Dozens of Quilting Tips & Tricks!

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Marti Michell video iconMarti demonstrates how to check your 1/4-inch seam allowance.
For a complete list of Marti's online videos, select the Videos link under "About Our Products."

 

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Cutting with our Templates
Cutting and Sewing
Designing Your Quilt
Diagonal Set Triangle Rulers
Drunkard's Path Tricks
Flying Geese Tricks
Folding Mirror Tricks
Giant Dahlia
Grid Papers to Print
Reverse Applique Sunburst (PDF)Swirl Pressing (PDF; example block is Sunset Canoes from The Romance Continues BOM)
Sewing Tricks
Winding Ways Quilt Block
Use our Templates to make the quilts you see in books and magazines

Cutting with our Templates

Rotary Cutting Tips

Quick Cut and Chain Piece Four Patch Units

Quick Cut and Chain Piece Half-Square Triangle Units

Cut Away to Create a Sewing Line

Teach Your Templates New Tricks

The Best Way to Cut Strips: Use the Tool ~ This is Marti's favorite way to cut strips - no more repositioning after truing up the edge!

PDF The Best Way to Cut Strips : Use the Tool (illustrated with Set A, use this method with any of our tools)

PDFs. Strip Yield Charts for Template Sets Charts are designed to help you figure how many pieces you can cut from strips wide enough for individual template shapes, and also can be used to determine yardage requirements. Charts show the orientation of templates, strip widths and number of pieces yielded per strip for each template shape. Charts assume strips are cut on the lengthwise grain; therefore the longest strip on any chart is 36". Download individual pages from this list for the template sets you own:

Set A
Set B
Set C
Set D
Set E
Set F
Set G
Set H
Set L
Set M

Cutting and Sewing

Mary Huey's blogpost on split diamonds with Sets G and H

PDF Quick Cut and Chain Piece Four Patch Units. Also includes a list of all sizes (21!) of squares in the Perfect Patchwork System.

"Square Up" with Templates

Improving the "Snowball Trick"

PDF Swirl Pressing highlighted on Marti's Sunset Canoes block design from the Romance Continues Block fo the Month program.

(More on sewing)

Designing Your Quilt

PDF Download a Design Grid Papers for Kaleidoscope Quilts for use with our new Kaleidoscope ABCs book. (2.8 MB)

PDF Design Grid Papers for 60° Family Shapes excerpted from Six is For Hexagons, Volume 6 in the Encyclopedia of Patchwork Blocks.

More PDFs grid papers to download:

Storm at Sea Flying Geese Drunkard's Path Kaleidoscope
Winding Ways Tessellating Windmills Pineapple Layouts

Diagonal Set Triangle Rulers

PDF Patchwork Trix

Make blocks float on the background of the quilt
by cutting larger setting and corner triangles with the Diagonal Set Triangle Ruler.

Drunkard's Path Tricks

PDF 20 Drunkard's Path blocks and 10 downloadable Color and Design pages

Cut 6 sizes of circles with our templates.

Flying Geese Tricks

Make Bigger Flying Geese-type Triangles

35 Sizes of Flying Geese!

Flying Geese coloring sheet
and tips for figuring quilt size

Folding Mirror Tricks

A Trick with Mirrors

Make Fake Diamonds

Giant Dahlia

How to Make a Giant Dahlia Christmas Tree Skirt. If you liked Marti's tree skirt on "Simply Quilts," you might want to print out this page.

PDF Giant Dahlia, King Size Version to make with our Dahlia templates

Sewing Tricks

Sewing Perfect 1/4-inch seams web page or Download PDF

Making Perfect Mitered Corners

Making a French-fold binding

Winding Ways Quilt Block

PDF Winding Ways Coloring Sheet. Color your own quilt design to make using our Winding Ways templates

Use our Templates to make the quilts you see in books and magazines

We encourage you to check your collection of From Marti Michell templates whenever you see a quilt in a magazine that you'd like to make. You may be surprised by how many just-the-right-size basic geometric shapes you already own!

Make quilts in Fons and Porter's "Love of Quilting"

PDF Template Conversion Charts for Two of Your Favorite Books
The New Sampler Quilt and P.S. I Love You Two!

 

 

 

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