I'm often asked "how do you get so much done?" and that always seems to catch me off guard. I guess when quilting is your job, and I follow along so many fantastic designers, piecers, appliquers, and longarm quilters, I can sometimes feel like I never get anything done. That is why there is a statement that says, "Comparison is the Thief of JOY"
But enough of that. Here are some of my tricks and tips on getting things finished. Make sure you always have those hand work projects ready to go at a moments notice. This piece traveled from WA to AZ to HI to NY to ON Canada and back to WA. It also when to doctors appointments, the Friday night Street Legal Drags (yup, my guy is a car guy), and trips into town 20 minutes away. I think you get my point. It's very portable and easy to poke away at. The whole piece is hand stitched, from the basting to the piecing.
Here are my pieces in a hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY
When I finally had the stars all together with the setting fabric, I could put my rows together. Staying organized is very easy now with our smart phones. A few quick pictures and you have captured your layout.
Once I had the center together, I could finalize the colors for the outside edges. Plus I wanted to use the 1/2 diamonds for the side pieces and they were on order.
Corner edges still with paper in behind them. I am a thread baster when it comes to EPP. I've tried
Once I removed all the papers and got to the outside edges, I finished the process at the ironing board. As I removed the papers, I gave the outside edge a quick spray of sizing and pressed with a hot iron. Remember, I said pressed, not ironed. You really want to make sure it's an up and down motion, not back and forth. The edges are bias and I wanted to take care to keep a straight edge.
Once it was ready to quilt, I decided to quilt it with the KISS method. Keep it Simple Straight lines using a beige/cream So Fine thread did the trick. I also kept the binding narrow, and this is a single fold that started at 1 1/4"
Back and binding. I used a wonderful Barbara Brackman print that I've been
See the thread line below? Cut off the edge where there's stitching from the quilting process and pull the batting off.
Here are the details of the finished project.
7 full stars
6 full 2 1/2 stars
49 stars + 36 stars (510 diamonds) + 12 1/2 stars (24 diamonds + 24 1/2 diamonds)
280 full background diamonds
14 1/2 BG diamonds
16 1/2 diamond triangles
38 1/2 diamonds
866 total pieces
26.5 x 44.5 finished
Hobbs 80/20 batting
Straight line stitching
single fold binding cut at 1 1/4"
And yes, I've started another portable project. This next one is 1" hexi's, 7 per block, 1" equilateral triangles as setting pieces, 12 per block, and 3" equilateral triangles as the joining piece for each block. I estimate I might have that top finished by Dec of 2019. I'll enjoy the journey!