We interrupt this blog for something completely different! I'm cutting up small squares and triangles. I know, that's not too different for a quilting blog, but it's pretty different for me.
I'm all about the quilting, so my projects tend to be wholecloth, semi-wholecloth, applique, and not much to the piecing. There's also a lot of quilting up samples on fabric for the blog too. When I do a customer quilt (which I'm backing away from- just too busy), they're usually pieced and appliqued. So I get plenty of time to work on pieced quilts, but I don't get to keep them.
I need a couple of quilts to show my ruler work and so that means it's time to make some quilts. I'm using Natalia Bonner's free block tutorials at www.pieceandquilt.com to make up a sampler quilt. She's a fabulous quilter and has just come out with a new book: Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts but she's also got other books on free motion quilting.
There's another reason for me to piece up some quilts....I'd say my accuracy needs work. As much as I preach practicing for free motion quilting, you know I need some piecing practice. Besides that, I know that most of you are piecing up your own quilts and I want to make sure I am doing and showing quilting designs that look great in pieced quilts. I love doing my fun, dense fillers, but that's not useful for something warm and cuddly.
Clearly, my husband isn't used to this piecing activity; he just passed by with a perplexed look at my blue fabric and said, "What happened to the white fabric you were just using?"
So I'm starching and pressing, measuring and cutting. Hopefully soon I'll be sewing a lovely 1/4 inch seam. (I hope!) I'm sure there will be some ripping involves and perhaps a tiny bit of swearing. But keeping my word of the year in mind, I will finish!