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A favorite ruler and an easy border

I am quickly learning that my favorite quilting ruler is the 6-inch straight edge from Angela Walters. She named it “Slim”……

It works so well for many things but today I used it in quilting a border.

The first step was to quilt 1/2-inch outside of the main quilt…..

Placing the white 1/4-inch marking line on the border seam meant I got a perfect stitch line that was 1/2-inch from the seam.

Next, I wanted to add another stitching line on the outside of the quilt. This was made easy by placing the ruler on the first line and stitching along the other side of the ruler…..

Now I had a channel quilted in the border…..

….and the freedom to fill it however I wanted!!!

I chose to quilt a “Wishbone” design……

Adding the outside line gave me a guide to stop the Wishbone so that the binding didn’t cover it.

In a short time, the border was finished…..

I am sold on this technique and will DEFINITELY use it on future quilts!!!

Paper piecing—-yea or nay?

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I attended a workshop on the Judi Neimeyer technique of paper piecing.

Her quilts are lovely and those crisp points just call to me!!

Everything was very well organized, including a packet that contained a 12-page instruction booklet and enough papers to create four leaf placemats……

All of the instructions were detailed and specific and were made to help the first-time paper-piecer be successful.

To make things easier, we were instructed to cut a 9-inch strip of fabric and then place the templates on top….

It was then easy to cut on the lines as she indicated. And each page included specific instructions….

Although I understand why she presented the cutting instructions this way, it seemed to me that there was a LOT of fabric wastage….

….and that killed me!!!

The paper piecing technique was nothing new but I did learn to use a dot of glue to hold the pieces in place (see Tuesday’s post).

Then came the paper removal stage….

I absolutely HATE this part…..

In the end, I fudged a bit and didn’t piece the stem to both sides but just folded it over and will applique it in place while I am quilting…..

The leaf is finished….

…..except for the quilting and binding.

And, as I have heard many people exclaim that the binding process was hard, I may just do a “pillow case” finish and make my life a bit simpler.

I am glad that I took this workshop but I have learned that I am not interested in more of these projects.

What has been your experience with the Judy Neimeyer quilt patterns???

Beautiful Sound Waves

A few weeks ago a reader sent me this photo…..

It came from an article about how scientists at Stanford University are using sound waves to understand and help with the healing process. Check out the full article here.

Wouldn’t these make AMAZING quilt patterns????

If you are interested, I found this video showing how sound travels thru sand to create these types of designs. You MAY want to turn the sound DOWN because the tones are pretty annoying!!

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