Monday, 5 November 2012

Quilters Grid by Vielene

Vilene/Pellon Quilter's Grid,  1 inch Grid, 44 inches wide.  A nonwoven fusible with 1 inch printed grid for precision piecing of quilting projects. 
After I posted the aqua scrap cushion project, I had quite a few questions about Quilters Grid.  I always keep some of it in my stash.  It's a fusible fine vilene stabilizer with an one inch square grid printed onto it.  It's great for patchwork projects where you want a little bit more stabilizing support like bags, cushions and such projects. The finished patchwork is in my humble opinion very hard work to hand quilt, hence I would only plan a machine quilting project if I intend to use it.  But it is fabulous in accuracy and speed!  In the UK you can get it here!

This is what the grid looks like.
Cut the fabrics to the same size "full" squares, by which I mean that they can't be halves like 2.5". 
They must be 1", 2", 3" or larger and they must all be the same size.
In this example we cut 2" squares and the grid was 24" by 24" = finished size 18" square cushion.
(=as all those 2" squares finish at 1.5" each times 12  is 18", so we need 12 x 2 " = 24"square grid)
Note: Ideally the squares should be just (like an 1/8" or 1/16") under the required size, so that the fabrics don't overlap the grid.

Lay the grid with the fusible side up on a light background which could be a towel or an old tablecloth.  You also need to be working on a surface you can iron on.  I used a foot stool as I was watching a movie at the same time - multi tasking....
Lay the squares in a pleasing order and press them down with a hot iron (mine was on the hottest setting).
Stitch all horizontal seams with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press the seams to one side or cut them open and press the seams open as I did. Remember to reduce the heat when pressing on the vilene, so that it doesn't scorch.

Stitch all vertical seams with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press as before. Congratularions - it's ready!

It's was easy and quick - the only hassle is pressing those seam allowances open, but once that's done, the result is really amazing.
Here is the wrong side
Check out those matching corners - they happened by magic!

Good luck with your Quilters Grid ventures.

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