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August 21, 2010

Practice, practice, practice

More than a month later, I've taken quilting by the horns. Well, at least I've attempted to do so :).


I've made a bunch of blocks, some for the quilt I described earlier and others for swaps. Many are simply "practice" blocks. I have to admit that this isn't coming easy to me - I have to work at every seam, rip out constantly, measure and re-measure, correct, try again. Many blocks are too small, unsalvageable. But I also feel that I'm learning and getting better, able to attempt more and more complicated piecing every time. And that's what it's all about, right?

Posted by Kathy on August 21, 2010 09:08 PM


Some of those blocks shown here are not the easiest--be very proud of yourself! You're doing a great job. And, yes, the cutting of the pieces and the seams on quilt blocks must be very exact for it all to fit together correctly. Take it slow and easy on the cutting and the seaming and all will be perfect!

Mary G. in Texas

Lovely quilting creations!!!!
I love to quilt, but I am more experienced on the hanging quilts and miniature ones (besides knitting, of course). Look at this site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rllcyNlMCNg
My husband and I own a sewing machine and vacuum store. We also carry long arm quilting machines. In this youtube "performance" he made his first quilt and was ..oh so proud!
Happy quilting!

So lovely to see you getting in to quilting. I love reading your blog for the knitting exploits, and I can't wait to hear about your adventures with piecing quilts. Looks like everything is progressing well so far. I love the red & white print combos - striking, and timeless.

wow, those red ones are beautiful!! i take moments out to practice all the time. it's how we learn and get better.

hooray for sewing!

It's looking gorgeous! I've been re-bitten by the quilting bug recently. I'm feeling the need...

Your intersections are very tidy!

Take a look my blog for a post on a quilt show: http://trekcelt.blogspot.com/2010/08/seiben-steppdecken.html.

Those quilt blocks look pretty perfect to me!! Be proud!!

I was going to ask how you got your corners so square. But the secret is hard work. Well done and photoworthy!

Oh cool. I especially like the criss-cross abstract one. I think they look great!

Beautiful blocks! You mentioned that many are too small - don't forget that "turn of cloth" at the seams takes up a teensy bit of your quarter inch seam, and the more seams there are and the thicker (and often, better quality of) your fabric, of course, the more this affects the finished size of the block.

Some sewing machines come with an accessory called a "scant quarter inch foot"; if you don't have one, try sewing seams just a bit of millimeter less than a quarter inch. Or, you can stick a small stack of post-it notes on the machine bed to the right of your presser foot, just under a quarter inch from where the needle will pierce the fabric. This makes a good fabric guide.

Also, instead of scissors, are you using a rotary cutter with a mat and good rulers? Accuracy made easy! It does get easier, and it looks to me as though you are making great progress. Have fun!

I love the color schemes. I'm a sucker for red. And polka dots.

Lovely. You are being very dedicated. I'm afraid that my sewing desires go in fits and spurts. Maybe if I did a little each day then I would start feeling like I'm improving eventually!

Makes me smile, you use the same expression "to take by the horns" as I did as was blogging about my first icon-painting experience a month ago! (I just used finnish...) Quilting will still have to wait, I need to do more painting.

I love your brown-red-orange-turqoise combinations!

Very nice blocks! Looking forward to see what happens next!

Now I have the urge to drag out the sewing machine... we just moved this Sunday and I have no idea where it is...

Your quilt blocks look wonderful. You have a great sense of color. Keep up the good work and like everything else, the more you do the better and easier it gets.

You're efforts give me hope. I have recently taking up quilting and was quite horrible at the cuts and seaming. However, after seeing your posts about how you've improved, I think I will continue to practice, practice, practice. Thanks!!!

Beautiful quilt. I have a basement full of very pretty fabric I was going to quilt with. And there it stays

I'm impressed with you beautiful work.

Your blocks look really lovely--way to go!

Oh, quilting. Nothing's prettier than a pack of nested squares.

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