Learn time-saving techniques that help you avoid drawn-out hand appliqué processes without sacrificing quality stitching. Beth's hand-appliqué tips help you at every step, from the initial creation and organization of templates to embellishing your quilt motifs with embroidery stitches. Efficiently cut and address the paper templates, glue-baste perfect circles and sharp points in deceptively simple techniques, then machine-stitch your motif to the background for heirloom-quality results. Put down those hand-sewing needles and pick up these machine-finishing quilt techniques today!
Through six spectacular star blocks, learn dozens of Beth Ferrier's techniques for making your piecing faster, more fun and a shining success. Then use the included patterns to create marvelous projects: a table runner, pillow and sampler quilt! During class, put half-square triangles and clever pressing tips to use on the Friendship Star block. Master quarter-square triangles, bias and intersections as you assemble the Ohio Star. Simplify partial seams to make a perfect Pinwheel Star. Create soaring movement in an Evening Star with Flying Geese units. Piece a 54-40 or Fight block with superb skinny points. Plus, sew a dazzling, eight-point Lemoyne Star with diamonds and inset seams.