Here is my brand new project, with a new-to-me technique, hand-piecing.
I am lucky enough to be heading off to “sewing camp” as Michaela calls it, next weekend, (also know as the annual retreat for our quilting guild). Due to space restrictions, I thought this year I should concentrate on hand work, and let others have more space for their sewing machines. I do plan to take my machine, to hopefully fit in sewing a skirt, but I will probably use one of the dining tables, and clear away at meal times.
The quilt I am making will be a “Wheel of Fortune Quilt” (from one of Kaffe Fasset’s books) which Cathy (Cabbage Quilting) has made twice, and single-handedly inspired me to give it a crack. The quilt is made with alternating rings of diamonds and squares, each ring being made in a different colour. That pile of fabric you can see (above) is made up of the fabrics I plan to use, but as the larger rings need up to 88 diamonds (if my maths in correct – I don’t have a book to follow) I may have to change my plans. I may not have enough of the required fabrics per colour, but because I am winging it, I will only find out as I go.
Here are my homemade templates. You may be able to see the little tag “handles” that I made for them, by sticking on a bit of sticky-tape, with the centre stuck to itself, (clear as mud huh?). My accuracy is a bit iffy, because I was aiming to make the templates with 3″ long sides, but they are a fraction longer. It will be okay though, because the sides on the squares and diamonds match each other.
I have been using the heat-erasable “frixion pen”, I mentioned in my previous post, to mark the sewing lines. This means I am avoiding pressing the piecing that I have already done, as it will make the lines disappear. I am a bit nervous about how I will eventually go pressing this quilt, because of all the tricky intersections, particularly the one in the centre.
I have one other new project to hand-sew on retreat, but I will show you that another day.
Have you been hand-piecing recently?