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Picture Piecing Techniques Part 1 & 2
Enjoy our brand new YouTube videos where Cynthia shares the techniques involved in sewing a Picture Piecing pattern as well as a few tips for success. Cynthia takes you step by step through selecting fabrics, preparing the pattern, cutting and ironing the pattern pieces and stitching the pieces together. These videos allow you to get a close-up view of the very popular (and informative) demonstrations that Cynthia offers in her booth at quilt shows. These new videos are twice as big as our previous videos, so even if you've seen our earlier videos, you might like to review these new ones. To fit the YouTube format we've divided the demonstration into two videos, Picture Piecing Techniques Part 1 and Picture Piecing Techniques Part 2. Please feel free to use the YouTube features to share them with your quilting friends.
In the videos Cynthia demonstrates creating the Ice Cream Cone block - a free pattern available on our Free Patterns page, so you might want to download that free pattern and try it yourself.
Note: If for some reason you can't receive YouTube videos on you device, try the individual video lessons offered below the YouTube videos.
|Picture Piecing Technique Part 1 (YouTube) Video|
|Picture Piecing Technique Part 2 (YouTube) Video|
Individual Lesson Videos
The videos below are our original series of videos that are presented one lesson (or tip) at a time. They are essentially small segments of our new YouTube videos. These videos were created in a 320 x 240 size when that was the standard for internet videos. You might prefer to view these videos if you can't receive YouTube videos for some reason, or if you prefer to jump to a particular topic that you want to review.
There are two formats for each video - QuickTime (.mov) format and Windows Media Video (.wmv) format. To view a video, just click the link for the format you prefer. The movie should open in a new browser window. PLEASE be patient, these video files are big and it may take a few minutes for them to start playing after the new window is opened.
We have now posted 13 videos showing Cynthia England's Picture Piecing technique.
|1. Getting Started|
|In this video Cynthia shares her tips for organizing your fabrics and how to prepare the freezer paper pattern. Note: You'll only need to prepare a freezer paper pattern if you are using one of our free patterns such as one from this web site. All England Design commercial patterns include a freezer paper pattern.|
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|WMV Format Movie (3138 KB)|
|2. Preparing the Pattern|
|In this video, Cynthia explains the pattern sectioning and markings and demonstrates how to cut apart the freezer paper pattern.|
|Quicktime Movie (6970 KB)|
|WMV Format Movie (4407 KB)|
|3. Ironing Pattern Pieces to Fabric|
|Cynthia demonstrates how to place pattern pieces onto the right side of the fabric and iron them into place. She shares her tip for spacing the pieces to conserve fabric.|
|Quicktime Movie (8229 KB)|
|WMV Format Movie(5207 KB)|
|4. Cutting the Fabric Pieces|
|Cynthia explains how to cut the fabric out using a 'fat' quarter inch. It doesn't have to be a precise quarter inch, but you do need to follow the shape of the pattern piece.|
|Quicktime Movie (3493 KB)|
|WMV Format Movie (2232 KB)|
5. Finding Pairs to Sew
|Cynthia explains how to identify two pieces (or multi-piece sections) that can be sewn together.|
|Quicktime Movie (4912 KB)|
|WMV Format Movie (3082 KB)|
|6. Pinning and Pinch-folding|
|Cynthia's technique for pinning two pieces together for sewing helps you align the pattern pieces perfectly. Her pinch-folding technique creates a distinct line that shows you where to sew.|
|Quicktime Movie (5280 KB)|
|WMV Format Movie (3325 KB)|
|7. Pinning and Pinch-folding - (closeup view)|
|Here's a closeup view of Cynthia's pinning and pinch-folding technique shown in the previous video.|
|Quicktime Movie (3334 KB)|
|WMV Format Movie (2138 KB)|
|8. Sewing and Repositioning|
Use the pinch-fold line as a helpful sewing guide. Remember - cheating is allowed! If you do not sew close enough to the template pieces, simply reposition the freezer paper templates and iron in place.
|Quicktime Movie (6661 KB)|
|WMV Format Movie (4038 KB)|
|9. Pre-sewing Small Pieces|
|Sometimes the small pieces can be intimidating - but don't worry, Cynthia demonstrates a technique that makes it easy to sew together even the tiniest pieces.|
|Quicktime Movie (5366 KB)|
|WMV Format Movie (3382 KB)|
|10. Pre-sewing Directional Fabrics|
|Cynthia demonstrates her technique for pre-sewing small pieces that involve directional fabrics. It is still easy, just a slightly modified approach. Note: This movie is 2 minutes long, so it is a big file. Be patient as it downloads.|
|Quicktime Movie (12419 KB)|
|WMV Format Movie (7739 KB)|
|11. Sewing Section A|
|Watch as Cynthia continues to stitch together the pieces in section A of the Ice Cream Cone block. As she stitches she reviews some of the techniques shown earlier. Note: This movie is over 3 minutes long, so it is a very big file. Click to get it started downloading and then find something else to do for a while as it downloads.|
|Quicktime Movie (18893 KB)|
|WMV Format Movie (11815 KB)|
|12. Sewing Section B|
|Cynthia describes a few additional tricks for precise picture piecing as she stitches together the pieces in section B of the Ice Cream Cone block. Note: This movie is almost 6 minutes long, so it is a very big file. Click to get it started downloading and then find something else to do for a while as it downloads.|
|Quicktime Movie (36438 KB)|
|WMV Format Movie (22698 KB)|
|13. Sewing Section A to Section B|
|Cynthia finishes up this video series by demonstrating how to sew two sections together. Note: This movie is almost 2 minutes long, so it is a big file and will take a while to download.|
|Quicktime Movie (11585 KB)|
|WMV Format Movie (7226 KB)|
We hope these mini-videos have been useful to you. We have complete printable tutorial that describes the Picture Piecing process in words and close-up still images, using a free pattern we offer on this website. To see those instructions, visit our Free Picture Piecing Block Patterns and then click on the Getting Started - Engine Instructions page.