With the upcoming launch of The Splendid Sampler™, it is a year of learning for me. Some of the techniques I have not done for a long time. My over all skills are much stronger than 20 years ago, which means I can pick things up quicker than when I tried them years ago. And there are better ways to do and explain things!
Thank goodness there is More than one way to do any technique that comes up!
So I want to issue a 'Year of Learning' challenge you, would you like to do like me, learn new things?
Good, let's get started!
This is the first of many posts for the year on learning. I want to give you severl classes to try from industry experts. They are the best of the best at what they do.
First you really should take Laura Nownes workshop to learn an amazing new tool box of tricks! Her book Quilts, Quilts, Quilts is what I learned to quilt from, see, I told you we are doing to the experts today!
My good friend Mimi Dietrich has the best way of explaining hand applique. I know a lot of people love this, as do I... and want to get better. Or maybe you want to learn so you can take projects with you in your purse! (hard to do that with a machine..wink!). You will be able to rewind and stop action to see exactly how she handles tricky spots.
Helen Stubbings new workshop is incredible. This is the technique that I personally want to embrace this year. I have done some but know there are tricks and better ways to do things! I am super excited she has this new online class..
I have been perfecting the art of machine applique for years. I've written about it many times, and I teach in my workshops to thousands of quilters each year. Both my Teaching series books are a classroom in your hand. I have photo step outs so you can see exactly what I'm doing.
There are tips and tricks... reference guides AND a load of cute quilts to make... of course! There will be applique in the The Splendid Sampler™ and there will be triangles, get both my books to start your library of reference guides!
While you are making adorable 6" blocks for the Splendid sampler you may want to make something fun like this with your scraps! Cut the scraps you don't use into strips.. create a cute memory quilt as you go along during the year!
This is a typical written pattern. Much like you'd find in a magazine and many books. And it is somewhat similar to what the rest of the blocks will be like in The Splendid Sampler™ quilt project.
If you are doing my Mysteries, like My Secret Garden, You will notice that my Moda Shuffle pattern is different. It is shorter, does not have all those photos, and it is more concise. My Secret Garden is a written tutorial style with step outs, just like my Teaching Books.
Here is how to read a pattern
At the top on the right are the Cutting Directions.
The word PRINT means the Shaded fabrics in the block. - In mine above it is navy
The word BACKGROUND means the fabric you want as a background. This is all the other fabrics, light colors.
You will pick your fabrics then cut those shapes listed.
Under the block it says 6" x 6" Finished. That means that when the block is sewn INTO the quilt that is the size.
But when you sew the block by itself it has the seam allowance. So when you are done sewing the block it will be a 1/2" bigger to account for the 1/4" seam allowance all the way around. 6" + 1/4" + 1/4" = 6 1/2"
Here I am with my Print (Navy)
and my Background (Lights)
And I'm getting ready to make the Half-Square Trianges (HST) as the Directions call for.
The paragraph of words are the Directions. When there is more space you will often see it as bullet points
A) Draw a Diagonal line from Corner to Corner on the wrong side of 4- 2 1/2" background squares. (which means all of them since you only cut 4)
Layer a marked square right sides together on a 2 1/2" print square.
Sew a 1/4" from the Diagonal Line (see diagram in A that I circled. My Triangle book shows you how to do this in step by step photos)
Cut on the Diagonal line
Press open to make 2 triangle squares (Or Half Square Triangles HST)
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