Quilters' Favorites - a Linky Party
Welcome to the Quilters' Favorites Linky Party hosted by Geta's Quilting Studio. What's this about? Sharing of tips and tricks, techniques, favorite tools, and all things quilting for the larger quilting world. I love this! Geta gave us a long list of questions we could answer as they relate to our quilting style. I promise to stay short and sweet.
Quilter's Favorites - Visit Geta's for dozens of quilters sharing!
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See the pics in the tutorial here: Paper Piecing Monday
|Spinning Waterwheels block from my new book (Paper Piecing Perfect Points)|
|Another Pickledish, but basically a Double Wedding Ring|
Read about the progress of this Double Wedding Ring quilt
|Paper Pieced Double Wedding Ring|
|Light to medium weight interfacing|
Sew a ring of 1/2 hexies then applique a faced hexagon to the center: Read about here
|Sewing around the hexagon center patch; then appliqueing to center of half-hex ring|
This is from the Hugs and Kisses Hop using my Beginner's Mariner's Compass pattern
|Can you see the interfaced circle?|
|Circle appliqued to center; edges neatly turned using interfacing|
Brights with good contrast. Why? Not sure, but I've always gravitated towards them. You probably have a favorite palette. Don't sew with other people's colors. You won't have fun. Here is a quote I love to share:
THE IMPORTANCE OF FABRIC
A book by Sandy Cummings, “Think Outside The Block” gives a great perspective about fabric, and solves the age-old mystery of why we have so many UFOs in our closets.
Always work with fabrics you love. If you do, even when you are experimenting, your commitment lever will be higher. You have a better chance of creating something that you will continue working on and finish. You will also work harder to solve problems that arise. Quilting requires a big investment of time; why compromise on the fabrics you use?
Color is an exciting element of design. It can be subtle and calming or loud and powerful. For an artist it helps express emotion; for the viewer it evokes an emotional response.
Best sewing tip (for machine piecing):
Get an accurate 1/4" seam. Make sure it is straight. Don't accept anything less. Either purchase a 1/4" foot for your machine or if your machine has the option of moving the needle over (both of mine do) - move that needle! I teach thousands of students each year and this is the greatest hindrance to getting the results they want.
4. Do I have free tutorials on my blog? Yes, but they appear in regular posts and I don't have them in one place. But I will work on that. What are some of my most popular ones?
|8 identical squares of fabric make 8 kaleidoscope fabrics: lap size quilt|
|Magical Mitering - no y-seams|
Loved QuiltPro when I had it. I am a Mac user and don't have any use for EQ. I work in the industry standard for publishing, Adobe Illustrator, and so I design all the art for my books, calendars, patterns and magazine publication using that. I can draw anything and it's print ready.
Tips for Organizing?
I featured my sewing space a few months ago and it was hilarious for me to share those pics. I try to keep it picked up, but I'm an adult with ADHD, so nothing more needs to be said. Take a peek at these:
|My trusty Bernina 1230 - 21 years old|
Labeled boxes with class samples, UFOs
|Yes, I eat a lot of yogurt. But they keep my UFOs organized|
|I label every box. Some live in the basement, some in my sewing room closet|
My cutting mat sits on a 28 year old kitchen bar. Perfect height and size
|Yes, that's my stash. Mainly organized by color and/or fabric collection|
Well, I'm going to stop here. I welcome you to come back and visit. Almost every post features some tip or trick or piecing technique. As Special Projects Editor of a magazine for 14 years and a traveling teacher with thousands of students each year, I am constantly learning and sharing in the world of quilting. And my blog reflects that. Thanks for stopping by!