quilting – progress and lessons

I finished the binding on my curves quilt (I really need to give this one a name) this weekend and have just a bit more stitching to do on the final border of my Stay@Home round robin. It has been wonderful to spend time with fabric and thread so of course I began thinking about a next project.

Honoré introduced me to this beautiful quilt and I had to jump in. I have been using up a lot of fabric in my recent quilting projects but there are plenty of scraps (or crumbs).

I have plans for a large quilt – one that will take many months to complete. So many that I am not going to really share much about it today because it is just a sparkle of an idea.

I want to work on my piecing. Judy has been playing along with the Stay@Home quilt and we have been chatting about the need to be more precise. Last week I was sewing along, trying very hard to keep my stitching straight and hold on to that 1/4” seam allowance when my machine made that dreaded clunk and jammed up. It took me some time to get all the parts off, pull the threads out, and do some cleaning. That reminded me to change the needle because I have done a lot of sewing lately. This was not a planned detour but one that reminded me that sewing is about the planning and prepping and maintenance too.

the back side of the curves quilt top

The curves quilt taught me about sewing a curved seam (although you can see that not all of my seams matched up in the first photo). It also taught me about paying attention to those seams as I pressed and assembled each block. I took some time to really inspect the back before I moved on to assembling the quilt because I want it to lay flat. For the Stay@Home quilt, I chose to press a few seams open which goes contrary to what I learned many years ago. But the result is a very flat block from the front. I appreciate those early teachers. I also appreciate the opportunity to learn from the fabric. And I am happy that after over 30 years of quilt making, there are still new things to learn.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

11 thoughts on “quilting – progress and lessons

  1. OMG, Juliann, I can’t believe you have me thinking of starting a quilt while I’m in the middle of moving! I love that Confetti Quilt. I also need to work on my piecing. My machine is still up and my fabric is packed but accessible. But maybe I should wait until after the move, even though that will be after the Sew-Along!

  2. these quilts are just amazing….and so inspirational. I used to try that art in ‘another life’. I’m embarrassed to say, I just took a ‘quilt top’ to have quilted….it was three pieces of beautiful fabic stitched together for the top. No more a quilt in any sense of the word other than it IS two pieces of fabric with some batting sandwiched in the middle!!! And as much as it’s a ‘nothing’ piece of art, I’m anxious to get it back and cozy up under it!!!!

  3. About pressing seams open: I used to teach Stack ‘n Whack (you know, the 45° and 60° triangles) and I always recommended pressing the seams open. That way the block would lay flat and not look like a bra for a princess warrior.

    Love those circles. Have you tried piecing inset circles? It’s a bit finicky but the results are stupendous!

  4. Every time I read a sewing or quilting post, it’s clear just how much I don’t know about the process. For instance, I don’t know why pressing open seams so they lay flat would be a bad thing (probably because the only sewing I’ve done other than face masks was a bag from an online tutorial, and it explicitly said to press the seams open).

  5. I like your curves quilt and the confetti one looks like fun. Thanks for the reminder that my machine should be cleaned and oiled!

  6. I love your beautiful Curves quilt! And thanks for reminding me to change my sewing machine needle as it has been a while. You are farther along on the SAHRR than I am although I just finished one whole pinwheel. Now I need to go check out your confetti one….

  7. I am so into your curves quilt … and leaning into something new. and challenging. ….just typing that made me realize I’ve been leaning into things that are safe. knitting. books. and I thank you for that inspiration!

  8. Sewing those curves looks really challenging … I’ve just seen this quilt on your Instagram account and it is truly very beautiful and so cleverly done. I am in awe of the amount of stitching it contains. I assume the instruction not to press the seams flat is because it exposes the seam to more strain?

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