We hope you've enjoyed the first two tutorials from our May Blog Hop. Today we have Debby Kratovil sharing her Magical Mitering technique using the Savannah collection. If you've ever feared making a mitered corner, you'll love this! After you read through Debby's tutorial, head over to her blog for an inspiring virtual gallery of quilts, techniques (including an entire section on using 60 degree angles!) and more--she's incredibly prolific and well-known throughout the industry! Also, Debby is hosting a giveaway for a fat quarter bundle of Savannah--don't miss out on the chance to enter!
Hi, I'm Debby over from Debby Kratovil Quilts!
I like to say: All quilts. Only quilts. All the time.
My 14 years as Special Projects Editor for a quilting magazine required me to come up with all sorts of tips and tricks and techniques which I love to share. I chose the Savannah Collection to showcase my much-requested Magical Mitering technique because of the small panels of flowers that resemble windows. I enjoy showing quilters easy ways to approach otherwise difficult quilting challenges. I try to include tutorials often at my blog along with many of the pictures of quilts I've had published over the years.
|Lovely garden themed fabrics: Savannah Collection by Benartex|
Two sections of 4 small panels
|Two groups of panels with "attic window" strips|
I cut the two contrasting strips (yellow and black prints) at 2-1/2" x wof. Because I am mitering, the strips have to be longer that the 9-1/2" sides by at least 2-1/2" twice. So, I cut them at 9-1/2" + 2-1/2" + 2-1/2" , which equals 14-1/2". You can throw in an extra inch for safety. So, what does this look like?
|The first strips extend at least 2-1/2" beyond the two sides as shown|
Press seams TOWARD the center, so you can see the inside edge of the strips
|You now see the extended stitching AND the inside edge of the strips|
|This stitching will be your visual guide when placing the next set of strips.|
|Begin stitching as shown; it's ok to backstitch to lock in place|
WAIT! IT IS A MITER!
|This magically forms the miter without having to wrestle an alligator|
Remember I told you that pressing the first set of strips TOWARD the center was important? Here's why: You use the raw edge of that strip as your guide for aligning the second set of strips (in this case, the black floral). That's how you get a true 45 degree miter:
|Notice how the fold begins right at where you dropped your machine needle|
This works on ALL corners
|All corners can be folded in the same way|
Fold back, pin and get ready to stitch.
|Yes, this is stitched with a tiny zig zag and monofilament thread.|
Wait? Can I see the back?
|Look closely; you can see the stitching. Trim away the excess folded under fabrics.|
And now for the reveal of the entire block using my Magical Mitering technique:
|Magically mitered strips. You can call this Attic Windows, also.|
Remember: First two strips get pressed TOWARD the center. The last two strips are pressed AWAY from the center.
I made 4 of these panels. Two of the blocks have yellow on the side and two have yellow on the top and bottom. This way the same colors don't touch. Well, what does it look like?
|13" blocks and YES! I mitered the borders, too!|
For some reason I get carried away when I start sewing. I almost never make something small. Don't these Savannah panels look like window panes viewing a lovely English garden?
Don't forget to head over to her blog to enter the giveaway!
And stop back here tomorrow for the last day of this month's hop!