Ever wondered how some quilters get those amazing points on really odd shapes? Fun designs with lots of colors going in every direction… Well, they most likely paper pieced them. There are two types of paper piecing. English Paper Piecing…that’s when we wrap fabric around a cute little cardboard shape…and then HAND stitch it to
(This information also appeared as an article for Make Modern Magazine, Issue 24.) You spend countless hours choosing fabric, fussy cutting, matching points, ripping out missed seams and squaring up the most amazing quilt top ever. You admire it. You make your family run into the sewing room to see every stage. You photograph it.
With the passing of Thanksgiving each year, the world begins to pay more attention to light. Lights on palm trees along the sidewalks in towns our southern towns. Lights on trees in our homes and store fronts. Ornaments begin to appear too. One can get lost in the Christmas isle in Target picking up and
Paper piecing can be a true gift for someone who wants a quilt with odd shapes or perfect points. The following is a list of items I implement when paper piecing. Like with all things in life, there are multiple ways to do something. I don’t consider this list exhaustive or perfect…it is simply how
I’ve been keeping an eye on the Jelly Roll Rug craz…thinking there is NO way I would commit to that…but once I learned that there were pre-cut batting rolls I decided they might be for me. NO way in the world I would take the time to cut strips of batting! So I ordered two
Whether you are designing your own raw edge pattern or using a purchased pattern, fabric choice is critical to loving the result. I have found in my own design journey there are times when fabric choice is a struggle, and quite frankly, will prevent me from starting that project. At best, it will delay it.
The value of ruler quilting…rulers are a very personal thing. There are times in my life, when the quilt in front of me really needs some straight lines, or clam shells, or curves that I feel I can’t “hit” without a guide. For those of us who are perfectionists, a ruler can really help us