Quiltmakers Garden: Partial Seams Made Easy

Peg Spradlin is responsible for making many of the quilts you see in QM’s pages. Peg has sewn for us and our sister publications for many years. She’s a master.

Peg Spradlin

We asked Peg to share tips she found helpful as she created Quiltmaker’s Garden, the 30th anniversary commemorative quilt seen on the March/April ’12 cover.

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Partial seams sound much worse than they are. I think people confuse them with set-in seams. You can sew partial seams, I promise. Follow Peg’s step-by-step below.

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Petunia block

The Petunia and Sky blocks in Quiltmaker’s Garden feature partial seams, which can be tricky.  If you make the partial seams too long or too short, sewing the final seam can be difficult.

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Sky block

 

I found that the first partial seam in these blocks should end 1/2″ away from the edge of block A as shown in photo 1 below.

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partial seam 1- photo 1

Piece the next 2 units as regular length seams and press the seams away from block A (photo 2 below).

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photo 2

To attach the fourth and final unit, fold the first unit down as shown in photo 3 below.

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photo 3

Then position unit 4 and sew a full seam (photo 4 below).

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photo 4

The last seam can be the most difficult to position and sew because of the first partial seam, but following these steps and looking at the next pictures should help.

Align the edges of sections 1 and 4 and pin (photo 5 below).

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photo 5

Sew the last seam, joining it with the first partial seam taken in step 1 (photo 6 below).

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photo 6

The back of the block should look like this:

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back of Petunia block

Remove the foundation papers before incorporating these blocks into the quilt.

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Quiltmaker’s Garden, designed by Denise Starck and QM staff, made by Peg Spradlin. Part 1 of 5 appears in the March/April issue of Quiltmaker.

 

 

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