Patchwork (machine-stitched)

Mini Navajo
A simple design, which achieves its impact through the choice of colours and technical precision

The usual sequence of steps for traditional-style machine- stitched patchwork is straightforward; fabric, cut, stitch, press, assemble. However, if “getting it right” is important to you, a lack of confidence, knowledge or expertise in any of these steps can lead to disappointment and frustration.


Click on the pictures below to link to pages with videos and/or downloadable guides which will help you avoid and overcome mistakes in the basic steps.

String piecing a block together
Pressing a half-square triangle unit
Quick piecing half-square triangle units

The biggest factor in achieving reliably top-class precise piecing is in fact deciding which way the seams are pressed.

Look at these pages for guidance on Pressing vertical and horizontal seams and Pressing diagonal seams.

Try out all these techniques on this free download for “Double Cat

Double Cat block – free pattern download