27 March 2013

Step-Down Pieced Quilt {featuring} happy-go-lucky

I made a quilt top last night.

A pattern by Sarah Fielke on Craftsy. The fabric is happy-go-lucky by Bonnie & Camille

Inspiration hit at approximately 9:34pm and I just couldn’t wait until morning - so I headed to my sewing table, pulled out some fabrics and started. Right then and there. I used some navy blue with white spot fabric for the small squares and a charm pack of Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for the larger squares.

I was watching Big Techniques from Small Scraps by Sarah Fielke on Craftsy. Sarah was teaching a lesson on Step-Down Piecing which I had never come across. As with most things, I found it much easier to understand the concept, by actually “doing” it at the same time.

The pieces were coming together quickly and I was enjoying the process of putting together a quilt, in a very different way to what I’d ever tried before.
Rather than working at making blocks and rows and putting them together in the traditional sense, this method had the quilt top being assembled in a sort-of diagonal manner.

Online Quilting Class

I couldn’t stop until I’d finished the top. I was addicted and just had to see the final product. At around 11:30pm I had a finished mini quilt top to show for my efforts.

I loved this method of putting together a quilt and plan using this method to make another quilt with 10” (layer cake) squares.

I enrolled in this Craftsy Class last month, but this had been the first chance I’d had to sit and watch (and concentrate) without little ones running around and distracting me.

If you’re looking for something slightly different and wanting to learn some new techniques (the second lesson is in needle turn applique), I highly recommend this course.

Tonight, I will begin to hand quilt this baby. Ahhh… hand quilting. Is there anything more therapeutic?

Which patchwork, sewing or quilting skills are interested in learning?

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  1. I want to learn to curve piece!

  2. Id never heard of this method but it looks interesting.
    I guess you could use this as a block in its own right and piece several together ina variety of ways. Thanks for the heads up on the course too!

  3. I agree about hand-quilting, which I love for many reasons despite how much time it adds to achieving a Finished Object. But for sheer therapeutic handwork when I'm really out-of-it: hand knitting gets my vote. Especially for the type we call "mindless knitting" that's a repetitive pattern and no shaping.


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