Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sampler Class

I'm really glad I signed up for this sampler quilt class with my Aunt. It's been a lot of fun! Here's the 12" block I made last night. Each block in the queen size quilt will be different. I'm making it for my daughter, so I let her pick out the fabrics. Most of the fabrics are reproduction 1930's that we picked up in Portland, OR at the Fabric Depot. I could've easily spent all week there! What an amazing store. Too bad it's a day's drive to get there.

Each week at the class we learn a few very useful tips and techniques. I've made this block before, but have always done it with half square triangles. This one is done with flying geese. I've done flying geese before, but  this new way that she taught us is so much more accurate and way faster. It involves putting painter's tape on your sewing machine.

Another handy tip she shared was to use a pizza box to keep your blocks in. Very handy!

I decided to put my Hexi Trivet pattern on sale for only $3 until Mother's Day! Why not whip up a few for your Mom, mother-in-law, Grandma, daughter? It's a fun way to learn simple paper piecing. All of the instructions are there and easy to follow even if you've never done paper piecing before. It's written more like a tutorial with lots of photos and step-by-steps.

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