Brenda Tupling very kindly sent this along so I've stolen it. Actually, I like to think I am re-posting Wendy Sheppard's blog post from her blog "IvorySpring". Talk about perfect points. Whew-eee!!! Hope you enjoy this as much as I did. The only thing I would add is think "Tucker Trimmer" when it comes to your ruler.
Pinwheels – a quintessential building block in quilting!
I thought I would share a few things I do to get the pinwheel points to match up!
#1. I use Aurifil cotton 50 wt thread for piecing. The finer weight helps me tremendously in achieving precision when I piece! With this thread, I am able to get the fine thread with the strength to holdup the seams.
#2. In constructing the half-square-triangles, I always (always!) make them bigger, and then trim them to size. For example, for a 3″ finished HST unit, instead of the conventional measurement that would have me cut my squares at 3 7/8″, I would cut mine at 4 1/2″. The resulting HST units would be a bit larger than 3 1/2″ — which allows me to trim them to exactly 3 1/2″x 3 1/2″ square without the unit being wonky!
I also press my seams open – that way, I can treat my HST units as it they are squares after they are trimmed to size.
In the picture below, the goal is to trim my HST units to 4″ x 4″ (raw edge to raw edge). So, I will line up the diagonal seam of the HST unit to the 45-degree line on the quilting ruler, as shown in the sequence below.
#3. Now, I am ready to sew the top two HST units together to make one half of the block.
The key is good pinning for this step — I make sure the diagonal seams of both HST units match perfectly before pinning. This is how I check to make sure the diagonal seams. Once I am happy with how the diagonal seams match, I place a fine patchwork pin where the seams match.
To keep the seams keep matching when the HST units are sewn, I kind of have to let my machine “sew over” the pin — which they tell you is a no, no! But I do that really carefully, and only with the finest patchwork pin I can find (made by Clover). [Disclaimer: You are free to NOT sew over the pin if you aren’t comfortable doing so. And if you do, always be very cautious, and not to sew ON the pin.] Then, I press the seam open — and on the right side, you see that the points at the valley match up quite nicely.
#4. After I get two block halves made, I am ready to sew my pinwheel block together. Again, I match up the V’s at the seam, place a fine patchwork pin to hold the matching-up point in place. Sew, and press my seam open again — and watch the point meet up at the block center!
I had the chance to teach precision in piecing quilt blocks at a Craft Festival last year. To my surprise, 85% of the students who signed up hardly had any piecing experience. I did have to do an improv block because of the needs of the students being a bit off-course. However, I learned a very important lesson. Even beginners can achieve accuracy in piecing when they are shown simple and careful tricks! I am proud to say all the ladies left the class that day with VERY impressively accurate blocks!
And that’s what this post is about — sharing a few tricks I use that might be helpful to your piecing (if you aren’t already using these tricks yourself).
YES INDEED!!! THOSE ARE WHAT YOU WOULD CALL "OLD FASHIONED VALENTINE'S CANDIES"!!!
There were pink and red Smarties; chocolate hearts wrapped in red tin foil; red heart jelly bean 'thing-a-ma-jings'; the quintessential cinnamon red hearts, and, of course, those lovely colourful candies with sayings like "Be Mine" and "True Love". You know the kind!!!
The lovely and talented Christine brought these in for our hexi group and PRESENTED them in sweet glass containers atop a silver tray which was then all placed beautifully on top of the sweetest wee heart quilt you would ever lay eyes on. Now that's thoughtful and that is pure talent!! Yum! Yum! Yum!!!
And if you thought that was it, YOU are WRONG!!!!
Carol, brought in... wait for it.... ohhhhhhh yeah....CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES FROM PATILERO'S!!!! I know. CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES AS BIG AS YOUR HEAD!!! AND TOTALLY DELICIOUS!!!
And then, LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!!!!!
YES!!! THAT IS A COOKIE THIEF IF EVER I SAW ONE!!!
LOOK AT THE GUILTY FACE!!!
THE THIEF SAID IT WAS ONE COOKIE, AND HER BITE MADE A HEART SHAPE!!!!
WE DIDN'T BUY IT!!!
Our local forensics team found THAT THE PIECES DIDN'T MATCH!!!
SHEESH!!! SOME EXCUSE!!!
THANKS, Carol and Christine, for always being SEW thoughtful!!!
The weather has been dreadful lately... even for skiers!! Truly! If the weather is so nasty that roads are closed, you cannot get to the ski hills! BUT, the good news is that the days are getting longer, and we really only have a couple more weeks before we may start to see signs of Spring. One can hope.
With that in mind, I thought it might be nice to get thinking about the outdoors and quilts! We all know about the Barn Quilts and how popular they have become. You may think, "They're so charming. I wish I had a barn."
Well, you do not need to live on a farm or own a barn in order to participate. Think about a patio.... even if it is an apartment balcony! You might want something on your wall OR maybe it could be the top of a side table. The possibilities are endless.
Here are some ideas....
The above photo looks like it might the side of a house.
Okay, so this lovely farm gate may not be something you can do, but the size of the blocks are certainly possible. Apparently this is a farm just outside of Ilderton, Ontario. That's near London!
Sorry, Cammy! London, O N T A R I O, C A N A D A
Awwww, gee whiz, Cammy!!! Don't sweat it!!!
(Sometimes you feel sorry for her, don't you?)
Okay, still more rural.... but think "GARDEN SHED"!
How about thinking "TABLE TOP"?
I wish I could give credit to the owners of these photos, but I stole them off Pinterest and we all know that is such a rabbit hole. Sorry to whoever has the rights to these photos. They are not the property of thimbles & things. Come and get me.
Actually, take Sue. I'm busy managing thimbles & things!!!
The drawer!!! It's full of thimbles AND things. It's at my house!!!! Sheesh!!! You had better read the previous post!!!
GUESS WHO ALREADY HAS HER TOWN AND COUNTRY QUILT COMPLETED!!!!
ISN'T IT BEAUTIFUL!!!!
AMAZING NOT ONLY BECAUSE THIS GAL HAS COMPLETED TOWN AND COUNTRY, BUT HER 365 IS JUST ABOUT FINISHED AS WELL. YES, THAT IS CORRECT!!!! THIS QUILTER COMPLETED TWO BLOCK A DAY PROJECTS FOR 2016!!!!! WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST FOR HER TO GET ALL OF THOSE BLOCK PATTERNS VIA EMAIL IN ORDER FOR HER TO FINISH THAT ONE.
WHO IS THIS AMAZING QUILTER?
No prize for correct answer.... just PRIDE in getting it right!!!
AS THE NEW YEAR FAST APPROACHES, MAY ALL OF YOUR QUILTING WISHES COME TRUE IN 2017!!!
THIS TIP COMES IN FROM THE LOVELY, INCREDIBLY TALENTED AND REALLY, REALLY, REALLY NICE - I MEAN REALLY NICE JOANNE COLTON. HAVE YOU MET JOANNE? I MEAN SHE IS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY NICE....OH, AND DID I SAY TALENTED?
YOU KNOW THOSE THING-A-MA-JIGGIES THAT FLORISTS USE TO KEEP THE STEMS OF FLOWERS IN WATER...
WELL, YOU CAN PICK SOME UP AT YOUR LOCAL FLORIST FOR ABOUT 20 CENTS EACH. JOANNE GOT HER'S AT JUNE'S HERE IN ORILLIA.
THIS IS WHAT YOU DO WITH THEM.
YOU PUT YOUR SEAM RIPPER INSIDE IT TO PROTECT THAT SHARP TIP WHILE COMING TO CLASS!!!
EVEN BETTER.... YOU CAN PUT YOUR SMALL SCISSORS OR EMBROIDERY SCISSORS INSIDE BECAUSE YOU REALLY WANT TO PROTECT THOSE TIPS!!!
LOOK AT THAT! IT PROTECTS YOUR TIPS AND ANYTHING THAT MAY BE COMING IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THOSE SHARP TIPS.
AND THAT'S NOT ALL...
JOANNE CARRIES HER BOBBINS TO CLASS IN SOMETHING SHE PICKED UP AT THE DOLLAR STORE. THEY ARE THOSE RUBBERY KIND OF THINGS ONE WOULD USE TO SEPARATE THEIR TOES WHILE ATTEMPTING TO PAINT THEIR TOES.