I have just started a fan quilt using 8 pieces for the "spokes" of the fan. Does anyone have any tips for me?
Lou - here's one I made years ago, I think t may have been the 2nd quilt I did. It uses the stack & whack process and was lot of fun. Made it for my Mom and she used it right up till she died, in her sleep under it. I got it back a few months ago.
I used a full piece of fabric under it and appliqued the fan onto the block. I used some lace edging and sewed it around the top under the fan to attach the fan to the block. hope that helps...
"I'm just a poor soul who's intentions are good. Oh, Lord, Please don't let me be misunderstood."
here's a close up - some I did with lace edging and some made prairie points and sewed it down across the top
This holds true for any piecing so it is more of a general hint than specific to the fan. As a rule the bottom of the blades are finished with circle or part of a circle appliqued or stitch in. We're talking cover up here. Depending on your top edge the same may be true though often that is appliqued onto the background. Always piece from the point that needs to be most precise down to the part that has some forgiveness. In a block, eg star , with points along the outside edge stitch from the tip down rather than what seems more natural, towards the tip. Far easier to get precise 1/4" tips that don't get cut off when joining or trimming to the next element.
Agnes in NW Ontario
Agnes:Always piece from the point that needs to be most precise down to the part that has some forgiveness. In a block, eg star , with points along the outside edge stitch from the tip down rather than what seems more natural, towards the tip.
Great tip Agnes. Frankly, it never occurred to me. Thank you.
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Your fan quilt is beautiful!