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Cut Big Flying Geese Triangles
Did you know… Because From Marti Michell templates have special engineered corners, you can cut both the large and small triangles needed for Flying Geese units with the same right triangle template. In fact, you can cut 31 sizes of...
Partial Seams
I don’t know about you, but a “partial seam” sounds like an oxymoron to me! However, just like my favorite oxymoron, a “plastic glass”, a partial seam can come in very handy. A partial seam is especially useful when a...
It’s a Cake Walk
  Use with From Marti Michell Set D Product 8254 (pieces 22 & 23) and Layer Cake Squares trimmed to 9″.     Cutting the Pieces Cut the #23 triangles the same way for all blocks so the stars will...
Add Parallelograms to Your Cutting Skills
There have been several blocks in the Free Block Friday series where 2 half-square triangles were sewn together to make what is most frequently called the large triangle in the Flying Geese unit. The bonus when you are using the...
Speedy Peaky & Spike Blocks
Stack, Cut, Rotate to Make Scrappy Sedona Blocks Finished Sizes: Sets A & C, 9ʺ | Sets B & D, 12ʺ | Sets T & R, 15ʺ   1. Layer six fabrics right sides up. Cut out all pieces for the block. WARNING: In...
Did You Know?
Did you know… if you have ANY From Marti Michell right angle triangle template and it is to be used as the small triangle in a Flying Geese unit, you can also cut the large triangle with the same template?...
Square Within a Square Hidden Star Designs Make 3 Sizes with Set B!
Several blocks in Group 2 of the Free Block Friday blocks feature a Square Within a Square center motif, shown at left. Think of that unit as a complete block and alternate positive/ negative blocks to make an effective "hidden...
Fraternal Twins Quilt Designs
“Fraternal Twins” Make Great Quilts  Omission of a portion of a block design can create a new block that alternates with the original block. In addition, it saves fabric, cuts piecing time and adds design interest to a quilt. In...
Combination Quilts—A Bonus Wallhanging
When one quilt with all the same blocks is tiresome and a sampler is too much variety, a combination quilt may be just the thing to make.
Using the Sierra Reel Block in Quilts
The Sierra Reel block is a perfect example of a block that can be set side-by-side, but is enhanced by linking or overlapping units to create a new design. It is easier than it sounds, because you develop two basic...
Induction of Marti Michell into the Quilters Hall of Fame
The Quilters Hall of Fame Celebration July 15-17, 2021 Featuring the induction of Marti Michell! A popular teacher, Marti travels extensively, having now taught in 49 states and 26 countries. Look through your library of quilting books and you’ll surely...
Let’s Make Flying Geese with Templates!
With From Marti Michell Templates, you can cut triangle pairs to make up to 31 sizes of Flying Geese units – just cut the triangles and sew them together, no center seams like there are with half-square triangles, and no...
Want to take a virtual class with me next week?
–THIS CLASS IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE– For the last 25 years, I’ve taught classes at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington. Every year, over 25,000 people have made the trek. This year, the event is virtual – if...
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