Let’s Start At the Very Beginning: Green Tea and Sweet Beans Quilt Together

The best place to start with the Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt is with the initial challenge: drafting the templates. The back of the book has all of the templates you need for every block in the book. But they are on double sided paper and need a seam allowance added.

The Beginning: a blank slateSo, I start with a blank piece of printer paper (you could easily use freezer paper if you prefer to iron your templates onto your fabric, but I found that wasn’t necessary for most of the blocks).

I start by placing the printer paper over the shape. You should be able to see the shape through the paper. I then put dots in each corner of the shape I am trying to add a seam allowance to.

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(hopefully you can see those dots!)

Then, I line two dots up on the 1/4″ mark of my clear ruler and draw a line toward the outside of the shape.

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Turn the Ruler to the next set of dots. Line up the dots on the 1/4″ mark and draw a line that intersects the first.
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Repeat that same technique on the third side (or fourth or fifth or sixth) until your shape is complete.
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Then, and this is important, LABEL your piece! Make sure to put the letter in the middle of the shape.
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And then cut it out on the inside of the line using paper scissors.
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Now, I like to rubber cement it to my ruler and then cut using a rotary cutter.00211

For odd shapes, I used an appropriate ruler. I LOVE my hexagon ruler, by the way :)
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3 Responses to Let’s Start At the Very Beginning: Green Tea and Sweet Beans Quilt Together

  1. 1
    Lizzie says:

    Wow, great description! You really make me want to try the Green Tea and Sweet Beans pattern! Is looks like it can handle all sort of variety in fabrics too!

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    Stephanie says:

    Wow! What a great idea for rubber cement! Never would have thought of that! Thanks for the tip :)

  3. 3

    Thanks for sharing. This one is definitely on my bucket list.