I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. In the past few weeks, this old dog has learned a few. As if I didn’t have enough unfinished projects, crying out for attention.my sister (i.e. troublemaker) convinced me that I had to take this online class over at Craftsy. I resisted….honest, I did! I told myself that I would wait until I returned from vacation and if I still wanted to take the class, I would. I told myself that I didn’t need a class on piecing. I’ve been piecing quilts for more years than I care to admit. And, besides, another Civil War quilt? Really, Candy? Then the stinkers at Craftsy sent me a half off offer. Who could resist that? So, in a motel room in Richmond, Virginia, I gave into the temptation and ordered the class. (Had your mind going for a minute, didn’t I?)
OK..once unpacked and settled into a routine, I decided to check out my class. By this time I was suffering from buyer’s remorse. After all, I’ve been quilting forever. I know how to cut. I know how to piece. What could I possibly learn here?
Apparently, I could learn a lot! Kaye England is a wonderful teacher and a delight! Her methods are easy to learn…even for the mathematically challenged. The most important thing I learned is accuracy. I’ve always been a good one for “close enough”. All “close enough” ever got me was hours of “unsewing”. Never seemed to learn from my mistakes. This class taught me how to avoid making them in the first place. Stop them before they happen. What a novel idea! I’ll admit that a couple of her methods fly in the face of everything I’ve ever been taught. They were difficult for me to grasp. But my sister the trouble maker ( 🙂 to Mary) told me to just do it…it works. And, darn if it doesn’t! I’ve nearly finished piecing the top and I’ve never had such consistently “pointy” points. My 12″ blocks are 12″. It was a joy to piece a block without fudging. OK…there are a couple of “close enough” half-square triangles. But I tried to fix them…twice. My theory is this…fix them twice; if they don’t “fix”, God must want them that way.
Anyway, if you’d like fudgeless piecing, consider “Re-piecing the Past: Civil War Blocks Then and Now”.
Disclaimer…no affiliation–just a happy camper!!