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Friday, August 21, 2015

My First Quilt

I enclosed some of my counted cross stitch projects in this quilt. 
Some pieces were sewn by hand, and some were sewn on the machine.
I didn't know how to use the sewing machine before I started.  I have never used one before and I didn't know the 1/4 seam allowance rule existed in quilting since I was self taught.  The hearts came from a Simply Quilt Episode on HGTV with Alex Anderson.  I loved that show, and it was so over my head at the time.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hand Piecing Attaching Diamonds

Make sure you line up the center of your marks where it makes an x with a straight pin through the two pieces when sewing.  I pressed the middle row seams up, and the first and third row seams down.  Make your finishing knot on the x.  I hope the pictures are clear enough.  Thank You for visiting.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Learning Hand Piecing Diamonds/ Tumbling Blocks

I spent the weekend teaching myself how to hand piece diamonds.  I wanted to learn how to sew a y seam, and I only found one video that helped me.  It was Jinny Beyer's.  The only problem is that I am left handed, so I had to reverse it.  I was addicted to hand piecing, and it was so easy.  I can't believe I was so afraid to learn the concept.  Then I wanted to know how to attach them into the quilt, and I couldn't find anything with the order to attach them.  Everything that I found was either sewing with paper templates, or sewing strips of fabric together, and then cutting them into diamond shapes already attached.  I didn't want anything that dealt with paper.  I used items that I had around the house, and that consisted of notebook paper, and crayola pencils, and a ruler.  I am not very good at measuring things, so the notebook paper made it extremely easy.  Of course going through this process, I finally figured out a much easier way to accomplish what I wanted to do.  I ended up pulling this apart, and remarked the pieces.  I figured out how to get everything to align perfectly.  I know this has been done numerous times before, I just didn't know how to do it.  I will post pictures of my new progress tomorrow.  I hope all of you have a good week, and thank you for visiting.  Here is Jinny's Y Seam Video link.  I think it is the best hand piecing video.