Category: Precision Piecing

#PrecisionPiecingQAL – WorldWide Quilting Day – The Quilt Show

Today I’m sharing a variety of insights, with a common theme:  Precision Piecing.    You may already be a perfect piecer who can tackle the most challenging projects and always come out with crisp points and even seams (lucky you).  I’ll confess I’m far from perfect, but I have found ways that have helped me and I need continual reminder to slow down as well as check my accuracy along the way.  And, yes, it can still be fun!

The #PrecisionPiecing QAL has officially kicked off, but I’ve extended the deadline to March 19th, to enter to win prizes.  New posts are released every Wednesday, supplemented with a few extra precision piecing themed posts throughout the event.

While WorldWide Quilting Day is this coming Saturday, March 18th, many of us enjoy celebrating International Quilting Weekend March 17-19, 2017.  While I hope you can find time to enjoy and create anytime, I really hope you can do so this coming weekend.  It is also a great time to visit your local quilt shops, but you’ll also find great fun online.  And, even plenty of opportunities to work on your precision piecing skills.  

TQS is hosting an amazing World Wide International Quilting event, where everyone can access all TQS shows over the weekend, for free.  Plus everyone can enter to win amazing prize bundles sponsored by AccuQuilt, Jinny Beyer, Eleanor Burns and Quilt In A Day, Gyleen Fitzgerald, Bonnie Hunter, Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson and Bernina.  Just be sure to enter to win on March 18th on the TQS site.


I can honestly say that I love everything about TQS and find great value in their premium “Star” members ($42.95/year), where you can watch all of the 250+ shows including 26 Brand new shows a year., at your liesure.  And, yes, they have a number of episodes with tips to help you learn/improve your precision piecing skills.  Here are some that caught my attention and I hope you get a chance to watch this weekend (but Star Members can watch anytime):

Dee Christopher talks about Precision Piecing, in her show that was released Jan 25, 2017.  Here is a short Youtube excerpt about pinning:

  • #1801 – Lessa Siegele – perfect piecing techniques
  • #1602 with Sally Collins How to cut precision templates for your quilting projects, Learn the correct way to sew straight and press your fabrics
  • #1401 Janet Stone – piecing tips to achieve perfect results – create Flying Geese and HST’s
  • #1203 – Marsha McCloskey – Drafting and piecing the perfect Feathered Star
  • #1107 – Ricky Times – Piecing the Montana Star or Lone Star Quilt
  • #1008 Alex Anderson – Make a custom pincushion with perfect piecing
  • #905 – Anita Grossman Solomon – Cutting & Piecing – Key West & Windmill Blocks for Accuracy
  • #407 – Elsie Campbell – Precision Piecing – choosing fabric – 8 pointed star HST
  • #311 Alex Anderson – Piecing the perfect pinwheel

Classrooms – TQS hosts a variety of classrooms that offer a variety of learning opportunities, all free for Star Members.

 

BOM Quilts – every year TQS releases a free BOM quilt that is always stunning and free for Star Members.  This year the design is the beautiful  Halo Medallion Quilt, including tips for paper piecing, fabric selection, trimming, and pressing. Even if you aren’t making the quilt, you might want to check out these great tips.

FEATURED GUEST DVDs offer a great learning opportunity where various DVDs, from world class quilters, are accessible for Star Members.  The topics vary, but always fun and educational, increasing the value of a TQS Star Membership.

You can find The Quilt Show at:

http://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog
https://www.facebook.com/TQShow/?fref=ts

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheQuiltShowcom
https://www.pinterest.com/thequiltshow/

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

Our Precision Piecing Quilt-Along – Official Kick Off

Today I want to officially kick off our Precision Piecing Quilt Along.  I want to recognize our sponsors:

The Fat Quarter Shop has generously donated a $50 gift certificate, which will be randomly awarded to one lucky participant.  To clarify, this is open to WW participants.

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The Quilt Show has generously donated a TQS membership, which will be randomly awarded to only lucky participant.  To clarify, this is open to WW participants.

Martingale has donated 3 new books.  

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As QuiltShopGal will be shipping these prizes to the lucky winners (1 book each), postage has been raised by those that kindly use my Affiliate links when making a purchase at Craftsy, AccuQuilt, CreativeBug, ThermoWeb or Amazon.  As such, a maximum of one international participant will win a book, with all US/Canada participants eligible to win a book.

Throughout this event, I’ll be showcasing tips, tutorials, teachers, books, etc., to help you improve your Precision Piecing skills.  Here are a few tips:

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Riley Blake has a free downloadable PDF with really good basic tips for precision piecing.

This QAL allows you to work on one, or all mini blocks, designed by Hope (Hope’s Quilt Designs) which you can download from Craftsy for free.  Just stitch out a block and share via the linky tool, before March 15th 19th, to enter to win prizes.  Here are the mini blocks by Hope:

The Rainbow Flowers Mini Block

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Autumn Tints Mini Block

Churn Dash Mini Quilt

Friendship Star Mini Quilt Block

Rolling Stone Mini-Block

You can finish your mini-block how ever you wish. You may want to make several and create a mini-quilt, or mug rug.  You could even turn one into a cute zipper pouch.  Possibilities are endless.  But this QAL is really all about learning/improving your precision piecing skills by making these sweet mini-quilts.

Bloggers and non-bloggers can join this QAL.  Of course, I appreciate it when bloggers use the badge (from this post) and encourage others to join too!  I also appreciate it if everyone can use the hashtag #PrecisionPiecingQAL when sharing on any social media tool.  Non-bloggers can link to their photos shared via Pinterest, Flickr, etc., so long as it is viewable to others.  And, you can link as often as you wish.  Very flexible to enter, but do let me know if you have any questions.

The deadline to enter has been extended thru March 19th, to link up with International Quilt Weekend celebrations.  

Here is our Linky Party for the Precision Piecing QAL.

 

 

Here is a list of previous #PrecisionPiecingQAL posts:

Precision Piecing: Curved Seams With Out Pins

quiltshopgal's favorite tutorialsQuiltShopGal wants every quilter to be comfortable stitching curved seams and achieves perfect piecing.  But, I realize for many of us that this doesn’t happen if we don’t practice. 


Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios demonstrates how to sew a drunkard’s path block without using pins, making this an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning/improving their piecing skills when working with curves.

Want to practice sewing curves with pre-cuts?  

 

Inchworm Fabrics accepts special orders where you could order curved pieces for the curved Drunkards Path with scrap fabrics to practice, or fabrics from Inchworm that you may want to use to make a baby quilt, table topper or a quilt.  Cutting services and fabrics are offered at an economical price, making this an excellent opportunity for those that want to work on their precision piecing skills with curved seams.

 

 You can find Ebony Love at:

http://lovebugstudios.com

 

Quiltmaking Essentials 1: Cutting and Piecing Skills

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Quiltmaking Essentials 1: Cutting And Piecing Skills, by Donna Lynn Thomas is a new book published by Martingale, to be released June 3rd.  SewCalGal was lucky to get an early review copy of this book.  Needless to say, I’m delighted  to be able to share insights with you today.  
 
SewCalGal is an advocate of continual learning and improving our skills and actively researching opportunities to improve our Precision Piecing Skills.  This new book is a “must have” book for new quilters, an excellent refresher for not-so-new quilters, and absolutely perfect for anyone wanting to learn or improve their Precision Piecing Skills.
 
Early on inside of this book the author provides a description of this book as “a reference manual about rotary cutting and machine sewn patchwork, NOT applique’, paper piecing, hand piecing or foundation piecing. Volume 1 covers basic rotary cutting, pressing and block assembly.  Volume 2 will cover quit top assembly, sashes, borders, backing, and bindings.”   
 
SewCalGal found this book has easy to follow instructions, great visuals and excellent tips and tricks. It is organized into the following chapters: 

Introduction
Basic Concepts
Rotary Cutting
Pressing
Block Construction
Machine Piecing
Special Sewing Techniques
About the Author


SewCalGal recommends this book to also be an excellent resource for Quilt Guilds that may want to base host challenges around Quiltmaking Essential skills.  The possibilities are endless, plus it could be a great way for quilt guild members to improve their skills.  For example, consider hosting a challenge where members create the same small lap quilt “top” and each member that enters the challenge shares:

– insights from the book on an area of quilting that they improved,
– talks about how they improved their pressing skills, showing the “back” of their quilt top.


Or consider having a special workshop where members use the insights in this book to make a complex block where all blocks are put together for a charity or fundraiser quilt.  Think of the benefits of all the members stitching blocks “perfectly pieced”.  Seriously, this could be a great workshop for a guild and this book could be a great tool to use to get guild members to work on their precision piecing skills.   

Of course, a guild could also host Donna Lynn Thomas to come to their guild for a presentation and/or workshop!

SewCalGal hopes you can check out this new book at your local quilt shop or favorite online store.  Don’t forget, you can also let them know you are interested in having them carry this book.  Of course, you can also check it out and order it online at Martingale.

You can find the author, Donna Lynn Thomas, at:

http://www.donnalynnthomas.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DonnaLynnThomasQuilter


You can find Martingale at:

https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale

 

Simplify Set-in Piecing and a Giveaway

SewCalGal has been researching ways for quilters to improve their Precision Piecing skills.  I was delighted to learn that Mary Huey has a DVD for precision piecing set-in seams, which also shares insights on chain piecing!  This DVD is called “Simplified Set-in Piecing” and I’m very happy to share insights with you today on this excellent DVD.


Many quilters avoid designs that require set-in piecing as they either don’t know how, or are uncomfortable with such piecing.  SewCalGal can honestly recommend this DVD as an excellent resource for those wanting to learn how to work with set-in pieced designs, as well as to learn how to chain piece these designs!  

Mary Huey is a quilt designer and teacher, who also owned a quilt shop for 26 years.  She is also a certified teacher for Marti Mitchell and enjoys traveling and teaching quilters.  

Here are a few of her inspirational quilts Mary made using a chained piece technique for sewing Y-Seams.  And, this technique also works with rotary cutting!

The description on this DVD provides a honest perspective of the DVD workshop:


This is a 30 minute workshop on how to chain-piece through set-in seams.  I have taught this process for the past year perfecting my presentation and finding the pitfalls.  Now you can add this simple technique to your quiltmaking arsenal and enjoy the process of stitching set-in seams.  I teach with Marti Michell’s rotary cutting products and encourage you to use them as well.  Check out all those options while you are on my shopping page

Price $15.95


There is also a short promotional Youtube that shares more insights about Mary’s DVD:


If you are on a MAC, or have problems watching this embedded video, here is the link to watch it directly in youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY7I70oGEEg

My Review:

This is a “must have” DVD for any quilter interested in learning Y-seams or how to chain piece Y-Seams.  It is priced quite low and yet provides so much value.  The video is of high quality and Mary has an excellent style of teaching.  Also included is a pattern to get you started with step by step instructions for chain piecing blocks that require set-in seams such as y-seams (tumbling blocks, 6 and 8 pointed blocks, hexagons, etc).

Photography and editing for this DVD is superb!  This workshop thoroughly shows you every step to make Y-Seams using chain piecing techniques with precise piecing.  And this DVD is 31.27 minutes.  You can start/stop/repeat anytime you want.  

The video shows you how to precisely cut fabric to make a tumbler block using Marti Mitchell’s templates, but you can use this technique and tips shared in this DVD with other templates, as well as apply to your own templates.  (note:  SewCalGal has not yet used Marti Mitchell templates, but understands they are highly accurate and easy to use).



Using quality templates can help you precisely cut your fabrics, which is a good first step in precise piecing!

In this DVD, you also learn how to mark your cut pieces to get that perfect 1/4″ seam at the corners.  And Mary shows you how to sew the tumbler block together using a chain piecing technique.  You’ll also learn how to press these blocks and assemble all the blocks for your project to get precise piecing, with nice flat seams.

I also enjoyed the tips Mary shared to trouble shoot, if you don’t get a flat seam and how you can fix it!

I hope you can see why SewCalGal can honestly recommend this DVD.  It is a great way to learn and offers a great value.  It can be ordered through Mary’s online store.


You can find Mary Huey Quilts at:

http://www.maryhueyquilts.com/
http://www.maryhueyquilts.blogspot.com/
http://www.pinterest.com/huey0314/


While Mary does travel and teach, you may also want to talk with your Quilt Guild and/or local Quilt Shop workshop coordinator to have Mary come teach in your area.   She offers a variety of workshops and presentations, which are all listed on her website.   Mary is also setup for wholesale orders, should you want to let your favorite quilt shops know you’d like them to carry her DVD.

I also wanted to share insight with you on some near term workshops that may be in your area for you to take a class with Mary:  

May 23-25, 2014 Mary is teaching a Scrappy Tumbling Blocks, Scrappy 8-point Star, and a 6-pointed Star Workshops during the NQA Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio.

May 30, 2014 Mary is teaching an English Paper Piecing workshop at The Sew’n Place in Chambersburg, PA  717-263-5606

For those attending Spring Quilt Market, a trade show event,  Mary has a Schoolhouse presentation at 1:20pm on Thursday, May 15th.

Did I Mention A Giveaway?

Mary is generously sponsoring a giveaway for one lucky blog follower of SewCalGal and she will kindly ship this prize to a quilter anywhere in the world.

The prize bundle will consist of the new “Simplify Set-in Piecing” DVD, by Mary Huey and a Multi-size 60 degree Diamond Tool which allows you to cut diamonds from 2′ to 4 1/2″.

To enter to win, blog followers can simple leave a comment on this post.  Consider sharing insights if you have ever made any set-in pieced blocks or not.  And, if you have worked with set-in seams, please let me know if you chain pieced them?  I’m simply curious what you think about y-seams and if you are interested in learning more about them.

 A winner will be randomly selected on May 26th.  SewCalGal will also send them an email to notify them that they are a winner and they’ll have 3 days to claim their prize, or another winner will be selected.


Update:  

 The Random Number Generator selected lucky number 12 as the winner.  Congratulations to Connie (Free Motion Quilting By The River).


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Precision Piecing: Curved Piecing

Curved Piecing is a challenge for many quilters and some quilters will simply avoid such designs.  But today, SewCalGal wants to again encourage you to try curved seams and to practice till you have mastered them.  

Use some scraps in your stash to practice, or consider tackling a small project, like a table runner and even consider purchasing a kit at a reasonable price.  However you practice,  I’m confident you can master curves and will enjoy the beauty that they add to your projects, if you have not already been incorporating curves into your projects.

Karen Johnson of Connecting Threads has a great tutorial on Curved Piecing. It shows how to sew curves and uses a rather complex piece that has both a concave and convex curve to it.

 

If you have problems watching this embedded video, click here to watch it directly via youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cHu7a3UyYU  

And Connecting Threads has a free downloadable pattern for you to practice your curved piecing skills and make this cute table runner.

Seriously, give curves a try.  And this tutorial from Connecting Threads can help.


Don’t want to cut fabric to practice sewing curves?  Try a pre-cut kit!   


Inchworm Fabrics accepts special orders where you could order curved pieces for the curved Drunkards Path with scrap fabrics to practice, or fabrics from Inchworm that you may want to use to make a baby quilt, table topper or a quilt.  Cutting services and fabrics are offered at an economical price, making this an excellent opportunity for those that want to work on their precision piecing skills with curved seams.


I’m also excited to share insights with you about an opportunity to purchase an inexpensive pre-cut kit that can give you a chance of stitching curved seams without the expense of  purchasing a stencil or die and manually cutting your fabrics.  Pre-cut curved pieces are one of the fastest and easiest options for sewing curved piecing.  


Barb of Bejeweled Quilts has created a super cute pattern to make a Baby Quilt using the Drunkards Path design.  This design is available for purchase on Craftsy  and at Inchworm Fabrics, for a very reasonable fee ($4).

Inchworm Fabrics provides kits that include pre-cut pieces. 

 To clarify, you can get a kit with pre-cut fabrics to make this Drunkards Path design baby quilt or table topper.  The kit is very reasonably price for fabrics, pre-cuts and pattern all for $20.  And if you would prefer to use different fabrics, talk with Jeanette at Inchworm about what fabric colors/prints you might like to get a pre-cut kit for.  I bet she’ll be able to find some beautiful fabric to create a special kit for you.

SewCalGal wants to know if you have worked with curves previously, or if you are going to make a personal commitment to learn to stitch curves this year?  I know you can do it!

 

You can find Inchworm Fabrics at:

http://inchwormfabrics.com
http://inchwormfabrics.com/pages/BLOG.htm
https://www.facebook.com/InchwormFabrics

You can find Barb at Bejeweled Quilts at:

http://www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barb-of-Bejeweled-Quilts/304512689608531

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Precision Piecing: Fons and Porter – Row Alignment

Today I want to talk about Precision Piecing, but focus on tips for sewing blocks together with sashing.  It is all too easy to get our blocks misaligned in this process, but there are some great tips for precision piecing blocks with sashing.  

SewCalGal originally released this post sharing a link to a video where Tony Jacobson, from Fons and Porter, shares insights on how to achieve perfect row alignment when the blocks in your rows may be of different size.  That particular video has be re-created under the Sew Easy lessons, with Jean and Colleen, from Fons and Porter, and this post has been updated accordingly.

This SewEasy  video for Sashing Alignment provides excellent tips for precision piecing rows of blocks with sashing:


If you are using a MAC or having problems watching this embedded video, click this link to watch it directly in youtube:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BaArke6-5k



You can find Fons and Porter at:

http://www.fonsandporter.com/     
http://www.qnntv.com/
http://www.heyquilty.com/blogs/
http://www.shopfonsandporter.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FonsandPorter

Precision Piecing Curves – Drunkards Path – Test Drive With A Kit

During the Make It! Quilt Challenge, SewCalGal will be sharing tips, tutorials and inspirational opportunities to improve our precision piecing skills as well as free-motion quilting. 

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Precision Piecing has different meanings to quilters.  A good place to start might be by asking “What does precision piecing mean to you?  Are you happy if your seams do not match or your points have been clipped at the edge of the blocks?  Or do you like to stitch blocks from a 8 1/2″ block swap to find they are all different sizes? ”  Are you comfortable sewing blocks with small pieces, as well as sewing curves, or do you avoid such designs ?  And, of course, “Are you interested in improving your piecing skills?”.

Some quilters are comfortable with precision piecing certain size blocks, yet uncomfortable with small blocks (including miniature quilts), blocks with a lot of pieces, as well as blocks with curves.   There are a lot of ways to tackle piecing curves, and it can be worthwhile to try different techniques, to find your favorite vs avoiding such projects.

Today, SewCalGal wants to chat about piecing of curves and encourage those of you that have never tried piecing with curves, as well as those that are not confident piecing curves, to give it a try.   And practice, to where you are happy with your piecing skills when it comes to curved piecing.  Again, thoughout the Make It! Challenge, I’ll be trying to share a variety of tips, tutorials and resources to help all of us (including me).

For piecing curves, some like to pin, some use glue sticks to baste, and some can piece curves quite well without using any form of securing fabrics together before they sew.  My personal preference is to use fine silk pins, or glue sticks, but I’ve also had good “luck” stitching curves without either.   I also want to emphasize perfect piecing anything for me, when it comes to not taking time to secure, is dependent on luck.  I’ll confess I’ve done more reverse sewing with stitching curves when I haven’t pinned or used a glue stick.  Again, what ever method you prefer to do, use one that works for you! 


Some like to lightly dab a glue stick on the center of one of the curved pieces, as well as the edges of the block.  Others prefer to pin in the same fashion.  As you are sewing on the bias, you can stretch the fabric while sewing.  I like to use a bamboo skewer to help hold the two pieces of fabric together as it stitches. (I’ll share photos on this later, for those that may not be used to using a stiletto while quilting).

Like pieced squares, there are many designs for piecing curves.  One of my favorites is the Drunkard’s Path as there are so many ways you can arrange this easy block to make completely different quilt designs.


The Drunkards Path is essentially a block design that allows you to piece 1/4 of a circle, at a time.  You sew a set in curve where both pieces of fabric are on the bias.

Precision piecing curves starts with accurate cuts.  This can be achieved using templates, marking your fabrics, die cuts, etc.  But your cuts need to be accurate!


Like other pieced quilt blocks, 1/4″ seams are also important.  While stitching the curve you want to make sure both layers of fabric are aligned.  You can do this with glue, pinning, or manually lining up before the fabric is stitched.  Some prefer to physically hold these two layers up an inch or so above your sewing bed vs the traditional pieced method of letting your fabrics lay flat on your sewing bed.


Check your seams with a seam gauge to ensure you are consistently sewing 1/4″ seams.  And measure your blocks to also check for consistency as they should all end up the same size, or may need to be squared up a minor trim of fabric.

Pressing is also critical for precise piecing of curves.  For the Drunkards Path die, I like to press the seam towards the small circle or pressing an open seam, depending on how I want to assemble my blocks.

Accurate cutting of fabrics for the Drunkards Path can be performed in a variety of ways, but depending on which technique you use you may not want to start off cutting as many layers of fabric as you might cut with a traditional ruler.

Templates are a common way for cutting curves, especially the Drunkards Path block.  click here to download a pdf template of the drunkards path block design created in EQ7.  There are many ways to turn these print outs into templates.  I like the ease of gluing these shapes to quilter’s plastic to create your own durable template for cutting your fabric.



Purchased templates are well worth the cost, as they are a time saver over making your own template,  much more durable and tend to provide more accurate cuts than homemade templates. 

One of my favorite acrylic templates for the Drunkards Path is by Elsa of Back Porch Designs to make 7″ blocks.  You should be able to find these templates at your local quilt shop, favorite online shop, Almazon, and, of course, Back Porch Designs online shop!

For those that have a die cutting machine, they really do a great job quickly cutting multiple layers of fabric accurately.  The die is more pricey than what it costs to create your own plastic template, or purchase an acrylic template, but they really do make it faster to cut your fabrics.  Here are some price points to consider:

AccuQuilt 7″ $59.99
AccuQuilt 3″ $39.99
Sizzix die that creates a 7″ and a 3″ for only $49.99 (excellent value)

Donna Poster has a great YouTube video for cutting this block using manually created templates and for sewing the Drunkards Path. I love her videos and hope to meet her in person one day.  A very talented woman!

If you are on a MAC or have problems watching this embedded video click this link to watch it directly in YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFsyF0t7nM8

While today I shared a few quick tips on piecing curved seams, with an emphasis on the Drunkards Path design, hopefully we are all aware that there are many ways to create a curved seam die (e.g. manually cut templates, acrylic templates, dies, free-form curves, etc.).   


I’m also excited to share insights with you about an opportunity to purchase an inexpensive pre-cut kit that can give you a chance of stitching curved seams without the expense of  purchasing a stencil or die and manually cutting your fabrics.  Pre-cut curved pieces are one of the fastest and easiest options for sewing curved piecing.  


Barb of Bejeweled Quilts has created a super cute pattern to make a Baby Quilt using the Drunkards Path design.  This design is available for purchase on Craftsy  and at Inchworm Fabrics, for a very reasonable fee ($4).  

Inchworm Fabrics provides kits that include pre-cut pieces. 

 To clarify, you can get a kit with pre-cut fabrics to make this Drunkards Path design baby quilt or table topper.  The kit is very reasonably price for fabrics, pre-cuts and pattern all for $20.

While SewCalGal thinks this is an “must” opportunity for anyone interested in working with designs with curves, Jeanette @ Inchworm is also willing to accept custom orders for creating a kit with fabrics that you might prefer.  She has also received a new shipment of fabrics that she is in the process of adding to her online store, which includes a variety of fabrics perfect for the Red and White Make It! Challenge.


The kits, which include fabric and the pattern to make this cute curved baby quilt using die cut fabrics for the Drunkards Path design is an excellent deal for $20/kit.  But again, if you prefer the a custom kit cut with different fabrics contact Jeanette at Inchworm.  While a small online shop, her prices are exceptional and she offers wonderful customer service.  


And, SewCalGal is a big fan of designs by Barb of Bejeweled Quilts.  I’ve sewn many of her designs and have found them all to be fun and fast projects, which are great to decorate your home or to give as gifts.  


Again, if you haven’t tried curved piecing, or don’t feel comfortable with it yet, don’t overlook this opportunity to get pre-cut kits from Inchworm Fabrics.  With just a little practice you’ll master curved piecing during the Make It! Challenge.  And, if you do it in red/white fabrics you can also enter your project in the Make It! Challenge to win prizes too!  Yeah! 



SewCalGal hopes you’ll leave a comment to share if you have previously done any curved piecing and if you feel you have mastered such precision piecing.  If not, are there any particular areas of curved piecing that you are interested in?


 

You can find Inchworm Fabrics at:

http://inchwormfabrics.com
http://inchwormfabrics.com/pages/BLOG.htm
https://www.facebook.com/InchwormFabrics

You can find Barb at Bejeweled Quitls at:

http://www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barb-of-Bejeweled-Quilts/304512689608531

You can find Donna Poster at:

www.Quiltwithdonna.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/Donnaposter


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Precision Piecing – Secrets of Impeccable Piecing

SewCalGal is currently researching tools, teachers, books, dvds and just about everything available to help improve precision piecing.  As the Make It! Challenge, one of the events in the Year of Red and White Quilt Challenge,  is underway I’ll also be trying to share highlights during this challenge.

Quilters Newsletter TV interviews the very talented Susan K. Cleveland (Pieces Be With You), who shares tips on precision piecing in this video:

Susan recommends for the following products for precision piecing (which are also available for purchase at her site):


The Wacker


Bohn Ultra Fine Pins

Book: Secrets of Impeccable Piecing, by Susan K. Cleveland (includes the Quilter’s Custom Seam Tool)

And, while not available for purchase at Susan’s site, she does also recommend Schmetz 70 Jeans/Denim needles for precision piecing.

Susan travels and teaches a variety of classes.  You may wish to check her schedule at her website to find a class in your area, or let your events coordinator at your quilt guild or local quilt shop know that you’d like them to schedule a class with Susan K. Cleveland.

You can find Susan at:

Pieces Be With You http://www.piecesbewithyou.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/susan.k.cleveland?fref=ts

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Learn Precision Piecing with Sally Collins!

Learn Precision Piecing with Sally Collins

Sally Collins is a Master Quilter whom is well known for her precision piecing skills.  She is the author of two books, both published by C&T Publishing: Sally Collins Teaches You Precision Piecing and Borders, Bindings and Edges: The Art of Finishing Your Quilt.

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As SewCalGal has been researching ways for us to improve our precision piecing skills, I want to share insights with you on the DVD “Sally Collins Teaches You Precision Piecing”.  This DVD is 1 hour and ten minutes, packed full of excellent insights that will help even the most experienced quilters, as well as beginner quilters.   It is a “must have” DVD for any quilter interested in learning/improving their piecing skills!

While Sally shares many tips and techniques to help you achieve precision piecing, she also shares words of encouragement.  And, inspires all of us with confidence that we too can have perfect piecing on even the smallest pieces!

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A spectacular Gallery of quilts are shared, each with amazing detail and superior piecing.  When you realize the smallest of these quilts, Shadowbox is only 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ you can quickly see how one must have precise piecing skills to achieve such beauty.
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Fleur De Lis measures 51 5/8” x 51 5/8” and incorporates detailed piecing with beautiful applique.
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All of the quilts shared in the gallery, on this DVD are inspirational.
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Like many of us, Sally realized along the way that she needed to improve her sewing skills.  She began to examine every step of the quilting process,  including cutting, pinning, pressing, sewing, critique and correcting.  In so doing, she built a set of precision piecing skills that have allowed her to gain a reputation for superior work on miniature quilts, as well as quilts of all sizes, with intricate detail.  She likes to “fracture space, to create more design”.

 
 

This DVD is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to improve their piecing skills.  Sally covers all aspects of quilting tools and steps to achieve precision piecing.    And her insights on making a template, for a Lemoyne Star, are the best SewCalGal has ever seen! 
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Sally shares her concept that if you cut accurately and piece accurately, quilting is like a puzzle and it should go together accurately!  She is certainly a master at precision piecing, where she can fracture space into very small pieces to capture detail and create spectacular quilts, all perfectly pieced!

If you have not yet had a chance to watch this excellent DVD, SewCalGal highly recommends it!  And, if you have watched it previously, but feel you still have room for improvement in your piecing, SewCalGal wants to encourage you to pull out this DVD and watch it again.  In 2014, SewCalGal will be hosting some challenges for Precision Piecing and insights from this DVD will help all the participants in the challenges!

You should also be able to find this DVD at your local quilt shop, favorite online quilt shop, Sally’s website, C&T’s online store, or at Amazon.
 

 

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