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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Chain Piecing Fool and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all.  This week, I spent a couple of days making some curtain panels for a friend who just bought a new house, and was swiftly reminded why I don't choose to do that for a living.  I was happy to help her out, but since curtains aren't my forte, I think it took me twice as long to make sure they turned out right.  Anyway, I think I'll stick to quilting.  

So after the curtain panels were all finished, I got to work cutting and piecing my latest quilt from the fabrics I showed last week.  That my friends, is a whole mess of chain piecing.  I just need to cut everything apart and press them, and then I still need to sew one other part. But after that, this quilt top will go together in a flash.

Before we party, check out the highlights from last week.  Melva Loves Scraps shared progress on this fantastic camping journal quilt-

Janine Marie at Quilts from the Little House dressed up this big print with some awesome quilting in this whole cloth quilt (check out her post to see the great pattern and texture on the back)-

And finally, Linda at Flourishing Palms reflected on some of the best parts of 2020 and reminded us of this beauty-

Okay friends.  It's time to link up the latest happenings from your studio!  I hope you've been getting lots of fun quilty time in the new year.  Let's see it!

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  1. I used to chain piece like that until I made too many of one unit and not enough of another and had to do some unstitching. And it got to be quite a mess of tangled threads to snip before pressing and organizing the units. So, I started snipping the threads after every other or group pf 2 units and making piles. Then I took each pile and pressed them. The ironing mat gets pretty hot when I do so many at a time. When I stopped being in such a hurry and slowed down, I progressed more quickly.
    I don't think I've made curtains for at least 35 years.

  2. I only do the simplest of curtains (if there is such a thing) and each time it reminds me why I like to quilt. That chain piecing is pretty impressive!

  3. I love seeing that huge pile of chain piecing! It may take a while or become monotonous, but if it leads to a quick finish...I'm all for it!

  4. I LOVE these colors. Can't wait to see what the pile becomes.

  5. Oh, Kelly -- I feel your pain with the drapery panels! That WAS what I did for a living for awhile, sewing window treatments. My husband built me a huge table in my bonus room/sewing room that fit a full 54" width of fabric and was long enough for a cut length of a drapery panel, including hem and header allowances. Then as I segued into doing more of the decorating and design and less of the actual sewing, I'd still occasionally sew a complicated swag treatment or pillows if I had time, but I'd send the drapery panels to a wholesale workroom because dealing with those huge pieces of fabric in my home studio was just way more hassle than what the commercial workroom charged, and they came out beautiful every time. I don't remember the last time I sewed a drapery panel, and I don't intend to sew any in the near (or distant) future, either. Glad you're back to quilting and sewing is FUN again!


  6. I put curtains up there with hemming pants. No Thanks!! LOL Have a great weekend.

  7. I love your color scheme and prints for your new project! And yeah, sewing anything but quilts can be a drag. Quiltmaking does not equal sewing. But I bet your friend loved her new made-by-you curtains. Thanks for the shoutout for my little wholecloth quilt. I do wish I had bought a whole bunch of that fabric. It takes me right back to the flower child 70's.

  8. Oh, I know what you mean about making curtains... or hemming pants, or any other fixes - people think that because you own a sewing machine (or two or three) that you know how to do EVERYthing. Well, maybe you do - as in your case - but making curtains isn't the "desire of your heart." Bless you for helping a friend. Thanks for sharing my "Jazzed" quilt. I'm still very jazzed about making patterned improv quilts like this that I've registered for another Maria Shell workshop called "Asymmetry-Symmetry." More improv piecing solid colors, and I can't wait to get started! 2020 was really my year for delving into new things, virtually, that I couldn't have possibility learned in another format. Not everything last year was "bad."


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