Hand-Piecing Help

Photo by Lucy of Charm About You

photo by Lucy of Charm About You

Last week, I begged for help with some hand-piecing woes – as much as I love the hand-pieced stars that I was making, I was disappointed in how difficult I found it to actually, you know, piece them.

My good friend Rebecca pointed me towards a tutorial that might help: Lucy from the blog Charm About You recently posted some tips for successful hand-piecing, and her work is truly beautiful.

Photo by Lucy of Charm About You

photo by Lucy of Charm About You

Rebecca was right, Lucy’s tutorial is invaluable! By the time you read this post, I’ll have had a chance to try them out with actual sewing, but I can already tell that this is a game-changer for me: just the way she explains how to deal with seams (or not deal with them, as it were), seems so obvious, but really wasn’t to this hand-piecing newbie. I’m so excited to get back to my stars – thank you so much, Lucy!

If you’re interested in giving hand-piecing a try, definitely check out Lucy’s post, “Hand-Piecing A Quilt” as well as her more recent post, “Homemade Amusements – Dolly”, where she gives a detailed explanation of how to put together a more complex block by hand.

I’ve also been recommended this book, “Quiltmaking by Hand: Simple Stitches, Exquisite Quilts” by Jinny Beyer. I’ve had the chance to sample the book just a bit and it looks like an amazingly detailed encyclopedic resource for making quilts by hand. I’m going to see how the tips in this book work out for my stars and possibly add it to my library!

Mid-week Break

  • I can’t believe I forgot to point you towards Cate Anevski’s Blog Hop post! Such a dummy. I invited Cate after my post here, and she answered the same questions on her blog over here.
  • Part Two of our Summer Nights Stitch-along is online at Sew Mama Sew now!
  • A bunch of awesome peeps have posted about the Foldio lately and I totally have toy envy! What an awesome tool – UK shops: pretty please stock this asap, ok?! Thanks.
  • My lovely friend Cheryl (aka elephantjuice on IG and Twitter) shared this link about The Worst Star Wars Exhibition Ever. And it really is. But oh god, how I want to go to it. Seriously, so much.
  • I’m taking deep breaths and keeping calm, getting ready to make a Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented for the upcoming Fat Quarterly Retreat (not that it’s only a week away and I’m totally running out of time or anything) – I’ll show you my progress soon, but in the meantime, there’s some beautiful versions below and some excellent tips at From The Blue Chair. Wish me luck!

Mid-Week Break - July 10, 2014

1. Kantschool, 2. Wantage Lacemakers 2013, 3. STLMQG Rip Challenge, 4. Double goosed pincushion, 5. Watching you, 6. Grandmother Flower Garden, 7. Two down one to go!! #tinygeese, 8. a new micro mini sweater, 9. Sew Together Bag Inside, 10. ‘Michael the Magnificent’, 11. Play Around the World Quilt, 12. Beejeebers July block, 13. More random stitches on my art journal #embroidery project!, 14. cherry, 15. Sew Together Bag #5 – sunshine edition, 16. envolée_det

Mid-Week Break

Now that everything’s all prettied up, I’m ready to get back to my regular blogging adventures. Here’s some randomly awesome stuff – put your feet up and take a little break from the week. You know you need it. (Me too.)

  • This is the best damn news I’ve heard in a long time: 5 Exonerated in Central Park Jogger Case Agree to Settle Suit for $40 Million (from the New York Times). HELL YES. I guess it’s not exactly a done deal yet, but I will never forgive New York if the deal falls through somehow.
  • This is a great little article from Buzzfeed about Why You Should Read Like A Teen Again. It’s as if someone dictated that right from my mind! I am forever trying to re-capture that feeling, even – just as the author said – through the shame of enjoying (and hating, simultaneously – ugh, the loathing of Bella and everything she stands for!) the Twilight series. What’s the last book you read that gave you that reading-like-a-teen feeling?
  • I can’t wait to make Noodlehead Snappy Manicure Wallets for my mother and I! Added to the (endless) sewing list!
  • Oh, Edgar Wright, how I love you. Here’s a great video (via the A.V. Club) showcasing the genius of Edgar Wright’s Visual Comedy Chops.

Here’s some eye candy – enjoy your week, friends!

Mid Week Break - 25 June 2014

1. Untitled, 2. Tilda Quilt, 3. Farfalla the Flying Narwhal, 4. The Crown, 5. Striped Cup Hazel Atlas, 6. Spring Tree, 7. Singer featherweight, 8. Angled Frames Quilt Kona Cotton 8 kinds of Aqua, Teal, Turquoise, 9. Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap finish!, 10. Fox, 11. French Knot Color Wheel, 12. Today is Mother’s Day in France. Wishing all my friends and family here a bonne fête des mères ! #embroidery #broderie #crafting #crafts #nofilter #needlework #needlearts, 13. lily final, 14. cloud roads, 15. Rabbit Embroidery Pattern, 16. pansy

Mid-Week Break

Mid-Week Break - 10 April 2014

1. Finished!! #tinygeese #aurifil #imalittlesickofgeesenow, 2. Vintage Poppies Border Print Fabric, 3. chicago flag quilt, 4. Churndash Court in Pop Rox, 5. Patchwork Death Star, 6. Sewing Machine cover for Melissa, 7. Embroidery on silk, 8. Meow!, 9. where we’re going, we don’t need a map, 10. Stumpwork embroidery, 11. Pillow animal dolls, 12. crewel wool, 13. VTG 1960s Retro Groovy CREWEL YARN Floral Flower Needlepoint Framed Wall Art, 14. Medium Zip Pocket Pouch, 15. threads, 16. Map of Australia, 1981

Mid-Week Break

Holy cow, it’s been a long time since I posted a mid-week break! Yikes. My ‘regular feature’ posts were put aside during the chaos that was Christmas and, well, all the surrounding months, so I’ll try to get back into the swing of things over the coming weeks!

Ok, speechifying over. Want to see the pretties? This week’s is a particular pretty mosaic, isn’t it?! Have a good week, friends!

Mid-Week Break Returns! March 13th Edition.

1. Vintage Love, 2. Yarn porn, 3. handdyed silky wool, 4. 3×6 Bee Solids Q1, 5. Embroidery Buttons, 6. New Pinnie, 7. My #mollymarkettote is complete!!!! Can’t wait to bring it to #sewsouth Pattern by @ilikeorangetoo will be released soon!, 8. Sampler block #30, Pat’s Star, 9. Gray & Yellow Crewel Dress, 10. Danish Sampler, 11. hojas nuevas, 12. This one is going to be for me. I love it!, 13. Linen patchwork pillow cover, 14. Pennsylvania quilt square in progress: close-up, 15. Teeny geese pincushion, 16. A pincushion in progress.

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