Quirky, artsy, crafty, mathy chick
Time again for the Small Stitching FAQ: I am not teaching you how to do this here. I'm too old to write this much with my thumbs. You can take my classes. I teach at guilds and QuiltCon. (1) Show me the back! ... Okay, calm down. Folks ask for this all the time and sometimes I take the time to do it. Scroll back in the photostream to see them. (2) Do you use a smaller seam allowance? ... No. 1/4" all the way. But there are many tricks to managing bulk. See above. (3) How do you press your seams? ... Whatever way works in the moment. See above to see examples. (4) How do you keep the machine from eating the tiny pieces? ... Use a straight stitch stitch plate on your machine. Or use leaders/enders: stitch first on a scrap and then--without cutting the threads--begin stitching your quilt pieces. (5) Do you have a plan or do you just sew scraps together? ... Yes and yes. (6) I throw away scraps this small all the time! ... So do I. (7) How big do you plan to make this quilt? ... Not sure, but aiming for 100" square. (8) How do you have time to do this? ... Umm, I turn off my phone and indulge without distractions in "found moments." There are just 24 hours in my days too.
Okay. that's it for now. I gotta sew. Thanks!
I found my first quilt; made in 2005. (Swipe to see full quilt shot.) Low volume...very beige. Eventually I'd add blue to my palette--just blue. Colors scared me at first.
It's just made with the fabrics I liked in a now-long-gone but nearby NJ store, The Rag Shop. And there's not a lotta quilting. Mainly those corners meeting perfectly is impressive, if I say so myself.
This reminds me that that sweet floral calico is still my most favorite print ever.
I'm on episodes 103 & 105 of Fresh Quilting. See them at http://freshquilting.com. 105 – Messages and Motifs
Modern quilts express personal statements. Quilt artist Chawne Kimber creates raw edge applique quilts focused on social justice. Quilt guild activist Katie Burford and Elizabeth Dackson share ideas for organizing unique quilt shows on a shoe-string budget. Using the latest design and quilting technology, Rebecca Kemp Brent quilts an updated feather design on a whole cloth quilt.