maandag 20 februari 2017

What I've learned from the Splendid Sampler™ quilt along.

This is my The Splendid Sampler™  so far:

Ninety-seven blocks, forty sashed, twenty joined. Mostly numbered blocks, a few bonus blocks and a few of my own.

And these are just a few things I learned along the way:

1. Quilt alongs are fun!

2. I learned how to use a rotary cutter!

3. I learned to sew an accurate scant 1/4 inch seam.

4. I learned that I enjoy a bit of handwork: English paper piecing, needle turn applique or embroidery.

5. I learned that I don't enjoy foundation paper piecing.

6. I became more confident in picking colors.

7. I found out that having a deadline and feeling like you have to finish something is fun, and also that letting go of the deadline is okay.

8. I learned that having a go at a block that seems too difficult, or just not pretty, often yields surprisingly satisfying results!

9. I learned some new techniques: reverse applique, needle turn applique, English paper piecing, piecing curved seams and machine applique.

10. I learned that when you start learning, you don't want to stop! (so I tried improvisation piecing on one block, which was fun!)