If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might remember that I did a hand piecing project last year. I never thought this would be an appealing method for me, but it has it’s advantages.
- Highly portable – keeps me sewing outside of the sewing room
- Needs very few tools
- Doesn’t require excellent lighting (the way applique does for me)
- Easy sewing, easy shapes, not much concentration required
- Works well for short and/or curved seams
- Excellent for Y-seam piecing
- Easy to start & stop sewing sessions
I wanted a new project, so I went back to my one-patch book and selected an Apple Core block:
When I went to start sewing, the pieces didn’t fit! This template was drawn so the cut edges match, but not the sewn edges. As a pattern designer, I sympathize with how easy it is to have mistakes show up in the final pattern. As a quilter, I didn’t appreciate wasting all that time and fabric!
I contacted the publisher, who was willing to work with me to help recover a small part of my losses. It turns out that this book had a few errors, and is now out of print. They have corrected the errors, and it is now available in a corrected downloadable version. So if you have this book from years ago, check your templates before cutting fabric!
I re-drew the template myself (it helps to know your way around some graphics software), cut out lots of pieces, and started sewing this quilt in sections.
I’m planning a large throw size, so I will probably need 12 sections. It looks overwhelming, but I’m really surprised at how fast it goes, just sitting around watching movies with the family. BTW, I’ve hardly made a dent in my stash of batik scraps!
Does anyone else want to join me on a hand piecing project?