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Exercise in advanced piecing

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Sampler made of all four blocks

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Funky, Casual
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What was your source for this quilting project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Piecing exercise from Ruth McDowell's "Piecing Workshop"

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What materials did you use? Quilting cotton.

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What are you most proud of? The curved piecing. Ye gods, the curved piecing. It's recommended that you do an enlarged version of the curved block first if you're new to curved piecing, and I warmly agree with this idea. The enlarged version is also provided as a template, and I extended it to make it square. Eventually these will be turned into cushion covers. Anyway, the curved block takes you through curves of increasing difficulty, and the very tight curves you do last, which can only be done by reverse appliqu as I recall, are quite fiendish. I still feel smug about managing them. The good thing is that once you've pieced this, you really do feel that you can piece everything. It's also a good size for a project, detailed enough to take you through the variations, but not so long that you'll get bored.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Be patient and do take the trouble you need to achieve accuracy - this will be difficult, but you're learning invaluable skills here. I used batiks, which have a denser weave and are therefore less likely to distort, and I think that was a smart move. Don't skimp on your tic marks. McDowell is a bit vague about the sort of pencilss you need for making the tic marks, but I eventually found out that Derwent Coloursoft pencils work as the "wax-based" pencils she suggests. Get a good range of colours for those pencils, you'll need them.

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You deserve a gold star! What a wonderful wonderful job

11/02/2012 Flag

I love this. Beautiful fabric combinations. You have the "Eye".

11/03/2012 Flag

cool, what book?

11/06/2012 Flag

daaahhhh, got it

11/06/2012 Flag

This is fabulous. Such gorgeous colors. And I am so impressed with your curved piecing. I think I'll be checking out this book!

11/07/2012 Flag