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  •  I'm learning to quilt. (11+ / 0-)

    My cousin is teaching me, and last week we finished the blocks for my first quilt.  This week we start assembling the quilt top.   It'll be a day quilt/throw, slightly smaller than a twin size.

    The HST method she taught me:

    To the desired finished square size add 7/8", then cut your squares to that new measurement.  On the wrong side of the lighter shade of fabric, draw a line from one corner of the square to the other.  Then put your two squares together, right sides together, and sew a 1/4" seam to the left of the line and another 1/4" seam to the right of the line.  Cut them apart on the line you drew.  It makes two HST's exactly the size you want.  If directionality of the fabric print is an issue, this might not be the best way to do it, however.  For me, it never was an issue.

    We read somewhere online that you should add a full inch, and because I was afraid I'd mess up and need the extra, that's what we did for the first few.  I ended up having to trim every one of them.  After that, I used the 7/8" method.  

    I have to say that I'm glad we're finished sewing all the points we had to sew for this sampler quilt.  I love the spikey pointy designs, but boy are they exacting to get together!  We did some traditional piecing, some paper piecing (actually a lot of that) and some applique so I'd learn each technique.  Whew!

    Now I'm starting to get anxious about the actual quilting part.  I've practiced stippling on scrap fabric with no batting.  It's daunting!  I'm too old and arthritic to do this by hand, though I'd love to.  So I'm learning to machine quilt.  If it ends up not being a knotted mess, I might post a picture some day ;)

    I can't believe I just posted a comment in the quilting guild diary!  I've been a follower, and admired the quilts, but the text has been gibberish to me until now.  Yippee!!!

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    by politik on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 03:35:41 PM PDT

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