First Pattern Coming Soon
I won’t be doing the quilt blocks in the same order that the book has them (some are more difficult than others and some blocks are more like complete quilts in themselves than they are “just blocks”) and I’ll be doing blocks from the Sections as well as blocks just mentioned by Grace. I will be trying to offer you both a quick-and-easy version, where you can use any strip piecing and rotary cutter techniques you like, as well as traditional hand-pieced patterns with templates. The first is ideal if you want to take the block and make an entire quilt out of it, because you can just cut, sew, slash, sew, done. However be warned that some of the blocks will not be able to completed entirely in this way. One of the reasons I’m doing this is that my great-grandmother was a quilter, and I own three of her quilts; it would be so wonderful to make blocks the same way she did, without rotary cutters or fabric die-cut from templates. Before I had a sewing machine I hand-pieced my blocks (and boy, you should have seen the incredulous looks on the faces of my quilt block club – it took me days what it took them an hour to do – I felt so ostracized and snubbed I quit that club). So it’s not impossible, just time-consuming. And in today’s world of multitasking and instant gratification, which I myself cannot break free of, it will actually be refreshing to take my time in a low-tech style doing things the old fashioned way.
What do you think? Are you more apt to download the quick piecing patterns or do you dig templates?