Join patchwork expert Kelly Ashton and open the door to a new world of intricate blocks. First, Kelly will demystify partial seams as you sew a Bright Hopes block and she'll show you how to translate this technique to create frames and borders. Then, learn how to create your own templates to cut a range of shapes and discover the keys to precise, consistent results, even when fussy-cutting. Next, follow along with Kelly to measure and mark fabric before sewing Y-seams for a tumbling block. Tackle a six-pointed star block with the timesaving unit-construction method and discover tried-and-true pressing techniques for polished results. Along the way, you'll learn Kelly's smart tips and tricks for troubleshooting alignment issues, puckering and bias-edge distortion, and find out how to use directional fabric to create a stylish statement.
Meet instructor Kelly Ashton and expand your knowledge of piecing advanced shapes! Create a Bright Hopes block as Kelly shares her foolproof technique for sewing partial seams. You'll also pick up tips for creative borders and frames.
Learn how Y-seams (also known as set-in seams) are used to bring blocks together, and find out how to work with bias edges to minimize distortion. Kelly also shares the keys to success when working with directional fabric.
Explore the pros and cons of commercial and handmade templates, and follow along with Kelly to create your own templates for advanced shapes.
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