This week – Pins
To pin or not to pin?
I think because I used to make clothes, before I found quiltmaking, I pin. I have friends that don’t pin, or don’t pin much. This past winter I made a little 16 patch doll quilt, my personal challenge was: don’t pin. It turned out fine because I thought about how I was going to press seams before I started. Fine works for me, perfectionism is over-rated in my book, but once quilted and bound, it looks fantastic! I look to some of my favorite antique quilts, they are not perfect, but they are absolutely fabulous in color and design. They make my heart skip a beat.
Back to sewing ‘perfect’. I’m not a perfect sewer, sometimes things don’t match or line up ‘perfectly’, on those days ‘close counts’, this usually means a thread or two off, not an 1/8″, that I would fix. Most days I make the choice to keep moving forward. Once my quilt top is quilted and bound, I don’t see the little ‘not perfect’ things that I can see when making the blocks, one at a time.
Another tip, step away from the block at least 3 feet, can you see the not perfectness?
We don’t live with our quilts 12″ from our nose. Quilting softens a flat quilt top and some small imperfections disappear. And, if you haven’t guessed yet, I don’t enter my quilts to be judged. My choice. If you choose to enter your quilt to be judged, then follow the show rules.
I think on any given day what I do changes a bit, but basically I pin. I recently make some Ohio Star blocks, 3 3/4″ finished, and didn’t pin (a personal test), and they came out great.
I must confess I pin differently than most. When I place a pin to hold fabric in place or at a seam intersection, I pin about 1/2″ or so from the seam edge, and parallel to the seam edge. This means I can sew the seam and NOT sew over pins. And, I don’t have to remove them as I’m sewing, can remove them after sewing the seam. No one showed me this, I wonder if it comes from making clothes and not wanting to sew over pins? Basically it doesn’t matter to me why I do it, I just do it this way. lol
Think of this as the non-tip of the day!
This week’s block is by our friend Betsy Chutchian, go to Betsy’s Blog (listed below) to get the block directions. I added a bit more pink to my block this week! This was a fun block to plan and sew.
block 8, pressing
I only needed to clip one seam intersection so I could press the block the way I wanted to press it.
Be sure and check the rest of the Blog posts for their blocks and tips.
Blog – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
Blog – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Blog – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Blog – https://lisabongean.com/
Blog – http://blog.modafabrics.com/