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Blended Quilt Backgrounds by Jean Biddick offers a tantalizing new look for traditional block patterns! 10 quilt projects with easy-to-follow cutting charts and tips will assist you in this fascinating process.

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Blended Quilt Backgrounds
Create Secondary Patterns

Author: Jean Biddick
Pages: 95
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: American Quilter's Society
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4R80206
Weight: 1.1 lb
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A tantalizing new look for traditional block patterns!

  • An intriguing technique adds contemporary excitement to traditional blocks with pattern manipulation and color placement.
  • Secondary designs appear as blocks float, blend and reshape themselves to become an integral part of each quilt's design.
  • 10 quilt projects with easy-to-follow cutting charts and tips for machine setup and accurate piecing will engage you in this fascinating process.

Author Jean  BiddickAbout the Author

Two things should have given Jean Biddick an early hint that quilting was in her future. First, when she was four years old, her mother taught her to print her name and she promptly scratched in into the top of the sewing machine cabinet. Jean claimed the sewing machine early. That machine now lives at her house and her name is still faintly visible. Second, the first house Jean and her husband purchased was on Calico Street. What could be a better start for a quilter?

By first grade, Jean knew she wanted to be a teacher. She taught junior high school math for many years. Another love was jigsaw puzzles and fitting together small bits of fabric seemed to be an extension of that love. Combining her love of teaching and piecing came naturally. Jean started her first quilt (still unfinished) in junior high school. A dozen years later, she became more serious about quiltmaking and was introduced to machine piecing. Jean's piecing skills improved and she began teaching machine piecing. She enjoys giving students the technical skills they need to turn their vision into quilts.

Jean has been piecing traditional quilt patterns for more than 30 years and teaching machine piecing since 1984. Her quilts have received awards in national competitions and have been exhibited throughout the United States. She has been experimenting with traditional block designs and giving them a slightly different look for many years. Her teaching experience and math background help her clarify the things that can improve accurate piecing.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Design Basics 8
Step 1: Choose a Block 8
Step 2: Draw the Layout 8
Step 3: Color and Adjust the Design 9
Design Practice 13
Planning Your Quilt 15
Planning the Piecing 15
Determining Shapes and Sizes 16
Translating to Cut Sizes 17
Piecing Tips and Techniques 18
Fabric 18
Cutting 18
Sewing Machine 19
Accurate Seam 20
Construction 20
Pinning 25
Quilt Projects 26
Caribbean Holiday 27
Castle Walls 35
Spring Garden 40
Stars Over Tucson 45
Stars in Bars 52
Stretching Tradition 61
Overlay Star 70
Fire Storm 76
Touched By The Sun 80
Curtain Call 88
About the Author 95




Technique Page
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Instruction Page
Ohio Star Blocks

Curtain Call

Touched By The Sun

Fire Storm

Stretching TraditionStars In Bars

Stars Over TucsonSpring Garden

Castle Walls Overlay Star


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