When I began my quilting adventures 30 years ago, I was precise. I marked out every little piece by hand usually from templates I’d made myself. I marked the 1/4 seam with my pencil and quarter inch seam marker thingie. What is that thing? It’s a piece of polycarbonate about 12″ long and – wait for it – 1/4 wide. It’s a long cube.
Anyway that was 30 years ago. Now I cut everything into strips and then cut what I need as quickly as possible. I might sew the strips together and then cut them. I just do it. I don’t worry about whether or not the little things line up perfectly.
I started a quilt using the diamond shape a few days ago. At first, I had planned a tumbling blocks layout but then I spotted this!
This is a quilt kit from Glorious Color using Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I adore Kaffe Fassett fabrics and plan on a large BUY soon.
I have the pattern for this already in my Kaffe Fassett book, Glorious Patchwork. The construction is sideways by row so piecing a Y seam in the diamonds isn’t necessary. But getting the seams to line up when you sew the rows together, is. Ah. Well.
I did a lot of ripping yesterday with Jack (my friend named our seam rippers Jack for obvious reasons). I resewed them. I had to make half diamond pieces for the top and half diamond pieces cut vertically for the sides. I found I had matching templates in acrylic already. These are intended for use with an Olfa cutter. Think circular razor blade wheel. Now think about not watching your fingers. Oops.
Luckily as I was slicing fabric, I also have fingernails. The fingernail on my most useable finger, the middle one (chuckles uncontrollably) stopped me from cutting off the tip of my finger. I still bled. I just cut a little off the side of my finger by the nail. Immediately Bag Balm was employed. It feels better today so I think I can still sew. I hope.
Exciting news – probably not for you, but for me. I am hunting a new sewing machine since the crap piece from Singer was so horrible and now it’s broke and Singer won’t pay to ship it to get it fixed – I want a Bernina again. I stupidly sold mine thinking I was done with sewing. I wasn’t. I should be shot. Anyway, I go on the Bernina site regularly and I drool over a Bernina 8 series but folks – they’re $13,999 MSR. True, most shops will cut you a deal because not everyone has that kind of money, but it’s still going to be 5 figures. The 570 QE isn’t much better at $4500. I am too old to wait and save that much money.
I also check out Bernette regularly. This is a machine sold by Bernina, not made by Bernina. I have watched the videos on the Bernette site and it functions just like my Aurora 440 QE. Only the one I’m getting has an embroidery module too – which added an extra $1K to the Aurora back when I bought it.
Imagine me, a retired person without a lot of money, seeing that the machine I want has been marked down $500 off MSRP. Whoa. I immediately said, you have to wait. I then said shut up, you’re getting it now. I called my Bernina dealer who didn’t know it was marked down but quickly found out it was. So guess what? Next Friday I pick up my new machine. They had to have one shipped from Chicago so it will take a week. I’m good with that!!!!!!!! I may never stop jumping up and down.
Now if I can just stop cutting off my fingers, I’m good!