Baby Blocks Quilt
English Paper Piecing
Baby Block Quilt Part 2
In the last lesson we learned how to
design the Baby Block quilt using Quilt Pro. In this lesson, I will show you how to print
templates to make the Baby Block Quilt using the English paper piecing method of piecing
using freezer paper.
Note: I find that using a paper cutter, such as those found in
office supply stores, works great for cutting large quantities of freezer paper into
8Â½ x 11 size.
Templates for the English paper piecing are different
than you would print for regular piecing. With English paper piecing, your templates
are printed on freezer paper and without a seam allowance. Before you can
print the templates, you need to get and cut freezer paper into the largest size paper
your printer can use. For most printers the following
sizes are available:
8Â½ x 11, 11x14 and for some lucky folks 14 x
17". Check your printer documentation for more information.
Note: DO NOT use freezer paper in
Laser printers. Freezer paper has a waxy side that will stick to the insides of the
laser printer and will ruin the printer.
To select the templates:
- Open the Baby Block quilt project design from the last
- Click on the block area, the entire quilt center will
- From the File Menu, choose Templates. The Template
Wizard will appear.
- The first page of the wizard shows the size of the
quilt. Since you have already determined the size you want to make the quilt, in the
quilt layout dialog box, click the Next button.
- On the next page of the wizard, you will see all the
unique patches selected. Click the "Unselect All" button.
- Then following the example below, click on
approximately 6-9 vertical patches. Click thumbnail image to see a larger
illustration, then click your back button to come back.
- Click the Next button to go on the the next page.
The printer margin page appears. Ignore settings for now and click the
Preview button instead.
Remove the seam allowances:
- The templates are now on the template preview
- Select the quilt thumbnail preview and the related
text and delete it. This will allow you to put more templates within the printable
area of the paper. Click thumbnail image to see a larger illustration, then click
your back button to come back.
- From the Edit menu, click on Select All.
- Without disturbing the selected templates, right click
on one of the templates.
- From the popup menu, select Remove Template. The seam
allowances will disappear.
- With the templates still selected, move the entire
selection to the top of the screen.
- Move each template as close together as possible, to
allow you to print more per page. (Click thumbnail image to see a larger
illustration, then click your back button to come back. )
- Using the ruler on top and to the left, adjust
templates so the entire group is located within the printable range of the paper size you
have. See above for details on paper sizes. ( or click here). Remember to allow for
printer margins. For example: if your paper size is 8Â½ x 11 and your left and
right printer margins are each Â¼" and the top and bottom margins are each Â½"
then your printable range of the paper size is 8" X 10". Your templates
will have to be inside the 0 - 8" across the Top and 0-10" along the
sides. Quilt Pro will automatically place the 0 edge inside the margin. See
the illustration above for clarification.
- Before printing, save your template page just like you
would any other block. You may be using this page many times to complete the whole
quilt. If you name it Baby Block Templates, it will be easy to find.
- Place freezer paper in the paper tray so the glossy
side is down, and the printer prints on the dull side. Or visa versa, depending on
your printer. If unsure, read your printer manual. Remember...DO NOT use laser
jets when using freezer paper.
- Now this instruction will sound weird, but when it's
time to print use menu File/Print, NOT File/Template. File/Template will only put
the seam allowances back on the patches, and we don't want that. The print dialog
box will appear.
- Because the templates on the screen were taken
directly from the quilt, the size of the template is the exact size needed. With that in
mind, the Print Size you need to select is: Actual Size.
- Add the number of copies you need in the appropriate
box. How many copies will you need? Here is how to determine the quantity.
The number of Baby Blocks X 3, as each block is made up of 3 diamond shapes.
Then count the number of templates you have on the screen, Divide that number into
the amount you need and you have the number of copies you need to print and the amount of
freezer paper sheets you need. Remember, you don't have to print all the pages at
one time. Print what you can make in a few days, then come back and print
- Click the print button.
- When you have the inner baby blocks complete,
you will return to the quilt and print templates for the patches which were cut in 1/2
vertically and horizontally. See the illustration.
This is the End
This is the end of part 2 of the Baby Block quilt
instructions. To see actual piecing instructions go on to Part 3, now available by clicking here.