Another Milestone, a quilting triumph

My fascination with patchwork quilts started back in my high school days long before I had fabric scraps to work with. It was an expensive experiment of collecting supplies that never really yielded an actual quilt. I kept my quilting supplies, even the ugly fabric for 14 years in a box until now. I even have the tattered Quilter’s Almanac special edition published in 2000 that fueled my quilt dreams.

My one and only Quilt Almanac magazine from 2000

My one and only Quilt Almanac magazine from 2000

 

Now, my working woman’s shirt quilt top showed me that it takes more than a sewing a straight line to make quilt pieces fit together correctly. Luckily, a friend taught me a new way to make it work. Paper piecing! It makes it possible to use up little fabric odds and ends and sew a quilt together little by little on-the-go. Plus it’s super easy and precise.

Super easy to do with just paper pieces, thread, and fabric scraps

Super easy to do with just paper pieces, thread, and fabric scraps

My first paper piecing experiment is with hexagons. I’m loving it. It’s basically made up of left over fabric scraps. Even some of the fabric from my first quilting attempt back in 2000.  This has got to be the most precise thing I’ve ever made. I can’t wait to start incorporating this technique into other projects.

I altered this dress for a friend. She needed 2"inches taken off the shoulders. I'm getting gutsy! I decided to ad the scraps to my Hexi quilt

I altered this dress for a friend. She needed 2″inches taken off the shoulders. I’m getting gutsy! I decided to add the scraps to my Hexi quilt

So far so good. I even included sequins fabric scraps from my first alteration project

So far so good. I even included sequins fabric scraps from my first alteration project

 

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