I didn’t always care about perfect points and seams, but when I first started longarming my own *ahem* very special quilts, I realized my quilts would be easier to quilt and my artistic vision would be better served if I figured out how to piece really, really well. I stopped longarming and gave myself six months to get myself to a spot where I felt I was on point.
…no pun intended. But it works, right? ha!
Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes, you want that quilt to be full-on improv, gloriously wonky and all the little idiosyncracies just making it more loveable! But sometimes, your big giant Lone Star looks kinda funky when the points aren’t pointy and your elegant stripes are more like chunkage.
There is help for that
During my self-inflicted crash course, I learned loads of little tips and tricks through trial and error, failure and success. My wobbly borders and blocks with different cup sizes gradually all flattened out. Holy cow! I wish I had had Patty Murphy’s book Piecing Makeover then! (Make sure to follow Patty on Instagram!)
This thing is full–and I mean FULL–of all the little details that add up to make or break your quilty vision. Patty covers everything from basic fabric preparation to squaring up at the end. It is the kind of handbook that is perfect for someone just starting out who doesn’t want to have to make all those mistakes to learn from. It’s also a really handy tool for the more advanced quilter.
But the most useful thing?
Patty walks you through a huge variety of blocks (I counted 20!) and shows you what makes or break the blocks in each photo. Once you start seeing a few, you learn to pick them out yourself. Waving blocks, puckers, problems with long strips, it’s all in there!
She also covers how to add sashing and setting triangles, which is super helpful for using up leftovers. And how to deal with curved binding!
Luckily, I have my own copy.
You can have a copy too!
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