Decide what to be and go be it.

Here, Rover….

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.

Look at those “pointy” points!

All these little pieces and it’s still square!

Nice accurate little half-square triangles!

Look at these pretty Flying Geese!

Anyway, if you’d like fudgeless piecing, consider “Re-piecing the Past: Civil War Blocks Then and Now”.

Just a tease…some of the blocks.

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20 thoughts on “Here, Rover….

  1. Troublemaker? Well…I never!!! Who sucked me into the Civil War BOM from hell??!! I give you Kaye England. And you give me that CW BOM from hell. AND I’m the troublemaker. Hmm…lol

    • I didn’t suck you in. I merely sent you a link and suggested that it was a nice quilt. 😛 You could have said no. How I wish I had!

      To those of you who don’t know, my sister and I agreed to do a CW BOM a couple of years back. It turned out to blocks of the month–plural. And most of them had about 100,000 triangles in them. It was impossible to keep up with it and hold down a job at the same time! So, I finally called “uncle” and relegated the remaining fabric to my stash. See, Mary..it was a stash building experiece.

  2. How funny! You have me chuckling, Candy. Your blocks look great. You finished all those while on holiday?

    Oh, and was the New York Beauty patterns/papers that you liked by Chris Jurd? Here’s her etsy link… http://www.etsy.com/shop/PatchworkFun?ref=seller_info_count

    • The thing about this class is that you make your first block the Kaye way and you are so excited about the results- you have to do another. And the blocks fall like dominoes and the next thing you know the quilt top is done. I have learned a great deal from this class and my piecing has improved tremedously. Kaye England is an incredible instructor.

    • Goodness no! My husband won’t let me travel with my machine. 🙂 It took about two weeks once I finally started. I have to say that the connector segments (that don’t show in this picture) took the most time.

      Thans for the link! I’m going to go over there and decide which of her beauties I want to make. I started collecting batiks when on vacation this summer. I know everyone does the batiks. But it’s really a step out of the box for me…colorwise. And I think that pattern make sup beautifully in those colors. Althought the Japanese taupes you talk about would be stunning.

  3. Beautiful blocks Candy! I’ve signed up for a class on Craftsy and have yet to take it. With fall coming, I may just find the time to do it.

  4. I envy you – I’m the queen of the botch job.

  5. Wow – I think you’ve got me convinced, Candy.

    • You should seriously check it out. If you’re a new quilter, it’s a great way to learn. If you’re an old dog, a refresher course never hurts!

  6. Wow Candy! They look great! Kaye England taught at Quilt Festival a few years ago. I wasn’t able to take her class, but she did a great luncheon presentation! Your blocks look wonderful!!!

  7. Wonderful looking blocks!! I’ve yet to do a civil war quilt, but this may spur me on…

  8. That’s great! Those blocks look fantastic! I haven’t been piecing very long, but I know how frustrating those pointy points can be when they’re more of a funny-angled, not-quite-lined-up point. Maybe I’ll check out this class!

  9. Fabulous piecing! Well done to Candy!!

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