Thursday, December 26, 2013

Double Wedding Ring QAL: Sewing the Melon Units

Well, hello!!

I'm very sorry for not posting sooner. I enjoy blogging so so much, but when my business gets busy, blogging keeps getting pushed down on my "to do" list. Being busy with all of my business stuff is not a bad problem to have. I'm very grateful. I just wish I had more hours in my day, or maybe an assistant, or a housekeeper. I'm going to keep on moving forward, and share with you as much as you can handle. Thank you for staying by my side, and understanding my life as a wife, mom, teacher, quilter, business-woman and blogger. {mwah!!}

We're almost in the home stretch! Soon, you'll have your Double Wedding Ring quilt assembled! I can't wait to see what it looks like.

I have three videos to share with you today, which will walk you through how to:
  • Turn and press the edges of your arches: solid, pieced and improv.
  • Assemble the melon units of the Double Wedding Ring.
  • Sew the melon units together.
Turning the Arches:
This step is where the magic of Piec-lique begins. Turning the edges, is what makes that perfect crease line, which will become your sewing line. Take your time, on your first and second arch. Practicing the technique, with intention, will make you faster, and more confident. As you go, you'll find your groove, and might surprise yourself with how quickly you were able to turn the edges of your arches.

In the video, I talk about open and closed seams, in your pieced arches. I might surprise you with what I share. I've mentioned before that there's a time and a place for open seams. Your pieced arches might be one of those times. Are you shocked? I believe the "why" is very important. I'm not against open seams. I only want to help quilters understand why they should be open, or closed, at certain times. If the seam is the strength of the quilt, it's best to stay closed. This makes the seam rely on the fabric for strength. When your seam is open, it's only as strong as the thread you used for sewing. Open seams are helpful for reducing bulk, when the seam is not the strength of the quilt. This is the case with the pieced arches.



Assembling the Melon Units:
The next two videos will walk you through layering and assembling the arches and the center pieces, making the melon units. This step goes pretty quickly. I love that I can assemble all of my units, with glue basting, then chain piece them together. The best part: NO pins to pull out, sew over or poke my fingers with. I hope you enjoy how quickly sewing these together becomes, with Piec-lique.





In the next post, I'll show you how to attach the melon units to the large center piece, making apple core units. After that, we'll attach our apple core units, and finally see our Double Wedding Ring come to life!!

See you soon!
~Cristy