My friend Melanie recently listed some (quilty) things she learned or re-learned in 2018, and it seemed like a good idea! So here goes…
And while I’m at it, I’ll re-introduce a few of the quilts I finished in 2018.
The center piece is a fabric”jewel” made in the same guild workshop as the block
1. Despite my history of using high-loft batting, I learned that it is much easier to neatly trim, square up, and bind a quilt made with LOW loft batting!
Mini-Quilt for Jill made from an orphan block
2. Deb Tucker’s “Tucker Trimmer” is the bomb for making half square triangles! A friend introduced me to this tool. I have used at least 3 other methods for trimming HSTs, and this is by far the best. Much better than the (considerably more expensive) Bloc Loc tool, more accurate than my slotted square-up ruler, faster and easier than just using a regular ruler.
Small quilt for a challenge with my local MQG
3. After many years of quilting, I have LOTS of small pieces of fabric but not many big pieces. I went to pull blue fabric for a quilt from my blue drawer. I thought I had plenty since the drawer is full, but most pieces were less than half a yard! So…
Donation quilt: The concentric squares are pieced; the other pieces are a print from Michael Miller
4. When I buy fabric for stash now, I often buy 3 yards at a time because that’s likely what will be needed for a single fabric in a planned quilt.
Finished Gypsy Wife; it was made from a couple of FQ bundles but the background required yardage
5. I want to do everything, but I’m going to have to choose and prioritize or nothing gets done. Maybe a little of everything???
Donation quilt from single-color scrap blocks
6. Some projects just need to go in the fizzle drawer!
One for the fizzle drawer, but I have taken it apart and will re-purpose the fabrics in 2019
And a few opinions I haven’t changed my mind about:
- Almost all quilts need some purple in them somewhere!
Block made in a workshop with Rosalie Dace
- Superior So Fine is a great thread for piecing, resulting in very little lint in my machine.
I will be teaching this triangle quilt in March at Studio Stitch in Greensboro
- Almost any day is a good day if I learn something new
As always, these opinions are my own and I have received no compensation for sharing my favorite tools. Your opinions and results may vary 😉