Category: Precision Piecing

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.

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.


Precision Piecing: Piecing Tips & Tricks Tool

While researching an article on Quilt Show Judging, I heard many comments about the value of even experienced quilters taking Precision Quilting classes, watching DVDs and reading books to help them perfect their piecing.  And, in discussions with Sharyn Craig, at a workshop last year, I spoke with her about ways to improve your piecing skills.  One of Sharyn’s recommendations was that the book “Piecing Tips & Tricks Tool” is a great resource. Thus, when I saw this book on sale, at a recent CT Publishing Warehouse sale, I decided to pick up a copy. And, I’m so pleased with this book that I wanted to share insights with you today.

Piecing Tips & Tricks Tool: Piece Like the Experts“, by Alex Anderson, Sharyn Craig, Carol Doal, Nancy Johnson-Srebro and Ruth B. McDowell was published by C&T Publishing in 2006.

This book is a small pocket style book, with sections from each of the experts that are packed with wonderful insights.  You’ll find advice on a range from workshpace, rotary cutting, fabric selection, setting blocks, piecing curved seams, to paper piecing.  But, the tips shared by each of these experts can help a beginner to advanced quilter perfect their piecing skills.  Thus, I view this is a “must have” book for quilters of all levels.  I’m just sorry I took so long to pick up a copy of this excellent resource.

I hope you get a chance to check out this tool at your local quilt shop soon, or online at CT Publishing.

If you have any tips for how to perfect your Precision Piecing, any insight on classes, DVDs, or books, I’d appreciate hearing them.  Precision Piecing is an area that wanting to improve my skills on, as well as research to learn more about the various ways one can learn and improve such skills.

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