With many animal blocks, it’s little things like eyes and mouths that take a design from so-so to so super-cute! Many newbie quilters don’t have much experience with embroidery or applique, however, especially if they’re self-taught. In this mini-tutorial, I’ll explain a quick and easy way to add a touch of machine applique detail to ANY project you choose.
If you’ve ever wanted to print your PDF foundation patterns (or any other PDF file, for that matter) at the exact size you need from your home printer, then wait no more. The latest version of Adobe Reader, Adobe Reader XI, lets you do exactly that and lots of other cool printing tricks. I’ve been playing around with it a little, and want to share what I’ve found so far with you (though there’s probably lots more to discover). If you don’t have the latest version, download it for FREE from Adobe’s website here.
Have you heard? I’m talking about Craftsy, of course! If you haven’t checked it out yet, waste no more time! This wonderful site is dedicated to all things crafty, in particular on-line classes and workshops in just about every major area of crafting – sewing, jewelry, knitting, food, gardening, weaving, and of course, quilting.
A class you won’t want to miss is the Craftsy Block of the Month with Amy Gibson. You can sign up any time, watch it any time, go at your own pace, and best of all, it’s FREE. I’m even more excited because Amy will be demonstrating paper piecing with my Circle of Geese block in the October 2012 installment. Woo hoo! Craftsy is constantly adding new classes, so sign up for their free newsletter to get the latest offerings and news.
You can indulge in instant gratification shopping in the Craftsy Pattern Shop. The PDF e-patterns are from small independent designers, including yours truly :-) Once you pay for them via PayPal, they are instantly downloadable! How cool is that? Need a handcrafted wedding gift for Saturday? No problem! A costume for the kindergarten play by tomorrow? Easy peasy. The only thing left for Craftsy to offer is the TIME to take all the great classes and make all the terrific projects…
Many of Piece By Number’s patterns are provided as 6 inch (15.2 cm) blocks, so as to fit easily on standard computer printer paper. However, you can easily enlarge or reduce patterns to the perfect size for your project with the help of your local copyshop. Also, see my post on using the latest version of Adobe Reader XI to resize PDF block patterns directly on your home printer.
The table below will help you convert any 6 inch square blocks to other block sizes in inches:
Click here for a PDF table to convert 6 inch square blocks to a range of popular METRIC sizes.
To resize ANY size of quilt block to whatever size you need, please see this article.