So many of you know that I don’t really consider myself a piecer. I had really only done a handful of quilts before I got my longarm. I am a much better longarm quilter than I am a piecer. Over the past year, I have been trying to become a better piecer. It is slow going…. part of my problem is that there are so many quilts that I want to make, figuring out what to make sometimes stumps me. Part of the problem is that I don’t have a lot of time to piece so when I do make something I want to make it show worthy…. that ‘s a lot of pressure I put on myself. LOL I know, i’m working on it.
So after a fun lunch with my good friend Barb Persing, I decided to just jump in. I went home and designed the Lone star that I wanted to make. Barb graciously donated fabric from an upcoming fabric line with Island Batiks and away I went. Now, I have NEVER been a precision quilter but since this is an area I have been trying to work on, I figure I better work on getting all those stinking seams to match…
I started with 2 1/2″ strips but soon realized that they were bigger than I wanted so I just practiced a little on matching up the seams… didn’t do that great.
So I actually brought out my little ruler and measured and pinned everything exactly where it needed to go.
This worked much better… I will say that I starched the living crud out of the pieces…
While pinning is great… and I use really small fine pins…. my machine tried to eat one… Of course then I started looking for my “Perfect Pins4th” by Karen Kay Buckley. No such luck in finding them…. 😦 They are probably having a party with my missing Full Bloom Aurifil thread box that went missing too.
Thank goodness my BERNINA was not harmed by that devilish looking pin! I think I need to scour the studio for my perfect pins…. I know as soon as I order more, I will find mine…
After the hurtle of making the diamonds… the Y seams were up next. After a couple of tries with mediocre results, I found this video by Edyta Sitar and voila…. I kicked butt! Now to add the appliqué and figure out where to go from there.
Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Quilt on, my Friends!