A lot of people have asked me about the accuquilt reference charts and say that they can’t find them on the Accuquilt website. Here is a photo of the Accuquilt web page today – and I have circled the link to find the reference charts. Once you click that link you will have to click on the link for the Cutting Equivalents chart. There is no point in my putting the reference charts on this website because they will be updated every time new dies are released.
Again today, I am talking about some of the basics of quilting and combining that with information about using the Accuquilt GO die cutting system and the Cutting Equivalents Chart.
It can be confusing as to whether one is talking about cut sizes or finished sizes when quilting. Using the Accuquilt GO die system is no different. To clear that up there is a great chart on the Accuquilt.com website called “Cutting Equivalents Chart”. You can use that chart to determine how to cut almost anything. If you know the finished or cut size of the patches in the quilt block you can determine which die to use to cut the pieces that you need. In addition, if you are making applique blocks or quilts, you can look at this chart and determine what size background you will need for the applique shapes. It gives you some idea, in terms of size and scale, as to which applique pieces you can mix and match to compose your block.
The other very nice thing about this Cutting Equivalents Chart is that it helps you shop for dies to be sure you are getting a die that “fits” your needs.
This chart includes the following shapes:
There are three kinds of triangles included in the triangle section. They are equilateral, half square, and quarter square/flying geese. The pictures below show you what a half square triangle is and the two versions of the quarter square triangle. Sometimes you will see it as four triangles in a square, other times you will see it as a single triangle in a rectangular patch.
I do not have a photo of an equilateral triangle, but that is easy to remember because the name tells is a perfect description of the triangle itself. Remember, an equilateral triangle is a tessellation and does not fit in a square. Each angle of an equilateral triangle is 60 degrees.
Based on a discussion on the Accuquilt Yahoo Discussion Group recently, I am going to post the information that was included in the first set of Accuquilt EQ7 blocks that I showed. This is about quilting nomenclature and will be helpful to those who are just beginning to quilt. I learned about this when I first started quilting from the book: It’s Okay if you sit on my quilt by Mary Ellen Hopkins. This information has been valuable many times and in many ways.
One important aspect of this is that the block size needs to be easy to divide into a certain number of patches. Thus, it is very hard to cut the pieces just the right size for a five patch block that you want to be 12 inches when it is finished. Five patch blocks should come out to be five inches, 10 inches, 15 inches, etc. when they are finished. Likewise, three patch blocks should come out to be three inches, 6 inches, 9 inches, 12 inches, etc. when they are finished. There are smaller numbers that can be used, but it gets complicated. . .
There are a couple of ways that we talk about how many patches make up a block. For example, when looking at the block below, we call it a four patch block and visualize a block that is two patches by two patches.
Two Patch Block:
However, we also describe blocks that are four patches across and four patches down as four patch designs. Thus, based on that nomenclature, the block above may be called a two patch block and the block below will be called a four patch block.
Four Patch Block:
Likewise, we call blocks that are three or five or more patches across and down in the same fashion, as shown below:
I am following a blog with instructions for all in one piecing and quilting. This is Terri Watson’s Threadtales blog. I had seen some basic instructions before, but these instructions are much more detailed, and Terri gives more options for piecing and quilting. Her instructions are for longarm quilting, but it would be very easy to adapt them to your domestic sewing machine.
The first lesson was on strip piecing, and I am looking forward to her future instructions too for pieced strips. Each lesson comes out the first day of the month. She has some great inspiration for quilting and piecing and has a wonderful blog to follow. Drop in and see what she’s doing.
My next step is to see if I can not only piece and quilt in one step, but cut all the pieces on my Accuquilt GO cutter. Will let you know.
You may remember a quilt I made back in September. I posted a video but never posted the written instructions. I have now uploaded those instructions and you will now find the written instructions in the left column with other instructions and videos. If you would like direct links:
I am back from traveling and headed to the gym first thing and then to meet with a quilting client. After that I will be back to my cleaning and organization activities. On the way back from the mountains yesterday, I stopped at the Ikea store in Charlotte and picked up some of their stackable plastic boxes. I love them as they are affordable and clear and square and stack so nicely on my shelves. Quilting and sewing and most artistic endeavors are intrinsically messy activities, but we are all so much more productive when things are neat and organized. I find that in the midst of creating, I pull out bolts and bolts of fabric and boxes of cut pieces before I find just the right combination to suit my fancy. But in the end, it all has to go back. If it’s organized in the first place, getting it back in order is much easier. The other thing that is so important for getting it back in order is not to have too much of anything — use it up or throw it away. And that is what I do at the end of every year. It is good to go through and re-purpose or get rid of projects that we’re not ever going to finish.
Besides the Ikea boxes, I love the Polar Notions fabric bolts. There’s a link on the right to their website. It truly makes organizing one’s fabric much easier.