When making flying geese blocks, you have to make a personal choice to prioritize speed, efficiency of materials, or getting it to look exactly the way you want it, but it can be hard (maybe impossible?) to get all three at once. So, which two do you pick?
I recently came across an article about this beautiful design by Daniel Quasar and knew I had to translate it into a quilt. It's a pride flag, redesigned to add representation for marginalized communities. Beyond all the symbolism (more on that below), it's a striking design, which incorporates stripes, black and white, and rainbows. How could I resist??
I love quilty math. And math in general. But I also love efficiency. So when I'm writing up the fabric requirements and finishing instructions for half a dozen quilt sizes and going through the same calculation again and again, my need for efficiency kicks in!
A look at the design elements of Glitch, a modern quilt inspired by glitch art. The blocks come together quickly and accurately thanks to a clever foundation paper strip-piecing method, shown in detailed diagrams in the pattern.
A quick English Paper Piecing project from Carolina Moore's new book. Fussy cutting tips, and how to get crisp points with EPP diamonds.
This might be my best sewing tip. It's short and sweet, but can have a profound impact. Some days, you just don't feel like sewing. Some days, the WIP feels too immense, too simple act of threading the machine is just a hurdle that feels insurmountable. Those days, you just have to push through the … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Just Do 1 Thing
Have you ever gotten your quilt sandwich all basted, your machine all threaded and then... crickets? It's like the sewing equivalent of stage fright! Maybe you even have a quilting plan, but you second guess it after doing a few lines. Now, I firmly believe that there are no Quilt Police and you should make … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Quilting In Contrast
I started a new foundation paper piecing (FPP) project tonight, and I realized that I take it for granted that I have the perfect paper to print my paper piecing patterns on (try saying that 3 times fast!) If you've ever printed and FPP pattern on your home printer, you probably know that everyday printer … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Perfect Piecing Paper
Yesterday's tip was about changing your sewing machine needle more often. One of the suggestions I had was to change your needle after every quilt. But I actually use more than one needle when I'm making a quilt, and you probably should, too! Know your needles! I'll break it down by steps in the quilt making process. … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Needle me this!