Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Double Wedding Ring QAL: It's Time to Sew!!!

Hi Everyone!!

It's time to get to my favorite part: sewing!! I'm really looking forward to sharing this next step in the DWR QAL with you.

Once you have layered your arches, using the Piec-lique technique, sewing them together is so easy, fun and fast. I made this video for you, to walk you through how I sew the pieced arches together.

As you watch, you'll find some similarities with the paper-piecing method of piecing the arches of a Double Wedding Ring Quilt. This biggest difference is that no paper is used for piecing, which is why my mom calls this "Paperless Paper-Piecing". Like with paper-piecing, you'll sew a seam, and trim off the excess seam allowance to 1/4". What I like most about Paperless Paper-Piecing is that all of my arches are already layered, glue-basted, and ready to sew. I don't have to go back and forth between placing my fabrics on the paper, sewing, trimming, pressing, and around again, for each piece of my arch. And, my favortie part is no paper to tear off later! Doesn't that just sound wonderful?!

Don't get me wrong. I'm a huge fan of paper-piecing. Huge. After my mom taught Piec-lique and Paperless Paper-Piecing to me, she showed me how almost all paper-piecing patterns can be layered and sewn with Paperless Paper-Piecing. These days, you'll find me using both techniques. One doesn't replace the other. I love the results I get with both techniques. Whenever I can, though, I will convert a paper-piecing pattern to Paperless Paper-Piecing. Try it sometime, and let me know what you think. As with all new techniques, the first couple of times will be a little slow-going, but once you get in the groove, you might discover something new to love about sewing.

I hope you enjoy the video! I'll be back soon with solid and improv arches.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Double Wedding Ring QAL: Piecing the Arches

Hey hey hey!! I'm back in the land of the living!

The past few weeks really did a number on me, and I'm finally beginning to get things back on track. Thank you for sticking by my side. I'm ready to get this quilt along going again, and am really excited to share this next step in the series.

The next video is all about getting your arches ready to piece. Using Piec-lique, you'll prepare your arches and get them all ready for sewing. Since you have all been so kind and patient with me, I thought it might be helpful to speed up my pace, and post the sewing video tomorrow, instead of next week.

I hope you enjoy the video! And as always, please comment, or email me, with any questions.

Here's a little bit of what's to come:

  • Turning the edges of the arches
  • Making improv arches
  • Putting the melons together
  • Assembling the "apple core" units
  • Putting it all together in a real-live quilt! Woohoo!!
Thanks for stopping by! And happy stitchin'!