Thank you for that!!! =) Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee hahahaha Tiffiny :-P

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  7. I made a quilt some time ago (purple diamond) where I had lots and lots of points to connect, and used a very similar tech of doing it, thanks for sharing I will try it next time. Your pictures are very clear and easy to follow.

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    1. Hugs, thank you Marelize for your comment =) Let me know if you liked trying it this way. Do you have a link for the purple diamonds? My favvvvvvv color is purple hehe =)

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  8. Thank you! This is a new method I haven't tried before, thanks for getting the link to me!

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    1. You are very welcome Jeanna! Let me know if you like it this way also =)

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  9. Haven't tried that method but will now. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Dana =) Let me know how it works out for you, it was the way I was taught and has worked for me. But as you probably know there is no right way to do it, it is just finding the right way for us =)
      Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny :-)

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  10. Muchas gracias, voy a probar este metodo, por el tutorial se ve que todas las piezas encajaran perfectamente.

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    1. Ingrid, Muchas gracias por dejar un comentario sobre esta entrada del blog. Estoy tan contenta de que te haya gustado, por favor hágamelo saber cómo funciona para usted. Abrazos y sonrisas, Tiffiny =)

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